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West Coast Food

From beach restaurants to side walk cafes - Hikkaduwa offers a range of dining options. For good rice and curries including fiery crab and prawn curry, try Homegrown and Refresh. Spaghetti & Co, Asian Jewel, and the many restaurants at Chaaya Tranz serve a range of international cuisine. For something more casual right on the beach, try Top Secret. The jumbo prawns here are fabulous. The happening night clubs in Hikkaduwa includes Vibrations generally on a Friday night and Mambo on Saturdays.

Wadduwa

  • Blue Water, Thalpitiya, Wadduwa.  Tel: 038 22235067-8<

  • Designed by Sri Lanka’s iconic architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa, Blue Water is a luxury  beach hotel with their main restaurant, the Admiral’s Room serving Sri Lankan, Asian and western cuisine; and the 24-hour coffee shop that serves a range of Ceylon teas, coffee and snacks.

Bentota

  • Viventa by Taj Bentota, Bentota. Tel: 034 555 5555

  • Viventa by Taj Bentota is a five-star traditional beach hotel situated on its own rock headland, with glorious views over the Indian Ocean. The hotel offers several dining options including the Palm’s Coffee Shop serving Sri Lankan and international buffets; Oriental Pavilion specializing in Chinese cuisine; and the Sea View Restaurant serving fresh seafood dishes and continental cuisine.


  • Villa Bentota, 138/18 Galle Road, Bentota. Tel: 034 227531; 034 4946800

  • Villa Bentota is a chic and stylish beachside boutique hotel housed in the original `Mohotti Wallawua’, a refurbished manor house. Following an extensive refurbishment, the property is now managed by Shanth Fernando, a Sri Lankan lifestyle designer and entrepreneur whose other commitments include The Gallery Café, one of Colombo’s leading restaurants and Tintagel, an exquisite boutique hotel in Colombo 7. Villa Bentota’s restaurant Villa Café is open also to non-resident guests and serves sumptuous fusion cuisine. Advance booking required for non-resident guests.


  • Lunuganga, Dedduwa, Bentota. Tel: 034 4287056

  • Set in rolling, Renaissance-inspired tropical gardens, Lunuganga is the former country residence of world-renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Lunuganga chefs take pride in their cuisine and serve contemporary gourmet cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean influences, to delicious Sri Lankan rice and curries. Guests are welcome for meals here with prior notice. Advance booking required for non-resident guests.

    Hikkaduwa

    Cafes & Restaurants:

    • Café at Asian Jewel boutique hotel, Field View 3rd Lane, Baddegama Rd, Nalagasdeniya, Hikkaduwa. Tel: 091 4931388. www.asian-jewel.com

    • Homegrown, 140A Nanayakkara Mawatha, Wewala, Hikkaduwa: A popular restaurant serving traditional Sri Lankan rice and curries and fresh seafood dishes.

    • Refresh. 384 Galle Road, Hikkaduwa. Tel: 091 5058108: This beachside restaurant serves Italian and Chinese cuisine and fresh seafood dishes including lobster, crab, and prawns. A range of wines and sociality coffees are served here.

    • Spaghetti & Co, South end, Hikkaduwa. Tel: 0776698114: Located at the south end of Hikkaduwa, Spaghetti & Co is a popular Italian restaurant. Their Lasagne and pizzas are recommended.

    • Top Secret, Galle Road, Hikkaduwa: This is a popular beachside restaurant and coffee bar serving a variety of seafood dishes.

    • Tranzend, Tranzfusion and Crab restaurants at Chaaya Tranz, Galle Road, Hikkaduwa: This beach resort offers a range of Sri Lankan, international cuisine and seafood dishes at their many restaurants.

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