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Barista Lavazza (Horton Place)

31 Horton Place, Colombo 07

One of Colombo's first coffee shops, but no longer one of the best.

Barista Lavazza has been around since 2002 and was one of the first coffee franchises to successfully establish themselves in Colombo. Lately you can find a coffee shop at every street corner, and their biggest competitor – The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is literally just a few steps away.

Back when I was still in school, I would come here with my friends after school, whenever we had any money or time to spare (so be wary of any obnoxious teenagers from between 2 and 4pm). In a nutshell, it’s a really nice hangout spot - there’s something about Barista that has a really homey feel to it, or perhaps my fond childhood memories have left me infatuated with the place. Anyway, if you’re looking to kill a bit of time with someone, they’ve got a chess and monopoly board to amuse you.

They sell cigarettes here too (unique for a café?), you’ll usually find someone outside smoking a cigarette and reading the morning paper. It’s a pretty chilled out spot; it’s quiet and they’ve got WiFi – not a bad place to bring your laptop and get some work done if the WiFi wasn't so darn slow.

Barista serves up some decent short eats, cakes, brownies and of course - coffee. Their sandwiches are usually good, especially the chicken tikka, although recently I went there with my friend and ended up being served a cold, stale sandwich that we had to send back to have re-heated. Don’t know what to take from that experience. The short eats and the cheesecake are consistently decent though.

The other day I walked in at around 9.30 in the morning to try something from their (new?) breakfast menu. I decided to try their continental breakfast for 350 rupees (see photo). I was served some toast, 2 fried eggs, 2 tiny sausages, a hash brown and a cup of black coffee. It didn't seem too bad for the price, considering that a cup of coffee on its own costs 300 rupees anyway. But for Rs.350, I expect more than a cold hash brown and 2 keells sausages, it was ridiculously disappointing.

The service is just alright and having read everything I just wrote, I’m a bit less fond of this place than when I sat down. They’ve got board games and that’s their biggest appeal - having said that, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf across the street is probably a better place to go to if you don’t mind spending a little more.


31 Horton Place, Colombo 07


From Nelum Pokuna, go up Horton Place. It's past the Coffee Bean, on your left.



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Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

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