Sri Lanka shopping

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 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 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…
Top Choice Tea in Galle

Withered Leaves

Specialist tea store with an amazing range of top-quality green teas, white teas, Ceylon garden teas, blended teas and single-estate teas. There's no hard sell and staff are highly informed.
Top Choice Homewares in Colombo


An engrossing treasure of a store selling antiques, old photos, art, books and more in a genteel, wood-panelled setting. Also has a busy photo studio.
Mall in Colombo

Arcade Independence Square

Another massive restoration of a colonial landmark. In this case, the sprawling colonial 'hospital for the insane' has been reborn as an upscale mall after spending the last few decades in bureaucratic decrepitude. …
Arts & Crafts in Matale

Baba Batik

This batik factory and showroom is a great place to see the batik-making process, from the drawing of the designs and multistage dyeing of cloth to the boiling away of the wax. The tasteful and excellent quality bat…
Department Store in Colombo


A high-profile department store that combines international and 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 both v…
Homewares in Colombo

Paradise Road

In addition to a variety of colonial and Sri Lankan collectables, you’ll find a vast selection of original homewares and designer items in this crammed-to-the-rafters boutique from famous designer Shanth Fernando.
Antiques in Ambalangoda

Southern Antiques & Reproductions

Anyone with a penchant for interior design will enjoy visiting this Aladdin’s Cave of treasures. Most of the pieces are too big to transport (lots of wooden pillars and reclaimed wood), but it's fun to browse and di…