Things To Do
Nur-Sultan is a city of contradictions. Marvel at the magnificence of the Nus-Astana mosque, with its shimmering gold-topped minarets, and then suspend your disbelief in Khan Shatyr, a transparent megalith shopping mall complete with a boating river, minigolf, cobbled streets and an indoor beach resort. For more local flavour, grab a massage at a traditional bathhouse, and explore the labyrinthine Artem bazaar for souvenirs.
FOOD & DRINK
Nur-Sultan’s restaurant scene is ever-expanding. Alongside upscale international offerings in hotels and shopping malls you can find intimate restaurants serving traditional shashlik, a dish of grilled vegetables and meat, and plov, a comforting rice based favourite. Bustling and colourful food bazaars are a great way to rub shoulders with locals and get a feel for real Kazakh produce.
The National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a must-visit to get a rounded view of the country’s past, from its ancient nomadic culture to its Soviet era controversies. At the Museum of the First President of Nur-Sultan you can learn about the infamous leader who renamed the city after himself in 2019. And you can’t miss Bayterek tower. It dominates the skyline with its 97-metre-high observation deck that’s meant to embody a traditional Kazakh folk tale, while offering sweeping city views.