M.D.Gunasena takes a novel approach at the conventional bookshop, with gorgeous interior decor, and a chill atmosphere which is perfect for passing the time, and of course reading.
Geoffrey Bawa's impact on Sri Lanka is unparalleled. His legacy as an architect and writer is etched in local history. Lunuganga is arguably the most famous of his works, a country home set in…
Perched on top of the OZO Colombo is the equally swanky ON14 Rooftop Lounge & Bar. Pool bar by day and lounge bar by night, ON14 is one of the highest spots for a drink in the city.
The Japanese Peace Pagoda near Unawatuna is a beautiful shrine with amazing views across the ocean. It's also quite near Jungle Beach.
If you're into history, this 1757 church is an important part of Colombo. It's heavy, lasting architecture that they don't make anymore and we think it's worth a visit.
One of Colombo’s prettier urban escapes, Colombo Courtyard is a boutique hotel in the heart of Colpetty. As it avoids the usual business hotel tag, the vibe is entirely different.
Lighthouse is one place that we actually felt bad leaving. The hotel is really connected to its location so you feel quite comfortably wrapped in the sunset and beach. Truly an iconic hotel.
YUMI is Taj Samudra's resident Japanese restaurant. What they lack in terms of variety they make up for with some delicious, specialized sushi in arguably the best setting for a Japanese restaurant…
We had a great time here. It's a friendly spot on the beach, very near Colombo, with good Chinese food. Doesn't get much better.
Tintagel is a historic Colombo establishment with chic design and generally good (but pricey) food at its al fresco restaurant.
The Piero House in Thalpe truly is an artists residence. It's a magical space, creatively decorated and an ideal retreat for writers, artists, or general creatives. It's bikable distance to good restaurants…
Octagonal in shape with quaint yellow windows set against brick painted white, the Dondra Lighthouse stands fifty metres tall at the edge of a shady and well-kept garden
The Nail Anatomy is a nail salon on Reid Avenue, located inside Lakpahana, just opposite the Colombo Racecourse. They offer highly professional service nail and spa services.
As far as beach bars go, Shore By O! is by far the most popular. Not all their drinks are excellent, but they do the best beer cocktails around and their bites aren’t too shabby either.
Hideaway is the best restaurant and probably the best hotel in Arugam Bay. It has excellent food and accommodation and thoughtful family management.
Saraii Village is a charming set of tree-houses and mud chalets near Hambantota. They also make an excellent rice and curry. Probably the best place to stay in the area.
Worth a visit for the location alone, but the menu is uninspiring.
High Octane Fitness is found in Pamankada, pretty close to The Dutch Burger and Shiraz on Stratford Avenue. It is the best gym in Sri Lanka, need I say more?
Dilmah's charming tea lounge in the shadow of Dutch Hospital is still going strong, with a range of hot and cold teas and little and large bites.
Waters Edge is a splash of paradise in Colombo’s Concrete Jungle - located in Battaramulla, it’s a rich oasis with much lush greenery and some breathtaking views of the Diyawanna Lake.
Ace Pub is a great rooftop bar located above the Steam Boat/Naniyori restaurant building in Nawala. It's got a lovely view of the city at night and they serve reasonably priced drinks, inoffensive…
Expect to drop a small fortune of you plan on purchasing some Barefoot apparel. But as the old adage goes “You pay for what you get.” and what you get is very special. There are stories…
This shop is a miniature version of the bigger Laksala which is just a 10 minute walk from here. The vibrant souvenir boutique holds some small wooden carvings, decorated brass ornaments,…
Laksala is one of Colombo’s high end tourist shops. The spacious 2 storey establishment is home to some beautiful paintings, wooden carvings, brass and silver sculptures, gems & jewellery and some beautiful handloom clothing. This…