The milder season is here – time for some outdoor dining! There are a number of local restaurants alongside the lakes, and many other restaurants that have unique and stylized outdoor patios. Here is our selection of what Yangon has to offer:
BY THE LAKE
L’Opera Italian Restaurant & Bar
As the city’s no. 1 Italian restaurant, L’Opera, not only offers a great atmosphere and local made pastas, authentic wood-fried pizzas, Italian cold cuts and cheese, fresh salads and many other local and imported ingredients to bring the taste of Italy right to your plate.
> 62/D, Kan Yeik Thar, U Htun Nyein St., (next to Inya Lake Hotel), Mayangone Tsp., Yangon
01665516, 01660976, 0973030755
11 am – 2 pm, 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Le Planteur is set in a beautiful colonial mansion overlooking Inya Lake. One of the best fine dining experiences since 1998. Their winebar is something to look forward to. You can sample wine in their automated wine bar at a touch of a button. If you fancy high tea, their scenic veranda is the perfect setting.
> 80, University Road, Bahan Tsp., Yangon
12 pm – 2 pm, 6 pm – 11 pm
Rachel’s @ Kandawgyi Palace Hotel
In the premises of the former Agnes, the terrace not only overlooks the lake but you also get a beautiful view of the mystical Shwedagon Pagoda, and the gentle breeze makes this a great way to spend a relaxing day.
> Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Kan Yeik Thar Road, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Tsp., Yangon
11 am – 2.30 pm, 6 pm – 10 pm
Signature Restaurant (The Garden Bistro)
The Garden Bistro is set in a peaceful outdoor setting by Kandawgyi Lake. It’s an excellent place to come for breakfast and coffee for a reasonable price.
> Corner of Bahan St., & Kan Yeik Thar St., near U Htaung Bo Round, Kandawgyi Relaxation Zone, Bahan Tsp., Yangon
7 am – 10.30 pm
IN THE GARDEN
Belmond Governor’s Residence
Set in beautiful surroundings, the magical terrace of the Governor’s Residence offers some of the most mouth-watering food in the city. It is expensive, but for those willing to splurge, it is totally worth it. They have themed nights also, buffet style. Kids menu, baby highchair are available.
> 35, Taw Win Road, Dagon Tsp., Yangon
24 hours (daily)
Located just opposite Aung San Suu Kyi’s house, DiVino is definitely for food lovers. The quality of the products and the skill of the cooks make it a place for good Italian food. Freshly baked wood-oven pizzas are available: check it out in the garden. The outdoor seating is very enjoyable, but beware of mosquitoes!
> 61, University Avenue, Bahan Tsp., Yangon
12 pm – 2.30 pm, 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Popular amongst large groups of tourists, Padonmar has an eclectic mix of dishes from across Asia. True to local form the portions are well-sized and there’s a great selection of side dishes. The restaurant is set in an attractive, air-conditioned buildingz and has a large garden dining area.
> 105/107, Kha Yae Pin Road, Dagon Township
01538895, 0973242410, 095409409
11 am — 11 pm
Le Rendez-Vous @ The French Institute
Hidden away at the back of the French Institute’s garden, this easygoing eatery has become a secret lunch and dinner haven on Pyay Road. It serves essentially Western foods with a strong French influence and Yangon’s bons vivants seem to always meet up there for a couple of glasses of wine. Jazz night every Wednesday.
> 40, Pyay Road, French Institute, Sanchaung Tsp., Yangon
10.30 am – 11 pm (closed Sundays and Monday evenings)
Montage Cafe @ 7 Mile Residence
This very chilled and still unknown cafe serves a variety of comfort foods, ranging from pasta to grilled beef and noodles. Their fresh juices and smoothies are a real delight, especially when enjoyed by the pond.
> 1/B, 6th Quarter, Kone Myint Yeik Thar Road, Mayangone Tsp., Yangon
7 am – 9 pm
Shwe Sa Bwe
Shwe Sa Bwe is a training school for underprivileged local kids. The trainees, under the watchful eyes of Master Chefs, learn all aspects of a fine dining restaurant. The menus they whip up change every day, and the overall quality improves as the school year passes y.
> Malikha Road, near American Club, Mayangone Tsp., Yangon
12 pm – 3.30 pm, 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm