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The Blue Swan

12A, Greenlands Avenue, Colombo 5

The Blue Swan is a great place for original Hansa coffee and chocolate, and brownies. It's an affordable, cosy coffee lounge.

The Blue Swan, formerly known as Hansa, joined the fray of coffee houses in Colombo many years ago, with their quirky, yet absolutely homely, one-of-a-kind establishment down Fife Road. Using their in-house blend of coffee and chocolate, they did so many wonders back then, while creating a loyal fan base who ends up there at least once a week. 
Now they've moved the operations to their home-base in Greenlands Avenue, and yet seem to deliver the simple, yet hella delicious goodies that they are well-known for. 


If you've ever been to Hansa, you know how its ambience differs from the other cafes in town. Wooden tables topped off with stripy/check patterned table clothes, surrounded by cushy chairs while some good classical English songs fill the room, the ambience here is bizarre and nothing fancy, but extremely comfy and cosy. We're super glad that even after all these years, they haven't made it lose its unique homely vibe.

However, they're not just a cafe now, but also a co-working space. It's only Rs. 500 for the day. 

Food & Drinks

They're serving waffles, sandwiches, crepes as well as a couple of rice & curry items for lunch, and an array of coffee-based drinks to pair them with. Most of the items they've got here are priced under Rs. 600, so it won't leave a dent in your wallet. 

From the range of waffles available, we selected two - Butter and Jam Waffle, and Dark Chocolate Melted Waffle. Each portion contains two freshly-made waffles. 

Edged with crispy bits, while the inside is all fluffy and light, the waffles were well executed. There was a layer of butter covering its surface, and you can pick the type of jam you want along with it - red or yellow, and we went with both.

The yellow jam was essentially a store-brought mixed-fruit jam (we assume), but the red one is homemade lovi (Batoko Plum) jam, which is probably the best-flavoured jam I've ever had to date. Sweet and sour in the best possible way, along with a ripple of fruitiness running through, it was simply brilliant. The waffles themselves have just the right amount of sweetness to them, which produces a well-balanced out, steller concoction of flavours with the lovi jam. Dusted with icing sugar, the Dark Chocolate Melted Waffle was slathered with a layer of melted Hansa dark chocolate that is well-known for its rich flavour profile. Again, the not-too-sweet waffly base combined with the milky, yet slightly bitter notes of the chocolate worked out quite well with each other.  The Cheese & Tomato Sandwich was superb too. From what we gathered, they use some high-quality cheese here, which they purchase from a local cheese-maker. Coupled with slices of tomato and bits of green chillies, this one is a creamy, tangy treat with a subtle spicy kick.

Aside from flavours, the tomato adds a bit of moisture into the mix and also leaves a fresh feel on the palate. The bread here is well-toasted, which has produced that lovely layer of crispiness on its outside. 

As for drinks, we got a Hot Chocolate and a Cappuccino. 
Boasting rich notes of Hansa chocolate, the Hot Chocolate was a bit on the milky side. Some more melted chocolate should do the trick. 

The Blue Swan's take on Cappuccino had a potent caffeine punch emerging through the milk. A bit velvetier texture in the milk would have made it even better. 


The owner of the cafe is there most of the times, and she will keep you company with good food and interesting conversations. If you have any diet restrictions, she will make sure to add some twists to the dishes to make them suitable for you. 


As always, The Blue Swan did not fail to impress us. If you're in the mood for some light, yet filling snacks accompanied by good coffee in a cosy nook, look no further than this place. 

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You can't go wrong picking a chocolatey drink here.
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The Blue Swan operates from their home-base now.

Hansa Coffee has been renamed as The Blue Swan.

We've always been a fan of Hansa's toasties, coffee and chocolate based drinks, and it's nice to see how they've kept their game strong even during a time when new cafes are popping every corner in town. 

Hansa Coffee is a great place for original Hansa coffee and chocolate, and brownies. It's an affordable, cosy coffee lounge.

This little coffeeshop on Fife road is really a breath of fresh air. More accurately, a breath heavy with the scent of freshly brewed coffee. It's really just a hole in the wall but its lack of pretension, excellent local coffee and reasonable prices (Rupees 100-200 for any conceivable sort of coffee) are a slap in the face to Colombo’s larger, overpriced mediocrity-peddling, Starbucks imitation coffee houses.

සිංහල අපි මෙතැනට ගොඩ වුණේ කැෆේ එක ඇරලා විනාඩි 30කින් වගේ. හැබැයි මෙනුවේ තියෙන සේරම කෑම ගන්න තිබුණා.

සිංහල ෆයිෆ් පාරේ පිහිටි මේ පුංචි කෝපිහල ඇත්තෙන්ම නැවුම් හුස්මකි. වඩාත් නිවැරදිව කියනවා නම් වත් කරන ලද ඉස්තරම් නැවුම් කෝපි සුවඳින් බර හුස්මකි. එය බිත්තියේ සිදුරක් වැනි පුංචි ඉඩකි. එහෙත්, බොරු සෝබන නැති එහි කදිම දේශීය කෝපි සාධාරණ මිලට ඇත. (ඕනෑම සිතාගතහැකි කෝපි වර්ගයක මිළ රු‍. 100ත් 200ත් අතර වේ.) එය ඇත්තෙන්ම කොළඹ සුවිසල් හීනමානී ස්ටාර්බක්ස් අනුකරණ කෝපිහල්වලට නියම කම්මුල්පාරකි.


12A, Greenlands Avenue, Colombo 5



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