Food tour in Almaty

Adventure

Almaty, Kazakhstan, is a vibrant city with a rich culinary scene reflecting its diverse culture and history. Here’s a suggested food tour to help you explore the best of Almaty’s cuisine:

Breakfast

  1. Kishlak
    • Dish to Try: Baursak (Kazakh doughnuts) and tea
    • Description: A traditional Kazakh breakfast place offering freshly made baursak, which are soft and slightly sweet, served with local jams and honey.

Mid-Morning Snack

  1. Green Bazaar (Zelyony Bazaar)
    • Dish to Try: Kurt (dried cheese balls) and local dried fruits
    • Description: A bustling market where you can taste various local snacks, including kurt, dried fruits, and nuts. It’s also a great place to experience the local culture and buy souvenirs.

Lunch

  1. Gakku
    • Dish to Try: Beshbarmak (Kazakhstan’s national dish)
    • Description: This dish consists of boiled meat (usually lamb or beef) served with flat noodles and onion sauce. It’s a hearty and traditional meal that represents the essence of Kazakh cuisine.

Afternoon Coffee/Tea

  1. Café Central
    • Dish to Try: Laghman (hand-pulled noodles) and local tea
    • Description: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a cup of Kazakh tea and a plate of Laghman, a flavorful noodle dish with vegetables and meat, influenced by Uighur cuisine.

Dinner

  1. Navat
    • Dish to Try: Plov (pilaf) and shashlik (meat skewers)
    • Description: A popular spot for traditional Central Asian cuisine. Plov is a fragrant rice dish cooked with meat, carrots, and spices, while shashlik consists of marinated meat grilled on skewers.

Evening Dessert

  1. Rixos Almaty Hotel’s Lobby Lounge
    • Dish to Try: Chak-Chak (fried dough with honey)
    • Description: End your food tour with a sweet treat. Chak-Chak is a popular dessert made from fried dough drenched in honey, often served with nuts.

Nightcap

  1. Line Brew Mix
    • Dish to Try: Local craft beer or Kumis (fermented mare’s milk)
    • Description: A great place to relax and enjoy a drink. Try some local craft beers or, for the adventurous, Kumis, a traditional fermented drink made from mare’s milk.

Additional Tips

  • Street Food: Don’t miss the opportunity to try street food like samsa (savory pastries) and doner kebabs.
  • Cultural Experience: If you have time, consider visiting a yurt (traditional Kazakh tent) restaurant for an immersive dining experience.

Enjoy your culinary journey through Almaty!

Price per person from 65$ ( group of 10 people)

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