Main Fish Market
Close to the seafront near the lagoon are the ruins of the old Dutch fort, which has a fine gateway inscribed with the date 1678. Also...
This is one of several old Dutch buildings that is still in use.
Across the lagoon bridge there’s a second fish market. If you can stagger out of bed at 6am, it’s a good place to watch much bigger...
Ice Bear Century Cafe
In a lovingly restored peach-pink colonial-era townhouse, this calm retreat in the heart of Negombo offers a touch of refined class, all...
Busy traveller cafe with a mix of local curries and seafood as well as sloppy pasta, pizzas and, yes, pancakes (although the pancakes...
Main Fish Market information
Each day, fishermen take their oruvas (outrigger canoes) and go out in search of the fish for which Negombo is well known. They’re a fine sight as they sweep home into the lagoon after a fishing trip. Fish auctions on the beach and sales at the fish market near the fort are a slippery and very smelly sight, but one that’s well worth forgoing some swimming pool time for.
The catch is not all from the open sea: Negombo is at the northern end of a lagoon that is renowned for its lobsters, crabs and prawns. Across the lagoon bridge there’s a second fish market . If you can stagger out of bed at 6am, it’s a good place to watch much bigger fishing boats return with their catches.