1)Kaganat canteen - Dostyk ave, upper Abay street. This is one of the cheapest and best place to eat. Mostly students have lunch there. You can find the network of Kaganat canteens everywhere in Almaty. The closest one in the downtown is on Dostyk ave, just next to TV and film academy.
2)Coffedelia - Kabanbai Batyr street, corner of Tulebayev street.
3)Marrone Rosso - Furmanov street, corner of Jambyl street.
4)Cafeteria - Kurmangazi street, corner of Baiseitova street.
5)Aroma - Abilaikhan ave, corner of Karasai batyr street. Opposite to Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory.
6)Ultra's - 27a Satpaev ave, corner of Masanchi street. It has rooftop cafe with amazing view to the mountains and beautiful sunsets.
7)Creme Fouette - 63, Kurmangazy street, corner of Zheltoksan street. Cosy and reminds me cafes I've been to in Kiev, Ukraine.