Canal Row, Colombo 1
Court Square, Galle Fort
The Good Market's foray into the historic Galle Fort.
Race Course Ground, Reid Avenue, Colombo 7
A curated and ethical Saturday market focusing on local and sustainable products and produce
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…
2 Samudradevi Road, Nugegoda
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.
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.
Ground Floor, Liberty Plaza
A bookstore with a surprisingly wide array of choices at Liberty Plaza's ground floor.
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.
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.
3, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 03
Malee Book Centre is an underrated haven of Disney themed party equipment and stationery.
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…
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.
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…
30, Stanley Tilakaratne Mawatha, Jambugasmulla
Bargain/ second hand bookshop
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…
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…
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.
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.…
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…
Here's a (rather small) bunch of Sri Lankan books we'd really recommend.
Here's our comprehensive guide to gift-buying for girls, whether it's…
In the Game Of Tomes, you sneeze or you die. If you're into dusty…
Bookworms everywhere rush to BMICH in September and spend the day browsing…
The best places to hide away and read in busy Colombo.