Russian-speakers laugh when they hear the colloquial name of this neighborhood, because “Kompot” is a popular drink made from dried fruit — it’s like naming your area “Lemonade.” In this case, Kompot got its name from its fragrant orchards and winding alleyways with names like “Apple Street” and “Cherry Street.”
When Almaty was a town called Verny in the Tsarist 19th century, this whole area was an isolated oasis across the banks of the Malaya Almatinka River, with only a single bridge to bring city folks to their summer dachas on the other side. Picturesque cottages were built from logs of Tien-Shan spruce and surrounded by gardens fed by glacier water. In the Soviet era, the most beautiful homes were subdivided by the state, and esteemed members of the intelligentsia were built homes where they had the peace and quiet to unleash their creativity. Nowadays Kompot is just a short walk from Almaty’s trendy Golden Quarter, and new apartment blocks are transforming the neighborhood at a shocking rate.
On this tour, you’ll explore what is left of Almaty’s garden paradise. Starting at the landmark Hotel Kazakhstan, you’ll cross the Malaya Almatinka and enter a whole other world. We’ll visit the home of Kazakhstan’s most famous painter, Abylkhan Kasteev, now a quaint museum, and spy a bizarre mosaic on a Tuberculosis Hospital. A wander through streets lined with fruit trees and old cottages will take you to a street food stall with horse sausage pastries and a legendary oak tree, before finishing with Caucasian shashlyk shish-kebab at one of Kompot’s numerous joints for barbecue and beer.
What You'll See
Malaya Almatinka River
Abylkhan Kasteev House Museum
Horse Milk Mosaic
Almaty’s oldest tree
What You'll Learn
Why are the streets of Almaty lined with boulders?
How did Kazakhstan’s first indigenous painter go from a Kazakh nomad to a true communist believer?
Why did a craze for “horse milk champagne” once sweep the world?
Which famous Kompot resident once kept a fowl-mouthed crow as a pet?
Why is Almaty’s oldest tree wrapped in chains?
Dostyk Ave. and Kurmangazy Ave.
Nearby: Academy of Sciences, Kök-Töbe Cable Car Station
2 km (1+ miles)
Downhill, half sunny, half shady
Everything you'd ever want
A charming tour guide!
A bottle of the finest Kazakh spring water!
More advice than you've asked for!
Bögenbai Batyr St. and Abdullin St.
Nearby: Malaya Almatinka River, Jambyl Philharmonic
Walk fast? We might finish early.
Have a lot of questions? We might finish late.
Transportation to/from tour