Published April 17, 2016
Burmese tea shops are the bomb! Any street with businesses in Myanmar has at least 1 (and more likely several) established tea shops. They are a core part of life in Myanmar and I stopped and ate at them often during my visits to this amazing country.
You can usually spot a tea shop by a lack of signage, a ton of basic plastic chairs or wooden stools thrown around a sea of tables in an open air structure, and a crowd of Burmese sitting and drinking perhaps chatting with friends or reading a newspaper. Despite the basic façade, tea shops are a really rich part of understanding Burmese culture and I highly recommend visiting at some point with someone who is Burmese so you can get their take on the tea shop scene.
Here are some of my observations from dining in tea shops around Myanmar.