My Banh Mi: This modest but mighty sandwich shop in Myanmar Plaza makes spot-on banh mi

It’s hard to miss this modest shop on the top floor of Myanmar Plaza, nestled between the much larger Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop and Yogurtland, because of the wafting smells of freshly toasted baguettes as they get hit with a spread of heady pate. There is a general commotion on this floor, where most of ...

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Coconuts Hot Spot: The Pansodan, Yangon’s first ‘Burmese brasserie’

Coconuts Hot Spot: The Pansodan, Yangon’s first ‘Burmese brasserie’

Walking along downtown Yangon’s Pansodan Street is a visual trip down its colonial past — the British architectural heritage is present and alive (despite noticeable wear...

Knob N’ Knockers is a new restaurant drawing foodies with a racy name – but what’s the food like?

Knob N’ Knockers is a new restaurant drawing foodies with a racy name – but what’s the food like?

Naming your restaurant is probably one of the easiest things to do on the checklist when you’re coming out with a new culinary establishment, and the folks at this recently...

Working House is the best café in Sanchaung

Working House is the best café in Sanchaung

It’s only been open for a week, but the truth is hard to ignore: Working House Café is definitely the best café in Sanchaung. This may not seem like such high praise for a...

ORNG’s extraordinary kitchen

ORNG’s extraordinary kitchen

A series of obstacles lies between the salivating foodie and ORNG Kitchen, a classy yet casual fine dining option whose quality justifies its remoteness. First, there is the Pyay...

Casa Mia serves Italian fare with heart and care

Casa Mia serves Italian fare with heart and care

As we approached Casa Mia Italian Kitchen and Bar, a waiter smiled warmly, welcomed us in, and put away our umbrella. It was raining on a typical monsoon day. The walls were...

Bodhi Nava: Paradise in Yangon

Bodhi Nava: Paradise in Yangon

Sunlight pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing a cool, concrete sanctuary at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda in a heavenly glow. But despite its hallowed location and...

Yangon’s best Sichuan restaurant has no name

Yangon’s best Sichuan restaurant has no name

The restaurant at the top of downtown Yangon’s Regency Hotel is no secret, but it’s also not a place you stumble upon. If no one ever tells you that this unremarkable hotel...

Why you should try this lahpet thoke galette at Ô’thentic

Why you should try this lahpet thoke galette at Ô’thentic

In its year of existence, Yangon’s only crêperie has defied a powerful trend by staying open and inoffensive. In a city where imaginative restaurants come to die,...

DiVino: Classic Italian made with skill and flair

DiVino: Classic Italian made with skill and flair

A lady in a big, shiny Klimt portrait looks out over DiVino’s eccentric dining room, which, like the portrait itself, is a collection of colorful compartments adorned with...


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Coconuts Yangon Hot Spots

In a fruitless effort to be well-rounded, many Yangon restaurants end up being jacks of all trades and masters of none. Their menus offer every cuisine but no soul. Amid the mediocrity, a few hot spots rise to prominence simply by doing one or two things exceptionally well, like a café with high-quality coffee and functional Wi-Fi, a ramen bar that is nothing but a ramen bar or a dim sum joint that claims to be divine and lives up to it. You don’t need to serve pad thai and pizza to succeed; in fact, master one of the two, and you may end up in our Hot Spots section.