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Top store recommendations from locals

Clothes Shop
“Odel is a public retail company, the first in Sri Lanka. Starting out as a single company focusing on the retail garment trade, Odel developed over the years to become the first department store in the country.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
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“Excellent souvenir shopping and one's of Colombo's most vibrant and relaxed cafe's. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Souvenir Shop
“When it comes down to souvenirs and gifts for special occasions, Laksala is a great outlet to visit in Colombo. Established in 1982, this is the only devoted government franchise in the country. Committed to produce and provide visitors with a collection of different products, quality is always reassured. Laksala relies heavily on showing off local heritage and culture through arts and crafts and over the years, it has grown from selling handcrafts to precious gems and jewelry. Inside the store, you will find numerous items on sale, from stylish handbags made from rush and reed ware to intricate wood work products that will look fabulous on display in any living room. Paintings that express opulent historic events and even furniture made from local raw materials. If none of these products suit your taste, then do not fail to look through the garment section. There you might find yourself the perfect batik top and vibrant accessories that will suit your complexion. The store isn’t just confined to these departments, with a food section available for visitors you can browse through different bottled food products, exquisite spices (It is recommended if you plan on cooking a local dish at home, as all the spices sold are of premium quality and rich in flavour) and last but not least high quality tea.Find all of this and much more when you visit any of Laksala showrooms.”
  • 10 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
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“You can walk to Paan Paan in less than a minute. Local grill, short-eats & breads”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“You need to bread, pastries, breakfast, lunch, dinner or a coffee, then try this place. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“They have a great variety of cake on offer, but you can also enjoy lunch or dinner there. Upstairs is a small play room for children.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“The Pettah market is the heartbeat of the Colombo trading scene and informal economy. Loads of wholesale and retail traders - but worth a visit to feel the energy of the city. Also home to lots of historic and iconic buildings such as the Dutch Museum, Old Town Hall, Kayman’s gate, and lots of kovils and the iconic Jami Ul Alfar mosque. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“The good market has a permanent shop at Reid Avenue but even better is the open air market every Saturday from 8a.m till late afternoon (go early). They have everything from food to organic veges and various locally sourced crafts and goodies.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 2 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Good selection of local and imported garments, leather goods, cosmetics etc. and a popular restaurant”
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
“Sri Lankans love a good pastry shop. And the Fab is one of the best around. And if you like to try out some essential Sri Lankan fare make sure you try their ice coffee, milk toffe, coconut toffee, love cake and vegetable samosa. And if you happen to drop in around lunchtime, check if you can get hold of their Lamprais ( a rice dish wrapped in banana leaf).”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“A well-stocked supermarket operating as part of a chain. Offers a bakery section, fresh fruits and veggies as well as a pharmacy.”
  • 3 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