Sri Lanka's hectic and dynamic capital, Colombo, is home to a thriving restaurant scene, ideal for indulging in your breakfast-related desires. From high-end restaurants at five-star hotels providing a blend of Western and Asian cuisines to local haunts and quirky cafes where you can begin the day with the traditional Sri Lankan method, we've scoured Colombo's streets to discover the very best. Here are the top 10 brunch and late breakfast areas in Colombo.
1. The Barefoot Garden Cafe
Barefoot Garden Coffee shop is among the favourite brunch spots and hang-out places among locals and travellers alike, located in a stone-paved open courtyard, surrounded by an affluent and leafy frangipani garden. This area provides more than just food: restaurants will find an excellent bookshop with a surprisingly broad selection of Sri Lankan authors and books on Sri Lanka; an exquisite fashion store is showcasing hand-woven fabrics; and a magnificent art gallery, where cultural occasions such as film screenings, art and photography exhibits, shows and poetry readings occur regularly. On Sundays, visitors can enjoy jazz whilst feasting on tasty sandwiches and terrific falafel bites or more large prawn meals and pork curries.
2. Harbour Court at Kingsbury Hotel
Harbour Court at Kingsbury Hotel specializes in contemporary seafood and international food, varying from standard Indian and South East Asian dishes to modern-day handles American and European food. On Sundays, the restaurant includes savoury and luxurious caviar & oyster brunch. Whilst checking out a wide array of Asian food, visitors can delight in live music and a rejuvenating glass of champagne. Both the indoor or alfresco seating offer spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and the hotel's pool, additional contributing to the sophisticated yet unwinded atmosphere of Harbour Court.
3. English Cake Company
Family-owned English Cake Company has been using tasty homemade cakes, sugary foods, and savouries, given that it first opened in December 2012 at the Great Market at Battarmulla. From brownies and elegant pavlovas to tasty quiches and hearty pizzas to homemade custards and yoghurts, the bakery provides an excellent brunch alternative if you're looking for well-priced European tastes. Making use of fresh regional fruit and vegetables, eco-friendly product packaging, and no synthetic colours, flavours, or ingredients makes English Cake Company a practically guilt-free dining choice.
4.Taprobane at Cinnamon Grand
Considered one of the best breakfast areas in the area, the Taprobane restaurant at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel offers a genuinely luxurious brunching experience. The dining establishment includes global cuisine, with over 70 various Eastern and Western meals. From freshly prepared cold seafood and fish platters with a choice of fish pate, Japanese sushi, Nordic gravlax, and South American ceviche together with diversely designed mussels, oysters, prawns, and crabs; to sizzling hot South East Asian, Chinese, Indian and European dishes, varying from Asian noodles and rice dishes to roasted pork, Taprobane has something for each restaurant. The desserts are similarly impressive, with flambeed fruit with caramel sauce amongst the favourites.
5.The Gallery Cafe
The Gallery Cafe is a restaurant and art gallery routinely showcasing emerging skills and reputable regional Sri Lankan artists. Before opening in 1998, the colonial cottage housed the office of Sri Lanka's most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa; the good news is, the Gallery Coffee shop maintains its beauty and vision. Magnificently embellished, with a reflective pool in the yard garden, the restaurant includes global fusion food, with numerous regional favourites such as lemongrass and ginger chicken, black pork or prawn curry with sauteed kankun, called water spinach. Make sure to look at the spectacular cocktail menu, with specialities including tamarind chilli martini and homemade ginger beer.
6. Mitsi's Delicacies
Positioned near the Gallery Cafe, Mitsi's Delicacies charms its guests with its friendly and unwinded atmosphere, warm hospitality, and terrific European food. Varying from American and Moroccan to the Mediterranean, Italian, French and Greek foods, Mitsi's Delicacies provide an extensive selection of delicious homemade bread, light savouries, hearty meals, and magnificently embellished desserts, ideal for a weekend breakfast with friends. The restaurant provides something for the chicken quesadilla, pepper steak, and mozzarella hamburgers to fruit macaroons and strawberry meringues, accompanied by a cappuccino or a fruit shake every taste and cooking whim. For more daring guests, the restaurant likewise features regular cooking classes.
7. Ministry of Crab
Located among the earliest structures in Colombo, the Old Dutch Healthcare Facility, the Ministry of Crab is the most distinct dining setting on this list. Ministry of Crab is a joint endeavour of Sri Lankan cricket icons Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, together with master chef Darshan Munidasa. Integrated in 1677 and seriously neglected during the civil war, the Old Dutch Health centre is now a shopping enclave filled with style stores, restaurants, and art galleries. The Ministry of Crab uses a diverse range of fresh crab dishes, including chilli crab, garlic crab, ginger steamed crab, and even butter crab. It intends to be among the most affordable 'food mile' restaurants in the world. Choose the size of your crab based on the size of your hunger: beginning with tiny crabs of 500 grams as much as 2-kilogram giants.
Contact: +94 11 2 342722
Situated within the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, South Indian restaurant Chutneys offers an excellent alternative to traditional European brunch. The dining establishment serves an extensive choice of South Indian dishes from the four primary South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, with separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian options for each state. Chutneys are a must-visit for dosa fans: select from 45 vegetarian and 55 non-vegetarian choices of the traditional South Indian breakfast dosa, a fermented crepe or pancake from rice batter and black lentils, served with your option of chutneys and fillings, sambar, and Indian pickles. Chutneys are also the first in Colombo to serve dosa thali, a more substantial dosa dish for lunch or supper.
Contact: + 94 11 2 497372