DAGON

‘Little NGO world.’ ‘Foreigners’ ghetto.’ ‘Hipster Yangon.’ Located just north of downtown – and conveniently close to the shopping mecca of Bogyoke market – Dagon is the favored hangout for the city’s blossoming expat community. Probably because it’s one of the few places in town you can enjoy a delicious Western-style coffee and an awesome plate of local noodles on the same block. Over the past few years, zen cafes, international restaurants and yoga studios have sprouted amid more traditional Yangon features – ever broken pavements and some truly notorious stray dogs. Condos and shiny glass offices sit next to beloved local Shan joints and tea shops.
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NLD MP: ‘I fear we are returning to the age of the generals’

When three Yangon journalists were arrested this week for publishing an article that criticized the Yangon Region chief minister Phyo Min Thein, one lawmaker from the chief...

NLD fires two insubordinate lawmakers

NLD fires two insubordinate lawmakers

The National League for Democracy dismissed two lawmakers from leadership posts within the party last month for violating party regulations during their interactions with the...

Myanmar Food Expo: Why packaged and processed beats fresh and local  

Myanmar Food Expo: Why packaged and processed beats fresh and local  

Over 80 food brands came together in Yangon last Sunday to show off their wares at the 5th Myanmar Food & Drink Expo. Unlike the world’s fanciest food expos, which feature...

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,...

Effortless photos of the super blue blood moon

Effortless photos of the super blue blood moon

Dozens of people gathered outside Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda last night to snap photos of the super blue blood moon. Here’s what most of us saw. Wow.

Foreigners to pay K10,000 to enter Shwedagon from Dec. 1

Foreigners to pay K10,000 to enter Shwedagon from Dec. 1

The entry fee for non-Myanmar citizens at the Shwedagon Pagoda will be raised from K8,000 (US$5.90) to K10,000 (US$7.30) starting Dec. 1. The price hike was initially announced by...

Yangon’s oldest elephant Mo Mo turns 64

Yangon’s oldest elephant Mo Mo turns 64

The Yangon Zoological Garden held a celebration over the weekend in honor of Mo Mo – the city’s oldest elephant – who just celebrated her 64th birthday. The celebration was...

Watch Boris Johnson pine for colonial Burma at Shwedagon Pagoda [VIDEO]

Watch Boris Johnson pine for colonial Burma at Shwedagon Pagoda [VIDEO]

A video emerged over the weekend of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reciting the colonial-era poem “Mandalay” by Rudyard Kipling during a visit to Shwedagon...

ACID – Myanmar’s hip hop godfathers – to reunite at the Clubhouse tonight

ACID – Myanmar’s hip hop godfathers – to reunite at the Clubhouse tonight

Three of the founding fathers of Burmese hip hop are putting on a rare performance tonight of the music that got them to the top of the charts, the chopping block of the...

Bend the knee to Babett – the new queen of the Yangon food scene

Bend the knee to Babett – the new queen of the Yangon food scene

Babett has been open for less than two weeks, but in that short time, she has breathed new life into Yangon’s food scene and raised the bar for every eatery that aspires to...