Mandalay’s foodie and nightlife scene has upped its game in recent months with the opening of DOSE Mandalay and Ned Kelly. Read on to discover five of the best restaurant hotspots worth visiting while you’re in town.
Situated on top of a funky 37-bed hotel, Ned Kelly is Mandalay’s first and only Irish bar. True to form, it has a solid selection of booze (yes, it has Guinness!), a meat-heavy menu and a convivial vibe with friendly staff. The open-air rooftop has a high sloping tent covering, making it airy and light and it’s also home to two pool tables and a foosball table as well.
Address: 28th Street, Between 74th and 75th Streets, Mandalay
Opening Hours: 4pm-12am Pint of Tiger Draft: 3,000 kyats
Unique Mandalay Tea Room
After opening two years ago, Unique Mandalay Tea Room quickly became a hotspot for caffeine-cravers. As well as an extensive range of coffees and teas, they also serve traditional fare such as mont pyar ta latt pancakes as well as mae kyaw nang gyi thoke, a noodle dish with beef.
Address: 70th Street, Between 27th and 28th Streets, Mandalay
Opening Hours: 6am-5:30pm
Bistro at 82nd
One of the best options for affordable European cuisine in Mandalay, Bistro at 82nd is great for a glass of wine and some bruschetta as well as for a three-course dinner – and everything in-between. The fillet of seabass with a tealeaf crust is a perfect union of east and west while the apple tarte topped with elderflower cream is a nostalgic taste of European summer.
Address: 82nd Street, Between 30th and 31st Streets, Mandalay
Opening Hours: 10am -10pm
Since opening in October last year, DOSE has become a real game changer for Mandalay’s nightlife. Whether you are craving wine, beer, great tunes or steaks, DOSE Mandalay has it all. Of course, the cocktails are enough to tempt most inside, but with its amazing offers and mouth-watering food, don’t miss out if you’re visiting.
Address: 746, 71st Street, Between 30th and 31st Streets, Yan Myo Lone Qtr, Chan Aye Thar Zan Township, Mandalay
Opening Hours: 5pm to 12am
Situated next to the buzzing Yadanarbon Hotel, BBQ House is a fun DIY experience that’s a good option for anyone traveling on a budget. Diners can load up their trays with a selection of satay sticks of fresh meat and vegetables, before a personal mini-BBQ is delivered on their table so they can get grilling. Anyone wanting to try something a little different can order a mala-pot instead.
Address: The Corner 31st Street and 76th Street, Mandalay
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm