One of Yangon’s most colorful quarters, and indeed one of the most unique markets in Asia, the Theingyi Zay should be on your itinerary in Yangon. It is not just the food that stands out, but also the local architecture and charming locals you meet. The market was first built in 1905 and is the biggest local market in the city. Roughly 1,100 shops and stalls make up the traditional wet and dry market that sells anything from fishery products to dry commodities and textiles. Rice, fish paste, clothing, cosmetics, raw herbal medicines, beeswax and toys can be found in the shops inside the existing building as well as the blocks and streets around.
Thiri Mingalar Market
Located outside the center of Yangon, Thiri Mingalar Market is the biggest farmer market in this city. It is a great chance for you to encounter the chaotic, smelly and lively market. You might stumble across mounds of cabbages, racks of bananas, trays of watermelons or piles of flowers. Crowds of trucks, tuk-tuks, bicycles, laborers, and shoppers create an energetic bustle around Thiri Mingala. It is a must-see for tourists and a great place to capture some colorful pictures.
Bogyoke Aung San Market
Bogyoke Aung San Market in Yangon is a unique and colorful market selling a great number of things. The market has variety of stores for both local and international shoppers. There, it includes art galleries, Burmese handicrafts, jewelery shops, food, garments and clothing and beautiful jade vendors. The market is located downtown and is easy to reach by foot from most guesthouses. It is open every day except Monday. This is the place where you can buy all your souvenirs and traditional textiles in one fell swoop.
Anawrahta Road Night Market
Yangon by night is charmingly gorgeous by the sparkling night markets especially Anawrahta Road Night Market. This central night market is one of the most renowned tourist attraction due to poor lighting that could range from dim fluorescent lights to a few candles. While you might not exactly be able to see clearly what you are buying, it is a fun place to shop. The market starts before sunset as people return home. Fish, chicken, and pork are sold right on the roadside, by colorful piles of vegetables, fruit, and flowers.
Everyone knows where Chinatown is! Chinatown is also known as Tayoke Tan and if very popular due to its variety of delicious foods. The streets from 18th to 24th are lined with different shops and vendors and it is one of the busiest streets in the city, especially at night. Chinatown is also a great place to explore some Chinese temples and also visit the interesting Chinese medicine shops located there.