Where to Eat in Gampola: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 5, 2018 Hector Krause

Gampola (Sinhala:ගම්පොල, Tamil:கம்பளை) is a town located in Kandy District, Central Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Gampola was made the capital of the island by King Buwanekabahu IV who ruled for four years in the mid fourteenth century. The last king of Gampola was King Buwanekabahu V. He ruled the island for 29 years. A separate city was built in Kotte during this time by a noble known as Alagakkonara. The longest sleeping Buddha statue in South Asia is located in Gampola, the Saliyalapura Temple.
Things to do in Gampola

1. The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi American, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 +94 81 2 239870
Excellent
40%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

The Empire Cafe

Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This restaurant in Kandy is ideal place to relax in an iconic building overlooking a UNESCO heritage site. Open all day and serving quality coffee and teas, smoothies, juices, breakfast, salads, Sri Lankan curry, soups, delicious sandwiches, pasta, cakes and snacks. Free WIFI and TV.

Reviewed By Rebecca B

The place itself is really nice.
We ordered two chicken curries. All of which was nice, chicken portion a little small. The roti we ordered arrived after we ate. We wanted them with the curry and after a few conversations back and forth they removed from the bill. I was happy that they were reasonable with the issue. Would go again.

2. Sharon Inn

59 Saranankara Rd | S Kandy Lake, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +94 81 2 222416
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 223 reviews

Sharon Inn

Reviewed By Jonas H - Stockholm, Sweden

We were surprised by the arrogant and slightly hostile waiter. It was difficult to understand what provoked this behaviour. As it only got worse even we didn't stay to taste the food. Facilities are run down but the views are amazing. Doesn't make up for the service however.

3. The Kandy Garden Cafe

9 Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy 8, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Fast Food, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 81 2 220355
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 559 reviews

The Kandy Garden Cafe

Reviewed By KJO74

Food was excellent and of American portions...i.e. one plate feeds two normal people. I had the cheese and vegetable rice with a roti, very delicious and filling. Everybody at the table was very satisfied with their meals but only disappointment was the food waste, not cool (the only reason I didn’t give you 5 stars)
Juice bar was also excellent and we all had and enjoyed exotic fruit shakes.
Prices are very reasonable and for five meals and five shakes and five happy customers we walked out with a bill of 2500R.

4. Soya Centre

116 A, Kotugodella Veediya | Kotugodella Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Soya Centre) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating Cafe, Fast Food, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Brunch, Breakfast +94 77 233 1844
Excellent
58%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Soya Centre

Sells a collection of novel short-eats made with soy, such as wades, and roti rolls and sandwiches filled with soy sausage. The biggest attraction are the vegan the generous soy soft-serve ice cream cones.The open-air counter high above the street is extremely popular with locals, though service is prompt. Also sells typical vegetable buns and rolls, and bulk soy products such tofu and tempeh can be purchased there. And exciting find for the dairy-free traveller. Trucks in Kandy also sell the so called "soy ice cream", in smaller portions, though the ice cream at the Soya Centre is the tastiest and has the best quality.

Reviewed By iamthat - Puttaparthy

28 years in existence..and still going strong..having visited this place several times on various visits it always excites me with it's old time splendour and pioneering spirit of tasty soya milk ice creams.. friendly staff, many locals devouring spring rolls and other Sri Lankan fast...MoreThank you so much for your review. We are so glad to have such loyal customers who have always loved our products.

5. Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar (Bamboo Garden)

No 29a Anagarika | Dharmapala,Mawatha, Kandy 101010, Sri Lanka (Formerly Slightly Chilled Lounge (Bamboo Garden)) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Bar, European, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$31 - HK$78 +94 81 2 238267
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Slightly Chilled Lounge Bar (Bamboo Garden)

Ease on into the laidack vibes of Slightly Chilled Lounge.We have the best sunsets in Kandy town and offer, happy hour on beer between 5pm and 6pm, free wifi,live premiership and other live sporting events on a large screen, pool table, great food and friendly service.<br>Please note we are closed on poya days( full moon)and please call for any other public holidays or elections.

Reviewed By BenHerts82 - Hertfordshire

We stopped in here for a drink on our way to the Tooth Temple just down the road. We were actually too early for alcoholic beverages but the friendly member of staff explained this and was happy to serve us soft drinks.
We said we would be coming back for dinner after the temple and the member of staff offered to reserve us a table on the Terrace. As promised, when we returned there was our table right at the front with fantastic views out across Kandy and the Lake.
We had some delicious Chinese food and some ice cold Sri Lankan beer. The food was really rather tasty with decent portion sizes. We stuck around for a couple of drinks after dinner before heading back to our hotel.
Definitely recommend this place. The food was great and the staff members very friendly. Prices were reasonable enough, though not the cheapest place we ate by any means.

6. Royal Bar & Hotel Restaurant

No. 44 King's Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, European, Pub, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +94 81 2 224449
Excellent
40%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 271 reviews

Royal Bar & Hotel Restaurant

Reviewed By Fiona S - London, United Kingdom

Went for breakfast here in the morning which was devine... Great service, not bad food and a fantastic atmosphere whilst sitting on the court yard veranda. On the back of this we decided to return for supper. This time we sat on roadside veranda. Menu received but as it was so dark we only ordered what we could read. When received, the ordered Thai red curry with noodles was more a prawn korma and the chicken curry could not be identified in this barely lit area as to what was being consumed. Most was left. Shame. Beautiful place.

7. Balaji Dosai

No. 09 Peradeniya Road | No. 09, D.S. Senanayake Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 81 2 224593
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 760 reviews

Balaji Dosai

Balaji Dosai is a unique, concept restaurant in the heart of Kandy, a beautiful heritage in the city of the Central region of Sri Lanka. Balaji Dosai is a Indian vegetarian restaurant. The restaurant is modern and trendy and serves up a single cuisine menu including some of the best dosa&apos;s in town as the name speaks for itself. What&apos;s more than a dish cooked right in front of you.

Reviewed By Margaux V

No complaint about this place apart from the chapati being a bit thick and hard. Dosai were delicious! Definitely recommended

8. Natural Coffee

No. 5 Temple Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Fast Food, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast HK$16 - HK$47 +94 81 2 205734
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 646 reviews

Natural Coffee

New Year Schedule April.13th (Thu) Close April.14th (Fri) Close April.15th (Sat) 9:30-17:00 From April.16th 7:30-19:00

Reviewed By Zoe_JL - Windsor, United Kingdom

We have missed coffee since being in Sri Lanka (typical brits!) and looked forward to coming here. The coffee was great and I loved the fact the waitress told you timings so you knew what to expect. Very fast and good WiFi (again typical brits) and the cleanest toilet I have used since being in Sri Lanka par my hotel. Good service and enjoyed the fact you are helping local farmers in the process.

9. Theva Cuisine

11/B5/10-1, 6th Lane | Off Upper Tank road, Off Circular Road 2,, Kandy 01000, Sri Lanka Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Sri Lankan, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$118 - HK$392 +94 81 7 388296
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Theva Cuisine

Theva Cuisine offers globally-inspired cuisine creatively prepared and presented by chef and his team. Feast on gourmet meals as we present a range of culinary delights bringing a fusion of the east and west. Our winning formula is based on providing guests with an exceptionally personalized level of service combined with exotic 5-Star cuisine.

Reviewed By Dhushan - Kandy, Sri Lanka

The restuarant is located a small drive from Kandy town up into the Hantane Mountains. The view from the top is stunning. Absolutely breathtaking. If you're going for dinner, I would recommend you go early, before 545pm so that you can enjoy the view. If you're going for lunch, you can enjoy the view the whole time.
They have an array of juices & drinks to choose from. The service is 1st class with friendly & smiling attitudes from the servers. The food takes a tad bit long to come. However, it's a wait I'm willing to wait, because the food is delicious. Very well prepared. The desserts are also tasty.
I highly recommend the seafood platter or the crab dish or the jumbo prawns dish. Mouth watering!!!
Will definitely visit again.
Some people might say that the food is expensive when they see the bill, but the final bill includes 3 different taxes of 10% + 15% + 2%
This is common for almost all restaurants in SL now.

10. Cafe Aroma Inn

98 Colombo Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Cafe, European, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 81 2 229951
Excellent
34%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 238 reviews

Cafe Aroma Inn

Reviewed By Gbonez13 - Toronto, Canada

A/C, nice decor, very clean, fantastic service; I haven't seen service like this for a while. They have clearly had excellent training.
Wide variety of food and yummy coffee, juices and food. WIFI worked well. We visited for lunch then returned for coffee and we'll visit again on our return trip to Kandy. Definitely work the short walk from the temple. I highly recommend this place.

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