Lin Htett Myanmar Traditional Food

This is hands down the most appealing Burmese restaurant in Nyaungshwe, and one of the best curry houses in all Myanmar, where the service is as friendly as the food is delicious. Choose from a range of curries and salads, all accompanied by soup, dips and rice. Staff can also arrange cooking classes for K20, 000 per person.

If you haven’t yet encountered authentic Myanmar dining, here’s the drill: choose a curry or two (refer to the pictures or, better yet, have a look behind the counter) and perhaps a salad (the pennywort salad, made from a slightly bitter fresh herb, is delicious). The accompaniments – rice, a sour soup, veggies, a fishy dip and three balachaung (chilli-based dips) – will be supplied as a matter of course.

Address: Yone Gyi Road, Nyaungshwe

Phone: +95 9 458 040 182

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One Owl Grill

This French-owned bistro has proved a hit with its tapas-style, Mediterranean-influenced dishes, including the best hummus in Shan State, as well as its breakfasts, salads, burgers, pizza and pasta. It's a little more pricey than is usual for Nyaungshwe, but it stays open later than anywhere else. Also does potent cocktails and has a solid wine list.

Address: No.1, Yone Gyi Street, Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe

Phone: +95 9 262 972 841

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

Live Dim Sum House

More and more people are making the walk to this laid-back place for the tasty and inventive dim sum – like prawn, bamboo shoot and water chestnut, or grilled pumpkin and mushroom – as well as for the other dishes on offer, such as Shanghai beef noodles or Kung Pao chicken (a spicy chicken, peanut and vegetable dish that's a Chinese staple).

Address: Yone Gyi Road, Near November Hotel, Opposite of Inle Inn, Nyaungshwe 959

Phone: +95 9 428 136 964

Opening Hours: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sin Yaw Restaurant

The closest thing to an authentic Shan restaurant that you'll find in Nyaungshwe, run by a pleasant Shan-Chinese couple, Sin Yaw is now one of the most popular places in town. The food is good and flavoursome – they'll tone down the spices for Western palates if you want. Attentive service, and a passable mojito and Mandalay rum sour too.

Address: Mingalar Ashae Street, Kantar Quarter, Nyaungshwe

Phone: +95 9 493 518 83

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

Green Chilli restaurant

This restaurant boasts one of the most pleasant dining rooms in town and the Thai menu here is also one of the more diverse and interesting, although the flavours are spice-light.

Address: Hospital Road, Mingalar Quarter, Nyaungshwe

Phone: +95 9 521 41 01

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Unique Superb Food House

It's not as unique or superb as it once was (when Western food options were rare in Nyaungshwe), and the menu is old-fashioned now – tomato soup, spaghetti bolognese – but this friendly restaurant in a village house remains reliable and does a good breakfast. There's also a reasonable selection of Chinese-Burmese dishes.

Address: No.3, Myawady Road, Nyaungshwe

Phone: +95 81 209 736

Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Chillax Bistro

Lame name, but this new place has a big outside terrace and a menu of Western comfort food – pizza, pasta, steaks and burgers – as well as some Asian standards. The food is solid without being spectacular. There's a decent selection of cocktails (from K2000) too, and live music sometimes.

Address: Kyaung Daw Anauk Street, Nyaungshwe 081

Phone: +95 9 431 145 26

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Lotus Restaurant

The menu at this affable, bamboo-walled place spans Burmese and Chinese, with a few Western classics. But if you don't like to make culinary decisions, go for the family-style Burmese dinner, which includes soup, salad, curry and a generous fruit plate for only K3500.

Address: Museum Road, Nyaungshwe

Phone: +95 9 428 313 717

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Thanakha Garden

Set on a peaceful street, this amenable, family-run, bamboo-bedecked restaurant serves clean, fresh food. The Inle fish and salads are recommended, plus a few Western dishes are also available.

Address: No.43, Tharzi Quarter, Nyaungshwe

Phone: +95 9 428 371 552

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

Inle Pancake Kingdom

Choose from a big range of crêpes and pancakes at this cute little cabin on a narrow alley north of the sports field. Follow the signs from Phoung Taw Site St.

Address: Phaung Daw Seiq Road, 27 Win Quarter, Nyaungshwe 06011

Phone: +95 81 209 288

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM