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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular places to shop in Colombo?

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Now that you have your long list of things that you’d like to pick up from Colombo, you must be wondering where you will find them. No worries! The list below will give you a clear idea as to where you will need to go for shopping in Colombo:


  • Dutch Hospital of Colombo Shopping Precinct

    The Dutch Hospital of Colombo is perhaps the oldest building in the city dating back to the Colonial era. Today it has been turned into a shopping complex that attracts both locals and tourists in huge numbers. Not just shopping you can also enjoy a fine dining experience here or just choose to stroll within this marvel of the Dutch. Reflecting the 17th century Dutch architecture the little shops in the complex here sells antiques that you will not find anywhere else. Once in Colombo you cannot possibly miss out on going to this place.

    Address: Hospital Street
    Colombo
    Sri Lanka

  • Odel

    Odel is Sri Lanka’s most famous branded garment factory outlet. You'll find garments from international houses here like Gap, DKNY,and George, but amazingly the labels are removed! It is a classy departmental store featuring clothes, home ware, tea, books, watches, accessories, jewellery, shoes, bags, cosmetics, sunglasses, toiletries, chocolates and candy and a whole lot more. There is also an ice cream parlour, hair salon and florist present as well in the shopping complex.

    Address: 5 Alexandra Place
    Lipton Circus
    Colombo 7Dutch
    Sri Lanka

  • Barefoot Gallery

    Odel’s closest competition would come from the Barefoot Gallery. The place is not as big as Odel but even then it is worth a visit. The range of handloom products and the charming designs grace the handmade artefacts. You can pick up tote bags, skirts and blouses, toys, notebooks bound in handloom fabrics, hand-painted wooden boxes costume jewellery, table and bed linen

    Address: 706 Galle Road
    Colombo
    Sri Lanka

  • Paradise Road

    Paradise Road is an upscale boutique that sells premium quality Sri Lankan home furnishings and handicrafts. The shop remains open every day from 10am to 7pm.

    Address: 213 Srimath Anagarika
    Dharmapala Mawatha
    Colombo
    Sri Lanka


  • Pettah

    Pettah will have it all when it comes to shopping! All kinds of things starting from fruits to clothes to electronics that you can buy at wholesale prices. Here, use your bargaining skills to the fullest to get the best deals. It is a huge commercial place and the famous Jami Ul Alfar Mosque is also located here. Pettah, or Colombo 11 is an experience in itself being a very loud, typical and crowded oriental market place full of all sorts of odds, ends and junk. For example, household goods are found on Keyzer Street. Prince Street is famous for mirrors, glass and electrical items. Malwatte Avenue sells English, Tamil and Sinhala music cassettes.


  • Laksala

    Laksala is a state run-handicrafts emporium in Colombo and it has a number of branches all across the country. The one in Colombo is the biggest and the best and caters to a huge number of customers daily. It remains open from 9 in the morning till 5 in the evening. It closes an hour earlier on Saturdays and remains closed on all Sundays.

    Objects made from
    brass and silverware, natural fibres, wooden artefacts, buffalo horn and even rush and reed abound are found here. There are also products made from cane, coconut shells and bamboo as well as toys, pottery, artificial flowers and jewellery.

    Address: 60 York Street
    Colombo
    Sri Lanka

  • House of Fashion

    House of Fashion is a huge mall in Colombo where you can get range of products. The amazing thing about this place is that you can buy branded products here for half of their original prices. This place is famous for selling low priced garments for both genders and all ages. There are no trial rooms here, so be careful of what you pick with regard to sizes.

    Address: 28, RA De Mel Mawatha
    Colombo 5
    Sri Lanka
    Telephone: +94-11-2504639    


If you are browsing around craft shops, antique shops, bazaars and small shops in tourist towns like Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa then you better haggle to get the best prices. Amazingly, you can also bargain in jewellery stores. Make sure you enquire about prices before making a purchase. You can ask your driver or local friends to give you an idea about what the correct price should be. While buying gemstones, ensure that you shop from a dealer that has a license from the government National Gem & Jewellery Authority.

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