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Recommended cafés in Colombo

Relax with a steaming cup of tea or coffee at one of these cafés in the heart of Colombo's city centre

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Enjoy a steaming cup of coffee at one of these recommended cafés in Colombo

What is so special about Colombo’s cafés? Well, for starters, these places are great if you want to spend some quiet time flipping through the pages of that favourite book or chatting away with friends. Go to Coco Veranda or the Whight & Co Café, to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee accompanied with scrumptious snacks or the Ceylon Tea Moments to experience deliciously unique blends of pure Ceylon tea. On the plus side, all of these have reasonable price points, ensuring value for money. So the next time you are in the city, make a pit stop at one of these recommended places.

Dilma t-Lounge

t- Lounge by Dilmah began at Chatham Street, offering an expansive range of teas with food to accompany. Now it has its most recent twin at Arcade, Independence Square as well. The selection of teas at the t-Lounges promises an enduring gourmet experience.  The tea menu begins with a range of signature teas: rare brews including the Jade Butterfly Handmade White and the First Ceylon Souchong. Their refreshing selection of iced teas follows in a number of exotic flavours. The range of drinks they have christened ‘T-kitsch’ is, basically, Ceylon black tea that is flavoured with six different ingredients including lemongrass and ginger. The beverages menu is made complete with the delectable, exclusive categories of sparkling tea, tea mocktails and t-shakes. The food menu is less in scope, but still has all the ‘tea things’ made or baked to gourmet standards: toasties, cakes, macaroons, frozen desserts, crepes and waffles.

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Heladiv Tea Club

The Heladiv Tea Club is a unique space at the Dutch Hospital Precinct. Described as a tea salon, dessert bar and boutique, it is a great place for a good cup of tea as you pass time while reading or working. The blue and white interior with the comfy sofas offers a relaxing atmosphere by day. Yet if you wish to enjoy the tropical sun, sit on the verandah that overlooks the cobbled courtyard, while enjoying a cuppa of Chai – spicy tea or Darjeeling. Heladiv Tea Club serves more than just tea. They have an extensive menu of beverages including tea, coffee, mocktails and cocktails. Enjoy a hearty meal or indulge your cravings by trying their sweet delicacies. Red Velvet cup cakes, carrot cake and fresh strawberries with whipped cream will tease the sweet lover. They also serve an elegant selection of goodies during their weekly High Tea. For breakfast, Heladiv serves wholesome Eggs Benedict and the ‘Wake Me Up’ with scrambled eggs with hash brown, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and toasted bread; all are hearty options. Sip on their brew of English Breakfast and you will be all set for the day. If you are just after work or shopping and need a moment’s respite, head down to Heladiv Tea Club to enjoy a refreshing cup of Ceylon Tea with a yummy chocolate muffin. You can even stop by for dinner in the evening. With a glow of purple, the Heladiv Tea Club transforms at night into a groovy spot with tasteful lounge music setting the tone. End your day in style here with the fr

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The Baked

Indulge in sweet delicacies and savory goodness at the Ramada High tea. The Baked will be offering some of the best-prepared finger food that will fill you up. Eat to your hearts content and pamper yourself or ask your loved ones to tag along to have the best High tea experience. The food cooked will surely satisfy all your cravings from sweet to sour to spicy to anything in between.

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Pebbles

Pebbles is located on the Northern wing of Taj Samudra Hotel. With low lighting and simple yet elegant furniture the restaurant radiates modern minimalism, at the same time accommodating a lively and happening crowd of customers. The menu consists of freshly baked cakes, pastries, pizzas, salads and sandwiches and a range of juices, smoothies, mocktails and other beverages. Pebbles thrives with a very spontaneous atmosphere; groups of friends crowded around the pool table or watching a football match, while families dine out in the alfresco area enjoying the view of Galle Face Green.

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Commons Coffee House

The Commons is a coffee shop/bistro with charisma and a popular common touch on Flower Road, Colombo 7. It has an environment to inspire intelligent conversation between like-minded souls. Its interior, with a few wooden tables spread around, accommodates cheerful cliques and the sound of their chatter paired with the blazing TV in the background, either showing a cricket match or playing catchy tunes, encourages the fun dynamic mood. The Commons Coffeehouse has created a vast menu with options of a kids menu, burgers, sandwiches, a Sri Lankan Menu, a local snacks cart and garden dining.

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Gardenia Coffee Shop

With the view of the pool, and amidst the modern decorations, the Gardenia Coffee Shop is the Ideal base to enjoy a Sunday Brunch, Weekend hang out or an Official meet up during the weekdays. The easy and comfortable ambience will let you have a peaceful time with whomever you come with. This classy yet homely and comfortable space offers dishes from various cuisines in large portions for reasonable rates. It is decorated with cozy seating space and during daytime it is lit up with sunlight shinning through the glass doors. This beautiful Coffee Shop is a place one must visit.

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The Commons

The Commons is a coffee shop/bistro with charisma and a popular common touch on Flower Road, Colombo 7. It has an environment to inspire intelligent conversation between like-minded souls. Its interior, with a few wooden tables spread around, accommodates cheerful cliques and the sound of their chatter paired with the blazing TV in the background, either showing a cricket match or playing catchy tunes, encourages the fun dynamic mood. The Commons Coffeehouse has created a vast menu with options of a kids menu, burgers, sandwiches, a Sri Lankan Menu, a local snacks cart and garden dining.

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The Empire Café

The Empire Café is in the parlour of the Olde Empire Hotel in the Dhalada Veediya street opposite the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. The restaurant is renowned for its moderately priced local cuisine a mix of both East and West. The white interiors of the building are decorated by real posters from India and retro furniture. The restaurant’s Rice and Curry platter is a huge hit with its customers. 

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Cricket Club Café

Cricket Club Café at its new location, offers a towering Kandyan and Baraque styled rustic edifice that stands out from the mundane white along suburban Colombo. Commemorating a 20-year journey, restaurateurs Gabrielle and James Whight sought to add a dynamic spin to the Colombo-staple. This stylish café has a courtyard which livens up as the daylight fades away and this is one of the best place to chill out with friends while the interior features greatest moments with cosy ambience. Accessed from the staircase near the coffee counter, there is a secluded dining area with a prized seating section on the balcony. The screens are animated with live scenes of cricket, football, rugby and tennis to cheer on. Head over to the famous Cricket Club Café to dine in an entertaining atmosphere or a quiet ambience amidst the memories of legends.

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Lattice

In the lobby lounge of the Taj Samudra Hotel, Lattice gets its name through the skilfully carved lattice screens and cosy setting fabricated to emphasis the theme of the venue. The elegant chandeliers, date palms and lots of natural lighting contribute to the grace of Lattice. Large and spacious, it is restricted to 42 guests at a time to maintain the intimate but informal ambience. The English High Tea served at Lattice, displaying a range of delicacies in tiered trays is an extravagant sight to be shared with family and loved ones, or business colleagues.

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