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

© BT ImagesEnjoy 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.

Tea Lounge

This luxurious Tea Lounge is an ideal place to meet your friends or have a business conversation. This stylish, colourful atmosphere is sure to lighten your mood. This exotic atmosphere is blended with hues of red comfy couches, surrounded by an eco friendly environment, giving pleasant views through the glass doors. The speciality at The Tea Lounge is the rich High Tea from Nuwara Eliya, or order your favourite fruit juice or cocktail and enjoy the ambience with live music. You can try the different blends of tea accompanying a light snack. This place is ideal to have post dinner drinks, and entertainment is guaranteed.

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Recommended Coffee Shops in Colombo

Whether it is time for your daily coffee-fix, catch-up with friends and family or even have quick meal while reading your favourite book; Colombo’s Cafes ensure a quality of comfort, no matter the situation.

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Whight & Co. Café

Newly opened in a converted art deco mansion on Marine Drive facing the ocean (and the afternoon sun) this is a coffee house with food (and wine). Run by the same Australian couple behind Colombo’s popular Cricket Club Café, the atmosphere is both retro and businesslike. Customers sit with their laptops at broad tables on the ground floor, or retreat to the upstairs lounge, where the acoustics can create a noisy atmosphere when a lot of people start talking. Coffee is the raison d’etre but this is not imported coffee; it’s grown in the hills and roasted on the premises and has a real kick. There is a modest menu, with modest prices, and cheerful service.

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Harpo's Colombo Fort Café

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.

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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.