Top 10 restaurants in Colombo

Barefoot Garden Cafe

A peaceful oasis in the heart of Colombo, Barefoot is an arty outdoor café which serves a wide range of innovative dishes, from interesting sandwiches and paninis to their notable black pork curry. Don’t miss out on the mouth-watering milkshakes or the live jazz on Sunday afternoons.


Café Francais
One of Colombo’s more upmarket eating options, Café Francais is owned by the internationally-renowned Pourcel brothers who specialise in fine-dining which embodies the flavours of Southern France. Located on a surprisingly quintessentially European side street on upmarket Park Street.


Gallery Café
Gallery Café is housed in the former offices of world-renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. The restaurant has worldwide acclaim and the menu features exceptional local and international cuisine, including a chocolate-focused dessert menu with over 30 choices.


Kaema Sutra
Kaema Sutra is the latest culinary gem to emerge in the city, serving up quirky contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine. The food takes inspiration from traditional Sri Lankan street food, but is chic in its presentation. Enjoy a range of pre-meal cocktails at the bar.


Located in the Cinnamon Grand, this restaurant has a ‘happy chaos’, similar to the hubbub of a local seafood market, yet also offers the renowned 5-star Cinnamon service. Where else will you find 150 different ways of preparing fresh seafood under one roof?


Ministry of Crab
Housed in the Old Dutch Hospital, one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Colombo Fort, Ministry of Crab was opened by Sri Lankan cricketers Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara – and their friend Dharshan Munidase, an internationally-acclaimed chef – as a celebration of Sri Lanka’s seafood, particularly the succulent crabs.


A Japanese restaurant of international acclaim, Nihonbashi has a distinctive design featuring serene rock gardens and bamboo walls which transport the diner to a Zen-like tranquillity. Exceptional Japanese cuisine in a stunning setting.


Nuga Gama
Experience Sri Lankan village life in the heart of its capital in the gardens of Cinnamon Grand. Nuga Gama is a distinctive open-air restaurant centred round a 200-year-old Banyan Tree and surrounded by wattle-and-daub huts. Staff in traditional dress serve tasty island favourites.


Park Street Mews
Positioned opposite Café Francais, Park Street Mews is a bright, airy restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. The menu, which changes monthly, is a delectable fusion of continental cuisine with tropical flavours and boasts a good selection of vegetarian dishes.


The go-to eatery for vegetarians in Colombo. Sensational northern Indian and southern Indian cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere.

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