Immerse yourself in Myanmar’s must-visit markets, where local crafts, traditional produce and colourful textiles await.
Bogyoke Aung San Market
Arguably the most impressive Yangon market, Bogyoke Aung San Market, also known as Scott Market, is a sprawling bazaar in the heart of the capital.
Spend half a day exploring the almost-century-old market for antiques, rare gems straight from Myanmar’s mines and Instagram-worthy souvenirs, from lacquerware to locally made bags and puppets, at more than 2,000 shops within a towering colonial-style building.
Do good while looking good at social enterprise Hla Day’s marketplace. Just a five-minute drive from Pullman Yangon Centrepoint Hotel in central Yangon, the market offers disadvantaged groups and small businesses the chance to produce and sell handmade products with a contemporary twist.
Browse this sustainable marketplace for an array of family-friendly products, from hand-sewn clothing and baby toys to honey from the Shan region of Myanmar and organic tea leaves. The market also offers kitchen and dining accessories for those looking to spruce up their homes with unique, one-off items such as teak trays and recycled glassware.
Located between 18th and 24th street, sundown is the time to visit Yangon’s night market, boasting dazzling night-light views and reams of street food vendors, with something for every whim, taste bud and fancy.
Stop for a barbecue dinner from one of the many roadside stalls, which sell vegetable and meat skewers, and wash it down with a beer. Afterwards, wander the food stalls for local fruits and unique snacks like fried insects.
If food, beer and insects don’t cut it, you can always browse through the jewellery stores or wander down narrow streets leading off the main roads for paper goods, crafts, flowers and even songbirds.