Tea has always been a binding force in Burmese culture. In fact, the country is one of the few (if not the only) countries that serve tea leaves both as a beverage and as food. Rangon Tea House lives up to this culture.
Located at the lower end of Pansodan Road, this British-style tea house started operations in 2014. Inspired by the British colonial architecture nearby, the tea house is an excellent choice not only for its food but also for its dazzling interiors.
Standing out from its neighbours, the exteriors give off a very hipster and stylish vibe, seeming to combat the colonial structures alongside its premises. The first floor interiors boast bright lighting and a cafe-life atmosphere that’s instantly relaxing. A large screen plays Burmese films and music videos as you wait to be served a cup of tea made over-the-counter. In the middle stands a barista, ready to serve your cup of tea.
Once you take the stairs to the second floor, you’re instantly transported to a high-end setting with dim lights and candlelit tables, comfy cushion seats, and a mini bar. The low height tables, wine glasses, and decorated plates echo the structure’s retro and vintage aesthetics. The tea house takes a spin on traditional tea house setting blended with Burmese haute cuisine.
The menu is printed (but looks almost hand-drawn) with a clipboard stuck to it. Its as if you’re reading an old newspaper or poster. Accessories include various types of tea cups neatly displayed in a stylish cabinet. Food includes traditional Burmese delights like Tea Leaf Salad (spicy and non-spicy), Mohinga, and bao. There are also noodles, Rangon curry, and salad. Water is served with tea leaves as well.
Just like other tea shops in the country, Rangon Tea House speaks of the country’s history, people, and memory. Surely, it’s a place of nostalgia.
We opened Rangoon Tea House not only to pay homage to what existed, but also to continue the tradition of taking inspiration from all those who pass through our doors.
Address: Ground Floor, 77-79 Pansodan Rd (Lower Middle Block), Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Opening Hours: 8am-10pm