The famous big bright yellow smiley face of Happy Cafe & Noodles can be found in quite a few venues in town. The most enjoyable setting is in the garden of the beautiful colonial building which shelters the inya Road Branch. Their patio is the place to go for some relaxing drinks and a couple of shared plates of Myanmar foods. Their menu focuses on Myanmar snacks, rice and noodles but offers Western options too (and cheap cocktails).
One of Yangon’s quirkiest Korea restaurants, it is also the city’s only place to sample North Korean cuisine. The food is not to be confused with that from the South, where there are many accompanying side dishes. Dishes include kimchi, hot pots, soups and curries. There is a quirky North Korean cultural performance.
A trendy cafe` that sits in a phone shop in downtown Yangon, Coffee Club offers authentic European coffee as well as a range of sandwiches and cookies from Yangon Bakehouse.
Lotteria is a very well-known fast-food chain. Many locals frequent here, and is a great alternative for those craving McDonald’s type of fastfood. Their bulgogi burger is highly recommended as well as their soft-serve ice-cream. But do not order the prawn burger…it is painly no good.
Inside the Karaweik Park, Nervin Cafe sits pleasantly on a hill overlooking Kandawgyi Lake. It’s a calm pleasant spot to spend the day and usually offers a pleasant breeze from the lake. There is also a very good and reasonably priced casual menu with a selections of pizza, pastas, paninis and gelato.
This quaint tea house is the place to go to try out exclusive blends of tea. Set A is for two people and includes unlimited teapot refrill along with scones and cream, four different types of cake, two sorts of sandwiches and even a mini-chicken burger. Set B is for four people and is more or less set A timed by two. Ask to explore the house (including outdoor areas) before sitting down: it is full of hidden gems and each room has its own character.
Arirang is a family-run business serving delicious home-cooked Korean food. The dakgalbi grilled spicy chicken is especially good, but anything down to the side dishes is worth a try. You can find fine Shouju in this restaurant, which can be a good thing for both a business lunch or a family gathering. Quality does not come cheap though!
There are two wonderful things about the Yangon Bakehouse. The first is that they are a social enterprise that train and educate disadvantaged women, the second is their fantastic food. There’s a terrific variety of baked goods; all made to quite wonderful standards.