We would like to give special thanks to our awesome local Janisha Biyanwila.
Dutch Hospital of Colombo
The Old Colombo Dutch hospital built in the 17th century dates back to the Dutch colonial era of Sri Lanka. Recently renovated, this heritage building is home to shopping stores, bars, cafes and restaurants, including one of Colombo’s best restaurants ‘Ministry of Crabs’. With its cobblestone courtyards this outdoor entertainment area has a distinct European flair. The laid back atmosphere and live bands attract locals and foreigners alike to relax in the evening breeze in the courtyard whilst enjoying tapas and a good cocktail from the multiple restaurant options. Need a break from people watching, just browse into any of the numerous stores carrying clothes, authentic handicrafts to world renowned Sri Lankan gems. Also, one can stop by Spa Ceylon for a truly relaxing evening.
Address: Hospital street, colombo
Nuga gama, or nuga village is a restaurant designed to provide its customers with a unique rural Sri Lankan village experience. The tables set over sand under a centuries old banyan tree gives the ambiance of a quaint rural village. It is one of the few places to enjoy authentic Sri Lankan cuisine in Colombo. From clay curry pots to coconut shell serving spoons, this buffet dining is a truly unique experience that shouldn’t be missed. Reservations needed.
Address: Cinnamon Grand Hotel
Designed with romance in mind, this outdoor seafood restaurant has just the right ambiance for a magical getaway. With tables set right in the beach underneath a cadjan-thatched gazebo, illuminated by hurricane lamps, this would be a night not to be forgotten. You can select from an array of fresh seafood and have your choice of sauces cooked exactly to your preference. The cool breeze under a starry night with sounds of the Indian Ocean lapping at your feet will have your hearts melting as you dive into the rich local seafood cuisine.
Address: Mount Lavinia Hotel
Flow by O, Silk, Sugar 41
41, 1/2 Maitland Crescent has evolved into a one stop shop for a night out in Colombo. The pool complex of the Colombo Gymkhana Club has opened it’s doors to house a bar, rooftop lounge and a night club. ‘Flow by O’ is the bar on the first floor, with a swimming pool. It offers beers and cocktails at one of Colombo’s best prices making it a top choice for happy hour and pre-drinking. You have a choice of being seated indoors or outdoors by the pool. Appetizers and food is also provided to line those stomaches before a fun night out in town/the building. Sugar 41 is the rooftop lounge on the 3rd floor. With sophisticated decor, beautiful plumeria trees and sweeping views of the gymkhana cricket grounds, this wine and tapas lounge provides the perfect setting for a relaxed night of drinking. It also has an indoor area that on occasion has live bands performing. ‘Silk’ is the nightclub on the 2nd floor that one can go to dance the night away. It has a good crowd with an option for table service.
Address: 41, 1/2 Maitland Crescent
Sky lounge is by far the best location to view the Colombo sunset. From views of the Colombo skyline to the galle face green and the Indian Ocean beyond, this venue is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy a cocktail at happy hour; which perfectly coincides with sunset, while snacking on some delicious deviled chicken and fries (a Sri Lankan appetizer staple). The prices are a bit steep for Colombo, but who can complain with that view staring back at you.
Address: Kingsbury Hotel Rooftop
Hotel de Pilawoos
While Pilawoos is anything but a hotel, this iconic roadside restaurant is the best place to get authentic Sri Lankan Kottu Roti (A scrumptious dish indigenous to Sri Lanka, made out of roti, egg, vegetables and/or meat and spices all chopped finely together served with a side of spicy curry sauce). From cheese kottu to chocolate roti, the options are endless and equally delicious. Our personal favorite, the pilawoos special (not on the menu) includes kottu roti with roast chicken drizzled with curry sauce. Pilawoos is the late night street attraction where all of Colombo night owls converge to grab a bite. Disclosure: order from and to the car. The restaurant is no gourmet experience to say the least. Regardless, this is a venue that has stood the test of time and holds a special place in every Colombo-ites heart.
Address: No 161, Galle Road, Colombo 4
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