Top things to do in Galle

Top Choice Historic Site in Galle

Flag Rock

Flag Rock, at the southernmost end of the Fort, was once a Portuguese bastion. Today it is easily the most popular place to catch a sunset. During daylight hours you may see daredevil locals leaping into the water f…
Top Choice Church in Galle

Dutch Reformed Church

Originally built in 1640, the present building dates from 1752. Its floor is paved with gravestones from Dutch cemeteries, while other impressive features include the organ and an imposing pulpit made from calamande…
Top Choice International in Galle

Church Street Social

A classy retreat from Galle's steamy streets, this refined air-conditioned hotel restaurant is the perfect setting for a great meal, with the formality of its colonial dining rooms offset with hip lighting to eclect…
Top Choice Cafe in Galle

Old Railway Cafe

Right across the small canal from the namesake station, this fashionable upstairs cafe has artfully mismatched furnishings and a boho vibe. You'll find an enticing menu of creative soups, salads and mains, with dish…
Top Choice Cafe in Galle

Royal Dutch Cafe

The sign says 'Relax Zone' and this is a fine place to sit back and enjoy the company of cafe owner Fazal Badurdeen, who has a million stories to tell. He also seems to have almost that many teas and coffees, from c…
Top Choice International in Galle

Fort Printers

The ideal venue for a memorable meal, this hotel restaurant offers a concise menu featuring fresh seafood and organic local produce. It's especially good for Mediterranean-inspired dishes (such as slow-roasted leg o…
Top Choice Historic Site in Galle

Old Gate

A beautifully carved British coat of arms tops the entrance to the Old Gate on the outer side. Inside, the letters VOC, standing for Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company), are inscribed in the …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Galle

Shoba Display Gallery

Beautiful lacework made right here. The shop teaches local women dyeing crafts and ensures them a fair price for their work. Even if you’re not buying, pop in to witness the process of making lace, or sign up to a l…
Top Choice Sri Lankan in Galle

Spoon's Cafe

For authentic Galle-style rice and curry, this minuscule place (there are only four tables) can't be beat. Chef Shamil Roshan Careem hails from one of the Fort's oldest families and he prepares traditional family re…
Top Choice Art in Galle

Stick No Bills

Super-stylish reproduction posters (Rs 3000) and postcards (Rs 350) covering Sri Lanka through the decades. Many of the beautiful vintage airline images for Ceylon sell a tropical paradise of fantasy. The classic fi…