Known to most as the largest city in Myanmar that used to be the capital, Yangon is an enchanting place that’s always moving forward with the new without necessarily burying the old under the rug. It is peppered with pagodas, the most prominent of which stands in the heart of town – the gilded, diamond-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda. Courtesy of the Yangon guides by PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider, here is a list of local favourites when it comes to food, drinks, shopping and art.
For Food: Padonmar Restaurant
Romantic, regal and ridiculously picturesque, this is what makes Padonmar Restaurant number one on our list of exemplary eateries in Yangon. Tucked away within Kha Yay Pin Street, the fine-dining Myanmar and Thai restaurant is just an 11-minute car ride away from PARKROYAL Yangon. While the rooms inside offer much privacy, there’s no denying the appeal of dining in the lush, immaculate garden, where you can better savour homemade dishes like the Beef Curry with Potatoes and Grilled Aubergine Salad.
Address: 105/107, Kha Yay Pin Street, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm (Daily)
For Drinks: Vista Bar
Spice up your nightlife with the best speakeasies in Yangon such as Vista Bar. As hinted by its name, it is a rooftop alcohol lounge that affords exquisite views of the city skyline (including the golden Shwedagon Pagoda), along with a plethora of reasonably priced cocktails, beers and light bites to take you through the evening. And if that isn’t enough, the cheeky titles of the cocktails (for instance, The Forever Alone, Father Christmas, Sweet Love, Flying and more) will surely be a source of much amusement.
Address: Shwegondaing Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: 6:00pm to 1:00am (Daily)
For Shopping: Bahan Market
Whether you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, or the most unique shopping finds, we’ve got you covered. Bahan Market, a local favourite that’s open every day, is always brimming with tables, trolleys, marquees and vendors selling fresh produce, religious items, snacks, trinkets, fashion, and lovely bouquets of flowers. With the market practically located at the foot of the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, you get to kill two sight-seeing birds with a stone too. Read our guide for more top-notch places to visit in Yangon when you’re in need of retail therapy.
Address: New Yay Tar Shay Street, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Daily)
For Art: Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre
Skip the museums and galleries for once. Why settle for a passive observation of still structures and paintings when you can be an active participant of a singular traditional art form? One of the most engaging local experiences for art lovers is string puppetry. Located 14 minutes from PARKROYAL Yangon by car, Htwe Oo Myanmar is a playground of Burmese marionettes, where you can learn to manipulate their movements, and watch veteran puppeteers bring the dolls to life through traditional folk tales and plays.
Address: No. 12, 1st Floor (Left), Yama Street, Ahlone Township, Yangon Myanmar
Opening hours: Available show times are 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm and 6:00pm (Minimum 2 pax)
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