There is lots to see in this corner of downtown Yangon – the fabulous Botahtaung Pagoda, Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, mosques, and heritage buildings – but it is mostly residential. We have marked the things that caught our eye, an eclectic mix including mind readers, cafes, bars and bookshops. Please let us know if you think we have omitted something interesting!
A: A wet market.
B: A large night market – especially for street food.
C: Botahtaung Pagoda market.
Other things that caught our eye:
*1 Guitar 77, at no. 160, for guitars and all related equipment.
*2 Nang Htike Shan Noodles – great noodles.
*3 Backpacks 4 U – an outdoors sports supply shop, running tours as well.
*4 A bein mont pancake stall – a fabulous street snack.
*5 The renowned Ye Kyaw Bein Mont pancake stall – try them all!
*6 Lucky 7 tea shop – so good – and so popular.
*7 Hanuman Coffee – a small coffee roaster at the corner of the Hindu Temple.
*8 Uncharted Horizons organise fantastic bike and si-car tours around Yangon and beyond, and are THE specialists for hiking in Chin State when it becomes possible: www.uncharted-horizons-myanmar.com. And almost next door is Coffee Six Six, a boho cafe.
*9 Third Story bookshop for children- see www.thirdstoryproject.com
*10 Tagu silk shop, for beautiful scarves and ties with Myanmar themes.
*11 YMCA: A blue plaque building (see www.yangonheritagetrust.org and the description on Thein Phyu street).
*12 Urban Asia Centre – a slightly sad shopping mall, but Koko Home and Cafe Salween are well worth a visit and at night it is quite the happening place. Come dancing here, and you may bump into Mel at Heaven on Earth!
*13 Siyin Baptist Church – originally built in 1887 as an Anglican Church called St. Philips.
*14 The 50th Street Bar – a well known watering hole.
*15 Visit the Mind Reader at no 38, 52nd street.
*16 Three very different bars and a fabulous restaurant: The Hangout bar – a great place to have a beer and catch the Yangon river breeze and sunset; The vintage luxury yacht hotel – a wharf-bound hotel with lots of outside tables on the jetty; The Love Boat (can you resist?) with live music every evening on the top deck and the strangest welcome statue we have seen; and finally, the glorious Sanctuary Ananda has moved down from the Dry Zone for the monsoon season and docked here to provide you with fantastic meals and sunset cruises.