Housed in a French-style manor set in more than 1ha of grounds beside Lake Inya in Yangon’s Bahan Township, Le Planteur is a lovely spot for lunch amid trees hung with decorative bird cagesor for alfresco dinner on lantern-lit evenings in the dry season, from November to March. Meals are also served in a series of rooms stuffed with eclectic design features, from pink chandeliers to sofas with curvy “legs” and painted toes. It all feels like Shanghai Tang retail empire meets the Peninsula Hotels’ Salon de Ning bar concept and if you want to take some chic booty home, there’s a small branch of Yangoods, which stocks bags and textiles printed with 19th-century images of Burmese life and racylooking ladies. Afternoon tea (2pm-5.30pm) is a treat at $US20 ($28), or $US35 with a flute of Taittinger fizz; expect an abundance of mini-sandwiches and mignardises. There’s a Swiss-French chef at the helm and it’s one of the few restaurants in Yangon that opens late. Le Planteur is at 80 University Avenue, one of the city’s most famous boulevards, and it’s a short walk to No 54, Aung San Suu Kyi’s home. More: leplanteur.net; yangoods.com.