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In a country that has had a centuries-long romance with tea, coffee is a recent upstart. There wasn't really much…

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Fancy a cuppa? Want to know where you can go to get your caffeine kick? Here's a list of places that serve up the perfect shot.

Kopi Kade
15/3, Stratford Avenue, Colombo

Excellent coffee and small plates of modern Sri Lankan cuisine.

The Embazzy
No. 76/1, Flower Road, Colombo 7.

The Embazzy is a cozy bistro on Flower Road, serving some great coffee along with some delicious multi-cuisine dishes.

Whight & Co
Marine Drive and Aloe Avenue, Colombo 3

From the time they opened their doors, Whight & Co has been undoubtedly one of the best coffee shops in Colombo. They've got cold drip, pour over, espresso, frappes and capuccinos, all executed well and delivering on taste. 

Cafe Nuga
No. 69A, Green Path, Colombo 7.

A healthy organic spot with a wide range of delicious dishes and the option to get coffee or tea with almond milk.

Lounge 171
171, Old Kottawa Road, Nawinna, Maharagama

Lounge 171 is the coffee house of the popular One Seven One Restaurant at Maharagama. They've got great food, good coffee and the nicest ambience.

Black Cat Café
11, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07.

If you love books, coffee, and cats, this is the perfect place in SL for you (you get cat cafes in other parts of the world). If you don't, why would you go to a place which christens itself 'Black Cat Cafe'?

London House of Coffee
2B, Gregory's Road, Colombo 07

Their focus on coffee and nice location on Gregory's Road makes them worth a try. If you’re looking for a quiet place to read a book or have a conversation with your date over a cup of coffee, this might be it.

Butter Boutique (Park Street Mews)
48C, Park Street, Colombo 02

Treat yourselves with decadent, delicious cakes and some of Colombo's best coffee, at Butter Boutique's newest branch at Park Street.

Le Papillon
No. 21A, Sir Ernest De Silva Mawatha, Colombo 7.

A multi cuisine restaurant serving some dope waffles and coffee.

Cafe Sociale
No. 252A, Galle Road, Colombo 4.

A retro themed cafe serving filling dishes and average coffee.

The Blue Swan
12A, Greenlands Avenue, Colombo 5

Hansa Coffee is a wonderful little cafe for coffee, tea, brownies, sandwiches, and original Hansa chocolate.

The Icebair Restaurant
Lewis Place 95, LK 11500, Negombo

The Icebair Restaurant is an understated little place that you can easily miss because it's part of the Icebear guesthouse. It's quirky and somewhat eccentric — a comfortable combination of weird and chilled out.

Hebrew's Cafe
No.1080, Sri Jayewardenepura Mawatha, Rajagiriya

Hebrew's Cafe is the newest entrant into CMB's cafe scene. They serve breakfast all day in addition to a range of sandwiches as well as coffee and smoothies.

Coffee Bar (Grand Hotel, NE)
Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya

The Coffee Bar by The Grand Hotel is probably the best coffee shop in Nuwara Eliya. They've got a chic little space and an accessible location to go along with some good food and great coffee.

Natural Coffee
5 Temple Street, Kandy

Natural Coffee's a popular coffee stop a stone's throw away from the famed lake and the sacred temple in Kandy. It's a good place if you want to kill some time before catching twilight over the lake, or to kill away hours of the afternoon heat.

Cup Café (Mount Lavinia)
174, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia

The new Cup Café outlet in Mount Lavinia is a good place for coffee, GOT lovers and those looking for a secluded space to unwind.

Butter Boutique
70 Rosmead Pl, Colombo 07

Butter Boutique's finally got their own place away from the Good Market. We'd go so far as to say it's arguably the best cuppa in Colombo right now.

No 62, Havelock Road, Colombo.

The best bakery in town for fresh French baked goodies. Their coffee is nothing to rave about but it's decent.

Qahwah (Almonds)
313, Galle Road, Colombo

Qahwah is Almonds Exclusive's own coffee station, but really it's just a part of the restaurant. There's nothing that sets it apart from the place itself other than some rather interesting coffee options.

The Cauldron
68 Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6

A coffee shop with an affordable and tasty take on Sri Lankan classics, and a nice location.

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What about Bit Bake Bar and Hideaway Blues in A Bay? I've heard they are the best cups of coffee by far!



Hideaway Cafe in Arugam bay does great coffee. Personally it is the best coffee in the island i have had. It comes with great vibes and free smiles