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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Reasons why you must visit Colombo – More than golden sandy beaches

In case you were wondering, here are some amazing reasons that are sure to convince you to book your ticket to Colombo Sri Lanka RIGHT NOW.


There's a ministry for crabs

Sri Lankans love their seafood, and they have a good reason to. Being a beautiful tropical island, you can find various species of seafood which tastes absolutely succulent and amazing. When it comes to crabs, Sri Lankans are serious about it enough to create a ministry for them. It's not really a ministry though, it's a restaurant opened at Dutch Hospital that specialises only in serving crabs. The owners are the popular cricketing legends, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara along with Darshan Munidasa – owner of popular Japanese restaurant Nihonbashi. The Ministry of Crab restaurant was voted as one of Asia's 50 best restaurants in 2016. You should definitely visit here if you want to try a variety of high end crabs that will make your mouth water!


Dutch Hospital

Where old meets new; the Dutch Hospital has emerged from a hospital complex used during the reign of the British to a modern and chic dining and drinking hub. The Dutch Hospital complete with fine dining and fast food restaurants to chic, trendy and casual bars are popular amongst locals and tourists. Visitors to the complex can also unwind and relax at the spas or shop for some local souvenirs at the stylishly decorated boutiques found here.



After seafood, Sri Lankan's second favourite thing is alcohol. From sipping a perfectly chilled beer by the golden sandy beaches to enjoying delicious and buzzing cocktails offered at Happy Hour, the boozing scene here is resplendent. Colombo has its fair share of exquisite pubs and bars, along with some amazing rooftop bars that give you a mesmerising view of the sea or the city and sometimes both!



Whether you're a budget traveller or a luxury seeker; trust that you'll find enough accommodation to suit your wallet in the city of Colombo. Hotels in this thriving metropolis such as Berjaya Hotel Colombo are seemingly quite popular with a mix of guests, as many are choosing convenient locations during their holiday.



If you're looking for local souvenirs to take back home or handicrafts and other local items, there are plenty of places on the island that's great for shopping. Outlets such as Laksala and Barefoot have a collection of quirky, colourful handicrafts and souvenirs that are purely Sri Lankan and your friends and family back home will just love them!


So much to eat

Being a tourist hub, you'll be surprised at just how many unique and diverse restaurants there are on this tiny island. From Korean, Japanese, Thai and many others, you can try a variety of cuisines while on your holiday in Sri Lanka. The local food hwoever, is something you definitely should not miss. Some of the popular local dishes are Kottu, isso wade, hoppers, kiribath and savoury pastries that are good enough for a meal on its own!