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The Gallery Cafe is a Colombo institution. While the cafe/restaurant portion of the dual use space gets more attention (chocolate nemesis is its own art form) the gallery portion, which occupies the entrance hall and the building's first courtyard, is one of the city's most important art spaces.
88 Chinese Seafood Restaurant is a long time player in the local Chinese food scene. It's incredibly popular among b0th locals and Chinese expats, and while it wasn't terrible, it didn't really live up to the hype.
Any tour of city's art-spaces must begin or end at the Barefoot Gallery. Under different names this space - a large, bright, high ceilinged room to the right of the rear entrance to the Barefoot compound, has been an essential part of the city's art-scene since the 1970s.
Keys. You’d think by now they’d have found some sort of replacement for these too easy to lose bits of shining, toothy metal. Utterly essential, yet absolutely infuriating, if you aren't possessed of basically superhuman organizational powers the chances are you spend a good portion of your life hunting for, fiddling with, losing, replacing and cursing – keys.
The large space at Barnes Place hosts frequent exhibitions and is a good place to drop-in to take the pulse of the local art scene while the apartment at Galle Face court is a beautiful space displaying a well-curated selection of art in the heart of the city.
This is a real gem. In a prime location on the bank of the beautiful Castlereagh Reservoir- Castlereagh family cottages offers, in its price range, some of the best accommodation on the island. At the moment there are just two cosy, modern cottages but they each have multiple rooms and can house more than 6 people - (the larger one can accommodate 10).
This is the city’s rising late-night kottu star.
At the forefront of Sri Lanka's new wave of art and artists this is really the only dedicated, permanent gallery space in the city. It's not attached to a cafe, they don't run art classes- it’s a professional art gallery everyday of the week
Tucked away in one of the often over-looked valleys surrounding Hatton, Castlereagh Reservoir isn’t a major tourist attraction, however if you were anywhere else it the world it would be.
The Maskeliya-Oya Family Park Resort is a keenly priced gem. Nestled in a deep, impossibly lush valley a few kilometers from Norton Bridge (15km from Hatton town) the modern chalets are comfortable and squeaky clean and, best of all, enjoy views over steep, thickly forested mountainside.
The Odel store near Townhall is pretty well known now, mostly to Colombo's high-end shopaholics. Their brand is a household name (if your house is in Colombo 7) and you can get top quality clothes, shoes, accessories, perfume and books here - but you'll generally be expected to spend 2K at the very least.