Best restaurants in Inle Lake

    Inle Lake is one of the main destinations in Myanmar, located in western Shan State. There are several major ethnic groups living within this state all with its own identity and cooking traditions. The Shan people constitute the majority in the state and the second largest ethnic group in Myanmar. So, their cuisine influence spreads widely across the country, making it a popular and widely eaten cuisine all over Myanmar.

    Located in the picturesque Shan Plateau, Inle Lake’s gateway town Nyaungshwe offers many restaurants specializing in Shan dishes. However, it is not difficult to find the restaurants serving international cuisines such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai, Indian and even tapas. There’s no shortage of outstanding places to eat, but these are the very best restaurants Inle Lake has to offer.

    List of best Restaurants in Inle Lake:

    1. The Best Restaurants for Traditional Shan Food

    Inle Heart View Restaurant

    This is lovely restaurant setting on a small hill, just outside the town. From here, travelers can have amazing views of Inle lake, especially at sunset. This cute little restaurant is run by a family who have the highest standards of quality and service. There is a vegetable garden just next to the restaurant. The owners will pick the vegetables from the garden after they take your order. So, the food cannot be fresher.

    Inle Heart View Restaurant - Best restaurants in Inle Lake

    Located in high hill, Inle Heart View Restaurant is very nice to visit at sunset.

    The owners are really kind and will definitely do everything to give you a great visit. The menu is varied and full of dishes. They have a large selection of cocktails as well. Avocado salad is the must – try dish in this restaurant.

    Location: Inle Lake East Corridor Road, War Daw Village, Nyaungshwe
    Tel: +95 9 42831 4979

    Sin Yaw Restaurant

    Sin Yaw Restaurant - Best restaurants in Inle Lake

    Sin Yaw is always full of both locals and foreigners

    Sin Yaw is one of the most popular restaurants in Inle Lake to experience traditional Shan food at reasonable cost. It is always full with both locals and tourists. The restaurant offers wide range of food and one you should not miss is the lake fish. The fish is usually fried whole served accompanied with seasonings such as lemongrass and chilli or spring onion and tomato.
    Beside the good taste, Sin Yaw is also known for its friendly service and unmissable cocktails. They offer complimentary pre-meal snacks but also free tea refills

    Location: Mingalar Ashae Street Kantar Quarter, Nyaungshwe Myanmar
    Tel: +95 9 493 51883

    Linn Htet Restaurant

    Lin Htet Restaurant

    Enjoy cheap, authentic and tasty local Shan food at Lin Htet Restaurant.

    For cheap, authentic and tasty local Shan food, Linn Htet will get our vote. It is very simple place serving mainly locals, so do not expect for fancy furniture. This restaurant many options of curry: chicken, pork, beef…They offer lots of local vegetables as well, so it is suitalbe for vegetarians.

    It sits on a corner of the market with walls open to the busy street and passerby, so it’s a great place to spend hours eating and watching life in Nyaungshwe.

    Location: Yone Gyi Road, Nyaungshwe
    Tel: +95 9 45804 0182

    The Shan Restaurant

    The Shan Restaurant

    Dining in nice ambience of The Shan Restaurant.

    Setting in serene location of Viewpoint Eco Lodge, overlooking a canal and rice paddies, the Shan Restaurant is good place to try out fresh Burmese cuisine that’s done in nice ambience. They also have a great wine selection.
    There are different options for dining: picnic in a bamboo forest, special private dinner in a hidden Shan village or exotic lunch on the lake served on a converted rice barge. Notable dishes include Shan-style BBQ, chicken satay, fish curry, green tomato salad, butter fish in banana leaves

    Location: Yone Gyi Street | ViewPoint Lodge, Nyaungshwe
    Tel: +9581209062

    2. The best restaurants for Asian cuisine

    Live Dim Sum House (Chinese cuisine)

    If you are Chinese food lover, this restaurant is really worth to try. As appeared in the name, this restaurant offers very delicious dim sum. In addition, Peking duck is also a signature food of the restaurant.

    The Live Dim Sum House

    Chinese food lover will love delicious dim sum at The Live Dim Sum House

    The staffs are friendly and attentive. The restaurant is putting much effort to protect environment: stop selling bottled water, no plastic straws or plastic containers for food to take away.

    Location: Yone Gyi Road, Opposite Cassiopeia Hotel, near Golden Kite Restaurant
    Tel: +95 9 260 324 868

    Green Chilli Restaurant (Thai food)

    Green Chilli Restaurant

    Green Chilli Restaurant is a reliable name for Thai food.

    Burmese cuisine and Thai food share a lot in common and Nyaung Shwe also brings some great options for Thai food hunger. Green Chili Restaurant is, without a doubt, one of the best. Here the chef blends Thai flavor with natural produces from the region and tastes are slightly modified to suite more palates.
    Notable dishes include spring rolls, onion balls, fish Tom Yum soup, chicken with cashewnuts, pork curry

    Location: Hospital Road | Mingalar Quarter, Nyaungshwe.
    Tel: +9595214101

    Innlay Hut Indian Food House

    Innlay Hut Indian Food House

    Enjoy fabulous Indian food in music of Eminen at Innlay Hut Indian Food House

    If you want to have a great time and eat some tasty Indian, this is the place. Innlay Hut Indian Food House is a wooden hut with nice light setting. The owner is a big fan of Eminen, so you will be treated by Eminen’s music while eating. He is probably the coolest person in the village, he’ll make you smile, and he’ll treat you like a king.

    Location: Kyauk Taing Ashae Street, across from the Gold Star Hotel, Nyaungshwe
    Tel: +95 9 252 352 879

    3. The best restaurants for Western cuisine

    The Garden

    The Garden

    The Garden Cafe offers both modern western and local food.

    Located next door to the bus station, The Garden is one of the most popular Western restaurants in Inle Lake. It offers the large choice of pizza, crepe, sandwich, salad as well as some modern local dishes. Staff is very friendly. It is a cosy place to have some wine, beer or coffee and read news in Wifi.

    Location: Yone Gyi Street Kan Thar Quarter 2, Nyaungshwe Myanmar
    Tel: +95 9 265 212 151

    The French Touch

    The French Touch

    The French Touch – home of real coffee and authentic croissant.

    The French Touch is rather a cafe/bakery than a restaurant. It is a favorite place for local expats and travelers who would like a real coffee and authentic croissant. Once you go across, the bright orange exterior will catch our eye. Once inside, you can see photography on the walls which turned out to be the work of the owner, a photographer.
    Notable dishes of the restaurant include croissant, sandwich, Shan noodles, chicken salad, banana flower salad, yogurt and avocado milk shake

    Location: Kyaung Taw Shayt Street | N0 23, Myo Lac Quater, Nyaungshwe
    Tel: + 9595251365

    The Golden Kite

    The Golden Kite Restaurant.

    Enjoy home-made pasta and pizza at The Golden Kite Restaurant.

    If you are looking for real Italian cuisine in Inle Lake, this is the place for you. They do home – made pasta from an old recipe of a family from Bologna with good Parmesan cheese. You frequently get a tour of the kitchen where you can see owner’s Italian basil, imported cheese, salami and his pride and joy, a wood-fired brick oven. Authentic pasta dishes go for around 5,000 kyats, and pizzas are 7,000 kyats which considering the imported ingredients is very reasonable. They also serve Red Mountain wine at reasonable rates.

    Location: Corner Myawady Rpadd./Yone Gyi Road, Nyaungshwe
    Tel: +95 9 528 0493

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