19th Street Yangon
Welcome to 19th Street, Yangon
19th Street is by no means your usual big city avenue. 19th Street or Yangon’s Chinatown as it is also known houses some of the most electric cultural dining you will ever find and truly lives up to its reputation as heart of Yangon’s dining nightlife.
In Yangon where every alleyway is a micro culture, a world unto itself. The twilight brings about the patter of gentle footsteps on the crumpled pavement, the cars retreat in favour of the ever advancing food stalls transforming the outside lanes of adjoining main roads into cozy food alleys.
A careful search through the roadside stalls can yield some sophisticated dished in the most unexpected of places. Whist famed as Chinatown, food on offer draws its inspiration from Burmese, Shan, Rakhine, Thai and Indian cultures.
Things to lookout for include…
Shan Tamin Chin. – Turmeric rice served with chicken and fresh tomato paste.
BBQ’d Lady Finger (vegetable)
Rakhine Prawn Salads
BBQ’d Whole Fish
As night falls the buzz of the street intensifies, the gecko’s sing out from the shadows behind the florescent bulbs and 19th Street becomes alive. People form all ethnic groups come together at Chinatown in a celebration of cultural exchange through the medium of food. It is a delightful mixing pot of people and a hot pot of choice cuisine.
As the evening stretches on into the smaller hours and your contented stomach can stretch no more an ever vigilant trishaw driver will be on hand to ensure you have a comfortable return journey to your hotel through the empty streets of this enchanting old city.
Other Things to See and Do
This towering pagoda has stood watch over the city for over 1000 years. At over 70m (23 stories) in height it holds a commanding place on the Yangon skyline. A taxi from 19th street should cost about USD 5.
Free guided walking tours.
The City which held time so tightly in its grasp also fortunately retained many of its beautiful heritage buildings. The Yangon Heritage Trust is doing a fabulous job documenting and classifying these buildings. The trust has a small gallery and offers free walking tours of the central downtown streets. Tours depart from 22-24 Pansodan Street (lowest block).