Yangon is such an eclectic and vibrant city! There has been so much change since the borders first opened in 2012 to tourism. I have visited Yangon twice, once in 2014 and then again in 2018, there has been significant change in new restaurants and sights popping up to cater for tourism. However, it still feels like a local and authentic experience. After Yangon, you must check out Bagan, read all about my trip highlights here.
My top 5 favourite places to eat and drink are below.
Rangoon Tea House
This place is a must go! If there is anywhere you eat, Rangoon tea house must be on the list! Tea Houses are a big part of Yangons culture and you will see them dotted all over the city. The are open-aired eateries with plastic tables and stools and lots of people just chatting or playing a game of chess during the day.
This place is great as its “tourist friendly” with a comfortable seating environment over the two floor restaurant, also serving beverages such as Asian inspired cocktails. At the same time gives you a taste of the best Burmese cuisine.
Some of my favourite dishes are:
*Biryani – this is one of the most memorable dishes. The biryani is cooked in a clay pot with a layer of naan on top. It is exciting when served as you peel the naan and the biryani is revealed.
*Spiced pepper squid – a local take on calamari
*Samosas – they are just so crisp and delicious
*Drinks such as the cocktails and local tea. The menu is very well detailed and explains all the food, you can’t go wrong here!
Burgers @ The Savoy
We stayed at The Savoy which is absolutely beautiful hotel built back in the colonial era. This 5* hotel feels like you have moved back into time and makes for a relaxing environment in the bustle of the city. The Kipling bar and restaurant has a “burger menu” that offers a wide range of burgers. Make sure you get a seat on the terrace which gives you lovely view of the pool.
I have been on a hunt for a good burger in Yangon, and my personal view and other that live here – you can’t go wrong at the Savoy.
The Penthouse Restaurant and Sky Bar
We ended up visiting this restaurant as it was walking distance from the hotel we were staying at called The Savoy. I would say the food is good but not particularly breathtaking. However the view is worth it and great if looking for decent food that is central location and easy to reach!
Local Eatery on Pansodan Street
If you have tried the Rangoon Tea House and would like to try one of the traditional tea houses – check this place out. There are so many around the city, this is just one that I went to if looking for a specific location.
It is wonderful for people watching and people just enjoying life in company of others 🙂 I love this and getting away from the hustle of every day technology experienced in the west.
The Blind Tiger
The Blind Tiger is such a cool cocktail bar and also serves food! It is a hidden bar and is in fact just round the corner from the tea house mentioned above, so can do a bit of a tour!
It is one of Yangons’ first prohibition style bar, where you need to knock on a door and use a passcode to enter. Go check it out 🙂
*some images have been taken from the respective websites.