Thu Maung Myanmar Food

Located in a bright-green building just past the post office, Thu Maung is one of the best Burmese curry restaurants in this part of the country, serving up rich, meaty chicken, pork, mutton and fish curries coupled with exceptionally delicious dips, sides, salads, pickles and trimmings. The tomato salad, made from crunchy green tomatoes, is a work of art.

Address: No.6, Pyi Taung Su Road, Kalaw

Phone: +95 81 50 309

Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Red House Bar & Restaurant

Very sophisticated for Kalaw, or anywhere in rural Myanmar, this new and worthwhile Italian-run restaurant offers homemade pasta, ravioli and wood-fired pizzas, as well as a smattering of local food. Set over two floors, it has a rooftop terrace to dine on, proper service and an impressive liquor selection, making for good cocktails, as well as wine.

Address: No.4/111, Minn Road, Kalaw-Shan State, Kalaw 06021

Phone: +95 9 771 357 407

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

New Simple Life

Such a lovely little café tucked away among the hills and the fields. The food is great, the atmosphere is super relaxing and the owner and hostess is a wonderful lady, in fact all the staff was super nice and attentive.

Address: Shwe Oo Min Road, Near Pine Hill Resort, Kalaw

Phone: +95 9 540 34 49

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sprouting Seeds Cafe & Bakery

This all-organic, appealingly rustic cafe and bakery is set in the leafy garden of the owner's home. Everything here is homemade, from the banana and chocolate cake to the ice cream and yoghurt. It also serves up salads and veggie stir-fries, as well as decent coffee and tea. It's a fine place to chill for an hour or two.

Address: No.85, Thida Lan, Kalaw

Phone: +95 9 767 472 669

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Everest Nepali Food Center

Ever-popular, long-running, convivial Nepali restaurant that serves up tasty curry spreads, complete with a good selection of side dishes, in pleasant surroundings.

Address: Kuaung Tau Anau Street, Nampan Quarter, Nyaung Shwe

Phone: +95 9 428 322 745

Opening Hours: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Thirigayha Restaurant

Gentrified but relatively full-flavoured Burmese – as well as Chinese, Indian, Western and a smattering of Shan – dishes are served at this cute cottage restaurant that's geared towards foreigners.

Address: Pyi Taung Su Road, Kalaw

Phone: +95 9 508 150 216

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Pyae Pyae Shan Noodle

This cosy, friendly shop sells delicious bowls of its namesake noodles, and has an English-language menu of other one-plate dishes.

Address: Union Highway, Hauptstrasse, Kalaw

Phone: +95 9 428 313 100

Opening Hours: 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Cafe Kalaw

This place is super to visit and just relax for a while. The coffees are very good and affordable (1500 kyat). The owner is a very friendly guy. You must visit this place when you are in Kalaw.

Address: Ward 9, Hnee Paya Road, Kalaw

Phone: +95 9 261 392 989

Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Gloria Cafe & Restaurant

This place has very good cappuccino, latte or normal coffee. It is one of the best coffees in Myanmar. The ladies working there are very friendly and the place looked really good.

Address: Quarter 5, Union Road, Kalaw

Phone: +95 9 428 324 801

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Shan Ma Lay

There are a few Shan-inspired dishes on the menu at this clean, two-storey place. But most of the menu features a Burmese take on classic Chinese dishes. The locals like it.

Address: No.21, Yadanar Street, Kalaw

Phone: +95 81 50 201

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