Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Colombo

Ministry of Crab

Crabs are a major income earner for Sri Lanka’s fishing industry, but most are exported. This high-profile restaurant rectifies this loss by celebrating the crustaceans in variations ranging from Singaporean chilli …
Top Choice Seafood in Colombo

Bu Ba

With candlelit tables right on the sandy beach, this seafood pub is a hidden treat. In the heat of the day you can retreat under the grove of palm trees; at night let the sky open overhead and the starlight rain dow…
Top Choice Street Food in Colombo

Nana's

One of the best food vendors on Galle Face Green, Nana's is a legend for its excellent grilled meats and rice dishes. Choose a battered plastic stool and slightly leaning table and enjoy a fresh meal by the glow of …
Top Choice Japanese in Colombo

Nihonbashi Honten

Gird the expense account for an adventure at Colombo's best Japanese restaurant. The sushi, donburi and Kobe beef are as good as you can find anywhere in Asia. The interior is jewel-like, the service superb. This is…
Top Choice Market in Colombo

Good Market

This organic and artisan food market is held in the northeast parking lot of the Colombo Racecourse and attracts a range of high-quality vendors. Breads, prepared foods, organic fruit and veg, smoothies, snacks and …
Top Choice Cafe in Colombo

T-Lounge by Dilmah

A product of Sri Lanka's best tea producer, Dilmah, this gem of a cafe is in an annexe to the hugely successful Old Dutch Hospital. The interior complements the restored colonial exterior. The walls are lined with b…
Top Choice Sri Lankan in Colombo

Hotel De Pilawoos

Just known as Pilawoos, this open-fronted purveyor of short eats is renowned for what may be the best kotthu (rotti sliced up with cheese and other fillings and fried) in town. Expect the mighty and the humble to dr…
Top Choice Sweets in Colombo

Bombay Sweet Mahal

Galle Rd boasts many vendors of Indian sweets, but this tiny open-fronted shop is the best. An array of treats sits colourfully in the display cases. We especially like the thick and chewy nut musket. Buy by weight …
Seafood in Colombo

Beach Wadiya

Renowned for its seafood, Beach Wadiya has attracted a popular following for decades. The location is a tropical dream; cross the train tracks at the seashore and enter a walled enclave lit by romantic little lights…
Cafe in Colombo

La Voile Blanche

Amid the often rather shabby Mt Lavinia beachfront cafes, this very popular vision in white stands out. Under seven iconic palm trees, a range of comfy chairs and loungers beckon. The drinks list is long and the men…