Yangon’s thriving food scene offers something for every type of palate and budget. Traditional flavors from all over Myanmar mixed with international fusion and fare waft through the streets. Here are some of the tastiest restaurants you need to try when visiting Myanmar’s foodie capital.
Rangoon Tea House
Bar, Restaurant, Tea Room, Tea , Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
Rangoon Tea House takes Burmese food to new heights. It’s delicious, reasonably priced, and the design is classy chic. This newly renovated and expanded restaurant has a trendy, bright downstairs and a speakeasy-style upstairs with cushy seating and cocktail bar.
Rangoon Tea House is a huge favorite for its authentic Burmese food with a modern twist. Sink into a beautiful bowl of mohinga, Myanmar’s national dish, or the chicken biryani, and get ready to be impressed with the number of traditional tea concoctions available on the menu as well.
The Sharky’s concept is farm to table. Nearly all of the food served at Sharky’s two restaurants in Yangon and newest one in Bagan comes from their own farms with little to no waste in the process. This popular establishment is founded upon more than two decades of passion about locally sourced produce.
Sharky’s on Pansodan Street in Yangon focuses on perfect steaks, as well as grilled and rotisserie meats. The original branch located on Dhammazedi Road has a large deli on the ground floor featuring hundreds of made-in-Myanmar goods, including many hard to come by artisan products such as cheese, hummus and sausages. Definitely go for one of Sharky’s stunningly fresh salads, a steak or the charcuterie platter.
Arguably the best Shan noodles outside of Shan State, 999 Shan Noodle Shop is a favored Yangon joint for quick, tasty and cheap noodles. There are now three 999 Shan Noodle Shops in the city giving residents and tourists even more access to highly sought-after Shan cuisine. The main shop is on 34th Street.
999 Shan Noodle Shop is also known for more its fried tofu, tofu salad, dumplings, rice dishes, as well as all sorts of other noodle soups. Whether on the run or tucking into a few small dishes with friends, this place is a staple for simple traditional Burmese food.
Amid the expensive hotels, chaotic traffic, and rowdy tea shops, finding a quiet and well-established restaurant in Yangon can be very difficult at times. Thankfully, there’s Green Gallery – a relatively small space often filled to the brim with Thai food enthusiasts.
Serving up inexpensive, tantalizing curries and salads, Green Gallery hits the spot every time. One of Green Gallery’s specialties is hosting events. If a private all-you-can-eat-and-drink party is desired, contact this cozy corner of Yangon for a celebration to remember.
Looking to pair an evening at an art gallery and space for poetry slams, lecture series and documentary screenings with genuine bites of Myanmar? Pansuriya has found its spot on Yangon’s plate as a curator of artistic events that draw crowds who keep coming back to savor unique gatherings alongside mouthwatering Burmese curries, traditional salads like tea leaf and tomato, and various juices and desserts.
Rau Răm is a quaintly hip restaurant that dishes up Asian-fusion deliciousness – a mix of Thai, Vietnamese and Southeast Asian influences. Menu options include lemongrass buttermilk fried chicken and pork belly sliders. It’s hard to find such innovative fare in Yangon.
The atmosphere here is comfy with dim lighting and striking hand-painted walls. Plus, the service is always on point. Don’t miss an opportunity to spice things up a bit (or a lot) – try the Phở Real spicy cocktail.
A well-known location with a sports-pub vibe, 50th Street Bar and Grill brings people together. Not many places in Yangon cater to the foreigner crowd quite like this bar, with large screens, frequent comedy nights and team trivia.
Choose from 50th Street’s updated menu featuring flavorful freshness such as grilled mushroom and kale quesadillas, hand-cut Australian sirloin steak tartare, saliva-inducing burgers and other classic international favorites. It’s always a good time at 50th Street.
Feel is a large chain around Myanmar providing familiar Burmese street food in a more comfortable restaurant setting. The menu at each Feel location includes a large assortment of Myanmar’s fave national dishes, as well as flavors from other countries such as Thailand, Korea and China.
Visit Feel in Dagon Township, Yangon (Restaurant 8), to enjoy a large smattering of Myanmar food with all the fixings in one place. Lunchtime tends to be very crowded.
Root has definitely planted some appetizing ethnic roots in Yangon. Opened just over a year ago by two sisters from Myanmar’s Wa State special region in Northern Shan State, this cafe and bar is the only spot dedicated to fresh Wa food and drinks in Yangon. Root also hosts house music on select nights. Stop by to see, hear and taste what the hype is all about.
Found in the heart of the up-and-coming Sanchaung neighborhood, Win Star restaurant and beer station provides the same bustling local atmosphere as 19th Street near Chinatown in downtown Yangon does – only Win Star has a roof.
The grilled potatoes, quail eggs, corn, fish and many other types of meat and vegetables are a must. Basically, just barbecue and eat everything. And wash it all down with a glass of crisp Myanmar beer, of course.
This article was originally written by Tiffany Teng, and has since been updated.