Almaty’s shopping options range from traditional to modern to just plain interesting.
Whether you want a three-story glass enclosed megamall with a rock climbing wall or a teeming local bazaar where you can bargain with the venders, you will be able to find it in Kazakhstan’s business capital.
Starting with the more traditional options, you can head to the Green Bazaar. This is a huge outdoor and indoor traditional Kazakh bazaar which specializes in the foods of the region. You can watch butchers chop up chunks of horse meat and experienced workers hand-stuffing spicy Kazakh sausages. Colorful piles of fruits, vegetables and mixed dishes line the aisle and sampling is encouraged.
Among the city’s most modern malls is Mega Center where you’ll find more than 100 top designer boutiques such as Zara, Calvin Klein and Yves Rocher. Mega also includes a skating rink, rock climbing wall and bowling alley.
And for an interesting slice of local flavor, head to Barakholka and Adem. Barakholka is a teeming crowded marketplace where you can find just about anything you could want. It can appear a bit chaotic but is certainly an experience. Nearby is Adem, which is a similar atmosphere only less crowded and with much appreciated air conditioning.
And if you’re hungry, Almaty offers an excellent 24 hour food market with a large selection of imported items, a quality deli and lots of wine.
From modern to traditional you can find it in the shops of Almaty.
If you are keen on luxury brands, you need to visit Esentai Mall. One of the latest malls in Almaty has around 160 shops presenting world famous brands and local designers. Almaty residents and guests can buy outfit and accessories from Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fendi, Burberry, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana and Ralph Lauren. Apart from fashionable clothes, Esentai Mall also provides several entertainment facilities, including cinema halls, playgrounds and attractions.
Kazakhstan’s growing energy wealth is beginning to reach the pockets of Almaty’s middle and upper classes. And Mega Center is where they go to spend it. You’ll find the latest fashions at Mega Center’s more than 100 boutiques including Zara, Yves Rocher and Benetton. The center also offers a rock climbing wall, bowling alley, movie theater and skating rink.
Mega Park is not an ordinary shopping mall. Apart from numerous shops and entertainment facilities, there are a mini-football ground ( ice rink during the winter), basketball court, space for Street Workout and Cross fit, playing grounds for children aged two to six and six to 12, amphitheatre, running track, rope park and climbing wall. During the day 5,000 people can have a rest and do sports in the park.
Ramstore is best known around Almaty as a high quality supermarket chain with one of the city’s best selections of imported items. But the Ramstore Trade Center is way more than a food shop. The Ramstore Center at the corner of Furmanov and Zholdasbekov Streets is a combination mega food store, entertainment complex and upscale mall. In addition to its quality supermarket, the center offers restaurants, cafes, a movie theater, skating rink and 56 stylish boutiques.
If you’re hungry at 4 am, this is where you go. It’s a 24-hour supermarket that is way more than a late night convenience store. It offers an ample selection of imported food and beverages, a well-stocked deli and lots of wines. It’s also right in the center of Almaty. So if you can’t sleep or just want some good cheese at midnight, head to Stolichny.
Zelyony Bazar, also known as Green Bazaar
The Green Bazaar is one of the best places in Almaty to find traditional Kazakh food. You can watch butchers chopping up chunks of horse meat and experienced workers hand-stuffing spicy Kazakh sausages. Fruits, salads, cheeses, meats and traditional mixed dishes line the aisles of the large indoor section. And the best part is that sampling is encouraged. So feel free to taste before you buy. The large bazaar includes indoor and outdoor sections and features clothing, shoes, appliances and other everyday items in addition to its food offerings.
The vendors are friendly and the whole market has a welcoming vibe. It’s a great place to spend some time getting a real cultural taste of Kazakhstan