Arcade Independence Square
A complex of colonial style buildings housing a host of outlets and facilities for shopping, dining and entertainment. It's the latest prominent landmark in the city with outdoor sitting areas, promenades, fountains and flowerbeds while inside are 24 retail stores ranging from clothing to electronics. Both local and international brands are represented here, including Nike, Levis, Giordano, Samsung, TITAN, Parfumerie, Kookaburra, Stone 'N' String and Amante. Sri Lankan, Indian, Thai, Japanese and fast food restaurants are among the dining options and there is a Cineplex for 3D movies.
Arcade Independence Square. 30, Independence Square Colombo 7.
Called one of the hippest bars in Colombo, the post-modern design of the Sky Lounge complements nightly entertainment with a menu of exciting and creative selections. Sky Lounge also carries cigars, premium champagne and signature molecular cocktails.
The view is sensational attracting patrons to gaze at the Colombo Port, the old parliament and the Galle Face Green. Be there before dusk to witness the stunning sunset when the sky’s cloudless. It is a popular venue for stargazers and to view Colombo’s burgeoning skyline.
The Kingsbury. 48, Janadhipathi Mawatha Colombo 1. Daily 5.30pm-3am.
Colombo's only public park is located centrally nearby the National Museum and other major landmarks. The parks premises of nearly 25 ha recently received a facelift, doing away with boundary walls and gates, to give way to more public access. The park is a large green expanse dotted with tall trees and cycling and walking paths. One of the major attractions of the park is its tree cover, boasting of about 1,000 trees of 89 varieties. The park premises has intermittent resting points, with benches and seating areas and there are horse rides and food vendors selling everything from pickles, boiled chickpea to fruits. And you’ll have company: the park’s a popular spot for romantic strolls. (Pro tip: skip the crowded mornings and evenings.)
Viharamahadevi Park Colombo 7.