THE IN­SID­ERS I COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - YAS­MIN CADER

SHOP: Cot­ton Col­lec­tion This re­cently opened flag­ship store at Dharmapala Mawatha of­fers a fan­tas­tic range of cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories, which can be ad­mired in com­fort­able sur­round­ings; 143 Dhama­pala Mawatha, Colombo 7. DAY OUT: The Old Dutch Hospi­tal precinct This 17th-cen­tury hospi­tal has been res­ur­rected and re­de­fined as a shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment zone, with restau­rants of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of cuisines, tea shops, pubs, bars, spas and stores. It’s a great place to hang out in the evening or at week­ends, when young mu­si­cians play in the court­yards, adding to the at­mos­phere. WALK: In­de­pen­dence Square Take ad­van­tage of the newly built walk­ways sur­round­ing Colombo’s his­toric In­de­pen­dence Square. Other great lo­ca­tions for a stroll are by the new par­lia­ment at Diyawanna Lake, with its stun­ning green space and pave­ments, and at Galle Face Green, the 1.5km-long greensward fac­ing the In­dian Ocean; srilanka.travel. EAT: The Gallery Cafe Packed to ca­pac­ity most nights, this al fresco diner re­cently en­tered the Sri Lanka Tourism Board Hall of Fame for win­ning its best res­tau­rant award for three con­sec­u­tive years; par­adis­eroad.lk.

GM, PARADISE ROAD TINTAGEL, COLOMBO Bare­foot Founded by artist, writer and de­signer Bar­bara San­soni 40 years ago, and now run by her son Do­minic, the eclec­tic Bare­foot stores have gor­geous hand­wo­ven fab­rics, sou­venirs, gifts and books; bare­footcey­lon.com. Genelle A one-stop shop for all types of san­dals and footwear, hand­crafted in Sri Lanka. There are a few Genelle stores but my favourite is the show­room on Du­pli­ca­tion Road, Kollupi­tiya, Colombo. Paradise Road For the best range of home ac­ces­sories, crock­ery, cut­lery, cu­rios, lo­cal crafts, can­dles in all shapes and sizes, arte­facts and beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture; par­adis­eroad.lk. Min­istry of Crab The hottest ticket in town, lo­cated in the Old Dutch Hospi­tal ar­cades and of­fer­ing top-notch crabs in tangy sauces; min­istry­ofcrab.com.

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