Before I went to Sri Lanka, I searched the whole internet for ‘hotspots’. But, compared to for instance Bali, Sri Lanka is not as developed when it comes to tourism yet, and even though I found a few nice restaurants, there was not much information about it. That’s why I created this article, just to tell about the places I’ve enjoyed during my holidays in Sri Lanka.
Cafe Chill – Ella
This cafe and restaurant is located in the main street of Ella and you won’t miss it if you look for the bar with the best facade. This is a place where many backpackers meet after a day of sightseeing or hiking.
But actually, almost every bar or restaurant in Ella is a nice place to relax, get a (good) cup of coffee or a cocktail, for example Dreamcafe or AK Ristoro.
The three by tpv – Galle
This shop is for all the interior junkies that love a Meditteranean home. Bowls made of shells, modern lamps and beautifully handmade stuffed animals are all available in this store.
In the heart of Kandy you’ll find this lounge bar on a roof terrace. With a view over the city and the mountains, you can enjoy the sunset with a cocktail (5-6 PM it’s happy hour) or a nice plate of food. Many young and especially Western people go here to hang out. To find it, follow the sign to ‘Bamboo Garden’ and walk your way up.
Calorie Counter – Galle
Calorie Counter is one of the less healthy food restaurants in Sri Lanka and a very fashionable place to go to. They thought well of the beachy interior and on the terrace, there’s a whole wall with artprints you can buy. Great for smoothies and juices, but they also serve wraps, yoghurt, avocado toast and much more.
Barista – Kandy, Ella, Unawatuna, Galle, etc.
Maybe not a real ‘hotspot’, but it can be quite a relief to have a nice coffee in a country that has the strongest coffee ever. The good part is that it’s located in many different Sri Lankan towns. Tip: take the iced latte!
This small shop located in one of the main streets of Galle is as bright on the inside as it is on the outside. It’s great for souvenirs like spices, make-up bags and woodcarved elephants.
And that’s it! Some shops, but especially food hotspots to go to in Sri Lanka. I know for sure that the upcoming years the tourism will grow fast, and there will be a lot more bars, restaurants and other hangout spots to spend your time at. Who knows I’ll be able to come back some time!