7 Famous Shopping Places in Colombo


Colombo is the largest city and gateway of Sri Lanka, known as the "Crossroad of the East". Colombo means "paradise of the sea" in Sinhala, and has become a famous seaside summer resort. As Sri Lanka's political, economic and transportation center, Colombo is suitable as a stopover for tourists. Colombo is a typical seaside city in Southeast Asia. The facilities here are complete, the business is developed, and there are cars and trains to all parts of the country, as well as airports that connect the world. Therefore, Colombo is the starting and ending point of tourists who would like to plan a Sri Lanka trip. As the last stop, many tourists will buy special local products since it's more convenient for taking back home. When visitors come to Colombo, where to buy these special local products? Top Asia Tour would like to recommend the following famous shopping places in Colombo for your reference.


1. Famous Shopping Places in Colombo - Vogue Jewellers

  • Location: 528 Galle Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka.
  • Open hours: 10:00am-18:30pm
  • Offer: Gold, Gemstone, Jewelry
  • Recommended tour: 7 Days Classic Sri Lanka Tour

vogue jewellers

There are many kinds of jewelry in the Vogue Jewellers, and The main product is sapphire. If you want to buy high-quality jewelry, Vogue Jewellers is a good choice. The shop assistants are very professional and give appropriate advice to customers. It is also a place where locals often buy jewelry at relatively reasonable prices.


2. Famous Shopping Places in Colombo - Lakarcade

  • Location: 33, Staples Street | Near Hilton Residencies, adjoining to Staple Street Cargills Food City, Colombo 00200, Sri Lanka.
  • Open hours: 10:00am-22:00pm
  • Offer: Handicrafts, Ornaments, Gems, Batiks, Paintings.

Entering Lakarcade is like entering the heart of Sri Lanka. This shop has a variety of Sri Lanka goods, such as incense burner, leather, clothing, silver, brass, ornaments, decorative items, ceramic products, jewelry, which can meet the needs of different customers. There is also a small cafe in the shop, which is also easy to find. If you're tired of shopping, you can take a break at the small cafe inside the store. The staffs are very friendly and helpful. Lakarcade is an authentic souvenirs shop and will bring a good shopping experience.


3. Famous Shopping Places in Colombo - Barefoot

  • Location:704 Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Open hours: 10:00am-19:00pm
  • Offer: Handicrafts, Ornaments, Gems, Batiks, Paintings.
  • Recommended tour: 9 Days Amazing Sri Lanka Budget Tour


Barefoot is a beautiful shop with a great cafe, art gallery and bookshop. There is a garden behind the shop where visitors can relax and have a drink. Barefoot is the place that visitors could buy quality gifts and souvenirs for friends or family. Barefoot has a wide selection of goods, such as clothes, textiles, books, souvenirs, paintings, tea, spices, etc. The products have national flavor and bright colors. Besides, there are a lot of environmentally-friendly products with fashionable design, which can be bought as gifts and given to friends and relatives. They are also very good for their own use.


4. Famous Shopping Places in Colombo - Laksala

  • Location: No 60, York Street | No.215, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07, Thummulla, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Open hours: 9:00am-21:00pm
  • Offer: Handicrafts, Ornaments, Gems, Batiks, Paintings.


Laksala offers various Sri Lanka handicrafts, tea, gemstones, etc, and there are too many kinds of things to choose from. Most of them are of good quality and represent a wide variety of Sri Lanka cultures. Wooden accessories, batiks, leather and jewelry are all available at reasonable prices. This is a shopping mall owned by the Sri Lanka government. All the goods are made by Sri Lanka to promote local products such as handicrafts and spices. You can buy all the Sri Lanka souvenirs in one shop, and it's an excellent place for people looking for typical Sri Lanka things.


5. Famous Shopping Places in Colombo - Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct  

  • Location: Hospital Street, Galle Fort, Colombo 00001, Sri Lanka
  • Open hours: 9:00am-21:00pm
  • Offer: Shopping Store, Restaurant, Café, Pub, Spa.
  • Recommended tour: 11 Days Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour


Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct is an old building from the Dutch colonial period (1656-1796). It's formerly a hospital, located at Colombo District, near the Galle Face Beach. It is only 15 mins walk from Colombo Fort train station. Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct has been transformed into a very contemporary shopping and dining district. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants around. Although the old site of Dutch hospital is not big, there are a lot of shops. Besides delicious food, visitors could also find high-end jewelry shops. It is unique in design, retains the old colonial style, and has plenty of places to hang out and relax. The famous Michelin stars restaurant-Ministry of Crab is also here.


6. Famous Shopping Places in Colombo - Odel

  • Location: No 5, Alexandra Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Open hours: 10:00am-20:00pm
  • Offer: Clothing, Tea, Arts and Crafts, Cosmetics, Ornaments, Souvenirs.


Odel is located opposite the Town Hall, which is a well-known shopping center in Colombo. Odel is one of the best shopping places in Colombo. This is probably the best place to look for a quick, one-stop shopping experience. Odel is the largest department store in Sri Lanka with clothing, tea, arts and crafts, cosmetics, ornaments, souvenirs, etc.


7. Famous Shopping Places in Colombo - Pettah Market

  • Location: No 5, Alexandra Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Open hours: 8:00am-20:00pm
  • Offer: Clothes, Shoes and Hats, Accessories, Cosmetics, Fruits and Vegetables.

pettah market

Pettah Market is the main shopping street in Colombo, which faces the train station. Visitors can experience the most authentic local customs. The Pettah Market is made up of four main streets and countless small streets, like an intricate maze, it is easy to get lost. Pettah Market is a busy, crowded local market with small items, fruits, vegetables, fabrics, seafood etc. Local fruit and vegetables are piled high, surrounded by hawkers. Pettah Market is also the best place to visit the local market and experience the lively atmosphere of Colombo.



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