Experience the best Colombo has to offer from the heart of Sri Lanka’s most vibrant city.
Ministry of crab
Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo 1
(750 metres away)
Crabs are a major income earner for Sri Lanka’s fishing industry, but most are exported. This high-profile restaurant rectifies this loss by celebrating the crustaceans in variations ranging from Singaporean chilli crab to locally spiced crab curry as well as a host of other dishes to please all palates (including non-seafood and vegetarian options). Ministry Of Crab is a culinary experience that will keep you coming back for more.
Arcade Independence Square, No.30, Independence Square, Colombo 7
(6 kilometres away)
The restaurant delivers a unique dinning experience for the Sri Lankan palate. The Kaema Sutra experience is chic in presentation and rich in flavor. Inspiration is drawn from traditional Sri Lankan food which is taken from local street fare and served against a lush background. Kaema Sutra is the ultimate destination for contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine, where guests can also enjoy pre-drinks at the bar from a variety of cocktail combinations while sampling a variety of snacks.
Town Hall Colombo
F.R. Senanayake Mw, Colombo 2
The Town Hall of Colombo is the headquarters of the Colombo Municipal Council and the office of the mayor of Colombo. Built in front of the Viharamahadevi Park Sri Lanka, it is the meeting place for the elected municipal council.
The foundation stone was laid on 24 May 1924 by mayor of Colombo, T. Reid, and the work was completed in 1927. Designed by S. J. Edwards, it was originally meant to house the office of the mayor and the council chamber as well as a venue for functions requiring a large ballroom.
Today it houses the administrative staff of the municipal council with the garden as the venue for many events.
Old dutch hospital
Bank of Ceylon Mawatha, Colombo 1
(1.1 kilometres away)
The Old Colombo Dutch Hospital (known as the Dutch Hospital) is considered to be the oldest in the Colombo Fort area, dating back to the early 1600s Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. Lavishly restored as the centrepiece of the ever more vibrant Fort, the Dutch Hospital is home to shops, cafes and restaurants run by some of Colombo’s best operators, with an annex now opened in a 19th-century British building on the backside that faces Chatham St. Enjoy a pause for a cold drink amid the incredibly thick columns of its arcades.
77 Galle Road, Colombo 3
(1.4 kilometres away)
This charming restaurant has created an unparalleled dining experience for Colombo's seafood lovers since the day it opened. Consistently ranked among the city's top restaurants, it follows the seafood market concept with an emphasis on offering variety, freshness and quality to patrons.
galle face green
Galle Face, Colombo 3
(100 metres away)
The Galle Face Green is a ocean-side urban park that stretches for a half kilometer along the coast, in the heart of the financial and business district of Colombo. The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward and then originally cleared by the Dutch to give the cannons of Fort a clear line of fire.
The original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today, initially used as a golf course as well as for horse racing, cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby.
Today, Galle Face Green's broad lawns are a popular rendezvous; on weekdays it’s dotted with joggers, kite flyers and walkers, while on weekends food vendors gather to feed the crowds, especially on Sunday evenings.
48 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1
(1 kilometre away)
Sitting atop the royal splendour of the Kingsbury Hotel with its stately grandeur, the Sky Lounge is one of Colombo's hippest bars. Its postmodern design compliments the electric entertainment that is an experience itself. Many different types of cigars, premium champagnes and signature molecular cocktails alongside the most creative comfort cuisine all await your arrival.
galle face hotel
2 Galle Road, Colombo 3
(800 metres away)
The Galle Face Hotel was founded in Colombo Sri Lankan 1864 and is the oldest hotel east of Suez. The hotel was originally built by four British entrepreneurs, and its name derives from the stretch of lawn it faces known as the Galle Face Green. It began as a Dutch villa called Galle Face House. Land for the hotel's expansion was purchased between 1870 and 1894. Architect Thomas Skinner completed its current classic wing in 1894, its facade being largely intact to this day (though with many refurbishments).
The hotel is a member of Select Hotels and Resorts International and is listed as one of the "1000 Places to See Before You Die" in the book of the same name. It received the "Best Heritage Hotel" title three years running at the Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism (of Sri Lanka). In addition, Galle Face Hotel won the first-ever PATA award for Best International Heritage Hotel, in 2012. In September of the same year it became the first hotel in Sri Lanka to be featured on a postage stamp, along with three other iconic buildings in Colombo.
(4.4 kilometres away)
The Viharamahadevi Park (formerly Victoria Park) is a public park located in Colombo next to the National Museum in Sri Lanka, and is the oldest and largest park in Colombo. Situated in front of the colonial-era Town Hall building, the park is named after Queen Viharamahadevi, the mother of King Dutugamunu. The park was built on land donated to the city of Colombo by Charles Hendry de Soysa during the British rule of Sri Lanka and was originally named "Victoria Park" after Queen Victoria. During World War II it was occupied by the British Army with the Australian 17th Brigade based at Victoria Park. After the war, the park was restored and opened to the public in 1951.
The Viharamahadevi Park is the only large-scale public park in Colombo, and is maintained by the Colombo Municipal Council. The park features include a large Buddha statue and a series of water fountains with a children's play area.
61 Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo 2
(3.2 kilometres away)
Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence. The temple's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.
The Buddhist temple includes several imposing buildings and is situated not far from the placid waters of Beira Lake on a plot of land that was originally a small hermitage on a piece of marshy land. It has the main features of a Vihara (temple), the Cetiya (Pagada) the Bodhitree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Seema malaka (assembly hall for monks) and the Relic Chamber. In addition, a museum, a library, a residential hall, a three storeyed Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall are also on the premises. Most notable for tourists is the architecture of the Simamalaka Shrine, which was built with donations from a Muslim sponsor to the design of Geoffry Bawa.
world trade center
Echelon Square, Colombo 1
(800 metres away)
Essentially a business destination, the Colombo World Trade Centre offers space to private entrepreneurs and public organisations, making these twin towers very much instrumental in fueling the economy of the region. One can access multiple global services under one roof. World Trade Centre is the most sought after business space in the whole of Sri Lanka, and one is sure to be surprised by the sheer number of multinational companies lodged at this address. As it is located at the heart of Sri Lanka’s central business district, the World Trade Centre offers access to banks, business headquarters and government agencies, making it one of the most important landmarks in Sri Lanka.
No.11 Galle Face Terrace, Colombo 3
(900 metres away)
Founded in 1995, the restaurant brings the allure, flavour and culture of authentic Japanese cuisine to the heart of Colombo. The distinctive setting features serene rock gardens and bamboo walls that serve to transport you to a Zen-like tranquility. Nihonbashi offers a selection of 7 uniquely styled private dining rooms and one-of-akind yakitori garden where guests can enjoy real yakitori under a bamboo canopy. A delectable menu combining the best of Sri Lankan ingredients with traditional Japanese culinary techniques provides a dining experience like no other.
2 Alfred House Rd, Colombo 3
(4.9 kilometres away)
The trim colonial bungalow that houses Shanth Fernando’s Gallery Cafe used to be the office for Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa. The open-air dining area looks over an intimate courtyard and reflecting pool. The Sri Lankan–inspired dishes focus on fresh ingredients and bold, clean flavours. Curries made with black pork and prawns are popular. There's a huge range of luscious cakes you can snack on through the day.
royal colombo golf club
223 Model Farm Road, Colombo 8
(6.8 kilometres away)
The Royal Colombo Golf Club is the oldest Golf Club in Sri Lanka. Established in 1880, it is located at the The Ridgeway Links, also known as the Anderson Golf Course. It is home to the Sri Lanka Golf Union – the governing body of Golf in Sri Lanka – and maintains links with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland.
arcade independence square
Kurunduwatta, Colombo 7
(6 kilometres away)
Arcade Independence square is the latest addition to Colombo's high-end shopping experience, located at the former auditor general department premises. This historical building complex was carefully renovated, touching up minor details and for an elegant finish, and converted to a shopping arcade along with a variety of cafés and restaurants.
colombo swimming club
148 Storm Lodge, Galle Road, Colombo 3
(2.6 kilometres away)
In 1938, ‘Storm Lodge’ was purchased for a then-princely sum of fifty-five thousand rupees, and in that same year, the construction of a swimming pool was awarded to Walker and Sons Ltd. The pool was declared open the following year by the Governor of Ceylon, Sir Andrew Caldecott at a gala celebration. The club finally had a home of its own and a place for family relaxation and meeting with friends. Good food, excellent service, and a warm and friendly atmosphere have defined the Colombo Swimming Club throughout its long history, continuing to do so today as one of the most premier clubs in Sri Lanka.