As more and more travelers venture to Bagan’s spectacular temple-studded landscape, more and more restaurants are popping up. From traditional Myanmar food alongside a cultural show to international fare with an ancient view, here are ten restaurants with rave reviews in Bagan, Myanmar.
The Sanon Training Restaurant in Bagan is a non-profit social enterprise organization aiming to train and assist local students in gaining employment within the growing hospitality industry of Myanmar. Not only does every bite taste good, it feels good to enjoy supporting such an initiative. Sanon’s inviting open interior and delightful outdoor garden area pair well with its excellent service. Definitely try the caramelized pork stir fry or the giant Irrawaddy prawn and catfish curry.
7 Sisters Restaurant is a spacious, open venue with a clean and comfortable setting run by seven sisters, as the name suggests. Built like an authentic Buddhist adoration hall, the framework of this striking structure is made up of massive teak pillars and beams. Situated on a corner near the Eight-Faces Pagoda in New Bagan, 7 Sisters serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a serene setting. Choose from a variety of Asian and European dishes – the roasted duck with steamed whole fish and lemon sauce is a popular choice.
La Terrazza is ideal for travelers looking for a filling Italian meal after a full day of exploring Bagan’s stunning sights. Specializing in homemade pastas, wood oven pizzas and garden-fresh ingredients, La Terrazza is perfectly situated in Nyaung-U, Bagan, along the popular Restaurant Row (Thiri Pyitsaya 4 Street). Get the pumpkin ravioli served with cream sauce or the baked eggplant special in tomato sauce with parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Service is good, and the ambiance is a mix of traditional Burmese with an Italian twist.
If dining at a joint tucked slightly off the beaten path sounds appetizing, give Kyaw Kitchen in New Bagan a try. Natural scenery complemented by Myanmar-inspired décor sets the tone for a delectable meal even before the first taste. Staff members at Kyaw Kitchen are attentive and conversational. A mouthwatering array of options are available on the menu parmigiano-reggiano cheese from fusion to hints of French. The risotto, butter fish curry or grilled river prawns won’t disappoint. Kyaw Kitchen also hosts Burmese cooking classes, sunset cocktails near the Irrawaddy River and village home lunches. Sign up for an added dash of cultural fun!
Sunset Garden Restaurant in New Bagan isn’t necessarily recognized for impeccable service or noteworthy Burmese, Chinese and Thai dishes. The real draw to Sunset Garden is its incredible view of the Irrawaddy River complete with a mountainous backdrop. Arrive just before the evening dinner rush to get a table overlooking the Irrawaddy for a truly memorable sunset or go in the late afternoon to beat the lunch crowds (as well as heat) and have a refreshingly crisp Myanmar beer to re-energize after sightseeing.
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