Dolce Italia's Skelton Road outlet is a beautiful house-turned-restaurant with a warm ambience and some stellar dessert options. Their pizza is alright, too.
Grand Beijing is another Chinese place around the Kollpity junction that serves up good, authentic dishes at affordable prices.
Krishna is a good vegetarian spot for rice and curry and the likes at the Arcade. They're run by the same guys who run Mathura.
Lil' Orbits is an awesome place to go to for your sugar cravings. The prices are alright and the chocolate sauce is gold.
Sri Siam on W.A. Silva Mawatha is yet another new Thai restaurant. We had high hopes since it's run by Thai management, but the food just wasn't up to par.
Aashkii at the Arcade is a chic store with a range of Indian and local designer clothing and quality saris.
Candle Light Hut is a pretty popular, affordable place for Pakistani biriyani, paratha and meat curries.
Hameedia is one of the leading menswear stores in Sri Lanka. Their prices aren't cheap but they've got a great selection of both apparel, shoes and accessories with some elegant designs to boot.
The Tommy Hilfiger store at the Arcade has got a decent selection for mostly men - great quality, big prices, and a wide range of plaid shirts.
This rather busy bar has good food and drinks, but is quite expensive.
Splash is an international franchise with an awesome collection of casual and party wear. It's pricey, but they've got a great range of pants, tshirts and denims.
Tropic of Linen is a great place for quality linen and cotton clothing at good prices. They're already popular in Galle.
Zen is Zylan boutique hotel's hidden gem of a Japanese restaurant. They made a great first impression on our visit, and we love their new bento boxes.
TM Dilshan's bar has a great selection of imported liquors, some creative cocktails and good bar food.
Curry Leaves is one of Colombo's oldest Indian restaurants, but remains mostly under the radar. Their strength lies in their biryani, but the rest of the dishes were pretty ordinary.
Pizza Hut's stuff isn't half bad, and their desserts are actually quite great, but the portions don't justify the prices.
The Fab Cafe, the coffee lounge by The Fab is relatively unknown cafe down Castle street. They've got a chic space and some great Hot chocolate.
Buddhi Batiks takes the tradition of the batik industry and revamps them to create designer fashion.
Cannon is a bar in the Galle Dutch Hospital. Great location, OK food and drink.
The Tuna & The Crab is a mainly Japanese restaurant run by Sri Lanka's top chef Dharshan Munidasa in the Galle Fort. The quality is reliable but not game-changing, and the prices are high.
House of Lonali is an ethical local brand owned by Lonali Rodrigo. They feature some unique and fresh designs.
Cafe Francais is the only and best French restaurant in Colombo. It's expensive but really high quality dining.
Mondy is a popular shop for quality Women's office wear. They also do a pretty decent collection of shoes and accessories.
Peking Palace in Nawala serves up some decent Sri Lankanized Chinese cuisine at an accessible location.