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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Taking its name after Queen Viharamahadevi, the Viharamahadevi Park is the largest one in Colombo. Combining picnic spots, waterfalls, a public park, a zoo, nature trails, and much more, the park is one of the most relaxing places to visit in Colombo. It is one of those rare few places that always manage to surprise you, regardless of how many times you visit. The calming, peaceful vibes of nature combined with the adventurous rides make this place an unmissable spot when travelling to Colombo. While it is no wonder that the park is a favourite amongst kids, it also appeals equally to adults seeking respite from the banter of routine life.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Built in the late 19th Century, this is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Colombo. Located near to Beira Lake in the middle of a rushed city of Colombo. A temple and museum all in one featuring large no of Buddha statues and collection of antiques and artifacts all over the world. A definite must-see and visit place in Colombo.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Park
“The official City park of Colombo, worth a visit if you want to squeeze in a few bits of nature and fresh air.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Hotel
“Seafood Restaurant Saffron in Cinnamon Grand is a great place to enjoy the local seafood. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Hotel
“Catch sunsets and sip on your favorite cocktails at the checkerboard. A colonial hotel with a rich history. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Mall at Colombo City Centre is Sri Lanka’s largest shopping destination, housing the best local and international brands alongside world-class restaurants and entertainment.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
“Amongst selling contemporary home ware, local handicrafts, antiques, clothing, giftware and crockery the Paradise Road brand has become the leading local design brand in Sri Lanka.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Place to shop
“You can buy all your groceries here to cook in the flat or your breakfast items. You can also pick up some clothes, pens, stationary etc. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Night Club
“This is a very cool nightclub in Colombo that plays the best in R+B and house music till very late!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent live bands, selection of restaurants, vibey, good for over 40s. The most elegant Batik store is also located here by designer "Sonali Dharmawardana"”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
  • 1 local recommends
Landmark
“If you’ve never heard of something called an island temple, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Seema Malaka is the perfect option for those looking for a little quiet time away from the maddening rush of the city. The tropical vibes of the place make it an ideal choice for couples, too. Surrounded by lush greenery beside the water, the Seema Malaka temple carries a stunning amalgamation of the Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Sri Lankan styles of architecture. Aiming to promote peace amongst people of all cultures and religions, Seema Malaka is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Colombo. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Night Club
  • 3 locals recommend
Lake
“Put together the elements of picnic, adventure and pilgrimage, and you have Beria Lake, one of the most beautiful tourist places in Colombo. Set in the heart of the city, Beria Lake sits in close proximity to the legendary Gangaramaya Temple, while a beautiful temple called Seema Makala temple graces the centre of the lake. The resident temple is furnished with beautiful idols of Buddhist and Hindu deities. Religious appeal aside, the lake is a popular haunt for birdwatchers and photographers, especially during the evenings when a spectacular sunset lights up the sky. Spanning nearly 160 acres, the lake is also famous for rowing and other activities. .”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Entertainment complex, with everything ranging from places to eat, bumper cars, bowling, cinemas, arcades and games and social events.”
  • 3 locals recommend
City Hall
“Its a the Colombo Town Council Building and old but well maintained building. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Night Club
“This is a very cool nightclub in Colombo that plays the best in R+B and house music till very late!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent live bands, selection of restaurants, vibey, good for over 40s. The most elegant Batik store is also located here by designer "Sonali Dharmawardana"”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Come, visit Nuga Gama, a rustic haven in the middle of an urban atmosphere, serving a delicious traditional Sri Lankan buffet cooked by local ammes and a unique village experience. Trust this restaurant set around a 200 year-old banyan tree, to cast its rural charm on you.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best places to have a quick bite or take your time with a glass of wine, the beautiful little Bristo's reputation is anything but little. Open 8am-12am being one of the few great places in town for great for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Part of the Hilton chain of hotels, 3 restaurants and bars offer a choice of Sri Lankan and Western cuisine. A gym, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court are open to those who like to stay fit. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a great bar with an open mic night every thursday with some great music. Their food and drinks go at a reasonable rate to suit your budget. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Local version of Burger King. Unrelated to the international chain (piracy is alive and kicking in Sri Lanka)! Good burgers, cheap.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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