Tremendous fun, and a dream place to bring kids of all ages. Everyone loves the Ali Baba, located just off the great curve of the Ishim Embankment. It’s over-the-top festive nomad in style and décor with the waiting staff in traditional costumes. There is even a lavish play area for young children. Walt Disney couldn’t have done it better. The terrace is popular in summer, with fountains and private cabins. And did we mention? – The food is excellent, sophisticates fly up from Almaty to savor it. Try their chebureks (a pastry with meat inside); warm and fresh they are spectacular. A little pricey, but well worth it. No trip to Astana is complete until you’ve dined here.