Bistro At 82nd

This smart little restaurant is all the rage with the Mandalay jet-set crowd. Pack in for strong coffees, creative cocktails and continental European cuisine, ranging from Italian pasta dishes to French-style roast chicken. It sets aside special nights for mixed grills featuring big cuts of steak and chops imported from Australia. Reservations aren't a bad idea.

Address: 82nd Street, Between 30th and 31st Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 9 250 121 280

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

The Golden Duck

This large bustling Chinese restaurant is a veritable local institution. That sweet view across the moat is well complemented by some perfectly roasted duck and chilli-lashed noodles. Service can be slow.

Address: No.192, Corner of 80 Street and 16 Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 2 36 808

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Ko's Kitchen Thai Restaurant

Popular with cashed-up locals and sometimes tour groups, this place set in an attractive art-deco building with simple, peach-coloured decor offers a wide range of tasty, reasonably authentic dishes from across Thailand. Spice levels can be adjusted and there are daily specials.

Address: No.282, Corner of 19th & 80th Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 1 695 76, +95 1 312 65

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Koffee Korner

This gently buzzing lounge-style cafe-restaurant is set behind palms. The predominantly Western menu has lots of coffee drinks (imagine that), quesadillas, Russian salad, pasta, steak and some imaginative sauce flavours such as lime-caper-butter, spicy raisin-orange or garlic-mint. This spot is popular with young, moneyed Mandalay folks, and a large cocktail menu makes it a trendy night-time hang-out.

Address: 27th Street & 70th Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 9 526 86 48

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Mingalabar Myanmar Restaurant

This large, clean and friendly locals' favourite is a traditional Burmese pick-and-pig-out kind of spot: select your soup or curry or salad (really, any sort of yummy thing that can be spooned on to rice), have it served with a veritable forest of side dishes, feel full for the rest of the day.

Address: No.71, Between 28th & 29th Street, Chan Aye Tharzan Township, Mandalay

Phone: +95 2 60 480

Opening Hours: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Shan Ma Ma

Plastic stools and chairs? Check. Delicious aroma of food awaiting your inspection? Check. And the friendly sisters who run it will offer you a taste of what's on offer before you decide. This is Southeast Asian budget dining at its best, with a range of meat, fish and vegetable dishes served in a semi-open-air dining area that buzzes come nightfall.

Address: No.4-8, 81st Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 9 205 47 65

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Marie Min

An all-vegetarian menu fits the owners' stated principle: ‘Be kind to animals by not eating them’. The food largely references Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar; highlights include tofu curry, a meal-sized aubergine 'dip', and avocado milkshakes (K2000) that are as 'fabulous' as promised. Very popular with backpackers. It's off 27th St, between 74th and 75th Sts.

Address: 27th Street, Between 74th & 75th Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 9 619 542 348

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Aye Myit Tar

Brightly lit, this simple but historic thick-walled colonial-era merchant's building houses central Mandalay's most popular upmarket curry eatery. There's a big range of chicken, fish and pork curries; all come with sides, soup and rice. Alternatively, boost your meal by choosing from the salad and vegetable dishes on the menu.

Address: No.530, 81st Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 2 31 627

Opening Hours: 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Rainforest

Climb through a treasure-packed family 'antique' shop to a covered balcony with tinkling wind chimes and assorted handicrafts to dine on Thai food that's creamy and mildly spiced for Western palates. This place feels the most backpacker-oriented in Mandalay (except perhaps Marie-Min next door), as reflected by the linen-clad clientele.

Address: Between 74th and 75th Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 9 431 615 51

Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Super 81

Excellent, beautifully presented Chinese food in very generous portions, plus typical barbecues and cheap draught beer in frosted glasses. Downstairs is a convivial beer station but prices are the same upstairs in the pleasantly appointed air-con restaurant. Handy place if you're waiting for a Moustache Brothers performance.

Address: No.582, 81st Street, Between 38th and 39th Street, Mandalay

Phone: +95 9 777 790 081

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM