Brunch used to be an exclusively 5 star hotel thing reserved for society types waiting for their kids to get out of school. No more! From bro-dates to family hangs, brunch in Colombo is now hosted in charming little nooks and crannies around the city. Brunch has swept through the classes, infected the masses and now we have a bunch of people running helter-skelter for the perfect eggs on toast. Here are some of Colombo's best (in no particular order).
Although this is one of the more pricier options, they' don't disappoint which makes it worth every rupee. Their menu is an interesting as it is extensive and their execution of each dish is on par. Head down to One Up to enjoy a premium brunch meal.
Bakes by Bella recently introduced a brunch menu that serves up a few things like waffles, soups and bagels. In addition to the interesting ambience you can also try their many desserts.
OZO jumped into the brunch bandwagon with their superb poolside setting. They have an a la carte menu as opposed to the usual buffet style that most hotels offer so there's no need for you move around that much. Their pancakes seem to attract a multitude of fans so head down there and check them out.
The Kingsbury generally does a pretty dang opulent lunch buffet with oysters, loads of seafood, and one of the city's best spreads. We'd recommend them for their weekend variety, or their bubbly brunch which generally goes for about Rs. 3500++ a head.
With a massive spread of different types of food from ice-cream kotthu to sushi, Water's Edge offers an all inclusive brunch with a spectacular view to boot. Immerse yourself in nature and escape the hustle and bustle of the city whilst engaging in an excellent brunch meal.
With a spread so large it spans through the three main restaurants at the hotel, Cinnamon Lakeside's Sunday brunch is a must-try if you're in the are and are looking for a fancy brunch session. They cover pretty much any type of cuisine you can think of, whether it be Continental, Chinese, Korean or Mediterranean.
The Cinnamon Grand has an extravagant brunch spread that requires a careful strategic approach to get through each and every item without getting exhausted too quickly. Sit down with some beer or champagne and take your time to fill yourself up with some good food.
Black Cat may not have its black cat anymore, but it does have a great breakfast and dinner menu! With beautiful quirky art, lots of superb breakfast options and good local coffee, this place is expat heaven.
Cafe Kumbuk is a yoga-and-coffee Colombo expat's dream. With a minimal aesthetic and a focus on local, organic and seasonal produce, they serve up well-presented breakfast, lunch, coffee, and more. Head there and make a brunch meal out of it.
A leafy, peaceful branch of Cafe Kumbuk, the Kumbuk Kitchen is in the Good Market premises and generally serves up vegan and vegetarian fare. They're good for a healthy power breakfast or just some juice.
Having first made a name for themselves at The Good Market, Life Food's expanded by opening up their own outlet tucked just under one of the numerous trees near the Beira Lake. They serve up vegan food, with lots of granola, bowls, quinoa, and more.
Sweeping the mainstream multitude in its wave of runny eggs and hollandaise sauce, brunch is for people optimistic enough to stretch one meal over two meal times. Secrets are exchanged, relationships are formed- and broken. Bon appetit!
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