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.
Upon entering the Old Dutch Fort in Colombo, you encounter Harpo’s Colombo Fort Café right opposite the entrance. Open from 9am to 11pm, throughout 365 days, this café is a favoured dining spot by both Sri Lankans and foreigners equally. Within this neatly cobbled, colonial atmosphere, the Colombo Fort Café delights you with its al fresco style dining. While the breezy ambience setsdinersateaseandisespecially romantic under the night sky, the stylish earthen feel indoors is distinct and together with the artsy décor, it creates a charming and cozy setting, relished equally by a couple on a date or a group of friends. The open-style kitchen in the café offers a unique twist to the dining experience. Watch chefs skillfully prepare your meal and neatly present it on a plate. The mouth-watering aromas will ensure you have a hearty appetite. Choose from an array of delicious meals at the café; from the unique tapas dishes, famous Harpo’s thin crust pizzas to burgers and grills. The pizzas come in a choice of 26 flavours,in4sizes;Regular,Large, Family size and 22-inch Square pizzas as well. Exotic cuisine such as the Ceviches with its tangy, zesty flavour on fresh seafood and authentic Sri Lankan dishes such as Prawn Curry with Bread are also available. There is quite a delightful range of specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner too. This includes the English Breakfast, Sri Lankan Breakfast and CFC Breakfast; lunchtime treats as well as daily and weekly specials.
Located in the Galadari Hotel Colombo, Café 64 is a bakery with a scenic open air dining area and wooden and steel furnished interior. The scent of freshly made delicacies are strong as you enter the premises of the welcoming shop, making you feel right at home, in the mellow and homey atmosphere. At Café 64, you find a selection of sweets and desserts including handmade chocolate and a range of cakes, and savoury options like pastries, sandwiches and breads along with lunch and dinner meals. They also offer fresh juices, beer and several flavours of ice cream.
The bijou café at Avirate, though an appendage to the clothing store, offers nutritious victuals that can fill you up – whether you need sweet or savoury, solid and warm or slushy and frozen. Their savouries are meaty, warm and filling, whether pies, burgers, hotdogs, paninis, sandwiches, waffles, toasts or wraps. The rest of the menu is either deliciously sweet, brimming with cream or laden with Nutella.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.