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Places to Buy Souvenirs in Galle -A guide to every memorabilia you could ask for

Galle is a paradise for the seeker of everything quirky and interesting with its wide array of shops. Here is a simple list of five places you can try when you want to purchase memorabilia.


Shobha Display Gallery

Shobha Gallery is a boutique located within the Galle Fort, down Pedlar Street. It showcases intricately handwoven lace, produced by the local women. The lace is a traditional item of decorative clothing in Sri Lanka, referred to as "beerallu". The process of weaving is mesmerizing, and you can observe this within the Gallery itself. The beerallu is used on cotton dresses, pillow cases, curtains, and even saree jackets by the locals. Having beerallu on your garments was considered an elitist symbol during the colonial days. The shop is open between 9 am and 6 pm.


The Small Antique Shop

The Small Antique Shop lives up to its name and is, in fact, the smallest antique shop in Galle. It is rather difficult to find, though, as it looks like nothing more than a hole in the wall from the outside. However, entering the shop is somewhat like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, as a whole new world awaits there for the antique enthusiast to sort through. The owner of the shop is as eclectic as the assortment of goods itself and will rattle off stories about each and every piece available. There are no fixed opening hours for The Small Antique Shop, and being able to explore the insides of the Shop is a whole new adventure.



If you are no stranger to Colombo, then you will not be a stranger to Barefoot. The shop in Galle is a branch of Barefoot in Colombo and is well-stocked with its signature colourful hand weaved fabric. There are also little wooden souvenirs to purchase, each item resonating with the island life. A small but wealthy library is also there at Barefoot, where you can purchase books that specialize on the island of Sri Lanka. Barefoot is known for its rather upscale prices, but provides quality products to match. If designer souvenir sounds like something up your alley, you must visit Barefoot.


Elephant Walk

Elephant Walk is a collection of little shops at Church Street. They have something for your home – be it the dining table, the mantelpiece or the bookshelf. The items available are rather quirky and intriguing but definitely, embodies a Sri Lankan vacation.


Hotels and Villas

While a villa in Sri Lanka may not have a souvenir shop, most of the larger hotels do. They have shops dedicated for jewellery, trinkets, and an assortment of items that their guests can purchase as souvenirs from the trip in Galle. Alternatively, you can change the nature of your souvenirs by looking at places beyond a shop. For instance, if you – like many visitors – are taken by the Sri Lankan cuisine offered at Pebbles Beach Villa, you can find the recipe for the dish that recreates the vacation. If you ask nicely, the Chefs at the restaurants might even agree to give you a hint or two on preparation.

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