Get us in your inbox


Live it up in Colombo – At Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and Hospital Street

Written by
Swetha Rathnajothiee

Looking for relaxation, delicious cuisine and retail therapy? The 17th century Dutch Hospital in Colombo Fort is a shopping precinct encompassing all that is Sri Lankan, where the lively and relaxing ambience as well as restaurants, bars and shops attract crowds throughout the week.

With extensive wooden doors and windows, charming colonnades, low slung tiled roofs and subtle colours, the aura of a bygone era is fostered within the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. Encapsulated within this historic charm are the Colombo Jewellery Stores, Harpo’s Colombo Fort Café, Ikoi Tei by WIP, Luv SL, Ministry of Crab, Semondu, Spa Ceylon

The cobbled courtyards are hotspots especially after dusk with many sitting on concrete benches enjoying the lively company and breezy atmosphere. It is one of the best places to spend a day while shopping and relishing delicious meals all day long. Indeed, the corridors are usually filled with shoppers and diners immersed in the casual ambience. The Dutch Hospital Precinct is the ideal venue to catch up with friends or unwind with soothing tunes in the backdrop.

Behind the Dutch Hospital is Hospital Street, one of the cities most charming pathways. With twinkling lights and jazzy music, the street transforms into an entertaining and delightful space at night with delicious food. Fairway Colombo hosts a series of events throughout the month, from sizzling street food festivals to groovy jazz nights to cultural shows reflecting Sri Lankan heritage. Amidst the lively setting, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Events at Hospital Street to look out for in July!

Cultural ShowJuly 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30; 7pm–10pm

Vinyl Night – July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 6.30pm–10pm

Jam on Street – July 11 and 25; 7pm–10pm

Art and Jazz – July 7 and 8; 10am–9pm

Street Food Festival – July 28 and 29; 6pm–11.30pm

Check out our event schedule for more events:



This weekend

Next seven days

Latest news


    The best things in life are free.

    Get our free newsletter – it’s great.

    Loading animation
    Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

    🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

    Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!