This wide street has the most beautiful gold arches a flyover could ever want, bookshops, white goods and stunning architecture, with some trendy cafes and galleries thrown in. What more could you want?
Other things that caught our eye:
*1 Pansodan Art Gallery (no. 284/6).
*2 Two places (at no. 272 and no. 268) to repair and restring your rackets – tennis, squash or badminton.
*3 Up the winding staircase, you can find Hla-Day, which is a social enterprise supporting Myanmar crafts people – a great place to buy presents and have a cup of coffee https://hladaymyanmar.org. The well-known Rangoon Tea House used to be on the ground floor, but they moved to Golden Valley.
Architectural highlights – yes we know this is supposed to be all about shopping, but we love buildings too.
1. Tejoomal’s building (currently a dashing shade of pink). And the meeting point for the fabulous Saba Street Food Tours: www.sabastreetfoodtours.com. Don’t miss the chance to try all the tasty and special street food dishes
2. The Central Telegraph Office, 1913.
3. The High Court – – a Blue Plaque building thanks to Yangon Heritage Trust: http://www.yangonheritagetrust.org.
4. In its first life this interesting building was Y.E. Modan Bros Gun House selling guns and ammunition, now it is the large taxpayers office – and still a beautiful building!
5. The Indian Embassy – previously the Oriental Life Assurance Building, 1914 – a Blue Plaque building as well.
6. The Internal Revenue Department – previously Rander House, 1932.
7. Sofaer’s Building, 1906, (also known as the Lawkanat building) is the grand old dame of Yangon residential buildings and the subject of a short documentary from Yangon Film School, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ALSzDpAQO0. It is also home to a great restaurant, an art gallery (the Lokanat), a shop for local fabrics and other crafts, and it’s a Blue Plaque building – phew!
8. Inland Waterways Department at no. 50 – previously the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, 1930.
9. Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank – previously the National Bank of India, and also known as Grindlay’s Bank, and for a while the National Museum, 1930 – and another Blue Plaque building.
10. Yangon Divisional Court – previously the Accountant-General’s Office and the Currency Department, 1900-1907.
11. Myanmar Port Authority – previously the Port Trust Office, 1926.