You’ll find plenty of cheap and tasty bites to eat in Bagan. While you’ll easily be able to eat street food and local Burmese eats anywhere in the city, if you’re in the mood for a proper sit-down meal then this list of the best restaurants in Bagan is for you.
As it’s a big city, you can try all sorts of regional Burmese dishes as well as modern and international dishes. From healthy cafes to gourmet dinners, here’s where to eat when you’re in Bagan.
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This romantic restaurant has it all: beautiful atmosphere and delicious Myanmar, Chinese, Thai and European cuisine. The restaurant is built like an authentic Tazaung (a Buddhist adoration hall or shrine pavilion) with fourteen massive teak pillars and large teak beams supporting the roof.
As for the food? Expect crispy roast duck, fresh fish and a traditional Myanmar pickled tea leave salad, Lahpet Thoke.
This hidden little gem is one of the must-try restaurants in Bagan, both for the amazing food menu and for its Burmese cooking classes. It’s classic flavours of Myanmar but with a French touch, with dishes such as juicy steaks, butter fish curry and chicken breast stuffed with Myanmar tea leaves and feta cheese.
It’s perfect for a date night to remember.
For home cooked Italian fare, La Terrazza is the best place in Bagan. An Italian-Swiss chef is at the helm, with a menu full of all your favourites. The grilled Irrawady wild prawns with garlic, basil, lime served with a crunchy green salad are a must-order, as is the beef ravioli.
They make everything from scratch here, including the pasta, and you can taste the quality in every bite.
Sharky’s goes above and beyond, sourcing organic, local Myanmar ingredients, many of which are grown on the restaurant founder’s own farm. The menu consists of tasty European dishes such as handmade pastas and artisan cheese plates, and there’s also a gourmet deli section.
Bonus points for the fact that they also use 100% compostable and biodegradable packaging, straws and cutlery.
Bibo Restaurant is hugely popular for its authentic Burmese food with a modern twist. As well as traditional dishes, they have a creative menu of burgers with matcha green tea buns and zesty cocktails. Friendly staff are the bonus touch, providing great service.
Come with friends to try as many different dishes as possible.
Sanon is a fantastic non-profit social enterprise that aims to train disadvantaged youth in hospitality and English so that locals have a successful career in the hospitality and tourism industries. Not only is it a great idea, the food here is fantastic.
Dig into Burmese lentil curries or a droolworthy Irrawaddy prawn and catfish curry.
Star Beam Restaurant serves up tasty specialties from Myanmar, with delicious chicken and cashew curries as well as baked pizza for a real feast. Order the freshwater fish with lemon sauce and rosemary for a classic example of Western Burmese eats.
You’ll be back here time and time again during your trip.