From humble beginnings, the coffee trend has now become an undeniable hype in Almaty. There are now masses of coffee places, with quite a few looking exactly as they should, even though they will be out of existence within a year. So which ones stand out and deserve your attention? My personal recommendations.
You can filter out layers on this map of Almaty clicking on the menu top-left. Yellow is coffee.
For coffee connaisseurs: Best place in Almaty right now is Sova (Abylai Khan-Bogenbai Batyr), spelled сова in Russian, opened by 2 former World Barista Champions from Moscow. Attention to detail, friendly atmosphere and normal prices (no service charge!) make this my top recommendation.
For breakfast and cakes: Biskvit (Shevshenko-Dostyk) has an amazing breakfast range. Not much of a cake-eater myself, so suggestions welcome there.
On the go: a lone Georgian (the type that eats shrimp and grits, not khachapuri) educates the Kazakh masses about coffee on their way to work at Jumpingoat, inside Baykonur metro station. Swing by for a chat and the best take-away in Almaty. His partner has a branch in the Alatau metro.
For coziness: It’s a bit on the pricey side, but I think Cafeteria (Kurmangazy-Baiseitova) has the coziest decor. Can hang out for hours in those comfy sofas.
For people-watching: Don your sunglasses and ogle at the bold and the beautiful at Coffeedelia (Furmanova-Kabanbai Batyr) or Coffeeroom (Furmanov-Satpaev).
For work: Need to sit on your laptop for a while? From the coffee places listed above Biskvit (Shevshenko-Dostyk) and Sova (Abylai Khan-Bogenbai Batyr) are the best in terms of daytime quietude, central location and wifi strength.
Your favourite place is missing? Tips are welcome!