Top Choice Crafts in Colombo


Designer Barbara Sansoni’s beautifully laid out shop, located in an old villa, is justly popular for its bright hand-loomed textiles, which are fashioned into bedspreads, cushions, serviettes and other household ite…
Top Choice Homewares in Colombo


An engrossing treasure of a store selling antiques, old photos, art, books and more in a genteel, wood-panelled setting. Also has a busy photo studio.
Mall in Colombo

Arcade Independence Square

Another massive restoration of a colonial landmark. In this case, the sprawling colonial 'hospital for the insane' has been reborn as an upscale mall after spending the last few decades in bureaucratic decrepitude. …
Department Store in Colombo


A high-profile department store that combines international and local brands in one glitzy labyrinth. From fashions to homewares to cosmetics and gift items, Odel’s selection is tops. It's always crowded with both v…
Homewares in Colombo

Paradise Road

In addition to a variety of colonial and Sri Lankan collectables, you’ll find a vast selection of original homewares and designer items in this crammed-to-the-rafters boutique from famous designer Shanth Fernando.
Homewares in Colombo


Fairtrade goods made on local handlooms are the main items for sale here; the inventory spans all forms of housewares and is colorful and stylish. The big shop works exclusively with Sri Lankan producers.
Clothing in Colombo

House of Fashions

Colombo's legendary multistorey surplus outlet for the nation’s garment industry is actually a tad upscale. It has unbeatable textile and clothing prices, but now it's cultivating its own style, too.
Books in Colombo

Vijitha Yapa Bookshop

Stocks a comprehensive collection of foreign and local novels, magazines and pictorial tomes on Sri Lanka. There's a second branch in Crescat Boulevard.
Tea in Colombo

Dilmah Tea Shop

Sri Lanka’s top tea brand has its own posh shops, including this outlet in glitzy Odel. A second branch is located in Crescat Boulevard.
Books in Colombo

Vijitha Yapa Bookshop

Good collection of novels, magazines and coffee-table books.