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Top 05 Shopping Malls to Visit in Colombo – Pamper yourself with retail therapy like there's no tomorrow!

Colombo, Sri Lanka's commercial capital is a haven for anyone in need of a little retail therapy. Colombo is as cosmopolitan as cities come and the nightlife in here is a must-have experience for all visitors. Like any such city, Colombo has many shopping malls that can enhance your shopping experience! Here are 5 shopping malls that you must visit here.


Arcade Independence Square

Built in the recent past, Arcade Independence Square is a shopping complex that is you can visit if you're craving a high-end shopping experience. Situated in the heart of the city in Colombo 7, this shopping mall has everything from shoes and handbags to clothes to food. Its convenient location is its greatest advantage.


Colombo City Center

Built within the last year, the Colombo City Center is the city's latest Mall and perhaps one of its largest and fanciest! Located at 137, Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo 02, this shopping mall is a 47 storey building with five levels of retail space. It also features 164 hotel rooms and 192 residential apartments. It also boasts of a dining area that can hold over 400 customers at a time. This too is a bit of a high-end shopping experience.


Crescat Boulevard Mall

A shopping mall that has been around for a while, the Crescat Boulevard Mall is also conveniently located on the Galle Road which is easily accessible. The Crescat Boulevard Shopping Mall has two floors of designer clothing and other accessory stores, a food arcade, a supermarket and even bookshops. It essentially houses stores that cover your every need.


Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct

Located in the old fortress constructed by the Dutch during their reign of Sri Lanka, this old building was refurbished as a Shopping Complex in the recent pas but still ties into its old heritage. From its name to its architecture, this shopping mall is not just a shopping experience, but also a lesson in the island's history. Used as a hospital in the 17th century by the Dutch, the mall was renovated in a manner that retained the old features of the building such as its cobbled courtyards, the old wooden doors and windows, the old cement benches and the subtle color of sandstone, along with a calm and relaxed atmosphere that comes alive at night with live, groovy, jazz music, street food stalls that showcases the best of Colombo's nightlife. If you're looking for a romantic place to take your significant other, then this is the place for you to try out!

Visiting all these places is an easy enough thing and certainly worth the experience. Simply find Colombo hotels such as The Kingsbury Colombo that will see to all your needs, and enjoy the unique retail experience of the city!


Racecourse Shopping Complex

Refurbished from its old colonial splendour, the Racecourse Shopping Complex has a calm and relaxed atmosphere which attracts many customers to its attractions. Filled with plenty of fast food outlets to satisfy those 'unhealthy' food cravings, and those retail therapy needs, this shopping mall is the best place for all sports lovers as well. Previously used for horse races during colonial times, the grounds are now used for what is Sri Lanka's most popular school sport – Rugby. Rich with a colonial history like the fact that it was also used as an airstrip during World War II, this place is also a good place to admire restored old colonial architecture as well.

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