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Food Lover’s Guide to Colombo

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Food Lover’s Guide to Colombo
Sri Lanka’s food—and more precisely Colombo’s—has its own distinct identity. Native produce such as crabs, prawns, and spices take center stage alongside curry and rice combos, while the influences of colonial occupiers such as the Dutch and Portuguese have shaped some dishes. Here are the foods and experiences not to miss in Colombo.
 
Must-Try Dishes
Topping the list are Sri Lanka’s curry and rice dishes: fragrant, colorful concoctions that pack a punch spice-wise. Many center on soft and sweet-tasting mud crabs, shrimp, and fish, and they usually come smothered in coconut-milk broths. 
 
Other favorites are hoppers—rice flour pancakes. Egg hoppers—bowl-shaped affairs with a fried egg cradled in each—are a breakfast classic; while steamed, vermicelli-like string hoppers are an evening staple served with curry sauces. Dutch influences have also resulted in lamprais, an oven-baked curry-rice-and-plantain combination cooked in a banana leaf. 
 
Colombo locals love street foods, and some of the tastiest eats can be found this way—follow best travel practices and order from clean, busy stalls that cook food thoroughly. Dig into kottu: a carb-rich mash of chopped roti bread, meat, vegetables, and spices. Or, for on-the-go snacks, opt for vadai—tasty lentil patties—or spiral-shaped, neon orange-colored murukku. Drinks-wise, cool off with cold ginger beer or falooda—rose-syrup and vanilla milkshakes with bobbing ice cream floats.
 
Must-Do Experiences
  • Book a private cooking class at a local’s home to learn how to make classic Sri Lankan crab curry.
  • Take an evening food walking tour to discover some of Colombo’s top street eats.
  • Buy fresh produce at a market and prep a classic lunch with guidance from a local chef.
  • Sip on fresh coconut juice and sample ice cream and sweets on a bike ride around Colombo’s food stalls.
  • Follow a guide to Nanas, a clutch of open-air stalls on Galle Face Green, to savor the city’s tastiest kottu and vadai patties.
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Private Half-Day Colombo City TourBus Tours

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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Learn about the history and culture of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city, on this half-day private tour. Visit key landmarks including the Old Parliament building, Vihara Buddhist Temple, and St Lucia's Cathedral to learn more about the unique history and culture of Sri Lanka. Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour, including private hotel transportation, for just you and your party.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Colombo Tuk Tuk AdventureNature and Wildlife

Colombo Tuk Tuk Adventure

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Explore the capital of Sri Lanka on this tuk tuk tour that includes a private guide. Enjoy a completely customized itinerary that focuses on the things that interest you, accompanied by insightful guided commentary. This option is a great overview for first-time visitors or those short on time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Colombo Walking Food Tour with a Guide Bus Tours

Colombo Walking Food Tour with a Guide

Understanding Colombo means not only sightseeing but tasting its food—both more revealing when done with a guide. Sample the city’s attractions and snacks on this small-group food walking tour: learning more than possible alone. See the Red Mosque, markets, and more; and stop to try popular foods such as egg hopper and 'achcharu' (pickle) to gain a true perspective on local life and cuisine that most visitors never get.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Colombo Private TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Colombo Private Tour

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Delve deeper into Colombo than you could alone in half a day on this private tour. Ride a tuk tuk around must-sees such as Independence Square and Galle Face Green as your guide shares details about them you might not have known otherwise. Plus, check out some of the Sri Lankan capital’s tucked-away gems, markets, and street snacks to gain an inside scoop on the city that most visitors miss.
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  • 3 hours
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Sri Lankan cooking class ColomboCooking Classes

Sri Lankan cooking class Colombo

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Take a cooking class with a local near Beira Lake in Colombo. Each guest has their own cooking station and everyone participates in preparing the meal. Learn to prepare several curries and traditional desserts, as well as how to open a king coconut. After the lesson, enjoy the meal together. Food allergies can be accommodated.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Street Food TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Street Food Tour

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We provide our loving tourists our Sri Lankan's delicious and tasty food , Welcome Drink King Coconut ,Fried Potato Mayok, Kottu Rotti, , Pittu with Devel Crab & Sri Lankan's traditional food Hoppers with tasty Maldive katta sambol, Sri Lankan's Coffee & Tea ,Desert – Curd with Treacle
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Colombo Private Street Food TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Colombo Private Street Food Tour

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Cut through the confusion of Colombo’s legendary street food by tasting your way through the city on a private food tour. A local guide leads you through a popular market and shows you where locals love to eat, drinks, and shop. Eight food tastings and two drink samples are included so you can taste the flavors of the city for yourself.
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  • 3 hours
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Negombo City And Fishing Village Private Day Tour From ColomboDay Trips

Negombo City And Fishing Village Private Day Tour From Colombo

Negombo is a multi cultural city situated along one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. You can experience the view of Srilankan fishermen villages, Fishmarket, Lagoon, and some of the religious places belongs to different religions and cultures.
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Colombo Sunset Street Food tour with NaushadHalf-day Tours

Colombo Sunset Street Food tour with Naushad

Make the most out of your time in the bustling city of Colombo by visiting the coolest spots with the help of a local! hidden gems that only locals know and get ready for an amazingly authentic experience!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Class ColomboCooking Classes

Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Class Colombo

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For Sri Lankans, as for Italians, dining remains a ritual to be treasured. Immerse in the spicy delights of Sri Lankan cuisine, from market shopping to dining etiquette, during this hands-on private cooking course. Led by a professional chef in a charming villa, learn the tricks of authentic Sri Lankan home cooking, and feast on a 5-course lunch or dinner you’ve prepared yourself.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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All-Inclusive Private Day Trip to Colombo with LunchBus Tours

All-Inclusive Private Day Trip to Colombo with Lunch

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Sightseeing in Colombo can be stressful, especially when high temperatures and peak traffic times are involved. View the city’s sights in comfort and hassle-free on this private full-day tour. Relax as a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle ferry you to attractions such as Gangaramaya Temple and Independence Square, and explore each as you wish. Plus, enjoy shopping time at various malls and a restaurant lunch to round off your day.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Silver Package ~ 6n/7dMulti-day Tours

Silver Package ~ 6n/7d

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We have more than five year experience in this field.we offer best packages to our costomers.you can get a memorable holidays with us
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
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Colombo Walking Food TourHalf-day Tours

Colombo Walking Food Tour

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Understanding Colombo means not only sightseeing but tasting its food—both more revealing when done with a guide. Sample the city’s attractions and snacks on this small-group food walking tour: learning more than possible alone. See the Red Mosque, markets, and more; and stop to try popular foods such as egg hopper and 'achcharu' (pickle) to gain a true perspective on local life and cuisine that most visitors never get.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

2 Day Trip to Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya from Colombo or NegomboNature and Wildlife

2 Day Trip to Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya from Colombo or Negombo

Visit the Hill country in Sri Lanka, to the cultural kingdom of Kandy and Little England Nuwara Eliya.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Colombo Rustic Food TourHalf-day Tours

Colombo Rustic Food Tour

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Colombo has long been a culinary capital & the most culturally diverse city in Sri Lanka. From Plant foodies to meat eaters have a wealth of options in the City—including gourmet eats, street foods, traditional Sri Lankan foods, Sri Lankan immigrant foods, short eats and vegan & vegetarian foods. With Colombo food tour, you will experience Colombo`s food options that are as diverse as Colombo itself Our Colombo food tour is designed like a crash course for you to learn Sri Lankan cuisine, culture & history. We let you discover how Colombo has been built layer upon layer of cultural interactions in the history of 1500 years and how it enjoyed its diverse trade network from east to west in the economic belt of the silk route while having mouth-watering eats.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Day safari at Wilpattu National Park with TransfersDay Trips

Private Day safari at Wilpattu National Park with Transfers

Embark on a safari through Wilpattu National Park on this private tour. Choose to be picked up from your hotel in Negombo or close to the airport for one of two departure times. Traverse the park in a private jeep in search of local wildlife including wild elephants and leopards. This full-day tour also includes lunch and bottled water for your convenience.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Fishing Village & Mangrove Tour Experince at Negombo (Starting from Colombo)Day Trips

Fishing Village & Mangrove Tour Experince at Negombo (Starting from Colombo)

Escape for a day to the idyllic Negombo Lagoon on a private tour with your own personal chauffeur. Visit the bustling fish market of Negombo . Explore the mangroves by boat, do some fishing, and watch traditional fishermen haul in their catch.Discover and learn of all the amazing things that make Sri Lanka’s southern coast such a great escape.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Ceylon Authentic Homemade Food tasting & cooking classCooking Classes

Ceylon Authentic Homemade Food tasting & cooking class

This is a tour that will be make you feel experience in Srilankan dishes. Learning to cook here means you get the opportunity to experience traditional authentic Sri Lankan dishes at its best.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Colombo City Tour -Experience Colombo Like a Local Dining Experiences

Colombo City Tour -Experience Colombo Like a Local

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Let's Explore Colombo Like a Local! Isn't it sound amazing??? Join our Colombo city tour and experience unique and most amazing moments. Our experienced tour guide will take you through the most amazing sights that you could enjoy in the heart of the commercial hub in Sri Lanka.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Colombo Sightseeing & ShoppingDining Experiences

Colombo Sightseeing & Shopping

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Combine sightseeing and shopping in Colombo on this tour in the company of a private guide. Booking a private your means you'll enjoy personalized attention and your guide will tailor the itinerary to your interests. Highlights include Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, and others. While shopping for souvenirs, get guidance on the best shops and best deals.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cooking class and local market visit: Culinary tour Cooking Classes

Cooking class and local market visit: Culinary tour

Sri Lanka has a unique food culture and amazing varieties of food items. Meantime local vegetable markets are also different from western or any other country in the world. We will share our real life with you through this experience. You will visit and experience local market and buy different food items, vegetables, fruits, spices and many more items that must be added to Sri Lankan foods. And also you will learn how to cook some Sri Lankan foods. Sri Lankan rice, vegetable curries and some more unique Sri Lankan foods. You will enjoy delicious local foods, but little bit spicy. Apart from them you will enjoy real life style, culture and day today life of Sri Lankan people. And also it is great pleasure for us to share our experience and spend time with you !
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  • 5 hours
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Meals On Wheels - Street Food Bike TourDining Experiences

Meals On Wheels - Street Food Bike Tour

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This isn't your typical food tour or city walk! This isn't just a bike ride either. It's all of it & a lot more. Of course we will ride our bikes through the hustle & bustle of this unique city & discover vibrant colors, shapes, textures, tastes & aromas. You will sweat a little, laugh often & eat a lot. Riding is the best way to experience the commercial capital of this paradise island, Why not munch on some mouthwatering authentic local cuisines while you are at it? Wondering if it will be too much of a workout? Don't worry, this is an easy ride & I will ensure that we go at a pace comfortable to you. This ride is fun for both the young & the young at heart! ---- Highlights All the yummy street food you could possibly eat :D (about 7-10 items) Discover the hidden beauty of Colombo city with interesting anecdotes about it's history Bottled water, hot cuppa tea and even a refreshing king coconut Some local ice cream and sweets to die for High end bikes, safety lights and a good helmet
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Colombo City Tour from ColomboBus Tours

Colombo City Tour from Colombo

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Get a comprehensive overview of Colombo paired with personalized attention on this tour. Your dedicated guide will be sure to show you the must-see sights as well as some hidden gems that can be chosen according to your interests. Listen to insightful guided commentary on the multiple colonizations in its past as well as its history, architecture, and modern life.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Colombo Night Food Experience TourHalf-day Tours

Colombo Night Food Experience Tour

Eat your way through the Sri Lankan capital with this guided evening food experience. An English-speaking driver will meet you at your hotel and take you through the city, where you'll get the chance to learn about and dine on all sorts of traditional Sri Lankan dishes. After your tour, your driver will escort you safely back to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation