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TRIBE GUIDE Beyond the gridlocked traffic and the sprawling mass of concrete, lies a city which is unexpectedly more sublime and serene at its core. With its fascinating mix of modern and colonial architecture, Colombo also serves as a melting pot of people and religions offering a chance to experience Buddhist, Tamil, Muslim and Christian cultures in co-existence. If you seek, you will find unlooked places with vibrant pops of color. There’s a growing number of modern cafés, galleries and boutiques that DESTINATIONS has curated for you showcasing the new face of Sri Lanka’s capital city.


Colombo, Sri Lanka STAY



Paradise Road

1, Galle Face, Colombo 2

65 Rosmead Road, Colombo 07

The familiar luxury brand has recently opened its Colombo property, which features 500 elegant and contemporary rooms, an award-winning spa and worldclass restaurants.

Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo is a unique and private hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo’s most elite neighbourhood. Offering 10 individually designed suites with all modern amenities and services, the hotel is housed in a stunning heritage residence that was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders.


The Wallawwa

Galle Face Hotel

B288, Kotugoda, Sri Lanka

No.2, Galle Road, Colombo

The Wallawwa boutique hotel is located just a stone’s throw away from Colombo airport and is one of the finest addresses in the city. The renovated manor house is more than two centuries old and is surrounded by magnificent tropical gardens. The property offers a relaxing spa and a dazzling outdoor pool for the ideal getaway.

Galle Face Hotel is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, dating back as far as 1864 to the colonial era. It counts amongst the oldest hotels east of the Suez and stands as an elegant symbol of a bygone era of splendor and sophistication.


Colombo, Sri Lanka SHOP



Fusion 14

704 Galle Road Colombo 03; 41 Pedlar Street Galle Fort; Dutch Hospital Fort Colombo 01

14/1, Park Road, Colombo 5

Contemporary store that designs unique Serving colour and happiness since 1964. pieces of clothing and accessories. From Vibrant, hand-woven fabric fashioned into classic and fine cuts, to ethnic resort wear, clothes, table and bed linen and toys. Art batik and tie-dyes – fusion 14 has grown gallery, bookshop and garden café rolled into one of Colombo’s leading homegrown retail brands. into one.


Seven Islands

Buddha Batik

By Appointment – Rajakeeya Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

32 Ward Place, Colombo

Seven Islands offers a hand picked collection of semi precious Jewellery, scarves, shawls, furniture and artefacts from all around India.

Batik craft meets contemporary design.


PR Concept Store


41 Horton Place, Colombo

Stockist: PR Concept Store, 41 Horton Place, Colombo

Stylish and contemporary, PR presents a fresh and unique take on fashion, bringing Anuk is a ready-to-wear contemporary together an eclectic mix of local and brand that uses the finest fabrics to create international designers. simple silhouettes. Founded in Sri Lanka with the idea of lazy elegance.


Trunk Sri Lanka

L’ Atelier Touche

Cinnamon Grand Colombo and Ramada Hotel, Colombo

504, R.A. de Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3

Sri Lanka’s latest fashion boutique Stylish boutique with in season high street showcasing an inspiring collection crafted for that chic European look. fashion, unique designer wear pieces, global jewellery brand Amrapali coupled with gorgeous handbags and shoes. A one-stop boutique that helps you be “never too busy to look beautiful.”


Colombo, Sri Lanka EAT


Tea Avenue

Café Kumbuk

Barnes Place; WTC and Marine Drive

Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Colombo

A place to relax and unwind. Serving the finest Ceylon Tea along with coffee, milkshakes and cakes.

With a minimal aesthetic and a focus on local, organic and seasonal produce, Cafe Kumbuk serves up some wholesome food at a beautiful location. 


Plus Nine Four

Black Cat Colombo

D.S. Fonseka, Colombo

11 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 00700

Casual dining and coffee. A sister café to Café Kumbuk.

Set in a 1920s mansion, the café serves delicious casual fare such as sandwiches and salads.


Baillie Street – Merchants

Ministry of Crab

Old Fort, Colombo

Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo

The chicest new restaurant in town, Baillie Set within a persevered 400-yearStreet – Merchant serves up a delectable old Dutch hospital, Ministry of Crab is menu of drinks and eats. a Colombo institution that regularly features on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Expect a warm, laid-back vibe, an open kitchen format and lots and lots of crab – in every shape, size and flavor imaginable. The restaurant is always packed, so don’t go without a reservation.


The Gallery Café


2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 00300,

No. 65 C W W Kannangara Mawatha, Colombo

Established in 1998, the café is housed in the former offices of world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, and offers a unique combination of art gallery and chic dining space in one stylish setting. The menu features authentic Sri Lankan fare as well as international options, and a dessert selection that is to die for.

Upali’s is one of the best restaurants in the city to sample authentic local cuisine with a focus on balanced seasonings, scrumptious flavours, and great service. Their Sri Lankan curries are loved by the locals, especially the dal curry.

TRIBE GUIDE Street food Sri Lanka is known for its scrumptious street food and these are some delicacies that are a musttry while in Colombo:


Kottu Roti:

Rice and curry wrapped in banana leaf

A combination of roti, vegetables, spices and chicken. Try it at Hotel de New Pilawoos, a no-fuss eatery on Galle Road

Pol Roti: Roti made from grated coconut


Watalappam: Sri Lanka’s version of pancakes – can be made A creamy coconut dessert from noodles as well as eggs. spiced with cardamom


Colombo, Sri Lanka DO


Colombo Walks

National Museum of Colombo

For reservations and availability, email

Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Guided city walks that offer an enhanced experience to both locals and visitors to bring out the vibrant colours and deep history that lies at the heart of Colombo.

The National Museum was founded by Sir William Henry Gregory, a former British Governor of Ceylon and offers a unique insight into the country’s fascinating history and culture.


Nelum Pokuna Art Street Located directly behind the National Museum

Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple

Aspiring young artists showcase their work 61 Sri Jinarathana Rd at this market-style road, offering a unique The 120-year-old Gangaramaya, situated insight into the city’s thriving art scene. in the bustling inner-city Colombo, near the scenic Beira Lake, is an intriguing temple complex that is simultaneously a hugely popular tourist attraction, a place of worship and a learning and vocational training center. The stunning Gangaramaya temple is open to everyone, regardless of faith, for an entrance fee of SL Rs. 200 per adult.


Mount Lavinia

Galle Face Green

Located just outside of Colombo, the suburb of Mount Lavinia provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a ‘Gold Mile’ of beaches, visitors can take in panoramic views of the ocean and indulge in some mouthwatering seafood along the many restaurants lining the strip. Hotels along the beach, such as the Mount Lavinia Hotel, will rent out poolside space to day visitors.

Galle Main Road, Colombo The Galle Face Green is an oceanside urban park located between the Galle Road and the Indian Ocean. It is considered the largest open space in Colombo and one of the main highlights of the city. Lined with food stalls, local vendors and enthusiastic kite flyers, it’s a great place to take the kids.


Jami-ul Alfar Mosque (Red Mosque) 2nd Cross Street, Colombo 1 Built in 1908 and located in Pettah, one of the oldest districts of Colombo, the famous Red Mosque is an architectural wonder. With its distinct red and white patterns and its magnificent domes, the mosque is a must-visit when in the city.

Pettah Market There’s no better place to get a flavor of local life in Colombo than the bustling Pettah Market, where everything from fresh produce to knick-knacks and souvenirs, fabric and electronics is for sale. Like any other Asian markets, expect crowds, chaos, haggling – and a memorable experience.


WHITE by Spa Ceylon 14 Ward Pl, Colombo 7 Spa Ceylon is the most well-established spa and Ayurvedic product manufacturer in Sri Lanka, with shops and spas all over the island. WHITE is the ultimate favourite out of all the Spa Ceylon establishments. They use their own signature products and the masseuses are very skilled. After the treatments, don’t forget to stock up on Spa Ceylon products to take home.



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