A Guide to Street Food in Colombo – A Cuisine to Remember

The cuisine of Sri Lanka has gained popularity globally because of the unique blend of spices and burst of flavour. When in Sri Lanka, trying out street food is a must as it gives you a rather adventurous eating experience.


String hoppers

This is one of the most popular dishes in the country, making up an important part of a Sri Lankan breakfast, sometimes even dinner. String hoppers are usually served with dhal, coconut sambol and other sauces. Most restaurants in Colombo serve this delicacy!


Kottu roti

Kottu roti is a favourite and loved dish when it comes to Sri Lankan cuisine, with the perfect balance of flavours to taste. The dish is primarily made from roti, egg, spices, vegetables and a meat of your choice. Kottu roti is served at numerous different restaurants, so you’ll not be at a loss to find it!



Stroll around Pettah’s central station and you’ll find plenty of vendors and food stalls selling short eats such as samosas. These scrumptious delights are made by frying up a flatbread that is stuffed with vegetables and spices, sometimes even meat.


Seafood specialities

Colombo is a paradise for seafood lovers, so drop by Mount Lavinia Hotel if you’re craving some seafood. Crabs, king prawns, snapper, lobster and squid are a few of the many options available to you. Although this isn’t necessarily street food, it’s a must try!


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Best food to eat in Colombo – The tried and tested!

The local cuisine in Sri Lanka is something every traveller must attempt, and if you are staying in the commercial hub of Colombo, you have quite a few things to taste before you leave.


Galle Face

Sunset by the beach is something that is a blessing when living in a city, and Galle Face is the spot to head to when you crave some view that isn’t made up of buildings. The variety of restaurants and snack shops on the promenade are a must try, especially the local favourites like the Isso Wade, a prawn delicacy.

Dine by the waters

Beach dining in Colombo is not available in all hotels, but if you are in the mood to have a quiet dinner by the waters with your loved one, checking out places like Berjaya Hotel Colombo would be a good idea.

Ministry of Crab

Located within the walls of Dutch Hospital Colombo, this is quite the coveted restaurant that specialises in, you guessed it, crabs! They are usually packed to the brim due to well-deserved popularity, thus, make a booking before you head over.

Good Market

For healthy eating options, and loading up on superfoods and snacks, you might want to head over to the Good Market shop in Colombo 7.



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Must Try Street Foods in Colombo – The Essential Eats

Sri Lanka’s culinary culture is shaped by a multitude of influences, covering Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and India. These influences have culminated to form many delectable delicacies.




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These are commonly found throughout most Oriental and Arabian cultures. The samosas in Sri Lanka come in two particular varieties, the bloated vegetarian type inspired by Indian samosas, and the flat meat-filled kind inspired by nations such as Burma. Each of these is delicious.


 Isso Vadei (Prawn Fritters)


These are one of the most nationally celebrated street snacks in Sri Lanka, and consist of crunchy and delicious lentil fritters with prawns placed on top. Some stalls even sell wraps with shrimp fritters in them.




These crépe-like creations with a doughy centre are delicious, and can be found at humble eateries as an evening snack, or at almost any Colombo city hotel such as the likes of Colombo Court Hotel & Spa, for breakfast as well as dinner.





When it comes to Sri Lankan street-food, there’s no singular dish more rewarding than kotthu roti, which consists of shredded flat-bread stir-fried with vegetables, egg, spices and your choice of meat. The most popular variation of this is the chicken-cheese kotthu which consists of roast chicken and cheese wedges.


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