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Top Choice Crafts in Colombo

Barefoot

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 dying 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. Ask about the exce…
Top Choice Department Store in Colombo

Odel

A high-profile department store that combines international and top 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 bo…
Books in Kandy

Buddhist Publication Society

The Buddhist Publication Society, on the lakeside 400m northeast of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is a nonprofit charity that distributes the Buddha’s teachings. Local scholars and monks occasionally give le…
Books in Kandy

Cultural Triangle Office

Has a selection of books on the Ancient Cities for sale. Kandy, by Dr Anuradha Seneviratna, is an informative guide to the city’s heritage. Also available is The Cultural Triangle, published by Unesco and the Centra…
Wine in Jaffna

Rosarian Convent

The convent makes Rosetto ‘wine’ (Rs 300 per bottle). Sweet and laced with cinnamon and cloves, it tastes like German gluhwein. There’s also startlingly coloured grape ‘juice’ and ‘nelli crush’ (Rs 180), both nonalc…
Antiques in Galle

Small Antique Shop

Even tinier than the name implies, this little hole-in-the-wall has goods washed up on the beach across the road, found on the street and rescued from dusty old attics. The owner is a chatty charmer (and he thought …
Food & Drinks in Colombo

Arpico

A huge store good for replacing almost anything you left at home. Imported foods (get your Tim Tams here), cosmetics, sunscreen, a pharmacy, travel gadgets like plug adapters and much, much more. It has a good, casu…
Clothing in Jaffna

Ms Ruby Sorupan

A kindly and competent seamstress, Ms Ruby Sorupan will whip you up a salwar kurta (dress-like tunic and trouser outfit) or choli (sari blouse) for about Rs 200 or so. Only Mr Sorupan speaks English, so try to visit…
Tea in Ella

T-Sips

This fair-trade tea shop (selling leaves rather than cups of tea) was established by a Sri Lankan tour guide to help local tea-estate children. It donates 5% of all money made to community projects. They sell an arr…