Kazakhstan — Shopping and Leisure
Kazakhstan has a vibrant culture of bazaars and local markets in which all sorts of great products can be found. Whether you're looking for traditional handicrafts to take back home or simply nifty goods to make their trip more interesting, these markets have it all.
Some of the more popular purchases in Kazakhstan include Kazakh carpets, which are quite different than the ones found in Turkey, but equally beautiful; jewelry,; traditional hand woven textiles and silks; second-hand books; and, quite surprisingly, caviar. Almaty has more markets than any other city, the most popular being the Green Bazaar, which sells everything under the sun.
For travelers who are interested in the finer things in life, the country boasts its fair share of large malls and air-conditioned boutiques. Shopping centers like MEGA Alma-Ata in Almaty have a variety of stores selling everything from name brand designers to fresh fruit and vegetables.
Spas and Saunas
An intricate part of Kazakhstan’s culture and many locals’ daily lives is a trip to the traditional sauna and spa. These complexes can be found all across the country, including the tourist areas. They are a great place to relax or celebrate so don't be surprised to see a birthday party or bachelorette party taking place at their nearest facility.