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Galle Food

Galle offers a range of cafes, bars and restaurants within the ancient Dutch Fort and also in its delightful beach village of Unawatuna. Choice ranges from simple fresh seafood and Sri Lankan rice and curries to five-star fusion cuisine. Galle Fort Hotel, Amangalla and Fort Printers are all exquisite boutique hotels situated within the Galle Fort and offers alluring fine dining. There are also a few charming cafes within the Galle Fort set in refurbished heritage villas. A few miles along the coast, Unawatuna has a selection of characterful beach bars and restaurants serving fresh seafood in a relaxed atmosphere where you can also take a dip in the sea to cool off. If you want livelier still, head 25 minutes north to Hikkaduwa, Galle’s bohemian beach satellite.

Cafes & Restaurants

Galle Fort:

  • Fortaleza Restaurant, 9 Church Cross Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 091 2233415.

  • Fortaleza, a boutique hotel down Church Cross Street, has a charming verandah restaurant and bar overlooking a central courtyard. An original wall within the restaurant that dates back 200 years, still remains and provides a unique back drop. Hours can be spent here relaxing with a good book or catching up with your friends. Serves fresh seafood dishes, signature table BBQs to fruit juices, home made desserts and ice cream. Also serves beer and wine.

  • Crepe-ology, 53 Leyn Baan Street, Galle Fort.

  • Specialises in savoury and desert crepes, fruit juices, chilled drinks, tea and coffee. Open for breakdast, lunch and dinner. Has an indoor a/c dining area as well as a roof top pavilion which is charming at night. There is also a family dining room with a kid’s play area.

  • The Living Room by TPV, 51 Lighthouse Street, Galle Fort.

  • A characterful lounge and bar opened from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Serves wine, beer and cocktails. Also serves a few snacks to have with drinks.

  • Heritage Café, 53 Lighthouse Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 091 2246668

  • Located in the corner of Lighthouse & Pedlar Street, this is a courtyard café that serves up Sri Lankan and western dishes, sandwiches, fresh juices, tea and coffee.

  • Barista Lavazza café, 53 Lighthouse Street, Galle Fort.

  • Located in the same heritage building as the Heritage Café, the Barista Lavazza serves a range of coffees, savoury pastries, brownies and muffins.

  • Pedlar’s Inn, 92 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 077 3141477.

  • Serves tasty sandwiches, wraps, home made chocolate brownies and cakes, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Delifrance Galle Fort, 50 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 091 4946396

  • Located at ODEL Luv SL, Delifrance serves up a range of coffees, sandwiches, and pastries.

  • Serendipity Arts Café, 100 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 077 9525602

  • A family owned café which is famous for its hoppers, fish curry, home made soups and desserts. For those interested in Galle Fort’s heritage, inquire within regarding walking tours of the Fort led by Juliet Coombe, author of `Around the Fort in 80 Lives’.

  • Galle Fort Hotel, 28 Church Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 091 2232870

  • The small bar-cum-verandah cafe at Galle Fort Hotel is a social hub and popular for light snacks, brownies, Lavazza coffee and cocktails. Galle Fort Hotel was the winner of the 2007 UNESCO award of distinction for heritage conservation.

  • Royal Dutch Café, 72 Leyn Baan Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 077 1774949

  • Owned by Fazal who has plenty of interesting stories to tell of his life within the Galle Fort, Royal Dutch Café serves home baked cakes and tea.

  • Rampart Hotel, 31 Rampart Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 091 4380103

  • Have magnificent sea views over the Fort’s ramparts. Good for people watching and taking in the sunset with a drink. Serves snacks and rice and curries.

Outside Galle Fort:

  • Dick’s Bar, 18 Upper Dickson Road, Galle. Tel: 091 438 0275.

  • Located within the central courtyard of the Sun House. Dick’s bar was voted by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the Top 25 new bars of the world in 2007. Tapas, shepherds pie, fish and chicken dishes are served here along with alcoholic beverages. Advance booking required.

  • The Lady Hill, 29 Upper Dickson Road, Galle. Tel: 091 2244322

  • The rooftop restaurant at Lady Hill offers the best views over Galle. Ideal for sunset cocktails and snacks.

Fusion Cuisine / Fine dining

Galle Fort:

  • Amangalla, 10 Church Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 091 2233388

    The most expensive five-star in the Fort, Amangalla’s dining room provides an intimate setting for dining with a colonial accent including Dutch period antiques, crisp white linen and antique silverware. Indulge in a three-course lunch or a leisurely dinner from a menu of international fusion dishes. A wide range of wines are served here.

  • Galle Fort Hotel, 28, Church Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 091 2232870

    Fusion food with Asian influences in a seductive setting makes Galle Fort Hotel a sought-after venue for dining. Renowned for their four-course dinners served in the courtyard amidst Frangipani Trees and overlooking the swimming pool. Described by Gourmet Traveller as the `the best food on the island.’ Advance booking is required.

  • Fort Printers, 39 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort. Tel: 091 2247977.

    An 18th century colonial property, now a luxurious boutique hotel, serves up sumptuous fusion cuisine at its poolside restaurant. An imaginative menu with Sri Lankan, eastern and Mediterranean inspired specialties. Advance booking is required.

  • Outside Galle Fort:

    • Lighthouse Hotel, Dadella, Galle Tel: 091 2224017.

      The Anchor bar and grill (lounge and outdoor terrace) serves good-quality western snacks, with children’s menu; the Cinnamon Room is a fine dining restaurant with a good reputation; Cardamom Café, which is the main dining area, offers a range of Sri Lankan and western dishes from their a la carte menu and daily buffets.

    • Sun House, 18 Upper Dickson Road, Galle. Tel: 091 4380275

      Dine on the verandah in the shade of flowering Frangipani trees. Sun House is popular for its good food, fine wines and stylish and relaxed ambience. Advance booking is required.

    • Tamarind Hill, Dadella, Galle. Tel: 091 2226568/9

      Situated down a narrow road opposite the Lighthouse Hotel, Tamarind Hill is a magnificent 200 year old southern home - now an exquisite boutique hotel. Traditional Sri Lankan rice and curries and international cuisine is served. There are two bars – one indoors and the other overlooking the swimming pool serving refreshing cocktails and a range of wines. Cuisine includes Sri Lankan, Thai, Japanese and western dishes. Advance booking is required.

    • Fortress, Matara Road, Koggala. Tel: 091 4380909

      A stylish luxury hotel with a fine-dining restaurant serving fusion cuisine and bar overlooking star-lit pool. Dining is also possible in their well stocked winery. There is a Tea Lounge located on the upper floor where guests can sample numerous varieties of world renowned Sri Lankan teas.

    • Kahanda Kanda, Angulugaha, Galle. Tel: 0912286717; 0773429555

      An exquisite private villa set on a 10 acre working tea estate, just 30 minutes from Galle Fort. Kahanda Kanda’s open-sided dining pavilion is situated amidst lotus filled ponds and has sweeping views over the tea estate and Koggala Lake. Sumptuous fusion cuisine, Sri Lankan rice and curries, Thai and Western dishes are served here. Advance booking is required.

    • Era Beach, Thalpe, Galle. - Era Beach

      a luxurious eight-roomed beach side boutique hotel unfolds within two beautifully-refurbished colonial-period bungalows. The restaurant here welcomes non-resident guests and serves a range of dishes with a Mediterranean/Asian influence. The Lounge Bar serves a full range of drinks and `Tapas’ style snacks. Era Beach is 10 minutes drive from Galle city. Advance booking is required.

    • Indisch, Ahangama

      Indisch is an exquisite five-bedroom beachside boutique hotel in Ahangama, 15 kms south of Galle. Inspired by the old `Indisch’ world of the East Indies which spread to Ceylon from what is known today as Indonesia, this boutique hotel was designed with a strong colonial-style flavor. South East Asian and western cuisine is served here prepared with fresh vegetables and seafood purchased directly from the local fisherman. Sri Lankan rice and curries are cooked the traditional way in clay pots over a firewood hearth. Advance booking is required.

Beachside Restaurants

  • Café Ceylon, Matara Road, Kabalana. Tel: 0773860086

    A garden café set just across the road from the beaches of Kabalana. Serves up fresh seafood including lobser, prawns, and oysters; sandwiches, wraps, fresh juices, tea and coffee. Located close to a popular surf point in Kabalana.

  • Kingfisher Restaurant & Lounge, Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna. Tel: 091 2248210.

    Right on the Unawatuna beach. Serves up fresh lobster and mixed seafood platters, Turkish kebabs from the grill and a range of wraps.

  • Wijaya Beach, Dalawalla, Unawatuna. Tel: 0777 903431

    A popular beach bar that serves up fresh seafood and fusion dishes. Wijaya Beach has a great ambience and perfect sea views. Swimming is possible here during the season and is a great spot for relaxing with a drink.

  • Why Beach, 1050 Galle-Matara Road, Thalpe. Tel: 077 6980000

    Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Serves fusion dishes and light snack, fresh juices and cocktails are served here. Spend the morning here relaxing on a sun bed or stroll down the beach and take a dip in the sea.

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