Ah Lin Saing Gallery Café
The ultimate art-lover’s refuge
S it a museum? Is it an art gallery? No, it’s Ah Lin Saing.
Since its opening two months ago, Ah Lin Saing Gallery Café has been the talk of town for writers, musicians, poets and their friends.
The café located on Pyidaungsu road (North Okkalapa) is a refuge for art-lovers in Yangon. Everything at Ah Lin Saing signals a fondness for art in all its forms Right by the entrance a sign board reads “Art area - Alcohol free zone - But, wine is available” (no Wifi either, to keep the creative energy focused on artistic endeavours perhaps?”).
Still by the entrance is a portrait of Htoo Eain Thin, one of the most iconic Burmese singer and poet who died on 2004. A selection of the most beautiful lyrics from this popular singer’s songs adorns many of his portraits.
The walls of the café are literally covered with paintings of artists unknown and famous ones alike.
In Ah Lin Saing, wherever you lay your eyes, you will find art. Excerpts of poems are on the tables, sculptures every corner, musical instruments dangle from the ceiling.
But the place is not a hipster’s Mecca. Many art pieces are Myanmar traditional.
You won’t find a pompous leather sofa at Ah Lin Saing, only artisan wooden tables and chairs for guests to sit on. The facade of a little red-brick house has been built around the bar. The atmosphere is extremely chill. So chill than anyone can just grab a couple of instruments and start to play . “Sometimes, famous artists come and create their own music and songs”, says Ma Ei, owner. Live music is on offer every Saturday. If Ah Lin Saing Café has a lot for artists, gourmets will not be disappointed either.
The curries are excellent and rather cheap (a mutton curry for example costs K 3500 and will keep you full for a while). Snacks and fritters of all sorts are being served for K1500. Juices cost around K1000.
But what you are really going to Ah Lin Saing Gallery Café for is the atmosphere.
I have complained many times that Myanmar does not invest enough in culture, thus private initiatives such as Ah Lin Saing Gallery Café are more than welcome.
Let the espresso and the creative juice flow. Address: No. 1051, Pyi Htaung Su Rd., 38 Quarter, North Dagon Township Yangon Contact no: 09444513720 Translation by Zaw Nyuntw