Top Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s food scene is no less than it’s vibrant culture. Wondering when to go in Colombo? Here are 3 spots not to miss. 

Updated: 3 December 2018

One of the beautiful things about traveling is sampling the local cuisine. It makes the experience much more fulfilling, eating like a local and living like a local, especially if the country’s cuisine is known to be delicious. Such is the case with Sri Lanka. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, as it is sometimes called, is a gorgeous nation and offers more than just rice and curry. Sri Lankan cooking delivers an abundance of delectable dishes with the liberal use of fruits, seafood, and an arsenal of spices. When in Sri Lanka, these are the restaurants where you should book a reservation to get your fill of the best vegetarian food the country has to offer.

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Tucked away amidst the ancestral bungalows and towering flats, Gallery Café was once the studio of the country’s most famous architect, George Bawa. Today his old working table displays a variety of cakes and pies. The building was leased in 1998 for a gallery and café, hence the name. One of the perennial favorites is the Sri Lankan style black pot curry, as well as the sinful and decadent “chocolate nemesis,” a light chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream and peach coulis. Order wine from the modest list after your satisfying meal or spice it up with a mean margarita.

2 Alfred House Rd, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

+94 112 582 162

Photo Credit: The Gallery Cafe

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Named one of Asia’s top 50 restaurants in 2018, Nihonbashi deserves a visit when in Sri Lanka. You can expect simple and elegant Sri Lankan dishes with a Japanese flair. Nihonbashi is the flagship venture of Dharshan Munidasa into Japanese food. Quality food is at the heart of the restaurant as the chef regularly visits the market in person to select the best products to create an original and unique cuisine. The seven-course kawara which includes cold appetizers and a tempura platter is recommended for those who have the appetite.

11 Galle Face Terrace, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

+94 112 323 847

Photo Credit: Nihonbashi

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Perched atop Colombo’s most beautiful five-star hotel, Kingsbury Rooftop is something which every person has to experience when in the country’s capital. Located in between the World Trade Centre, the Dutch Hospital Precinct and Galle Face Green, the hotel has easy access to shopping, business, and entertainment. The Sky Lounge boasts of friendly staff and an unbeatable view. Soak yourself in the fantastic vistas at sunset with a drink in hand for a truly unforgettable experience.

Photo Credits: Kingsbury Hotel
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