Almaty Cafés
cafes-coffee-almaty-introCoffee is the elixir of early mornings, late night meetings and long afternoons debating the issues of the day over an espresso at a sidewalk cafe. But no matter how you prefer your coffee, you should be able to find what you need in Almaty’s cafes and coffee houses.

4A Coffee remains one of Almaty’s more popular coffee shops among locals and expats. They roast their coffee on site and the aroma alone will get your taste buds going. Madlen also offers a nice resting place particularly if you have a sweet tooth as the place is known for its exclusive cakes and goodies. It also offers WiFi. And if you have serious work to do, you can head to Cafemax which has designated work sections.

Many of the coffee shops in Almaty now come with WiFi and most offer at least sandwiches along with their java.

4A Coffee

This is the coffee house for Almaty’s hipster class and in-the-know expat community. Luckily, in addition to being trendy it’s also generally considered to sell the best coffee and coffee beans in the city. The smells of the place are delicious as they roast their coffee on site. Good bread and tasty sandwiches round out the experience. Surprisingly, you won’t find WiFi here, but they offer plenty of old dead-tree edition books for customers to read. 

Address: 81 Zhibek Zholy Street
Phone: +7 (727) 271 82 37
Hours: Daily 8 am-9 pm
www.4acoffee.com  

Cafe Max

Cafemax is a true internet cafe – Meaning it’s an internet access center first and a cafe second. But this Cafemax is stylishly designed and popular with Almaty youth. It’s also uniquely divided into gaming, work and cafe sections. It also offers a smoking room. And the coffee isn’t bad either as they offer 14 types of coffee drinks.

Address: 176 Zhibek Zholy Street (between Kunayev and Furmanov Streets)
Phone: +7 (727) 273 95 53
Hours: Daily 10 am-9 pm
www.cafemax.kz  

Gloria Jeans

Gloria Jeans is part of an Australian-owned global coffee company and has two local outlets. The Gloria Jeans in the Mega shopping center is basically a mall coffee shop – a good place to rest your legs and wallet after a day of shopping. But the outlet’s second location on Abylay Khan Street is a true coffee house. It has stylish chairs in the shapes of coffee beans and a striking red parlor. It also features more than 40 types of hot and cold coffee drinks. There’s no alcohol available but they serve a good breakfast and offer free WiFi.

Address: 133 Abylay Khan Avenue (at the corner of Bogenbay Batyr Avenue)
Phone: +7 (727) 321 04 88
Hours: Daily 10 am-midnight
www.gloriajeanscoffees.com  

Lounge Bar 29

This place is more of a coffee lounge than coffee house. It’s open late, features DJs and has a VIP room. Expect to find young hipsters in pre- and post-party mode. The name is also part of the place’s address and all the prices end in 29.

Address: 29 Dostyk Avenue
Phone: +7 (727) 291 97 37
Hours: Daily 9 am-2 am  

Segafredo Zanetti Cafe

If you’re experiencing espresso withdrawal symptoms, go here. Segafredo Zanetti is one of Italy’s leading espresso companies and this cafe specializes in the real thing. It is also known for its desserts and outdoor seating. Internet access is free. It’s also open late. Just look for the sign that says “Uno coffee per amico,” meaning “Coffee for a friend.”

Address: 46 Dostyk Avenue (corner of Zhambul Street)
Phone: +7 (727) 291 02 27
Hours: Daily 9 am-midnight
www.segafredo.kz  

Cafe Coffee and Toffee

Stone Pillars and wood beams give this centrally located coffee house a uniquely castle feel. It’s also located in the All Trade building near various tourist sites, so it's a good place to take a mid-day coffee and lunch break.

Address: 44 Shevchenko Street
Phone: +7 (727) 261 74 16
Hours: Daily 9 am-11:30 pm  

Coffeedelia

WiFi and an outdoor seating area are among the main draws of this popular coffee house. It’s friendly, open until midnight and its combination of good food and quality coffee draw a wide ranging clientele. It’s an enjoyable place to sip and surf the web.

Address: 79 Kabanbai Batyr Avenue 
Phone: +7 (727) 273 23 94
Hours: Daily 8 am-12 pm  

L'Affiche

It’s a bit pricey but it has a great central location near the opera house and quality coffee. They also offer numerous coffee cocktails and some international cuisine, including great sandwiches. The ceiling is also painted in a tribute to Gauguin.

Address: 83 Kabanbai Batyr Avenue
Phone: +7 (727) 272 10 92
Hours: Daily 11 am-1 am  

Marrone Rosso

“Gourmet” is a relative term. But you can feel safe calling Marrone Rosso a gourmet coffee house. Marrone Rosso means “brown-red” in Latin and those are considered to be among the finest beans. Marrone Rosso also makes its salads and sandwiches to order so they are fresh and bakes its pastries on site.
The coffee shop is part of the international Aroma Espresso Bar chain. But don’t let the chain affiliation scar you away. It’s an interesting place to hang out and have a pastry.

Address: 149 Furmanov Street
Phone: +7 (727) 261 39 54
Hours: 8 a.m. – midnight
www.marronerosso.com