Top things to do

Top Choice Fusion in Negombo

Lords Restaurant

By far Negombo’s most creative eating experience, with dishes that are a hybrid of Western and Eastern flavours. Martin, the British owner, is a rare thing among expat restaurant owners in that he actually works on …
Sri Lankan in Negombo

Petit Restaurant

Potted plants and flowers surround the entrance of this suitably small, family-run restaurant. The menu serves up most of the Sri Lankan classics, but is especially strong on seafood; there are some more unusual dis…
Cafe in Negombo

Ice Bear Century Cafe

In a lovingly restored peach-pink colonial-era townhouse, this calm retreat in the heart of Negombo offers a touch of refined class, all manner of Sri Lankan brews (coffee Rs 270), mountains of homemade cakes and lu…
Italian in Negombo

Dolce Vita

This casual Italian-owned beachside cafe and restaurant is the kind of place where people end up frittering away half a day sitting in the breezy shade drinking real espresso and tucking into pizza, caprese salad an…
Market in Negombo

Main Fish Market

Each day, fishers take their oruvas (outrigger canoes) and go out in search of the fish for which Negombo is famous. They’re a fine sight as they sweep home into the lagoon after a fishing trip. Fish auctions on the…
Beach in Negombo

Negombo Beach

Even though it could never compete in a beauty contest against many Sri Lankan beaches, Negombo's beach, which stretches north from the town right along the hotel strip before fading into a palm-tree distance, is pl…
Canal in Negombo

Hamilton Canal

The Dutch showed their love of canals here like nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Canals extend from Negombo all the way south to Colombo and north to Puttalam, a total distance of over 120km. You can hire a bicycle in Neg…
Pub in Negombo

Rodeo Pub

Graffiti-sprayed bar busy with expats and tourists. There's live music on Tuesday nights, DJs the rest of the time, and a long list of cocktails with sexy names. It also does a range of classic Western and Sri Lanka…
Seafood in Negombo

Tusker Restaurant

The airy, elephant-lined Tusker is one of the smarter places to eat in town. Although its menu is wide-ranging in its geo-culinary diversity, its real strong point is seafood. Expect a warm welcome from the expat ow…
Market in Negombo

Fish Market

Across the lagoon bridge is Negombo's second fish market. If you can stagger out of bed at 6am, it’s a good place to watch big fishing boats return with their catches.