Top 10 Things to do in Shymkent, Kazakhstan

September 14, 2017 Agatha Simes

Shymkent (Kazakh: Shymkent, شىمكەنت, known until 1993 as Chimkent (Uzbek: Чимкент, چىمكېنت; Russian: Чимкент, Čimkent), is the capital city of South Kazakhstan Region, the most densely populated region in the Republic of Kazakhstan. It is the third most populous city in Kazakhstan behind Almaty and Astana with an estimated population of 669,326 in 2015. A major railroad junction on the Turkestan-Siberia Railway, the city is also a notable cultural centre, with an international airport. Shymkent is situated 690 kilometres (430 mi) west of Almaty and 120 kilometres (75 mi) to the north of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Restaurants in Shymkent

1. Park Abaya

Zheltoksana St., Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Park Abaya

Reviewed By Ray A

Abay parc welcomes you with Mr. Abay in the entrance. It's a nice green parc with plenty of attractions for grown ups and children. Connected to the parc is the Circus; Cirk. Nice area just to have a walk.

2. Mall Mega

Tauke Khana Avenue, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Excellent
32%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 34 reviews

Mall Mega

Reviewed By rheadworth - Chesterfield, United Kingdom

Western style shopping is pretty thin on the ground in Shymkent, so if you feel the need to indulge in some retail therapy, this is the place for you.
There is a large supermarket on the ground floor and various clothes/fashion/kids/technology shops dotted around. On the top floor is a food court which has a number of fast-food style outlets. None of them are recognised Western brands - but they sell the same kind of fare (burgers/chicken/pizza etc).
Worth a visit for the food court alone - if you are a bit peckish.

3. Shymkent Zoo

M.Kh.Dulati St., Shymkent, Kazakhstan +7 725 247 6030
Excellent
40%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Shymkent Zoo

Reviewed By Worldtravellerguru - London, United Kingdom

This is a typical soviet type zoo with animals kept in minute cages, you can see the lions and other large animals pacing up and down, going round the cage in desperation.
The place should be converted to a wildlife park to give the captive animals some sense of normality rather than being locked up in steel cages.
Having said that the entrance fee is very low, a few cents, so I guess in terms of value for money, this is a great place to visit, and there are some nice views within the park, but the place reminds me of my childhood days when animals were all kept in small cages with no appreciation of their natural habitat.

4. Ugam

Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Ugam

Reviewed By Zaher_1984 - Amiens, France

Alihan organized for us a great tour in the Mountains of south Kazakhstan. During three days, we stayed with a local family near the Sayram Ugam National Park. The tour included a day trip to the Aksu Canyon located nearby, a horseback riding trek and a visit next to Sayram Peak, the highest in this region.
But there are many other options available, including treks to a remote lake called Susingen that I planned to visit during my next visit.
The tour was well organized, including transfer from and to the city, homestay with food and guide service. For a very reasonable price. I highly recommand to anyone who is interested to discover a remote but beautiful area.

5. Museum of Victims of Political Repressions

Ryskulbekova St., Shymkent, Kazakhstan 210025
Excellent
26%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
13%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 15 reviews

Museum of Victims of Political Repressions

Reviewed By aargyroo - Athens, Greece

Shymkent is not a marvelous city , actually I could call it dirty and messy and very hot during July I was there, temperature once reached 45 C, but it's worth staying a couple of days to visit the Unesco's Mausoleum in Turkestan. A taxi takes you there within 2 hours and 30,000TKZ.

6. Shymkent Plaza

Al-Farabi Sq., 3/1, Shymkent 160019, Kazakhstan +7 725 261 0515
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Shymkent Plaza

Reviewed By Наталья Б - Shymkent, South Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

Суперпопулярное место в сегодняшней жизни Шымкента. Что привлекает людей, задаюсь вопросом?) Атмосфера. Атмосфера! Ощущение постоянной позитивной энергии, непрерывный поток людей, жаждущих прогуляться, повеселиться или просто посмотреть на других. Множество магазинов, скидки - мы это любим.)) Кино - на выбор. Ну, а если с практической стороны подходить - удобно: удобный главный вход прямо с площади, без всяких лестниц, спусков и подъемов. Туалеты, пардон - это важный аспект комфортной прогулки - удобные, чистые, по нескольку на каждом этаже. Разнообразие предложений "кормёжки", как же без этого. Поэтому-то, в свои выходные народ непрерывным потоком течет в "Shymkent Plaza".

7. Ontustik Tourism Center

Respubliki Ave., 6, Shymkent, Kazakhstan +7 725 256 0923
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Ontustik Tourism Center

Reviewed By thys77 - vail

We hoped to time our visit to Shymkent to coincide with the annual Nauryz celebration, and after a lengthy search for information these folks filled us in on all the important details by email. When we got to Shymkent we visited their office; it was empty but when we finally found someone in a back office to speak with he gave us tons of great information about how to use the bus system (2GIS app was great) and more. Check in with these folks by email if you have any questions about Shymkent.

8. Qazaq Auyl Alash

Shymkent 160004, Kazakhstan +7 708 646 2859

Alash Ethno Village will allow plunging into the atmosphere of the historical background and carrying away to the ethnocultural environment of the age of nomads. Here you can feel the culture and the everyday life of nomads in the format of live history, to enjoy horse and camel ride walks, the beauty of nature and fresh steppe air and for sure to taste the national cuisine dishes.

9. Kausar SPA & Beauty

Zheltoksan St., 17 | Rixos Khadisha Shymkent, Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Luxury SPA in the center of Shymkent.In Kausar SPA and Beauty you can enjoy you holiday in the pool,including a hydro-massage,Finnish and Roman sauna,as well as in the Turkish hammam.Enjoy a variety of exotic massages and feeling Turkish peeling. For fitness fans there are gym and group training rooms.Hair stylist,cosmetologist,nailtherapist will prepare you for a special event in the beauty zone

10. Genesis Studio

Ospanova St., 51, Shymkent, Kazakhstan +7 702 269 4679

Escape-room from the genesis studio is a new format of entertainment. Feel like a hero of the movie or computer game.

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