The Hill Country capital of Kandy is one of Sri Lanka’s most historic cities, and also most revered for being home to the Temple of the Tooth, our most holy Buddhist relic.
But it is also a lively and exciting tourist town, not least for the variety of food and hospitality to be found amongst the pomp and pageantry in its crowded and thriving centre.
The Daily Mirror’s Life.lk website says that “from shopping malls to various other restaurants and hotel chains … Kandy has transformed itself in to another ‘must-visit’ destination”.
WorldSpice @ KCC
The newest addition to the Kandy City Centre is WorldSpice, a restaurant which offers a unique fine-dining experience for its guests.
Giving much emphasis to its name, this restaurant consists of different counters which prepare food unique to different countries.
As such you could taste food made from Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian recipes. In addition to that it also has a beverage and a desserts and snack counter.
Cool Corner Fried Ice Cream Parlour
Situated along the Peradeniya Road is a cosy-looking ice cream parlour popularly known as Cool Corner Fried Ice Cream Parlour which is frequented by tourists and locals.
What is quite unique about this venue is that it offers a unique range of ice cream and this is not the usual ice cream but is ‘fried’. The mastermind behind this concept, Romesh Perera says that this was one of his dreams.
Buono—food for life
Hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city is Buono, a brightly lit café that serves food and beverages at quite attractive prices while contributing to a worthy cause.
Expressing his views about this concept, Tishan Wijesooriya said that 40% of the profits of the café are dedicated to a non-profit titled ‘Child Action Lanka’.
Buono offers breakfast, snacks, drinks and good coffee and while on our visit we decided to have their Chocolate Doughnut Cake (Rs. 50), Iced Tea (Rs. 150) and Strawberry Mojito (Rs. 190). As you could see, the prices are extremely cheaper than other venues and they taste absolutely fantastic.
Licensed to Grill
Licensed to Grill is a pop up street food joint in Kandy that serves up grilled meat, wraps and burgers at very competitive rates.
The layout is simple, a few tables and stools provide limited seating. The food is prepared on the spot, so service is fast, unless there’s a crowd (and there’s always a constant stream of visitors to the stall).
The service is friendly and fast, the food is served hot and for the quantity and quality you get, the price is unbeatable. So we’re not surprised they regularly top the TripAdvisor list for top eateries in the area. Definitely check this place out when you’re in Kandy.
Natural Coffee is of one of the most popular coffee shops in the area, and is a well-known hangout for tourists. The fact that it’s just a hop, step and a jump away from the Temple of the Tooth Relic certainly helps.
The coffee used here is home-grown Sri Lankan arabica coffee, which they also supply to a number of hotels in the country.
What’s pretty cool about Natural Coffee is that they employ only women in all their ventures, from the coffee production process to their cafe.
Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar
Formerly known as Bamboo Garden (some still use this name), the Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar is, true to its name, a chilled out place. Currently owned by British expat Michael Richardson, they continue to cook up Chinese fare (continuing from their Bamboo Garden days) with American and Italian cuisine added to the menu.
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