Restaurants

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 Cafe in Ella

Matey Hut

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

T-Lounge by Dilmah

A product of Sri Lanka's best tea producer, Dilmah, this gem of a cafe is in an annexe to the hugely successful Old Dutch Hospital. The interior complements the restored colonial exterior. The walls are lined with b…
Top Choice Cafe in Nuwara Eliya

High Tea at the Grand

High tea is served either outside on the lawn or in the open-sided tea lounge. At 3.30pm sharp, waiters in white livery unveil a bulging buffet of perfectly groomed triangular sandwiches and dainty cakes which get w…
Cafe in Colombo

La Voile Blanche

Amid the often rather shabby Mt Lavinia beachfront cafes, this very popular vision in white stands out. Under seven iconic palm trees, a range of comfy chairs and loungers beckon. The drinks list is long and the men…
Cafe in Colombo

Barefoot Garden Cafe

Located in the courtyard of the splendid Barefoot gallery, this casual but stylish cafe serves sandwiches, salads and daily specials that usually include Sri Lankan and Asian dishes. The wine list is good, and it al…
Cafe in Whiskey Point

SaBaBa Surf Café

This driftwood-vibe, boho joint is the centre of life in Whiskey Point. It has cushioned seating around its huge wooden deck, good food, beds on the beach and regular parties in surf season (usually Wednesdays and F…
Cafe in Kandy

Cafe Walk

This open-sided cafe is where many of Kandy's bright young things like to hang out, with tables facing busy Dalada Vidiya. It's great for breakfast (with good almond pancakes) as well as sandwiches, paninis and sala…
Cafe in Colombo

Black Cat Cafe

A fine cafe in a 1920s mansion amid a neighbourhood of similar homes. There are excellent coffee drinks as well as healthy casual fare such as sandwiches and salads. Tables are inside with air-con or out on the vera…