It’s a must to catch a classical dance performance while in Myanmar’s cultural capital. Operated by a school for young performers, this theatre puts on nightly shows with elaborate costumes and routines.
SEE & DO
This gallery in the heart of Yangon’s historic downtown area has a reputation for boundary-pushing photographic shows. Recent exhibits have focused on natural resource extraction, as well as the plight of the persecuted Rohingya ethnic minority.
EAT & DRINK
Set on the ground floor of a colonial shophouse, this beer station-style eatery channels the tastes of central Myanmar (“Anya”) with flavourful curries and salads. Try the moreish dried beef, which pairs well with cold beer.
At this streetside joint, generous plates of biryani, coconut rice and beans are served up on tiny silver tables illuminated by strip lighting. Do also try the keema paratha (deliciously crisp rotis stuffed with mutton) which go nicely with mugs of sweet, creamy tea.
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This famous sweet shop is known for its rich, coconut-laced offerings – think traditional pastries in flavours like coconut and chocolate, coconut and carrot, and more. The semolina cake is also a popular option.
Recently opened, this sleek café is an air-conditioned escape from the hot and dusty Mandalay streets. It’s an ideal place to while away an afternoon over Western-style coffee and pastries.
This is one of the few places in Yangon where you can sample authentic fare from the secretive Wa state, which has been closed to foreigners for decades. Don’t miss the gloopy, congee-like moik, which is made with brown rice and vegetables.
Aimed at chic young women, Cici’s designs put a twist on traditional style – think bold prints and body-hugging, long-line dresses. The boutique recently launched a line of longyis (Burmese sarongs) with pockets.
This is where well-heeled locals come to get their slippers. Shwe Nagar sells a wide range of Myanmar’s favourite velvety flip flops – including wedges for women – at decent prices.
The Link 84 Mandalay Hotel
This stylish new four-star hotel is located in the heart of the city, close to the Royal Palace and railway station. Its 33 rooms are neatly appointed, and its staff are incredibly friendly.
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曼德勒林可83号精品酒店(The Link 83 Mandalay Hotel )