Top ChoiceInternational in Unawatuna

Bedspace Kitchen

One of the most progressive, enjoyable restaurants in the country, Bedspace Kitchen has it all right. Around 95% of their ingredients are sourced in Sri Lanka, most are organic and local, and the menu is concise...

Top ChoiceVegetarian in Unawatuna

Jinas Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant

This mighty fine place offers a wide array of Indian food (thalis and masala dosas) as well as great falafel, wholesome soups and Mexican-style dishes such as huevos rancheros (eggs in a spicy tomato sauce)....

Buddhist Pagoda in Unawatuna

Rumassala Peace Pagoda

On the hillside west of Unawatuna, this impressive pagoda was built by Japanese Buddhist monks of the Mahayana sect in 2005, as part of their scheme to build peace temples in conflict zones (the Sri Lankan war...

Beach in Unawatuna

Jungle Beach

One of those 'secret' spots that everyone seems to knows about, Jungle Beach is a pretty bay just west of Unawatuna. There are a couple of slim-line sandy coves here, some snorkelling offshore (though the reef is...

Buddhist Temple in Unawatuna

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Just 4km inland from Unawatuna, the Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya is a quiet rock temple with a 9m reclining Buddha. The mural-covered walls are painted in the typical style of the Kandyan period. Monks have been...

Sri Lankan in Unawatuna

Bedspace Beach

This new place offers a mod take on Sri Lankan cooking, with perfect hoppers available all day (including fusion-versions of this dish – try the eggs Benedict hoppers with smoked salmon), a huge selection of...

Sri Lankan in Unawatuna

Mati Gedara

For inexpensive, authentic rice and curry, this appealingly rustic place is well worth seeking out. Mati gedara refers to the large earthenware pots the food is served in; a full veggie buffet is just Rs 350;...

Cafe in Unawatuna

Kat's Coffee

For the best cafe in Unawatuna, head to Kat's. The German owner only uses premium arabica beans and though prices aren't cheap (a flat white is Rs 480) the coffee is divine, as are the homemade cakes. It's on the...

Cafe in Unawatuna

Le Cafe Francais Bakery & Boutique

A lovely, civilised little French-owned cafe where you can savour wonderful croissants, cakes and sandwiches, while sipping a latte or cup of tea from a china pot. Staff bake a selection of fine artisan breads...

Sri Lankan in Unawatuna

Roti Shop

A very simple place with a couple of street-side tables. Offers tasty rottis, including dozens of sweet and savoury breads jammed full of cheeses, fruits and more, that make for a tasty snack.

Italian in Unawatuna

Dream House

Eat alfresco while being serenaded by classical music at this Italian restaurant. The secret to enjoying the pasta and fish dishes here is remembering that Rome is 7700km west, and they do a great job considering...

Seafood in Unawatuna

Sunrise Seafood Restaurant

This simple beachfront place gets our vote as the best location in Unawatuna, tucked away near the temple on the west side of the resort, away from the crowds. The menu reflects whatever has been culled from the...

Seafood in Unawatuna

Kingfisher Restaurant

A popular seafront restaurant with a good reputation and a wide-ranging menu that – no surprise – focuses on seafood. The lobster is a treat, as are the many forms of shrimp; many dishes have Thai or Italian...

Sri Lankan in Unawatuna

Hot Rock

At this family-run beachside restaurant you can enjoy good local fare plus seafood and cheap beer with your feet in the sand and your eyes on the ocean-filled horizon. The menu trumpets many pork dishes (which...

Burgers in Unawatuna

Koko's on the Beach

The beach bar for those who literally can't wait to get home for a tasty burger and fries or authentic fish and chips. Chicken kebabs and fish tacos are other good choices. Gary, the owner, runs a tight ship and...

Cafe in Unawatuna

Queens Art Cafe

A popular traveller cafe with fine espresso coffee and good snacks and meals (curries, fish dishes and breakfasts) in a street-facing, open-sided dining room. There are numerous vegetarian options, too, and books...

Sri Lankan in Unawatuna

One Love Restaurant

One Love has a nice spread of tables on the sand. Amid a plethora of shrimp-grilling cafes, this is the preferred local option for a classic rice and curry. Be sure to emphasise you want it spicy.

Buddhist Temple in Unawatuna

Buddhist Temple

This small Buddhist temple at the west end of the beach has amazing bay views and also a vigilant monk ready to chase away anyone who is hoping to feign some piety in return for a shady rest.