M.D.Gunasena takes a novel approach at the conventional bookshop, with gorgeous interior decor, and a chill atmosphere which is perfect for passing the time, and of course reading.
If you're looking for high quality designer menswear, Crocodile is definitely the place you should visit, but remember, high quality comes at a price.
Feel like dining fancy on a budget? Noodles at Cinnamon Grand is your spot.
Arcade Independence Square is yet another super-complex of eateries and shopping outlets to pop up in Colombo since the Racecourse buildings. It's got its own food court, a bunch of places to buy clothes…
Dinemore in Wellawatte by the sea has got their signature oozing-mayo subs and burgers, with a relaxing view of the ocean.
So the Sri Lankan Air Force runs a salon in Borella. Yep, sounds cool and weird, but it's actually quite ordinary - they do haircuts, styling, facials, manicures, pedicures, massages and wedding stuff.…
The Light House Galley opposite Colombo Lighthouse is a courtyard-restaurant run by the Navy - it's a good place for lunch or dinner.
Panino specialises in sandwiches. In melts, to be specific. They also have a killer hot sauce.
A well run Burger King franchise with a nice location (second floor balcony) in Colpetty. They also have interesting local options like spicy chicken and rice now.
Perched on top of the OZO Colombo is the equally swanky ON14 Rooftop Lounge & Bar. Pool bar by day and lounge bar by night, ON14 is one of the highest spots for a drink in the city.
Great Wall has been around for a while now, but they're mostly known for their take out. We dropped by for lunch to see how they match up against the growing number of Chinese restaurants in Colombo.
For a boutique experience without being completely isolated, this is a great spot. Lovely villa within 15 minutes of Galle, Thalpe and Una and about an hour and a half from Colombo.
The original Rio Ice Cream parlour is old and sweet- it's persisted through decades of war and strife as an integral part of the local community. It's worth a diabetic shock or two to experience that.
Apart from its pool, Otter's strikes this delightful yet confusing mix between being simultaneously family-friendly and being a good place for chaps after work to put a manly arrack session.
This is the oldest Hindu temple in Colombo, by most accounts. It's in a hidden location just off D.R. Wijewardena Mw and is a pleasant and welcoming kovil to visit.
The Kingsbury’s poolside restaurant, the Waterscape offers a pretty great view (for now) and al fresco dining. If you’re looking for a decent grill or a bit of fun fondue and have a bit of cash to…
A lovely boutique hotel, impeccably furnished and right on Kosgoda beach.
Uncomplicated, tasty food and fresh icy Lion beer in a sleepy coastal town.
Jungle Beach is a secluded beach in Unawatuna that's growing less secluded all the time. It's still a nice and relatively peaceful Una beach off the main strip.
The Kingsbury buffet is pretty good. It's the best in terms of salads and veg, highly competitive in seafood, and good for everything else. It's Rs. 3,500 all in. We think it's good value.
One of Colombo’s prettier urban escapes, Colombo Courtyard is a boutique hotel in the heart of Colpetty. As it avoids the usual business hotel tag, the vibe is entirely different.
Ginza On The Edge is the suburban successor to the Hilton’s Ginza Hohsen. It's on the 1st floor of Waters Edge and offers high-end Japanese with excellent service to boot.
Lighthouse is one place that we actually felt bad leaving. The hotel is really connected to its location so you feel quite comfortably wrapped in the sunset and beach. Truly an iconic hotel.
Salad Guru is a fun little new enterprise trying its wings at the Good Market. Run by a trained nutritionist, the stall has a whole range of stuff that’s good for you. They range from salads, pastas…