Yangon (Rangoon) restaurant recommendations 2016-17
Yangon (Rangoon) is currently in the midst of an exciting food revolution and here is a selection of our favourite eateries.
Shwe Sa Bwe
The perfect dining option for those looking to experience Yangon’s fine dining scene in a not so pretentious environment. Better yet, it also operates a hotel and restaurant training center which aims to provide training to financially disadvantaged Myanmar youth looking to pursue a career in the country’s hospitality industry.
Address: 20 Malikha Road (just off Parami Road)
Tel: +95 (0) 9421 005 085
The pioneer of fine dining in Myanmar. Regarded by many as the number one restaurant in the country, Le Planteur is the place to dine if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, or simply to escape Yangon’s notorious hustle and bustle. Le Planteur also serves what is arguably the best high tea set in the city, making it a great option for anyone looking to put their feet up in the afternoon.
Address: 80 University Avenue, Bahan Township
Tel: +95 (0) 1 514 230
Don’t let the fact its located in a hotel put you off, Le Cellier is a must for anyone looking to sample some of the finest French cuisine Myanmar has to offer. Best of all, diners will also get access to an expertly selected range of wine and glorious views of Shwedagon Pagoda from the restaurant’s rooftop.
Address: Novotel Max Yangon
Tel: +95 (0) 1 230 5858
Since it opened in 1997, L’Opera has established itself as the city’s premier Italian Restaurant. With its leafy garden and lakeside location, L’Opera certainly makes a strong case for the most romantic fine ding option.
Address: 62 D, U Htun Nyein Street, Mayangone Township
Tel: +95 (0) 9 730 30755
Did you know that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was said to order goats cheese from Sharky’s during her time under house arrest? We hope this alone helps to demonstrate the quality and reputation of this food producer/restaurant business that prides itself on serving fresh, organic produce and 100% Myanmar made produce. The wine selection’s not bad either!
Address 1(the original Sharky’s): 117 Dhammazedi Road
Tel: +95 (0) 951 524 677
Address 2 (downtown Sharky’s): 81 Pansodan Road, Lower/Middle Block
Tel: +95 (0) 1 252 702
Since it opened in 2014, Rangoon Teahouse has fast become one of the most popular Myanmar restaurants in town. Although it is safe to say that you will not be the only tourist eating here, Tour Mandalay believe Rangoon Teahouse provides the best introduction to Myanmar cuisine in a modern, hygienic and downtown setting. They also offer an impressive selection of craft ales, cocktails, authentic lahpet (tea) and freshly squeezed fruit juices.
Address: 77-79 Pansodan Road, Lower/Middle Block
Tel: +95 (0) 9979 078 681
Shan Yoe Yar
Pitching themselves as “the first Shan-style fine dining restaurant in Myanmar”, Shan Yoe Yar is an excellent option for anyone looking to sample one of Myanmar’s most talked about cuisines.
Address: 169 Wa Dan Street
Tel: +95 (0) 1 221 524
This recently opened farm to fork restaurant serves up a range of premium quality Myanmar produced beef dishes.
Address: Porter House, Kan Baw Za Road
Tel: +95 (0) 9782 000 169
Located on the ground floor of the iconic Sofaer & Co Building in downtown, Gekko is Yangon’s first true open kitchen with a charcoal fired Yakitori/Robotayaki grill and cosy cocktail lounge in down-town Yangon. We believe this is a great example of how Yangon’s colonial remnants can be preserved and utilised at the same time.
Address: 535 Merchant Street
Tel: +95 (0) 943 190 232
Vietnamese for ‘coriander’, Rau Ram is a trendy Asian fusion restaurant located in downtown Yangon. For a glimpse of a modern, up and coming side of the commercial capital, dinner here is a must.
Address: 64 B, Yay Kyaw Street, Pazundaung Township
Tel: +95 (0) 9455 160 657
One of the first old shop houses to be restored for public use, Monsoon Restaurant serves up extremely tasty Myanmar and South East Asian inspired fare.
Address: 85-87 Thein Phyu Road
Tel: +95 (0) 1 295 224
Located across the road from the Secretariat (Minister’s Office), Gringos Chilangos is hands down the best and authentic tasting Mexican restaurant in the country. It might be hard name to remember, but the effort is worth it.
Address: 257 Bo Aung Kyaw Street
Tel: +95 (0) 1 245 631
Kipling’s Bar & Terrace
The Kipling’s Restaurant and its outdoor terrace offer a fusion of Asian and Western cuisine where traditional recipes and secrets combine to create mouthwatering dishes, all of this whilst enjoying a partial view of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.
Address: Savoy Hotel
Tel: +95 (0) 1 526 289
The only genuinely Greek restaurant in Myanmar and arguably one of the best places to eat for strict vegetarians or those looking to grab a light, non-stodgy bite to eat.
Address: 350 Ahlon Road
Tel: +95 (0) 9421 139 027
A training café that empowers woman. With two locations (Inya and Pearl Condo), a lunch here would perfectly suit anyone that’s craving more familiar items such as sandwiches, salads and cakes. Best of all, any money spent here goes to an extremely good cause.
Address 1 (Pearl Condo): Pearl Condo, Block C, Ground Floor, Kabar Aye Pagoda Road
Tel: +95 (0) 9254 016 679
Address 2 (Inya): 30 Inya Road, Kamayut Township
Tel: Not available, please use Pearl Condo number provided above
How does Mexican/Myanmar fusion take your fancy? It might sound like a strange concept, but it really works! The portions are generous, the ingredients of the highest quality and the chef never fails to serve up exceptionally tasty dishes.
Address: Pearl Condo, Block D, Kabar Aye Pagoda Road
Tel: +95 (0) 9255 833 706
Originally opened as an art gallery, Pansuriya has now been converted into a spiffy, full-fledged café cum restaurant, with elegant seating, friendly staff and a lengthy menu of affordable and scrumptious fare that’s heavy on Burmese curries, salads and Shan noodles.
Address: 102 Bogalayzay Street, Botahtaung Township
Tel: +95 (0) 9778 949 170
Lucky Seven Teashop 49th Street
Lucky Seven is a famous brand in Myanmar, known for its diverse range of tasty, quick and affordable Myanmar cuisine. The branch on 49th Street is our favourite option and we would strongly recommend to those looking to taste Myanmar cuisine in an authentic teahouse setting.
Address: 49th Street, Upper Block
Tel: +95 (0) 1 292 382
An accessible introduction to Myanmar cuisine for foreigners, where you can choose your dishes from a wide variety on display. The interior is more refined than most local restaurants.
Address: 124 Pyi Htaung Su Yeikthar Street
Tel: +95 (0) 1 511 6872
999 Shan Noodles
Only a short walk from Sule Pagoda, this small noodle house is an excellent place to pick up something light, authentic and tasty mid-tour.
Address: 130 B, 34th Street, Kyauktada
Tel: +95 (0) 1 389 363
This quaint little restaurant that sits on the first floor of a traditional Burmese building also doubles up as an art gallery. Serving Chinese and Burmese food, it’s run by a non-governmental volunteer group that helps street kids by providing them with training in the food and beverage industry.
Address: 141 (1st floor), Seikkantha Street
Tel: +95 (0) 943 052 916
House of Memories
The 175-year-old building in which this restaurant’s located was at one time General Aung San’s office (Myanmar’s independence hero and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s daughter). If you are looking for plenty of character and a diverse menu, House of Memories comes highly recommended.
Address: 290, U Wizara Road, Kamaryut Township
Tel: +95 (0) 1 534 242
Housed in a colourfully restored colonial mansion, Pandomar Restaurant was one of the first tourist friendly eating establishments to grace Yangon’s culinary scene. Serving a mixture of traditional Myanmar and Thai cuisine, this is an option that will be sure to provide a memorable and fun night out.
Address: 105/107 Kha Yay Pin Road
Tel: +95 (0) 1 538 895