I love finding nice cafes because I work from my computer. The first thing I do when I arrive to a new city is to look for cafes where I can sit for a few hours and work. So when I came to Almaty, that’s exactly what I did. There was just one problem… there were so many of them to choose from! I could’ve never imagined that Almaty would have so many cafe options. Luckily, my Swedish/Kazakh friend lives there so she recommended a few places for me.
Here are my 4 favorite cafes in Almaty that I can recommend to digital nomads (and everyone else who’s visiting this wonderful city):
This was the first café I went to, but it happened by accident. I was just walking around the city and saw this beautiful outdoor terrace so I thought I’d give it a chance. Turns out, it’s one of my friends favorite cafes! It’s a spacious cafe where you can either sit inside or in their cute terrace. The WiFi is stable as well, although you need to have a Kazakh phone number to access the WiFi, or just ask the staff to help you. Their menu is big as well and the prices are OK I would say. Not the cheapest place though. But it all depends what you’re having. I ate a mushroom pasta and it was de-li-cious. There were more vegetarian options than I expected actually which is a big bonus. There’s quite a lot of expats who comes here too, so it can be a good place to meet other foreigners. I sat and worked there for hours (oops) and forgot about time because I enjoyed it so much.
Big Apple Almaty Coffee
On the same street as Daily Coffee you can find this smaller cafe. If you’re looking for something less crowded, come here. Also – I had one of the best pancakes I’ve ever had in my life. I ordered the “pancake with halva and sour cream” and oh my gooood. Where has this been during my 28 years on this earth? I’ve already decided that I have to come back to Almaty just to eat this pancake again. The prices here are a bit fairer as well I’d say, but they have less savoury options. It’s more of an all-day breakfast place where you can order crepes, pancakes, oatmeal, smoothies, etc. WiFi worked quite well too, although I had to refresh it a few times. But honestly, you can’t expect too much of the WiFi in Kazakhstan.
Situated in Dostyk Plaza, one of the nicer malls in Kazakhstan, this lovely cafe might look small on the outside but it actually has 3(!) floors. The WiFi was not very good to be honest, but I could do some basic work here. If you want to upload photos etc, it’s not the best place to go to maybe, but if you want to sit in a really beautiful cafe and do some writing or whatever, you must come here. The prices were European here though. I had a coconut latte (SO GOOD) for 900 tenge and a truffle porcini pasta for 3,200 tenge. Am I gaining weight here? Hell yeah. But it’s so worth it.
Last but not least… my favorite cafe in town! It’s so European though so maybe it’s no surprise I like it so much? The French interior, the location (very close to both Daily Coffee and Big Apple), the lovely staff, the yummy food… Ugh, it was all so good. Also, WiFi worked very well for me so we sat there for the entire day and just worked. Only downside? They don’t have the halva pancakes…
But I had breakfast here and an avocado smoothie for about 2,500 tenge. I ate a brioche with avocado and a poached egg. It tasted a bit too sweet for me so I’d try something else next time.
My friend told me there’s a ton of other cafes but since I was only in Almaty for one week, these are the ones I can recommend for sure.
When I’m looking for cafes to work in, I want a place with good atmosphere, that feels inviting, not overly crowded, delicious food, good WiFi and that feels inspiring. These 4 cafes ticked all the boxes! So if you’re in Almaty or going there, make sure to visit these cafes. If you also have recommendations, don’t hesitate to write in the comments. Happy cafe hopping in Almaty!