Must-see restaurants in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Traditional Burmese food

    Jing Hpaw Thu

    Northern Myanmar

    Be sure to head out to this large, open-sided riverside restaurant that catches waterborne breezes and is considered the top spot for real Kachin food…

  • Exterior of Lucky Seven Teahouse

    Lucky Seven

    Yangon

    The most central of this small chain of high-class traditional tea shops, Lucky Seven is much more than a pit stop for a cuppa. Its streetside tables are…

  • Rangoon Tea House

    Yangon

    This stylishly designed hipster teahouse is as popular with cashed-up locals as it is with travellers and expats – at peak meal times expect to wait for a…

  • Lin Htett Myanmar Traditional Food

    Nyaungshwe

    This is hands down the most appealing Burmese restaurant in Nyaungshwe, and one of the better curry houses in all Myanmar, where the service is as…

  • Sanon

    Bagan

    Enjoy delicious and exciting dishes surrounded by tropical plants in the open-sided dining room of this memorably good restaurant. You'll find inventive…

  • City Hotpot & BBQ

    Mandalay

    Come hungry to this downtown spot that clocks in with over 80 varieties of meat, vegetables and side dishes, all stored in colourful bins in refrigerators…

  • Prime Restaurant & Bar

    Mandalay

    Everything is outsized and every appetite satisfied at Prime. The menu covers Burmese, Southeast Asian and Western favourites, ranging from tea-leaf…

  • Weather Spoon's Bagan

    Bagan

    Brits will be familiar with the name, borrowed by amiable owner Win Tun from a UK discount pub chain, and there are plenty of Western classics on the menu…

  • Bodhi Nava

    Yangon

    It's hard to believe that this trendy cafe, with its artfully distressed walls and minimalistic chic furnishings, was once a car workshop. The menu…

  • L'Opera

    Myanmar (Burma)

    Outstanding Italian food is served in this classy, upmarket restaurant that's probably one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. Expect dishes…

  • Cherry Hakha

    Chin State

    There's no better exemplar of traditional Burmese food culture than this always-busy, atmospheric, wood-floored restaurant, crowded with families, couples…

  • 7 Sisters

    Bagan

    Although it sounds like the title of a fairy tale, the restaurant is indeed run by seven sisters, who do a fine job cooking up prawn curry, Yunnan-style…

  • Pansodan

    Yangon

    Ticking all the right boxes, this restaurant gives a great first impression with its handsomely restored heritage building and elegant, two-level dining…

  • Be Kind to Animals the Moon

    Bagan

    The original among the vegetarian restaurants clustered near Tharabar Gate, this garden-like eatery offers a friendly welcome, a name we still don't fully…

  • Feel Myanmar Food

    Yangon

    This Yangon institution is a fine place to start discovering quality Burmese cuisine. There's a big choice of freshly made dishes on display – just go up…

  • Kyaw Kitchen

    Bagan

    Tucked away a few blocks north of the main road, Kyaw Kitchen earns high marks for its good-quality cooking, friendly service and appealing, garden-like…

  • Mingalabar Myanmar Restaurant

    Mandalay

    This massive, two-storey, traveller-friendly favourite doubles as a traditional Burmese pick-and-pig-out kind of spot, or you can sit down and order by…

  • Sin Yaw Bamboo Restaurant

    Nyaungshwe

    Run by a pleasant Shan-Chinese couple, Sin Yaw is deservedly one of the most popular places in town. The food is authentic and flavoursome – they'll tone…

  • Black Bamboo

    Bagan

    Run by a French-Burmese couple, this lush garden-cafe and restaurant is a pure delight. It's a pleasant place to relax over creatively prepared and served…

  • Hana Yakiniku

    Mandalay

    Saying it's easily the best Japanese restaurant in Mandalay isn't necessarily high praise, because competition is slim. However, Hana Yakiniku could hold…

  • Live Dim Sum House

    Nyaungshwe

    More and more people are making the walk to this laid-back place for the tasty and inventive dim sum – like prawn, bamboo shoot and water chestnut, or…

  • San Ma Tau Myanmar Restaurant

    Hpa-an

    This local institution is one of the most appealing Burmese restaurants anywhere in the country. It serves a vast selection of rich curries, hearty soups…

  • Seeds

    Yangon

    Swiss Michelin-star chef Felix Eppisser and his wife Lucia Eppisser are the genial hosts at this superb fine-dining restaurant on the shores of Inya Lake…

  • Daw Yee

    Mawlamyine

    Humble Daw Yee does some of the best Burmese food you'll find anywhere. It has a great selection of curries, including an insanely fatty prawn curry, all…

  • Lake Front Feel

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    The upmarket yet casual lakeside setting is an obvious attraction here, while the menu spans dishes from across the gastronomic planet. The waterside…

  • Taj

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Best by night, this standout lakeside eatery is much more reasonably priced than its extravagant look suggests. The curries, tikkas and baltis are superb…

  • 800 Bowls

    Yangon

    Watch the chefs deftly stretch and chop the dough to make fresh la mian pulled noodles and dumplings served at this top-notch Chinese restaurant.

  • 800 Bowls Sule Square

    Yangon

    Second branch of a classy modern restaurant where chefs make delicious, fresh la mian pulled noodles and dumplings.

  • Eden Restaurant

    Chin State

    New and fairly modern in decor, Eden serves up the most satisfying meal in town, especially the hotpot (K25,000) for groups of three. There's no English…

  • Sprouting Seeds

    Kalaw

    This all-organic, all-vegetarian cafe and bakery trains women from Myanmar's conflict areas in hospitality skills. Everything here is homemade, from the…

  • River Valley Seafoods Restaurant

    Rakhine State

    Popular among foreign visitors and the local gentry, Sittwe’s most upmarket restaurant has a prime location on Strand Rd facing the river. There's a big…

  • Red House

    Kalaw

    Sophisticated for Kalaw, or anywhere in rural Myanmar, this worthwhile Italian-run restaurant offers homemade pasta, ravioli and wood-fired pizzas, as…

  • Dosa King

    Nyaungshwe

    You enter this bamboo cabin of a restaurant through a large porthole, where reasonably authentic, tasty, traveller-friendly Indian food awaits. As well as…

  • Mrs Popcorn's Garden

    Hsipaw

    Although Mrs Popcorn passed away in 2016, her equally irrepressible daughter makes this all-organic outdoor cafe a definitive stop on a tour of the Myauk…

  • Thu Maung Restaurant

    Kalaw

    Located in a bright-green building just past the post office, Thu Maung is one of the best Burmese curry restaurants in this part of the country, serving…

  • Lois Cafe

    Chin State

    You might find yourself becoming a regular at Lois, easily the nicest place in Tiddim. Admittedly, pickings are slim, but it's worth the walk uphill from…

  • Shwe Ayar

    Myanmar (Burma)

    It doesn't look like much but this halal place offers high-quality biryani, which you can supplement with chicken or mutton. The lentil-and-bean soup is…

  • Veranda Youth Community Cafe

    Hpa-an

    Established to provide job training for young people from the conflict areas of Kayin State, the Veranda is a big and breezy cafe with a large garden out…

  • Shandlay Hot Pot Restaurant

    Chin State

    Variety is rare to come by in these parts, and hotpot – essentially a cornucopia of vegetables, noodles and meat – provides plenty of food diversity in…

  • Tavoy Kitchen

    Tanintharyi Region

    Simple but cute restaurant-cafe with a friendly English-speaking owner. The vegetarian-friendly menu ranges from noodle and rice dishes to more…

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