Yangon’s friendly shark and his secrets to cuisine success

For 16 years, Sharky’s has satisfied Yangonite’s cravings for delectable cheeses, breads, gelato and cured meats, to name but a few of its luxurious offerings. During the decades Myanmar spent as an isolated, pariah state under international sanctions, such items would have been virtually unobtainable. However few would have complained: Myanmar’s population happily consumes more […]

Festival celebrating womanhood to open in Rangoon

The Yangon Women’s Festival, a colourful event celebrating the women of Burma, will be held in the former capital from 2-8 March. The event starts on International Women’s Day and is the first of its kind in Burma, aimed at female empowerment, recognising women’s contributions to society, and breaking down long-standing gender stigmas. The project […]

Yangon’s new look

Some call it romantic, others rustic – the way mildew covers the façades of hundreds of fading historic buildings of Myanmar’s largest city. Many of the structures – originally built as depositories, libraries, malls and hospitals – still stand as they did when they were built about a hundred years ago, and to most passers […]

Bright lights, big city: Yangon’s evolving nightlife

It doesn’t feel like Yangon.” So proffered an English friend on our first venture to Gekko, a recently opened bar and restaurant on the city’s Merchant Street. We got what she meant as we gazed at the quirky ceiling fans – giant propellers that look as if they might have been taken off the front […]