Beat The Heat (4 Cool Foods & Where To Get Them).

This April heatwave is official, says the Met Department. While there’s a bit of relieving rain some evenings, the days are the worst – couple that with bad traffic and you’ve got yourself a stressful day. I tried to convince the people in this office that aluminium foil hats would work or that we should just invest in an ice vest, but nobody is on my team.

So instead we’ve rounded up some places for food that can beat the heat.

Ice Cream

Nothing like ice cream on a scorching day. If you’re out and you want a scoop, here are all the good ones that do the job. Note: the sugar in ice cream technically warms you up a bit, but it still feels refreshing.

263 Galle Road, Colombo 3 | Rs. 100 per scoop

Carnival, like Galle Face Green nearby, is almost always full. It is one of Colombo’s oldest institutions and has its own constant flow – the ice cream isn’t anything great but it’s still cheap, and it’s a fun place to hang out at.

Marine Drive, Wellawatte, Colombo 6 | Rs. 50 per scoop

Rio is another very popular ice cream stop in Colombo, cheaper than Carnival with a wider range, hailing from Jaffna. Again the ice cream is nothing fancy, but these guys do some fun combos with jelly and smarties so it’s all good. For Rs. 250 you can get massive sundaes that you’ll find difficult to finish by yourself.

A&M Cupcakes – 469c Galle Road, Colombo 3 | Rs. 300 per tub (225ml)

Cremalato ice cream can be picked up at A&M, and we’ve also seen
their tiny tubs at the Good Market shop. This is very high quality
gelato and one of our favourites of the lot. They aren’t available in
scoops however, but they’re on the list because they do delivery, so
they’re just as easily accessible. Their brownie, coconut and cookie
flavours are very good.

Arpico Super Store, 69, Hyde Park Corner, Colombo 2 | Rs. 150 per scoop

Frozen at Arpico has got some ordinary, affordable ice cream. The location itself is a good choice on a hot day, it’s a nice place to chill out, with Urban Kitchen’s pizzas and Skrumptious’ brownies nearby. There are fun, generous sundaes on the menu, for Rs. 300, making use of beloved sweet tooth favourites like marshmallow, smarties, Milo and peanut butter.

867, Kaduwela Road, Malabe | Rs. 50 per scoop

Wonderland is a little known ice cream shop all the way on the Malabe side of town. If you happen to be there, you’ll notice it usually thronging with school kids who flock there for the cheap but wide selection of ice cream. Taste-wise, it’s pretty average like Carnival, but they have a few fun flavours like Blue Moon which tasted like bubblegum, and the Faluda Dream that included a mad mix of vermicelli, jelly, sprinkles and kasa kasa.

Il Gelato
5 Alexandria Place (ODEL), Colombo 7 | Rs. 300 per scoop

Il Gelato isn’t just ice cream – it’s gelato. This is the real stuff and the gelato been consistently great, with lovely flavours like pistachio and Oreo, however it’s also unfortunately expensive. I might risk it in this terrible heat though. They’ve also got overwhelmingly icy slushies if you feel like a nice brain freeze. They’re more widespread than the other ice cream places, with branches in Bamba, Kollupitiya, ODEL and Cotton Collection.

30A Welikadawatte Road, Rajagiriya | Rs. 350 per scoop

Carino is another wonderful place for authentic Italian gelato, keeping with the same price as Il Gelato and about the same quality. You can read more about Colombo’s two Italian ice cream dons onour funny review of Carinothat features the added bonus of Savan making incessant references to The Godfather. Besides Rajagiriya, you can get Carino tubs at Hyde Park Arpico, The Good Market Shop, Heladiv Tea Club and VOC Cafe.

Special Mentions

If you’re in Galle Fort, drop by Pedlar’s Inn Gelato and test out their wide range of wonderful, strong, quality flavours (Rs. 300 per cone), or get a tiny cup of affordable ice cream and a brownie to go with it at the Dairy King (Rs. 250 per cup). Frozen yoghurt is kind of like ice cream’s twice removed distance cousin, so we’ll mention that too – not a lot of places do FroYo, but Swirl at Crescat (Rs. 80) and Yo-Mo at World Trade Center (Rs. 100) do a good one.


Fruits and fruit smoothies are great for battling the heat, and the healthier alternative to gelato.

Simply Strawberries by Jagro
131 Vijaya Kumaratunge Mawatha, Colombo 5 | Rs. 200 – 500

Jagro is the only place in Colombo that specializes in cooling cups of fresh luscious strawberries, with plenty of cream and sugar, in everything from sandwiches to waffles to tarts. Can’t think of a better fruity way to cool off.

Paan Paan
6B Alfred House Road, Colombo 3 | Rs. 100 – 300

Paan Paan is known mainly for their breads and sandwiches, but they also stock cooling drinks like Cherine’s Quench (try the narang) and new yoghurt drinks from Frutty Yo Yo.

Health Factor
42, Dutugemunu Street, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia | Rs. 500 – 1000

The meals we’ve had at Health Factor involve plenty of cool, raw fruits and veggies. Our favourite was the Thai chicken with cool vermicelli and salad. It’s nothing fancy but along with a nice icy glass of freshly blended juice, this place makes a healthy, cooling meal. Fruits and vegetables are generally relieving in the summer so for more options in this department check out our post on healthy food.

Kassapa Road, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka | Rs. 140

Juiceez is probably your most reliable bet when it comes to fresh fruit juices. There are a bunch of different branches all over (Colombo 5, Colombo 7, Rajagiriya etc), they’ve got a nice wide range of fruits available, and the drinks are generally thick and high quality. They also do a relaxing lassi made from their own CIC curd.

11, School Lane, Nawala | Rs. 300

Jeorgie’s isn’t your typical place to go to for fruity drinks – it’s basically a burger joint. But they make some of the best fruit smoothies we’ve had. We’ve had the avocado and mango smoothies and they were the perfect balm for a hot day.


Ice cream, fruits… and then Japanese food. Sounds random, but I was having some nice fresh raw fish at Ginza the other day (great but expensive) and realized how relieving the stuff is on a hot day.

A stellar preparation of Japanese food is not easy to find since the fish has to be really, really fresh (some kitchens even go so far as to kill the fish moments before serving). It’s filling but still very light and cool and pretty much the antithesis of the Indian food and rice and curry that weighs us down on sweltering days. Here are our favourite places for good sashimi.

Tsukiji Uoichi
Arcade Independence Square, Clock Tower 1st Floor, Independence Square, Colombo 7 | Rs. 1080 for 7 pcs

Tsukiji Uoichi is a somewhat unpronounceable Japanese restaurant that’s set up in the new Independence Arcade. They have a great location and a very wide selection of sushi (and sashimi).

Nihonbashi Honten
11 Galle Face Terrace, Colombo 3 | Rs. 925 for 5 pcs

Nihonbashi Honten is the Godfather of Japanese cuisine. Their nicely air conditioned flagship restaurant serves up reliably tasty Japanese food and there’s a sushi bar where you can sit and watch them make it.

115, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7 | Rs. 1800 for 12 pcs

ZEN is a newer Japanese restaurant located in the Zylan hotel on Rosmead Place. They have an experienced chef and the food is good. Note that while it isn’t air-conditioned, it’s an open space and there’s good airflow.

14, Narahenpita Road, Nawala (also delivery) | Rs. 1340 for 11 pcs

If you want to stay home, Naniyori (part of Steamboat Nawala) does excellent sushi/sashim delivery (try their bento boxes). We don’t necessarily recommend dining in, but getting sushi delivered is fun.

The Ocean
The Kingsbury,48, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1 | Rs. 990 for 13 pcs

Set in the well air-conditioned Kingsbury Hotel, the Ocean does a generous plate of sashimi.


A chilled glass of beer can help wave off the evening humidity. You can read a more detailed review of beer prices and ranges in Colombo on our Lion Index, but these are our favourite places to relax and kick back with a brew.

Cinnamon Grand, Shri Uttarananda Road, Colombo 3

Cheers, in the basement of the Cinnamon Grand, is thoroughly AC’d and their beer is frosty too. In normal times the temperature here is actually too cold, but around Avurudu season it’s just right.

7 Degrees North (Cinnamon Lakeside)
115 Sir C.A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2

If you’re detecting a pattern here, hotels tend to have good air-conditioning. 7 Degrees has a freezing interior and a naturally cool lakeside patio. It’s also generally a happening place.

154, Kynsey Road, Colombo 8

Mintage is a small, affordable and enclosed bar on Kysney Road (near Horton Place). You can drink and eat Chinese food quite cheaply here, and it’s a good escape from the heat.


So that’s our random list of cooling foods. If you’ve got your own tips for beating this heat wave of doom, share it with us in the comments.

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