4/5

The Barefoot Cafe

8th Lane (off Galle Road), Colombo 3


Barefoot Cafe is the best place to hang out in Colombo. It's a chilled place to meet or make friends, see art, hear music, eat good food and drink affordable beer.


Barefoot Cafe is the best place to hang out in Colombo. It's a chilled place to meet or make friends, see art, hear music, eat good food and drink affordable beer. Barefoot is a tourist destination as much as Sigiriya and for locals it's a vital part of Colombo culture. It's like the last embassy of the Ceylonese.

We haven't written about Barefoot for so long because we hang out there so much, it's like writing about your living room.

Location

The Barefoot Cafe (which we're writing about as separate from the store) is a stone paved, leafy open courtyard with seating that expands or contracts depending on demand. The Cafe holds everything from Jazz Sundays to gallery openings to concerts to meetings to dates and beyond. If you have only 24 hours in Colombo this is one place you have to go.

Aside from the seating there's an art gallery which always has something current, a bar and assorted nooks and crannies and balconies which have also been used for plays or events.

Food And Beverage

Anytime of day you can get sandwiches (try the pork) or falafel or bites, plus iced teas and peanut smoothies and the lot. During lunch hours they have a roving menu board with rather consistently fantastic meals for around Rs. 1,000 a pop. These range from prawn dishes to a great pork curry to the ever-present quiche. Also good desserts (try the strawberries and cream!).

Service

The service at Barefoot is nice if elusive. You can sit and order one iced tea and they'll leave you alone for hours. This is nice in town where restaurants seem in a hurry to shift tables, but it can be a stretch when you actually want another iced tea. The owners, Dominic and Nazreen, are usually around so service never slips that much.

Events

Barefoot also hosts many events public and private - ranging from concerts to art exhibitions to weddings and corporate meets. We try to post as many of the public events as possible here - the Wednesday Pub Quiz is a reliable winner - and if you drop by there's almost always some art available to view (or buy).

TIP

The beer is surprisingly cheap, but note that they stop serving alcohol between 2-5 PM.
All Reviews

The Barefoot Cafe serves up some excellent drinks and decent food. Their service needs to improve, vastly.

This Colombo’s institution is a great spot to have a drink, a light meal or a snack and to chill out in a peaceful and natural setting. 

Barefoot Cafe is undoubtedly one of the most popular hangout spots in Colombo. With it's chic outdoor setting, good food and great music its easy to see why.

Barefoot Cafe is the best place to hang out in Colombo. It's a chilled place to meet or make friends, see art, hear music, eat good food and drink affordable beer.

කොළඹ නිකරුණේ කාලය ගත කරන්න තියෙන හොඳම තැන තමයි බෙයාර්ෆුට් කැෆේ. ඒක යාළුවෝ හම්බවෙන්න හරි යාළුවෝ ඇතිකරගන්න හරි හොඳ තැනක් වගේම කලා කෘති බලන්න, සංගීතය අහන්න, හොඳ කෑම කන්න සහ දරාගන්න පුළුවන් මිලට බීර බොන්න හොඳ තැනක්. සංචාරකයන්ට බෙයාර්ෆුට්, සීගිරිය වගේම හොඳ සංචාරක ගමනාන්තයක්. දේශීය වැසියන්ට ඒක කොළඹ තියෙන අත්‍යවශ්‍යම තැනක්. ඒක අධිරාජ්‍ය යුගයේදී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ අවසාන තානාපති කාර්යාලය වගේ.

Address

8th Lane (off Galle Road), Colombo 3

Directions

Go down the Galle Road, it's just past the Bambalapitiya Junction (so past Majestic City). You can walk through the Barefoot store or go down the adjoining 8th Lane to a decent sized parking lot.

Contacts

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Open until 07:00 PM

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
1
Ambience Rating
5


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