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…
Food & Drinks in Colombo


A huge store good for replacing almost anything you left at home. Imported foods (get your Tim Tams here), cosmetics, sunscreen, a pharmacy, travel gadgets like plug adapters and much, much more. It has a good, casu…
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…
Ceramics in Colombo

Noritake Showroom

The famous Japanese creator of fine chinaware has had factories in Sri Lanka since 1972. At this lovely showroom, you can browse the company's products, which are priced much cheaper here than you'll find post-expor…
Arts & Crafts in Colombo


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.
Arts & Crafts in Colombo


Large government-run chain of arts & crafts and souvenir shops popular with groups. With a main store in Cinnamon Gardens, plus a National Museum store, it offers cheap carved elephants, well-crafted handicrafts…
Food in Colombo

Sri Lanka Cashew Corporation

Cashews were brought by the Portuguese to Sri Lanka from Brazil in the 16th century. They’ve clearly found the climate agreeable as the nuts are now a major export item. This small shop is packed full of fulsome cas…
Arts & Crafts in Colombo

Cottage Craft

Rather than clichéd carved elephants, this tiny shop sells paper items made from elephant dung. There’s no smell and the items such as travel journals are exquisite. Everything sold here is made in Sri Lankan villag…