The latest shopping precinct in Colombo, the Arcade − Independence Square is a trendy location in the heart of the city. With its spectacular architecture and design, restaurants, shops and outdoor sitting areas, this is a great place to hang out. With its variety of food, two state-of-the-art cinemas and shops that have local as well as international branded items, the Arcade is a must-visit precinct. Exquisitely maintained lawns, a ‘walk over’ fish tank and imposing lion stone carvings are also part of the experience at the Arcade.
This is an ideal location to spend quality time with family and friends. Browse around a variety of shops, enjoy a meal that satisfies your palate, or simply relax and enjoy the greenery. Take your pick from fast food and fine dining to satisfy your appetite, or shop till you drop − you will find handicrafts, stationery, electronics, clothes and accessories here. With its British style architecture and beautiful interiors, you’ll certainly enjoy your time in Colombo’s newest shopping precinct.
The former 17th century Colombo Dutch Hospital was converted into the city’s first shopping precinct. The Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct is home to some of Sri Lanka’s finest fashion houses, jewellery and handicrafts stores, restaurants and cafés, and personal care outlets. Retaining the original architecture of the building but with a more sophisticated appearance, this is a place you simply must visit. As for entertainment, there are street musicians and theatre performances, cultural shows, art exhibitions and hawker style food festivals. Take some time out and indulge in an all-round dining and shopping experience.