Shopping in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Yangon

    Bogyoke Aung San Market

    Several hours can easily be spent at this historic covered market, with over 2000 stalls selling everything from gold and diamond jewellery to tattoos. It also offers the largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts and souvenirs you’ll find in one location and is a good place to find tailors.

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    Turquoise Mountain

    Reviving traditional crafts, including jewellery making and textile weaving, is the mission of this NGO which occupies a beautifully restored, heritage Chinese shophouse. It's possible to watch the artisans trained to produce pieces using gold and semiprecious stones, designed by ethical jeweller Pippa Small among others.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Yangon

    Hla Day

    Meaning 'beautiful' in Burmese, Hla Day is a superb example of a social-enterprise shop. It offers quality contemporary and traditional handicrafts sourced from local producers often struggling to overcome disability, exclusion and poverty. You'll find colourful adult and kids' clothing, soft toys, stationery, jewellery, homewares and more.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Farmers Market Yangon

    Something of a Yangon cool-kid and expat scene, this regular Saturday market promotes sustainable and seasonal agricultural produce. It is as much a social place to catch up over coffee and snacks from the stalls as it is to buy organic produce, locally made toiletries and some crafts.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Hakha

    Nuam Chin Traditional Store

    Handmade, elaborately patterned Chin longyi at this shop across from the CB Bank can sell for a whopping K260,0000 – antique ones for K600,000! That gives some idea of the quality of the goods, which include small bags, filigreed silver belts and less-expensive machine-made longyi, all sold in Yangon's Bogyoke Aung San Market and exported to other countries in the region.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Nyaung U

    MBoutik

    This colourful boutique has gorgeous textiles, bags, toys, handicrafts and clothing that are entirely produced by a women's cooperative started by the international NGO ActionAid. Some 600 artisans based in more than 130 villages across the country incorporate traditional designs and patterns in their expertly made works.

  • Shopping in Myinkaba

    Golden Cuckoo

    Pho Htoo and his brother run this workshop, which has been in their family for four generations and focuses on high-quality ‘traditional’ designs. In addition to exquisite bowls and cylinders, there are such unusual objects as a motorbike helmet and guitar (both US$1200). Located just behind Manuha Paya; a second branch has opened on the main road a few blocks away.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Myinkaba

    Black Elephant Studio

    For some of the best lacquerware in Bagan, pop by the Black Elephant Studio where you can feast your eyes – and empty your wallet – on some exquisite, but expensive, works of art.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Dacco

    Meaning 'to hug' in Japanese (the business was started by a Japanese woman), Dacco offers a lovely selection of Myanmar crafts and souvenirs sourced from across the country. Choice pieces include bow ties and ties made from longyi (sarong-style lower garment) fabric, Chin textile cushion covers, print T-shirts and sandals.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Myanm/art

    Run by experienced curator and art researcher Nathalie Johnson, this gallery showcases works by top contemporary local creatives across a range of media. There is an art-book library you can browse as well as a few reproductions of vintage tourism posters of Burma for sale. Exhibitions change roughly every three weeks.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Yangon

    Pomelo for Myanmar

    One of the best selections of contemporary handicrafts in Yangon – and all produced by projects supporting disadvantaged groups in Myanmar. Fall in love with the colourful papier mâché dogs, bags and pouches featuring bold graphic images, exquisite Chin weavings and jewellery made from recycled materials.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Bookland

    In an elegant house, this is Yangon's best-stocked bookshop, spread over two storeys with a fantastic collection of titles on local topics. The in-house M's Cafe is also a lovely place to linger over a drink and snack, such as its version of laphet (fermented green-tea salad).

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Lokanat Gallery

    One of the first galleries in Yangon to showcase contemporary art, Lokanat has been on the 1st floor of the historic Sofaer's Building since 1971. The shows change on almost a weekly basis and cover a wide variety of mediums and styles.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Yo Ya May

    There's a wonderful array of hill-tribe textiles at this long-running stall on the market's upper level. In addition to weavings produced by the Karen and Kachin, you'll find colourful works of Chin State, such as blankets and shawls embroidered with scenes of village life.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Augustine’s Souvenir Shop

    One of Yangon’s most captivating shopping destinations is split between the tall, narrow white house and the store room opposite. A virtual museum of Myanmar antiques, there’s a particular emphasis on wooden items, including carved figures, chests and wall hangings.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Pansodan Gallery

    This loft-like gallery has a variety of Myanmar contemporary and antique art, the latter including some unique antique prints, advertisements and photos. Owner-artist Aung Soe Min is knowledgeable about Myanmar art, and can point you in the right direction to find that special souvenir you didn’t even know you needed.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Chuchu

    Among the handful of reasons for visiting Dalah is this social enterprise where the handicrafts workshop has been partly constructed from old glass, plastic bottles and other recycled materials. Watch the process of turning plastic rubbish into attractive bags, baskets, jewellery and other colourful items.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Theingyi Zei

    Most of the merchandise at downtown Yangon's largest market is ordinary housewares and textiles, but it's also renowned for its large selection of traditional herbs, cosmetics and medicines, which can be found on the ground floor of the easternmost building.

  • Shopping in Yangon

    Yangoods

    This accessories and souvenirs brand is known for its sepia portraits and images of old Burma jazzed up with pop-art colours. It offers high-quality bags, pouches, cushions and stationery among other things (none of which are manufactured in Myanmar).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Mandalay

    King Galon Gold Leaf Workshop

    The most sophisticated of Mandalay's gold-leaf workshops, King Galon offers patient explanations of the gold-pounding process, including the physically demanding pounding, without sales pressure. Also stocks a range of souvenir handicrafts and religious icons, as well as packages of thin strips of gold leaf – the kind devotees apply to Buddha statues all over the country.