A Pair & A Spare blogger Geneva Vanderzeil has created “a global community of like-minded women, sharing wherever we go the good times, laughs and inspiration—and travel”.
This time she’s writing about Galle Fort, Sri Lanka’s famed south-coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, “a centuries old melting pot of cultures, with Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, twisting streets and crumbling mansions”.
It is part travel guide and part unashamed catalogue of the good things of life, particularly the best places to eat, stay and shop!
“If you want to splurge, the former governors house has been converted into the Amangalla, and is a serious treat. I used to come and swim in the pool here back when it was the New Orient hotel when I was 5! I also loved the Fort Bazaar.
Eat & Drink
Set up shop in the Amangalla’s restaurant for the amazing curry lunch.
Lunch at the delicious Poonie’s Kitchen is an absolute must, try the Salad Thaali or the coconut soup.
As a port town, Galle has a number of different influences, including Arabic, so it’s also worth trying out the Moroccan Chamber’s restaurant.
Have a yummy dinner or drinks at Church Street Social.
Have eggplant curry (with a view!) at A Minute By Tuk Tuk.
Have sunset drinks at overlooking the fort at The Bartizan or upstairs at the Amangalla (sadly I think it’s for guests only, but worth asking about).
Have dinner at romantic The Fort Printers (but stick with the curries rather than the fusion menu).
See & Do
Splurge on a massage at the spa at Amangalla.
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