Food and fashion in Sri Lanka capital Colombo ‘broke the mold and turned into one of our favorite places’


American bloggers Eliot Peper and Drea Castillo are raving about the delicious street food in Sri Lanka’s “foodie paradise” capital Colombo, “which also turned out to be a fashion hub”.

Writes Eliot: “The cafe at the Dutch Burgher Union serves mouth-watering lampreis, chicken, curried vegetables and beef croquettes baked in a wrapped banana leaf.

“Oh, and Drea discovered delicious cinnamon iced tea soda which she plans on bringing back to the US!”


Menu toppers included kottu, “a seriously loud dish of chopped up rotti, loads of veggies and usually egg and chicken all wrapped up in plastic and then newspaper”.

“In spite of its carb-heavy nature, kottu was delicious and we ate it almost every single night while in Sri Lanka — Colombo’s version was better than any other city we visited in the country.

“To top it all off, we came right during mangosteen (the queen of fruit!) and rambutan season so we bought them by the kilo and snacked on fruit throughout the day.”


During their time in Colombo “we explored sections of city center brimming with street hawkers selling fresh king coconuts (Eliot’s favorite), savory fried snacks and Sri Lankan chai”.

And as a fashion hub, Colombo did not disappoint. Says Eliot: “We had a ton of fun exploring the textile markets. Local designers do wonders with hand loomed fabric and the results are extraordinary.”

Finally, “as far as capital cities are concerned, we usually opt to jet out as soon as is humanly possible. Colombo definitely broke that mold and turned into one of our favorite places.”

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