You’ve heard how cool Myanmar is. You’ve been thinking about checking out Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. Well, you’re right, the time to visit Myanmar is now, and Yangon is where you should start – thanks to the fast-evolving food scene. Stylish restaurants and hip Burmese tea houses are making their mark. Here are the spots you don’t want to miss.
Feed your inner Francophile at Le Petit Comptoir de Rangoon. Simple decor gives this small restaurant a cozy atmosphere. Skip the appetizers, and go straight to the hearty mains like bouillabaisse, beef bourguignon and sea bass with lemon risotto. Le Petit Comptoir de Rangoon can be found at #42 Yaw Min Gyi Street.
Rasa Lasa brings the best of Malaysia’s ‘kopitiams’ and hawker stalls. Think creamy kaya jam, Singaporean hokkein mee, and crunchy prawn fritters. But food isn’t the only draw; a huge 25 by 25 foot art piece by artist Delphine de Lorme, chalkboard wall and framed vintage pictures of colonial Malaya make this boutique eatery a must. Rasa Lasa can be found at #462 Thein Phyu Road.
Sharky’s, a Yangon favorite since the early 2000s, recently opened a branch on Pansodan Street. Owner U Ye Htut Win returned from Switzerland in the 1990s to follow his dream of producing local, artisan food. He now reportedly supplies Aung San Suu Kyi with cheese. Sit at the long wooden tables at this upmarket deli and enjoy international dishes and desserts. Then take home artisan cheese, ice cream and bread. Find Sharky’s on Pansodan in the heart of downtown Yangon.
Rangoon Tea House offers an upmarket twist on traditional Myanmar dishes. Set in a charming colonial era building, this divisive restaurant can’t help but draw in Yangon’s stylish set. Some adore it, while others feel that Myanmar food should be more accessible. We suggest you try Rangoon Tea House for yourself at 77-79 Pansodan Street.
Homemade cafes and bakeries are popping up all over the city. Meringue specializes in coffee and homemade desserts. The small, almost hidden, cafe opened in a quiet residential block off Ahlone Road in August 2015. Enjoy a rich, fluffy tiramisu while you watch Yangon life go by. Find Meringue at #60 Nguwa Street, Ahlone Township.
And, hey, if you’re in the mood, there’s always our home-grown favorite, Black Canyon. (We joke, we joke.)
But seriously, Yangon is calling and FlyMya is your ticket to experience this exciting city and all that Myanmar has to offer. FlyMya is your one-stop-shop for all domestic flight purchases, tour packages and car rental, so you plan the perfect trip around Myanmar.