Dutch Hospital - Shopping Precinct
Lot of pubs in this area. Active nightlife specially on Fridays and Saturdays.
Great shopping and variety of restaurants as well as entertainment on some nights. A historic hospital built in the Dutch Era now converted.
The Old Colombo Dutch Hospital is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area dating back to the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. It is now a heritage building and a shopping and dining precinct.
“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.”
“The largest collection of curios East of Suez. Also doubles up as a Temple. ”
“Once the architect Geoffrey Bawa's studio. Today the Gallery Cafe is home to a small gallery, an excellent souvenier kiosk and some of the best fusion food in Colombo. The cocktails are solid. Favourites include: Black Pork Curry, the Frozen Strawberry Margarita and Double Chocolate Cheesecake (though this is controversial, most swear by the Chocolate Nemesis).”
“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.”
Colombo, Western Province
Yes (incl. American Express)