With this wet weather, sometimes it’s nice to curl up indoors with a good book. Here are the bookstores around Yangon. Happy reading!
AR YONE THIT BOOKSHOPS
There are a number of book stores lining the southern edge of Bogyoke Aung San Road, but this one that sits close to Central Hotel is the best-equipped for English-language books downtown. The owner, Khin Maung Tin, is knowledgeable and keen to chat.
365 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Downtown.
+95 (0) 1 250 199
9am – 5pm
A well-equipped bookstore with just about every book you could ever read about Myanmar. There is also a relatively good general literature section. The owner is very knowledgeable about local literature.
37th Street, just south of Mahabandoola Road, Downtown.
+95 (0) 1 377 227
One of the larger book shops stocked with fiction for all ages, as well as non-fiction on every topic imaginable. For students, they have study aids as well as teaching materials for schools. They also have a decent-sized discount section with books at half price and a large collection of second hand books.
S-5, 2nd Floor, Waizayantar Shopping Centre, Waizayantar Road, Thingangyun Township
+95 (0) 9 421 109 960
9am – 7pm
INNWA BOOK STORE
You’ll find a reasonably good selection of English-language titles at this store.
301 Pansodan Road, Downtown
+95 (0) 1 389 838
8.30am – 6pm
NEW VISION BOOKS
Well stocked with English-language books about Myanmar and many second hand English-language novels.
146A, 37th Street (between Anawhrahta and Maha Bandoola Streets), Kyauktada Township
+95 (0) 1 249 068
8:30am – 5pm
Probably Yangon’s best-stocked shop for English-language books. There’s also Gusto café upstairs.
150 Dhamazedi Road, Bahan Township.
+95 (0) 1 537 805
8.30am – 8.30pm
MYANMAR BOOK CENTRE
Another relatively well-stocked book store: The one in downtown has perhaps slightly more choice than the store on Baho Road. The Baho Road branch also sells a range of Myanmar arts and crafts.
Ground Floor, MAC Tower 1, Corner of Merchant Street & 35th Street, Kyauktada Township
+95 (0) 1 370 532
9am – 6pm
Baho Road branch:
55, Baho Road,Corner of Baho Road & Ahlone Road, Ahlone Township
+95 (0) 1 221 271
9am – 6pm
PANSODAN BOOK STALLS
The streets surrounding Pansodan Road are filled with book sellers, selling everything from modern day classics to those that are at least a few decades old. Look very closely and you may discover a few hidden gems, or failing that, just pick up anything you can get your hands on. An absolute must for book lovers.
Pansodan Road, Downtown
POPULAR BOOK STORE
Owned by the people behind City Mart supermarkets, Popular Book Store has a reasonable selection of English-language books. Also sells stationery and toys.
Golden Valley Branch:
403/ A, Dhamazedi Road &Golden Valley Road, Bahan Township
+95 (0) 152 3840/43 ext 103
9am – 10pm
231, Corner of Pyay Road and Shin Saw Pu Pagoda Street, Sanchaung Township
+95 (0) 151 0697
9am – 10pm
Junction Square Branch:
Junction Square Shopping Mall, Between Pyay Road & Kyun Taw Road, Kamaryut Township
+95 (0) 1 527 053
9am – 10pm
TAB BOOK CENTRE
Stocked with a variety of local and international books mostly covering school subjects of a wide range of levels. Subjects include electronics, medicine, business & management, art & decoration, IGCSE, IELTS, TOFEL, SAT, primary, secondary, and International children’s books. Taw Win Centre Branch:
4015 – 4017, 3rd Floor ,Taw Win Centre, Dagon Township
+95 (0) 1 860 0042 – 44
9am – 9pm
Culture Valley Branch:
95, Ground Floor, Myanmar Culture Valley, People’s Park, U Wisara Road, Dagon Township
+ 95 (0) 932 3075 3334
9am – 8pm
TAB Book Centre