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Top Choice International in Ella

Cafe Chill

Run by an engaging local team, this huge, stylish roadside cafe-bar-restaurant goes from strength to strength. Its latest addition is an upper deck scattered with cushions and tables that's graced with a sculpted, w…
Top Choice Cafe in Ella

Matey Hut

A neo-rustic log cabin that looks suspiciously like a backwoods hipster hang-out but is actually a just a simple, very cheap roadside joint run by a jovial, talented chef. You can't go wrong with a rice 'n' curry (w…
Lounge in Ella

Cafe Chill

As the evening progresses, the upper deck of this destination restaurant is the best place for a chilled lager or minty mojito and conversation. Lounge around on beanbags and then round off your night with a shot of…
International in Ella

Dream Café

This cosmopolitan cafe-restaurant has good espresso coffee, well-executed Western dishes including breakfasts (Rs 490), and roasted veggie wraps, paninis and pizzas, and fine sizzling pepper steaks (Rs 1250). There …
International in Ella

Adam's Breeze

A casual family-run thatched place close to the turn off for Little Adam's Peak, with delicious kotthu, noodle dishes, curries and Western food. Prices are moderate and service is warm.
International in Ella

Curd Shop

Tiny hole-in-the-wall spot near the bus stand that’s good for a cheap breakfast before or after an early-morning stroll to Little Adam’s Peak. It’s a classic backpacker-style place and, as the name suggests, is the …
Sri Lankan in Ella

Garden View Restaurant

A wooden treehouse-like shack with friendly staff, great-tasting local meals and cheap prices. You'll pass it as you walk along the railway tracks between town and Ella Rock. It's also renowned for its fine fresh ju…
Cafe in Ella

Little Folly Restaurant

It’s 3pm, you’re in the Hill Country; that must mean it’s time to have a nice cup of tea and a slice of homemade lemon or chocolate cake. What better place to do so than this delightful forest-side cafe?
Tea in Ella

T-Sips

This fair-trade tea shop (selling leaves rather than cups of tea) helps local tea-estate children. It donates 5% of all money made to community projects. They sell an array of local teas and infusions.
Sri Lankan in Ella

Down Town Rotti Hut

For a quick pit stop and refuel head to this place (they also do a takeaway service). Its deliciously tasty rottis come in a wealth of flavours and are amply proportioned.