Best restaurants in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Myitkyina

    Jing Hpaw Thu

    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. The specialities here are the superb, tangy dried beef with a spicy dipping sauce, as well as the fish dishes and chicken or pork served in a banana leaf.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yangon

    Lucky Seven

    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 fringed by greenery and a small ornamental pond. The mohinga (thin rice noodles in a spicy fish broth; K600) is outstanding – order it with a side of crispy gourd or flaky-pastry savoury buns.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yangon

    Rangoon Tea House

    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 table. It serves traditional Burmese cuisine, locally inspired cocktails, and curries and biryanis – all well done in bigger portions (hence the higher prices) and generally less oily than you'll get elsewhere.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nyaungshwe

    Lin Htett Myanmar Traditional Food

    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 friendly as the food is delicious. Choose from a range of curries and salads, all accompanied by soup, dips and rice. Staff can also arrange cooking classes for K20,000 per person.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nyaung U

    Sanon

    Enjoy delicious and exciting dishes surrounded by tropical plants in the open-sided dining room of this memorably good restaurant. You'll find inventive Burmese small plates that are meant for sharing: river-prawn and catfish curry, pan-seared squid stuffed with pork, and crispy watercress-and-onion pakora. It has delicious juices, too (try the mint-and-pomelo freeze) and impressive desserts.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mandalay

    City Hotpot & BBQ

    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. Choose your base, from nonspicy to kimchi or shrimp paste, and make as many visits as you can stomach. It's another K1000 to add do-it-yourself BBQ at your table as an option.

  • Restaurants in Nay Pyi Taw

    Yangon Kitchen

    Acclaimed and highly exclusive gourmet restaurant inside the Kempinski Hotel. This is the place to come for succulent duck confit served with plum sauce on banana leaves, or delicate pan-fried sea bass. There's also a set Myanmar multicourse menu (K29,000) that's a tour de force of Burmese tastes.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mandalay

    Prime Restaurant & Bar

    Everything is outsized and every appetite satisfied at Prime. The menu covers Burmese, Southeast Asian and Western favourites, ranging from tea-leaf salads to roast duck, stir-fry Taiwan style, Thai fish cakes, imported steaks, pasta and burgers. The large outdoor patio area, lit up at night, is filled with covered picnic-style tables that are especially good for groups.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nyaung U

    Weather Spoon's 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 – fish and chips, pasta, pancakes – as well as Thai and Chinese choices. Fortunately, the food served here is considerably better than that served in the namesake bars!

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yangon

    Bodhi Nava

    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 includes Thai classics such as green curry and mon khao soi noodles, and it's all delicious. The weekday lunch special (K7500 for a main dish, spring rolls, a vegetable side and mango sticky rice) is a great deal.

  • Restaurants in Yangon

    Burma Bistro

    Entering Burma Bistro, it's as if you've slipped through a time warp into a Hollywood version of colonial Rangoon, with the encaustic-tile floor, paper parasols, planters chairs and antique fittings all in place. The Burmese food is tasty and nicely presented, but service can be a bit patchy.

  • Restaurants in Yangon

    Yangon Bakehouse

    This admirable social enterprise serves delicious bakes, hearty sandwiches, fresh salads and good coffee, as well as various products to go such as Annie's yoghurts and locally made peanut butter.

  • Restaurants in Mandalay

    Super 81 BBQ & Restaurant

    Excellent, beautifully presented Chinese food in very generous portions, plus typical Burmese dishes, barbecues and cheap draught beer in frosted glasses. Downstairs is a convivial beer station, but prices are the same upstairs in the pleasantly appointed air-conditioned restaurant. Handy place if you're waiting for a Moustache Brothers performance. The main kitchen tends to shut down closer to 10pm.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nay Pyi Taw

    L'Opera

    Outstanding Italian food is served in this classy, upmarket restaurant that's probably one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. Expect dishes such as homemade tagliatelle with prawns, beautifully presented salmon and authentic pizzas. There's a huge open-plan wine cellar.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in New Bagan

    7 Sisters

    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 chicken, fried tofu with mushrooms, roast duck and many other dishes of Thai, Chinese and Burmese origin.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hakha

    Cherry Hakha

    There's no better exemplar of traditional Burmese food culture than this always-busy, atmospheric, wood-floored restaurant, crowded with families, couples and office mates holding meetings. The menu includes classic mohinga, roasted duck (K15,000), a half-dozen crab dishes, grilled fish, spicy prawns and a squid hot plate. Fried rice and noodles are cheapest at K2500 to K3500; most meat dishes start at K800.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yangon

    Pansodan

    Ticking all the right boxes, this restaurant gives a great first impression with its handsomely restored heritage building and elegant, two-level dining room decorated in teak with gold-leaf detailing. Reflecting Myanmar's multicultural society, the expertly executed menu offers Burmese, Chinese and Indian dishes, ranging from the classic noodle dish mohinga to crispy chilli pomfret.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Old Bagan

    Be Kind to Animals the Moon

    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 understand and delicious food, including pumpkin curry with ginger, sautéed vegetables with vermicelli, spicy chapati wraps and creamy lassis. Don't overlook the homemade ice cream for dessert.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yangon

    Feel Myanmar Food

    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 to the counter and point out what you'd like. All meals come with soup, a plate of salad veggies and a small dessert. Outside, more stalls sell sweets, savoury snacks and other takeaways.

  • Restaurants in Yangon

    Sofaer & Co

    Playing up the handsome interior trimmings of the Sofaer Building, including encaustic tiles from Manchester and wood-panelled walls, Sofaer & Co conjures up colonial glamour with contemporary twists. Dishes such as a Burman Scotch egg and grilled Mandalay tea-leaf smoked pork display an assurance with fusion cooking, but you can also go old-school with noodles and curries.