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Top Choice Burmese in Sittwe


Located off Ye Dwin St on a small street directly behind the museum, this popular, friendly place does Burmese-style set meals with an emphasis on Rakhine-style spice and tartness. You could work from the English-la…
Landmark in Sittwe

View Point

Strand Rd leads about 1.5 miles south to a location called View Point, where the locals play on Sittwe Beach, a broad, brown strip of sand, and you can watch the sun set over the Bay of Bengal. The site is being red…
Buddhist Temple in Sittwe

Lokananda Paya

You can’t miss this big golden pagoda between the airport and the centre. Its cavernous gilded worship hall, held aloft by decorated pillars, is pretty spectacular.On the western side of the compound is a small ordi…
Market in Sittwe

Central Market

Focused on the 1956 municipal market building, Sittwe's market has lots of action from dawn to noon and beyond – it’s well worth popping by before your boat or plane leaves. Head straight past longyi (sarong-style g…
Buddhist Temple in Sittwe

Shwezedi Kyaung

Partly housed in a picturesque, ramshackle colonial-era building on a backstreet, this was the monastery of U Ashin Ottama (1880–1939), a leader of the Burmese independence movement during British colonial rule who …
Mosque in Sittwe

Jama Mosque

This impressive 1859 building – the oldest mosque in Sittwe – could have been lifted out of the pages of Arabian Nights. Sadly, since the 2012 sectarian riots, it's been strictly off-limits, with barbed wire and arm…
Chinese in Sittwe

River Valley Seafoods Restaurant

Popular among foreign visitors and the local gentry, Sittwe’s fanciest restaurant has a prime location on Strand Rd facing the river. There's a big garden, lit up at night, to eat in and there are many seafood optio…
Landmark in Sittwe

Fruit Bat Trees

Hundreds of noisy fruit bats migrate from these trees on Main Rd every evening at dusk, having spent the day jostling with crows for space in the trees. There's a great view of their flight from the roof of the Shwe…
Burmese in Sittwe

Móun·di Stand

Móun·di, thin rice noodles in a peppery, fish-based broth, is Rakhine State's signature noodle dish. Sittwe’s best – many claim – is served at this stall (look for the green awning) facing the city hall.
Teahouse in Sittwe

Mya Teahouse

Sit under shady trees amid the potted plants and flowers at this pleasant teahouse. Good for a breakfast of fried rice, or mohinga, a fish-flavoured noodle soup (K600).