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Green Cabin

453 Galle Rd Kollupitiya, Col 3

This place is a bit of an institution in the local restaurant trade. It’s well known for both its baked goods and its inexpensive Sri Lankan, Indian and Chinese dishes. The lunchtime buffet is excellent value – the mango curry, if it’s on, is very good. For a snack try the vegetable pastries or the cardiac-arrest-inducing bacon-and-egg pies.

Beach Wadiya

2 Station Ave, Colombo 6Renowned for its seafood, Beach Wadiya has attracted a popular following for decades, including an impressive list of celebrities: Princess Anne and Richard Branson, among others. Come early to pick a table inside the weather-beaten beach shack or outside in the sand, order a chilled Three Coins beer while a waiter fills you in on the day’s catch, and receive your specially customised grilled or fried seafood platter. Reservations are recommended. Also, take care when entering the restaurant: you have to cross the railway tracks and there is no signal when trains approach.

Shanti Vihar

Havelock Rd Havelock Town. Colombo 5

This place’s deliciously spicy vegetarian food and very reasonable prices make it popular with locals and foreigners alike. It’s a basic, well-worn eatery, though there is a fancier air-con section. The menu’s South Indian offerings are especially good: masala dosa (curried vegetables inside a paper-thin lentil-flour pancake)for Rs 60, curd vadai (a deep-fried lentil-flour patty with yoghurt) for Rs 25 and Madras thalis for Rs 90. Shanti Vihar also has a home-delivery service.

Pagoda Tea Room

105 Chatham St, Colombo 1.

Duran Duran filmed the video to their famous song ‘Hungry Like a Wolf’ in this venerable establishment. Although there is a variety of Western, Sri Lankan, Malaysian and Chinese dishes, the main focus is on inexpensive pastries.


15 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 1

At the end of an alley on the southern edge of Fort, the venerable Seafish serves seafood in a faded colonial-club setting.



Cricket Club Cafe ,34 Queens Rd, Colombo 3.

This older style bungalow with a garden and veranda is on eof Colombo’s most popular places to met, eat and drink. It is packed with cricket memorabilia, needless to say. Options range from pasta to seafood to burgers with salad and chips. There’s a good bar and an excellent selection of beers and wines.


Barefoot Garden Cafe

704 Galle Rd Kollupitiya, Col 3

Located in the courtyard of the well-known Barefoot gallery, this cafe serves sandwiches, snacks such as falafel in pita bread, and daily specials that usually include one Sri Lankan, one Thai, one Malay-Indonesian and several Western dishes. There’s also a wine list. There will be a cricket quiz here on Wednesday night 9reservation required.)


Galle Face Hotel

2 Kollupitiya Rd, Colombo 3.

Favourite gathering spots for a drink at this venerable institution include Veranda, a no-nonsense bar on the inside veranda, and the Checkerboard, a cluster of tables on the courtyard lawn facing the sea. Or go the whole hog and quaff imported wine while smoking Cuban cigars and nibbling French cheeses in the hotel’s wine lounge.


Rhythm & Blues

19/1 Daisy Villa Ave Bambalapitiya, Col 4

This place has live rock, R&B and blues nightly. Despite the Daisy Villa Ave address, it’s on RA de Mel Mawatha.


Clancy’s Irish Pub

29 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7

Colombo’s stab at Irishness offers pub grub and a variety of beers and ales, including Guinness. It’s a popular spot, with regular quiz nights, live music on weekends and a few couches to sink into. All drinks are discounted 50% during the daily 6pm to 8pm happy hour. Long pants are required attire.


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