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 Department Store in Colombo


A high-profile department store that combines international and top 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 bo…
Clothing in Colombo

House of Fashions

A sign of the times: Colombo's legendary surplus outlet for the nation’s garment industry has gone upscale and now has a new multistorey building. It still has unbeatable textile and clothing prices but now it's cul…
Arts & Crafts in Colombo


Books in Colombo

Buddhist Book Centre

Filled with books on Buddhism; about a third of the stock is in English.
Tea in Colombo

Mlesna Tea Centre

Ceylon tea is sold in just about every place that sells foodstuffs, from minimarts to supermarkets. For the best quality and selection head to Mlesna Tea Centre.
Homewares in Colombo

Paradise Road

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

Raux Brothers

This 55-year-old design firm has a gorgeous showroom in a large, beautiful colonial storefront, which stocks an impressive range of furniture and artworks crafted from wood. There are genuine antiques and handcrafte…
Jewellery in Colombo

Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Exchange

Dozens of small shops.
Books in Colombo

Vijitha Yapa Bookshop

Stocks a comprehensive collection of foreign and local novels, magazines and pictorial tomes on Sri Lanka.