Vegan Guide to Yangon

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OCTOBER 2022: Due to COVID we were unable to travel for nearly two years, which means it’s been impossible to update our vegan travel guides. Therefore we cannot be sure if the below restaurants are still open, so please contact them directly to check. As travel has now restarted we will be updating guides accordingly, but in the meantime please check out the excellent HappyCow, which you can find via the link at the bottom of this vegan guide.

Published May 2018

There was something about Yangon that made us know that we have to return. We only had a couple of nights in town and spent that at the Sule Shangri-La Yangon which proved to be a very vegan friendly luxury hotel in the heart of Yangon and a perfect base to explore. Of course we were blown away by Shwedagon Pagoda and we marvelled at the vast golden stupas glimmering in the midday sun, but after ‘ticking off’ a few other obvious tourist sites we were on the hunt for vegan food in Yangon…

999 Shan Noodle Shop

999 Shan Noodle Shop
130b 34th Street

Opening Times: 6am-7pm daily (closes at 10pm on Friday & Saturday)

We had been told to head here for some authemtic Mynamar cuisine and we were certainly not disappointed; the food was fresh, flavour packed and very reasonably priced. The owner was on hand to help guide us through the menu and explain which dishes could be prepared vegan (there were lots of them) so we took his lead and ordered a whole selection of dishes to try. We loved both of the noodle soups which were packed with vegetables and Shan tofu (made from chick peas), and we tried our first (delicious) tea leaf salad; a staple throughout the country.

vegan noodles in Yangon
vegan tea leaf salad in Yangon

Rangoon Tea House

Rangoon Tea House
77-79 Pansodan Road

Opening Times: 7am-10pm daily (closesat midnight on Friday & Saturday)

A cool and funky spot that is a favourite with locals, expats and tourists alike and perfect for a lazy brunch with our friends. It’s got a lively vibe and was packed on the day we visited but the service was still attentive and our food and drinks arrived quickly.

As the name would suggest it’s all about the tea here with 16 blends to choose from; we enjoyed an iced mint lemonade which was very refreshing and iced chai full of cinnamon and star anise flavours.

The stuffed paratha was our favourite food but we also had mushroom bao, veg samosas and Chinese donuts which were also good; this is certainly a great option to meet up and hang out with friends when passing through Yangon.

tea, juice and vegan snacks in Yangon
paratha stuffed with peas in Yangon

Nourish Cafe

Nourish Cafe
36b Alan Pya Pagoda Road

Opening Times: Mon 10am-9pm / Tue and Wed closed / Thu 10am-9pm / Fri 8am-3pm / Sat 10am-3pm / Sun 10am-7pm

Travel is all about planning and we have to admit we failed miserably when it came to planning our trip to Yangon. Our visit coincided with what is considered to be the best plant based and vegan restaurant in Myanmar being closed for Thingyan new year!

As part of Yangon Yoga House, Nourish Cafe has been a huge hit since opening serving guests a selection of healthy and nutritious vegan food, we missed out but they kindly sent us these images of their acai & red berry smoothie bowl and vegan bliss balls.

Next time…

Acai & Red Berry smoothie bowl at Nourish Cafe Yangon
Vegan bliss balls at Nourish Cafe Yangon

Street Food

We normally spend as much time as possible in each new location searching for street food that might be accidentally vegan, our time in Yangon was limited, but we did manage to find one of our favourite South Indian snacks called uttapam.

These rice flour pancakes are found all over Southern India and let us tell you these ones were pretty damn fine, freshly cooked and with tomato, coriander and green chillies they were the perfect vegan street food snack.

vegan street food in Yangon

Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotel in Yangon

Sule Shangri-La

Sule Shangri-La
223 Sule Pagoda Road

We’ve stayed at many Shangri-La hotels and resorts accross the region and always find them to be a very good vegan friendly option. Our expericene at Sule Shangri-La Yangon was no different and we were well catered for in both the Horizon Club Lounge and also during breakfast at Cafe Sule. There was plenty of vegan food available from the extensive buffet selection including vegan sushi (which was delicious), salads, local rice dishes and a vegan noodle soup prepared specially for us.

Vegan noodle soup at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Vegan sushi for breakfast at Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Summer Palace

Summer Palace
Sule Shangri-La Yangon
223 Sule Pagoda Road

Summer Palace is the Cantonese restaurant at Sule Shangri-La Yangon and we were very pleased to discover they had a fully vegetarian menu available that was nearly all vegan. Dishes included a vegetarian canape selection with fried spring rolls and veg dim sum, there were plenty of main courses to choose from with our favourite being a sweet and sour mock fish dish.

Vegan dim sum at Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Sweet and sour vegan fish at Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Other Vegan Guides to Yangon

Make sure to check out this great post from Nikki at ‘A British Girl Abroad’ who lives in Yangon, it’s called ‘Best Places For Vegans & Vegetarians To Eat At In Yangon’ and offers multiple options. It’ll be one of our go to guides next time we’re in town for sure! We met with Dee from ‘Veggie in Chiang Mai’ during our time in Myanmar and she’s published this guide called ‘Visiting Myamar as a Vegan’ which also has a number of vegan options in Yangon worth looking up. And of course, Happy Cow is your friend as a travelling vegan so here’s their Yangon Vegan Restaurants page.

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One Comment

  1. Rick Rodriguez August 17, 2020 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    You have an amazing blog! All the dishes that I see in the photo are very appetizing. Thanks for this tasty guide.

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