Flights to Colombo (CMB)

Book flights to Colombo to see why so many tourists are choosing Sri Lanka for excellent shopping, colonial architecture and street art.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka

What to do in Colombo

Shop at Paradise Road

Colombo offers some great retail therapy. For vibrant cushions, sarongs and toys, Barefoot is hard to beat, while for elegant interior decor Paradise Road is the go-to place. Paradise Road is a chic concept store showcasing clothes by locally-lauded fashion designers and one-of-a-kind Papillon du thé jewellery.

213 Srimath Anagarika
Dharmapala Mawatha
+94 11 2 686 043

Enjoy a sunset on Galle Face Green

By late afternoon, the 800m-long Galle Face Green is brought to life by cricket matches, kite flying and families picnicking. The city’s best street food snacks are also hawked along a seaside promenade. For a bird’s eye view of the scene, make for The Kingsbury Hotel's lofty Sky Lounge, a smart rooftop nightlife venue.

Sky Lounge
The Kingsbury Hotel
48 Janadhipathi Mawatha
+94 11 2 421 221

Check out the art scene

Colombo’s contemporary art scene is gaining international recognition and its talented artists have more choice of representation than ever. Noted galleries include the Saskia Fernando Gallery, Hempel Galleries and the Sapumal Foundation. Yet the best spot is open air; every day emerging artists – mostly students – display their efforts on the railings of the Viharamahadevi Park.

Viharamahadevi Art Market
Viharamahadevi Park

Where to eat in Colombo

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Nuga Gama (Sri Lankan)

In the heart of Kollupitiya’s high-rise entertainment district stands this rural village-style restaurant serving a menu of Sinhala cuisine that changes daily. The scene is man-made, but the sarong-clad stewards, the magnificent banyan tree and the authentic dishes – order the jackfruit seed curry – make it feel traditional.

The Cinnamon Grand
77 Galle Road
+94 11 2 437 437

Clique Supper Club & Lounge Bar (International)

This fifth-floor lounge and restaurant, attached to a buzzy nightlife venue, has floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Lipton Circus and Union Place. Popular with Colombo's in-crowd, Clique’s international menu pulls in dishes from as far afield as Japan, Mexico and Spain; the succulent sous-vide steaks are a specialty.

505 Union Place
+94 767 254 783

The Gallery Café (International)

Geoffrey Bawa’s former offices set a stylish scene for some of the city’s best international fusion cuisine. Owned by Paradise Road founder Shanth Fernando, the restaurant’s monochrome interiors are adorned with contemporary art and tables spill into a lively courtyard.

2 Alfred House Road

Places to stay in Colombo

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Galle Face Hotel

This seaside heritage hotel dates back to 1864 and has one of the best locations in Colombo, right next to the Galle Face Green. Rooms are split across two wings – classic and contemporary – and share common facilities of a salt-water pool, a spa, restaurants, lounges and a lovely sea-facing terrace.

2 Galle Road
+94 11 2 541 010

Casa Colombo Hotel

Proprietor Lalin Jinasena single-handedly designed every piece of furniture at this luxurious retro chic hotel in Colombo’s central business district. The hotel is popular with couples and business travellers, and the exterior of the 200-year-old Moorish mansion is a complete contrast to the 12 slick suites and pink pool inside.

231 Galle Road
+94 11 4 520 130

The Cinnamon Grand

From the minute you book into The Cinnamon Grand, you know you’re in for an excellent stay. It houses excellent dining options (notably Nuga Gama and The Lagoon), a resort-style pool and well-equipped rooms. There are rooms to suit all budgets, right up to penthouse suites, and most of them offer city views.

77 Galle Road
Galle Face
+94 11 2 437 437

OZO Colombo

Located on the seafront along Marine Drive, rooms in this affordable high-rise are slick and contemporary, and many have superb sea views. The rooftop of the hotel houses ON14, where you’ll find a pool and nightlife venue.

36-38 Clifford Place
Marina Drive
+94 11 2 555 570

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