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Barefoot (Dutch Hospital)

Canal Row, Colombo 1

Good Market (Galle)

Court Square, Galle Fort

The Good Market's foray into the historic Galle Fort.

Good Market (Racecourse)

Race Course Ground, Reid Avenue, Colombo 7

A curated and ethical Saturday market focusing on local and sustainable products and produce

Barefoot (Galle Road)

704 Galle Road, Colombo 3

Expect to drop a small fortune of you plan on purchasing some Barefoot apparel. But as the old adage goes “You pay for what you get.” and what you get is very special. There are stories…

Sarasavi Bookshop

2 Samudradevi Road, Nugegoda

Maradana Second Hand Book Shops

Dr Wijewardene Mawatha, Maradana

Its a bit of a lucky a dip but sift through the dusty collections for long enough ask the enthusiastic vendors enough questions and after 30 mins scouring you're sure to find something you like.

M. D. Gunasena Bookshop (Bambalapitiya)

No. 27, Galle Road, Colombo 04

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.

Rohan's Bookstore (Liberty Plaza)

Ground Floor, Liberty Plaza

A bookstore with a surprisingly wide array of choices at Liberty Plaza's ground floor.

Promate World Stationer - Colombo Racecourse

Colombo Racecourse, Reid Avenue, Colombo 7

ProMate is a stationery shop, they’ve got a few pricey looking pens here and a huge collection of notebooks. Their whole brand practically revolves around notebooks; notepads, spiral pads,…


40/1, Joseph Lane, Colombo 04

Chapters has a decent range of books, mostly fantasy and illustration, but what we really love about this bookshop is it's so much more than a store.

Vijitha Yapa (Crescat)

G 6A Crescat Boulevard, Colombo 3

Vijitha Yapa Crescat has a great selection of comics and other interesting books, but it's also quite expensive. Good for gifts.

Malee Book Centre

3, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 03

Malee Book Centre is an underrated haven of Disney themed party equipment and stationery.

The Full Stop

L-10 Crescat Boulevard, 75 Galle Road, Colombo 3

The Full Stop has the highest quality stationery in Colombo, at the highest price. If you want regular paper or a few pens and exercise books, your local stationer or someplace like Sarasavi is…

Deen The Bookman

Slave Island Junction, Justice Akbar Mawatha, Colombo 2

A legendary figure on Colombo's secondhand book scene, Deen the Bookman has a vast selection of titles, from run-of-the-mills & boons to obscure medical titles.

Vijitha Yapa Bookshop (Nugegoda)

99, S De S Jayasinghe Mawatha, Nugegoda

The store’s fluorescent lighting, white walls, white shelves and white floor tiles render the space rather clinical and cold. I found it eerily reminiscent of Oregon State Hospital (The setting of ‘One Who…

Sarasavi Warehouse

30, Stanley Tilakaratne Mawatha, Jambugasmulla

Bargain/ second hand bookshop

Senanayake Book Shop

No 366 Galle Road Wellawatte

While it's not quite as charming as Maradana's second hand strip it's much better laid out and the books seems to be curated- classics at the back, pulp and pop towards the front and a box of…

Central Cultural Fund

Thambiah Avenue, Colombo 7

The Central Cultural Fund’s website is down and tickets to Sigirya, Polonaruwa and Anuradhapura must be purchased from one of their offices. Their head office is located at Bauddhaloka Mawatha but I…

Majestic City

Galle Road, Colombo 04

Majestic City is one of Colombo's oldest malls - where you get everything from shoes to electronics. Here's a breakdown of where to find what at MC.


34A, Galle Road (at the top of Ebenezer Place), Dehiwala

Artworld is an art supplies shop in Dehiwala, with affordable, quality art materials. They've got brand favourites like Faber Castell, Pentel, Camel and Acron.

Unik Creations

321, 1st Floor, Unity Plaza, Colombo 3

If you ever need a giant calculator, or something more ordinary like blank CDs or printer cartridges, Unik Creations in Unity Plaza is a decent place. It's not necessarily cheap - a huge calculator costs Rs.…

Feng Shui Collection

29A S De S Jayasinghe Mawatha, Dehiwala

On Hospital Road in Dehiwala, there is a somewhat awesome Feng Shui shop. Here you can get huge, weighty laughing Budai, dragon or pagoda statues, or amulets (including exam amulets) and books…