Nur-Sultan’s coffee houses provide a warm, tasty respite from the region’s cold winters and a welcome bit of familiarity for the city’s visitors. And, in addition to classic cappuccinos and espressos, the city’s coffee houses and cafes can usually warm you up with a broad selection of liquors.
One thing many visitors notice immediately is that Nur-Sultan’s coffee house are way more than cafes. Many include full European, Kazakh or Asian menus, private VIP rooms, dining rooms and other amenities more associated with restaurants. Yet they are able to maintain the cozy, laid-back feel that makes you want to spend the afternoon casually checking email over a cappuccino or chatting with friends.
La Bella is one of Nur-Sultan’s oldest and most enjoyed coffee shops. It offers plush, high-backed chairs into which you can sink for hours and a full menu of hookahs to enjoy over a long afternoon. In the warm weather, La Bella also offers traditional, private outdoor tents with low tables and pillows for lounging.
Another unique coffee house is Books and Coffee, opened by a long-time American expat. The cafe offers shelves of books in Russian and English which patrons can check out like from a library. And the staff prepares scrumptious chocolate chip cookies and brownies on site.
WiFi is just starting to reach many of the city’s cafes, so if you want to do some work you may want to call ahead. But like coffee houses everywhere, the cafes of Nur-Sultan are meant for long afternoons of lounging, reading or warming up with friends over a cup of the familiar brown liquid.
Сost café by Barley
The peculiarity of the cafe is that it doesn’t charge extra money for food. You will pay for the entry and enjoy your meal for its no-extra added money.
As the name suggests, prepare for a genuine culinary journey through Deutschland and Mitteleuropa (Central Europe). The owners have captured the spirit of these regions’ famous beerhouses superbly, presenting an earthy atmosphere and a hearty selection of juicy sausages, steaks and grilled meats. If you are a beer connoisseur, or simply a beer lover, this is your place: You’ll find here one of the better selections of draught beer in Astana, especially of the German persuasion.
Located near the Baiterek Tower, Bon Bon is well-known as a relatively inexpensive chain coffee house and is a great place to go after visiting the Baiterek Tower and the singing gardens. Bon Bon also recently updated its to decor. It’s out with the French café look and in with the lounge bar vibe. Mood lighting, shimmering mirrors and plenty of cushions; aesthetes and designistas will love every nook. If you’re really looking to relax, head upstairs to smoke some hookah on the cozy and intimate mezzanine level. French flair hasn’t been completely ousted, however, and remains in a cake stand that displays sweet delights.
This café offers a wide selection of European, Kazakh, Eastern, Caucasian and Asian dishes. It also has live music and shows. It comes complete with 25, 15, and 10-seat VIP halls available.
Some people would consider Cafestar more of a restaurant than a café. But we will go with the name and call it a café, although a rather fancy one. The atmosphere here is high class, with photos of movie stars on the walls. While pricey for a café, the outstanding food is worth the price. A perfect choice for inviting guests to a pleasant evening with good food and wine.
Caramel Café opened in 2008 and has since become known as a friendly, neighborhood coffee shop. Staff lay out board games such as backgammon and chess for customers to share and the clientele ranges from young people escaping the bustle of their homes to international business people catching up on work. The coffee is imported and tasty and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.
Chili Peppers Pizza
Chili Peppers on the left bank opened in 2008 and is geared towards a Western clientele. The interior of this modern Euro-Italian cafe is all high-tech glass, metal and ceramic. The cafe employs a professional barista and features a broad range of coffees from American classics to tasty alcohol coffee drinks. Beer and cocktails are also available. Chili Peppers also servers Italian pastas.
Coffe Nova (2 places)
This new coffee house just opened in the heart of downtown Astana. It is not too large, and has a real intimate feel to it. Even though it is a relatively new addition, already you can find quite a few locals and guests spending the day talking or working on laptop computers. Free Wi-Fi is provided.
Crepe-cafe (3 places)
Crepes have become a speciality of this establishment; you can also enjoy waffles and cakes. And the best thing about this cafe is the opportunity to have a delicious breakfast from half past seven in the morning.
Del Papa Cafe (4 places)
Del Papa’s interior greets you with the warmth of a neighbourhood Italian joint with checked red-and-white table clothes and bistro-style seating. This cafe caters to families, children and couples. Among its coffees are mochas, lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and other classics. The staff also pays attention to presenting the coffee in a way that honours its traditions. Del Papa also offers Italian, French and California wines.
This café offers European and Eastern cuisine, including shashlyk (shish kebabs). This is a well-known place for hosting conferences and exhibitions.
Espresso Bar (3 places)
Do you want to try the best sandwich with a reasonable price in a very comfortable and friendly place? Then visit Espresso Bar. It has two cafés: one on the right and one on the left bank. Coffee and salads are very good there as well.
The cafe has everything to make your stay in the Kazakh enjoyable: delicious food, fragrant hookah, board games and a homey atmosphere.
This inexpensive, friendly café has live music (mostly traditional) to entertain its patrons. The main hall is spacious, seating up to 70 people, and VIP rooms are available. Offering European-style cuisine, you can get a decent business lunch here during weekdays for a low 500 tenge. It also has secure parking.
Located in Old Town Astana, La Belle is usually crowded with young people. It has two main rooms with plasma TVs, and patrons can watch soccer and other sports. In the summer, they open their terrace area, which is complete with tents and comfortable pillows where customers can sit back, smoke flavored tobacco from a hookah and sip some drinks.
Madlen (4 places)
This coffee house chain (Shymkent, Almaty, and Astana) is not only well known for its baked goods and tasty pastries – including cakes, pies and tarts – but also for pizza, burgers and sandwiches. The Greek souvlaki, both chicken and beef, is just about as good as many places in NYC; a very nice spinach quiche can be had too. Madlen is extremely comfortable and designed to be a great place to bring a small group of friends and just hang out. It is designed with nooks and nice couches so if you want, you can have some semi-privacy. Close to the Baiterek Tower, Madlen is often packed with young people and professionals working away on laptops. Make sure you try the freshly squeezed lemonade.
This coffee house is well-known in the city for using only 100% organically grown Arabica beans, while the cakes and cookies are reputed to be the best in Astana. Patrons can also order sushi and request VIP rooms. It is right next to MEGA Centre, across the street from the Duman Hotel.
While Oasis offers a nice fixed menu with very good European cuisine, the management also tries to keep its offerings fresh. They often run specials, so whenever you decide to visit, it’s possible you can try something you’ve never had before, or get a nice discount on one of your favorite items.
Ocean Basket (2 places)
The cafe is a South African brand(franchise) which particularly emphasises on serving various fish delicacies.
One More Burger
Do you miss real American burger. Then let’s go the One More Burger cafe and you will this phrase after you finish the first one.
Burgers are really tasty and lemonades are so good. You can get a discount during happy hours time.
This American-style pizza joint is one of the most popular pizza spots in Astana. It has a steady stream of loyal and stylish clientele, partially due to its huge pizzas and its famous pasta. Lots of people come here during late hours for a bite. It has an interesting design with a dark red interior, and comfortable sofas mixed with hard metal tables you might see at many pizza parlors in big U.S. cities. They also have good breakfasts, and their croissants are a big hit.
Enjoy Pryanik’s deliberately cozy décor that skillfully evokes memories of childhood and hobbies. This is a café where Astana’s business elite come to unwind, but they also talk business. At heart, this is a multicultural, cosmopolitan gathering place where business gets done. Observe and enjoy.
Rafe Coffee & Food (6 places)
This is a very friendly, intimate cafe where you can really relax and forget about work and worry.Italian designers created the interior, and all materials were imported from Italy. You can choose between Turkish cuisine and some delicately and artfully prepared Italian food. The pizza is one of the best in the country and the calzone is the most authentic we have found. Their coffee is also authentic and rich. Free Wi-Fi is provided.
Rivas brings the beach to the river. Inspired by the Hamptons, the café is natural, simple and relaxed—no dress code, no reservations. Just peace of mind. The menu, in Russian and English, offers European cuisine, including mini burgers new to Astana. Bartenders serve up original cocktails to a cosmopolitan crowd.
Shashlykoff (2 places)
Many people love kebabs and everything cooked on a grille. This is one of the best places in Astana to for such people. Cocktails, alcohol are good. The place is ideal for families.
This is an ideal place for family dinners and special evenings in a homey interior, in an atmosphere of warmth and care.
Tochka (2 places)
A small conceptual space with a capacity of 30 seats. The menu is frequently updated.
Trattoria (3 places)
Do you miss a European style café? Visit Trattoria! Italian dishes are delicious and prices are moderate. Room with fireplace will create a romantic atmosphere for your date. Don’t forget to connect your device to Wi-Fi. It is good and free of charge.