From coffee shops to local art hotspots, Aung Htin Kyaw, chief concierge at Sedona Hotel Yangon, takes us around the budding city of Yangon to explore some of its not-to-be-missed tastes and experiences.
Where can one find the best cup of coffee in town?
You can get an aromatic cup of coffee at Shwe Pazun, a well-known local cafeteria and bakery which has been in operation for more than 35 years. Shwe Pazun is located 20 minutes away from our hotel, along Minnandar Road in the Dawbon Township.
The coffee is one of the best in town, with freshly roasted and blended Arabica beans grown locally in the scenic Pyin Oo Lwin Township, Mandalay. Outdoor seating set in a landscaped garden is available for visitors to enjoy the picturesque surrounds as you enjoy your cup of coffee. As night falls, the setting is transformed into a magical garden with shimmering lights.
On weekends, one may also look forward to a delectable high tea set with aromatic coffees and teas at the Sedona Hotel Yangon’s Lobby Lounge with live music. Our hotel is located at Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd in the Yankin Township.
Where is the best place to go for a taste of local food?
Padonmar Restaurant is another favorite for authentic healthy Burmese cuisine. The restaurant also offers private rooms perfect for meetings or a more intimate dinner setting. It is located at Kha-Yae-Bin Road, Dagon Township, between Pyi Daung Su Yeik Tha (Halpin) Road and Manawhari Road/Ahlone Road.
The Green Elephant Restaurant along Inya Lake also offers traditional Burmese fare in a rustic setting. You can choose from a variety of Burmese dishes such as the Laphet (tea leaves salad), Mohingar (fish soup with rice noodles), or curries. In certain seasons, you can enjoy puppet shows and Burmese dances as you dine. The Green Elephant is located at University Avenue Road.
For a casual, al fresco-style Burmese food experience, venture to Chinatown in downtown Yangon, between 18th and 24th Streets, where you can enjoy delicious skewers with local beer. Do pay special attention to the well-known “barbecue street” which is located at 19th Street, where one will be spoilt for choice by the numerous stalls selling barbecued delights. Chinatown is located in downtown Yangon, West of the Sule Pagoda.
What would be the best souvenir to bring home and where can one find it?
The best keepsakes for remembering your Myanmar experience are the traditional longyis or Burmese cloths, handmade Pathein parasols, exquisite jade found in Myanmar‘s Northern Region and gem paintings—all of which are available at Bogyoke Aung San Market. For a wide selection of beautifully crafted Burmese lacquerware, visit Madam Thel Shop and Bagan Art Shop along Than Lwin Street.
Bogyoke Aung San Market is located at Bogyoke Road, Yangon.
Where should one go to enjoy the best of the local arts scene?
Again, Bogyoke Aung San Market will be a good place to get a good feel of the local arts and culture scene. You will find many small art vendors that specialize in ‘live’ portrait painting and sketching.
Golden Valley Art Gallery, established in 1987 by U Lun Gywe, Myanmar’s most famous impressionist painter, is also a wonderful destination for art enthusiasts. Golden Valley is located at Golden Valley in Bahan Township.
What is the most underrated place every traveler should visit?
Yangon’s Chinatown (or Tayote Tan) was created when the British expanded the city in the 1850s. Today it is famous for its shops, street food, barbecue and temples, and is ideal for visitors who like to experience the bustling nightlife.
For guests staying in Sedona Hotel Yangon, our friendly concierge team can most definitely help to arrange for tours to the places mentioned.