With Thadingyut Festival around the corner it’s time to hit the shops to find gifts for your friends and family to show your love and appreciation for them. Here to help is our guide to some of the best shops in Yangon for finding special gifts to give your loved ones.
Give a gift that gives back when you shop at Pomelo. This fair trade shop supports numerous social businesses that help some of the most vulnerable people in Myanmar. Buy a hand-carved teak chopping board from the Helping Hands group, who teach carpentry skills to former street children, or necklace from Eden, made by a woman who has been rescued from human trafficking.
Address: 89 Thein Phyu Street, Lower Block, Yangon
Opening hours: 9.30am – 9.30pm
KOKO Soy Candles
For this festival of lights, why not brighten up someone’s day with a scented candle from Koko Soy Candles? From Asian Pears to Midnights Bloom, or the White Jasmine scent specifically created as part of the Thadingyut celebration collection, pick a fragrance that reminds you of your loved one. The candles are available at selected stores across Yangon, check their website to find the closest one to you.
It’s traditional in Myanmar to gift family members with a longyi for Thadingyut and there’s nowhere better to shop than FGM. Designer Mogok Pauk Pauk is a true innovator in the Myanmar fashion industry and her personally designed fabric brand is popular with women of all ages. Her fabrics can be made into longyis or tailored in any way you want.
Address: Building 15, Room 5, Hnin Si Street, Near Yuzana Plaza Gate 7, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
If you are thinking about making your own customized fruit basket as a traditional Thadingyut present, this organic fruit and vegetable store is the right place to shop. Go Green is one of the few organic product suppliers in Myanmar and you can find a wide selection of chemical-free fruit, vegetables and even eggs. Gather a colourful selection of green goodness to make a personalised fruit basket for your loved ones.
Address: Nat Mauk Street, Myaybadaythar Garden, Bahan Township
Phone: 0979 995650
Opening hours: 8.30am – 6pm
Home Sweet Home
For that favourite family member with a sweet tooth, head to Home Sweet Home on Strand Road to buy them an enticing treat. Not only will you be able to order a sprinkle-covered Rainbow cake or a tin of freshly baked biscuits as a gift, you can also treat yourself to a waffle served with blueberry ice-cream while you wait. As an added bonus, it is buy one get one free on orders of New York Cheese Cake from the 23rd until the 25th October.
Address: 440, Strand Road, Latha Township, Yangon
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 10pm