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stana’s shopping malls all have easy access, regardless of the weather, and offer a special point of interest for every family member, from indoor rock climbing to children’s entertainment centers and, of course, an array of chic boutiques. There are five major shopping malls in the center of town. Not unlike malls in the United States these malls are places where people of all ages congregate to spend time with family or friends.

One can find everything: supermarkets, cinemas, restaurants, arcade game rooms and rides for the younger children. Some include fitness centers, hair salons and special entertainment centers for younger patrons.

The Mega mall and Keruen offer an additional attraction at “BABYlon,” with arcade games, racing cars, pinball machines, 3D battle simulations, a roller rink and bouncing horsey rides for the very little kids. Asia Park organizes special performances, such as clowns and magicians. Parties are sometimes organized in the malls’ underground parking garages, complete with famous DJs and high-tech sound systems. And, of course, no disco (or underground garage) would be complete without strobe lights.

Khan Shatyr, the latest mall to open, was inaugurated in July 2010 and has turned into a main tourist attraction in Astana. In addition to all the standard mall amenities, Khan Shatyr has a miniature train ride that circles the top level and a manufactured beach with sand from the Black Sea, water slides, a bar and a 24 C degree climate year-round. The mall also holds special beach parties, with imported DJs. The entry fee to the Khan Shatyr beach is about $60 for the day.

Internationally recognized brand names can be found in the malls as well as in smaller boutiques. But be prepared to pay a little bit more than you would in Europe and significantly more than in the U.S. Prices vary from mall to mall, a reflection of neighborhood rents.

There are numerous other shopping opportunities. At the Triumph Building and several malls, Empire Casa offers high-end decorative arts and gifts. For the more adventurous, there is also the traditional bazaar in the old section of the city. And probably one of the best kept secrets (until now) is the old antique stores where some real bargains can be found.


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Asia Park
Description: This mall and entertainment center is spacious (45,000 sq. meters), up to date, has a 5-theater multiplex and a fabulous entertainment center for the kids. With 168 shops in the galleria, there are plenty of shopping opportunities. It boasts a fully-equipped Fitness First club and offers convenient middleclass shopping in a safe and friendly atmosphere.
Address: 24 Kabanbay Batyr Avenue
Phones: 8 (7172) 97 87 67
8 (7172) 97 86 00
Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Website: www.asiapark.kz/gorod_astana

Description: Located on the Left Bank this mall attracts the younger crowd. It includes a food court, restaurants, a full grocery store and shops. It is considered to have the best multiplex with seven movie theaters.
Address: 9 Dostyk Street
Phone: 8 (7172) 79 55 20
8 (7172) 79 55 22
Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Website: www.keruen.kz

Khan Shatyr
Description: The Khan Shatyr is the latest addition to the Astana shopping and entertainment scene. It has a unique design, like a large transparent tent, created to manage the extreme temperature range of the Central Asian steppe. Described as an urban-scale indoor park, shopping and entertainment venue, the shopping is upscale and varied. This is one place not to miss
while in Astana.
Address: Turan Avenue
Phone: 8 (7172) 73 47 68
Hours: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Website: www.khanshatyr.com

Description: Mega is one of the first shopping malls in Astana and is still quite popular. (As part of a promotion, the mall received about 100,000 birthday wishes on stickers on the anniversary of its establishment.) Mega is shaped like a glass doughnut with a dome in the center instead of a hole. As with most malls in Astana, Mega is family oriented and has movie theaters, a food court and restaurants.
Address: Kurgaldzhinskoe Highway
Phone: 8 (7172) 79 18 51
Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Website: http://astana.megacenter.kz

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