The Colpetty Market is a long-standing landmark in the city, and it caters to everyone’s needs. If you’re looking for a souvenir or small gift, the handicraft shops on the ground floor will almost certainly have it. If you want to stay healthy, make your way to the first floor, where you’ll find a range of fresh fruit and vegetables. And if dinner is on your mind, the second floor has all the answers! An appetising array of fresh meat and seafood awaits you, in addition to which there’s a butcher on hand to serve halal meat. The third floor is for the homesick, and is certainly worth the climb. Familiar food from almost all regions worldwide is available here with a special focus on Far Eastern cuisine.
A rebellion of colour in the heart of Colombo, this annual art fair − at Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha in Cinnamon Gardens − is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. A must-visit event, which is free and open to the public, Kala Pola attracts both locals and tourists alike. A splash of colour, a celebration of art and a chance to find the perfect picture to fill that space on your wall, at home or in the office. In the midst of this artistic wonder world, there’s live music, food stalls and kiddies’ entertainment. A mix of art and sculpture, Kala Pola will leave a sparkle in the art enthusiast’s eye.
A market that is ‘good for the planet, good for the country and good for you.’ Open daily (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) at the Lakpahana Grounds in Cinnamon Gardens, the Good Market also sets up shop every Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the Racecourse, Colombo 7. The Good Market sells organic food without artificial flavours or colours, organic produce that’s free of chemicals, and handicrafts at affordable prices. Your money is sure to be well spent here!