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Top 10 Restaurants in Kandy For Food Lovers - The Taste of Sri Lankan Cuisine in the Ancient Capital!

We need to accept the fact that nothing beats a plate of locally made rice and curry cooked the Sri Lankan way. And if you haven't tasted at least a couple of local cuisines before leaving the island then you've missed out on something significant. If you happen to be around Kandy, here are a few places to get your lips smacking for local delicacies.


Devon Restaurant & Bakery

Devon is one of the oldest restaurants in Kandy and lunchtime can be a bit of rush. The restaurant serves Local, Chinese and a few European dishes. There is a separate bakery to grab a few savoury delights during snack times or between site seeing and shopping. Try out their lunch box and milk tea.


Royal Bar and Hotel Restaurant

Resembling the traditional charm of the ancient world and the taste of authentic local cuisine, the Royal Bar and Hotel Restaurant is a place for drinks with friends and for a more laid back experience. Their signature chicken and prawn curries are delightful must-tries.


White House Restaurant

Their signature Tandoori chicken, Prawn Korma and Goan Fish curry are some of the dishes to order whilst an eclectic mix of local, Indian and Chinese cuisines are served at the white house restaurant. It is one of the Kandy restaurants to check out for a quiet lunch or a dinner out with friends and family.


The Kandy House

The Kandy House is nothing but sophistication owing to the fact that it was once a villa of the last chief minister of the Kandyan Kingdom. It is an ideal place for a romantic dinner with veranda seating overlooking the paddy fields. The poached fillet of Para fish with Jasmine rice and beef massaman curry with basmati rice and broccoli are awaiting your arrival.


Villa Rosa

If its rice and curry for a quiet lunch or a hearty breakfast to kick start your day, the Villa Rosa is one of those elegant places to be when you happen to visit Kandy. The food and the atmosphere will put a smile into your day instantly. A definite must-visit.


Sala Thai

Sala Thai is a family-friendly Thai and Asian restaurant for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to pick from. The best part is that there is something for everybody in it. Affordability, quick and friendly service is what they're known for. Try out their mushroom soup and red curry.


The Empire Cafe

If spring rolls, salads, mac & cheese, potato wedges are what you are looking for, then the Empire is the place to head into. Friendly service and value for money are bonus points.


Balaji Dosai

Sometimes the thought of a hot Ulundu Vadai, a long crispy paper dosa or even a cheese dosa (now that is something new to look forward to in an Indian restaurant) is all you need to unleash your vegetarian cravings. Balaji Dosai is the place to head if you want to treat yourself into a hearty Indian meal.


Kandyan King Seafood Restaurant

Located at a convenient distance to major attractions in Kandy, the Kandyan King Seafood Restaurant serves the most delectable seafood dishes in town.


The Pavillion

Located within the old charming Earl's Regent Kandy is its fine dining restaurant, the Pavillion. The pavilion is the go-to place for a fine dining experience. The breakfast menu offers a variety of traditional local dishes and curries. 'Eat your breakfast like a king' goes the saying. So why hesitate!