Your Guide To Enjoying The Season This December! - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka

Your Guide To Enjoying The Season This December!

From hanging out with friends and family to going out on a date - here are Cosmo's top places to check out this holiday

The holidays are here and with it presents, shopping, food and drink and spending time with your loved ones. With this guide in hand, you’ll be ready to navigate through the many food (and drink) options whether you’re going on a hot date, meeting your besties, spending time with the fam bam or trying to clock in a little bit of work.  

Ridin’ Solo

Black Cat Café

Want to curl up with a book or just get some work done uninterrupted? Then, Black Cat Café is the place to go. Their friendly atmosphere, mouth-watering menu, and fresh coffee will keep you coming back for more.

Location:
11 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7

Opening hours:
8 AM –9 PM

Vibe:
Cosy, quiet & laidback

Best dishes:
Seoul Sister, a burger made with Korean fried chicken (Rs. 1,299)
The Dude, a beef burger made with an Australian beef brisket patty. (Rs. 1,299)

Average price per person:
Rs. 1,500 – Rs. 2,500

Indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of their Oreo cheesecake!

 

Coco Veranda

If you’re looking to grab a bite by yourself or get some work done outside of the office, Coco Veranda is the place to be. Sit by yourself with an aromatic cuppa of coffee while you enjoy unlimited free Wi-Fi.

Location:
32, Ward Place, Colombo 7
And
441, Nawala Road, Nawala

Opening hours:
Monday–Thursday: 7 AM–11.30 PM;
Friday–Saturday: 7 AM–1.00 AM;
Sunday: 8 AM–Midnight

Vibe:
Cosy

Best dish:
The grilled chicken accompanied by mushroom sauce, a choice of veggies and potatoes. (Rs. 1,650)

Average price per person: Rs. 1,500

Expect a festive menu with four beverages, a soup, three to four main courses, two desserts, and, of course, Christmas music and décor to set the tone.

 

Date Night

Epicure

Bringing a new depth and elegance to dining in Colombo, Epicure infuses exquisite Mediterranean and bold Asian flavours in modern European cuisine. Paying homage to fresh local ingredients, this restaurant is ideal for an intimate dinner for two.

Location:
65/B Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7

Opening hours:
11.30 AM–2.30 PM; 5–11 PM, daily

Vibe:
Intimate, fine dining

Best dishes:
Kaffir Lime Risotto (Rs. 1,750)
Lamb Ragù (Rs. 1,500)
U12 Prawns (Rs. 3,800)

TIP:
Be sure to make a reservation and feel free to take a bottle of wine to compliment your meal.

Kiku Colombo

You don’t need an occasion to celebrate love—you can do something special any day of the year. Kiku Colombo, an enticing café surrounded by the elegance of glass and pastel colours, is the perfect place to take your S.O. on a spontaneous surprise date.Tip: Don’t forget to grab a flower (or even a bunch) from Shirohana to sweeten the memory!

Location:
32, A1 Dickmans Rd, Colombo 5

Vibe:
Romantic, dreamy

Best Dishes:
Miso scrambled eggs with avocado and wasabi mayo
(Rs. 1,200)
Salmon onigiri with furikake rice, poached egg and wasabi hollandaise (Rs. 2,400)
Cucumber salad with miso soup and garlic rice with spicy cashew crunch (Rs. 1,300)
Beetroot latte with oat or soy milk
(Rs. 550)

 

Average price per person:
Rs. 1,500–Rs. 3,000

If you’re planning to head there during the weekend, be sure to try out their absolutely delicious (and highly recommended) doughnuts in a variety of flavours.

 

 

Fam Bam

The English Cake Company

If you’ve pledged to stay healthy for a week but can’t help your sweet tooth, grab your friends and head to The English Cake Company for homemade desserts they’re famous for, made only with natural ingredients, completely free of artificial colours, additives or preservatives. This friendly café is a calm and quiet place perfect to catch up with your girls or walk-in for a study session with your study buds!

Location:
2A Sulaiman Terrace, Colombo 5

Vibe:
Warm, friendly and cosy

Best Dishes:
High Tea for 2 (Queens: Rs. 1,500, Kings: Rs. 2,950)
Squidgy chocolate roulade (Slice: Rs. 430, Whole: Rs. 4,100)
Passion Victoria cake (Slice: Rs. 280, Whole: Rs. 2,600)

Average price per person
Rs.1,200–Rs.1,800

Don’t forget to try out their Christmas special menu including the highly recommended mince pies, Christmas pudding and breudher also available at their brand new location at One Galle Face on level LG1.

Peppermint Cafe

Whether you’re meeting your girl gang for a gossip session, taking your parents out on payday or crashing after a long night of drinks and dance, this is the perfect place to make your way any time of the day! And guess what? If you just took your Ridgeback out for a run, both of you can chill out and catch your breath at this 24-hour pet-friendly cafe!

Location:
76 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7

Vibe:
Chill

Best Dishes:
Waffle toast with egg, cheese and chicken ham (Rs. 1,150)
3 eggs made your way served with grilled sausages, spinach mushroom and bread
(Rs. 1,100)
The incomparable pancake (Rs. 1,490)

Per person on average:
Rs. 2,000–Rs. 2,500

Don’t forget to try out the adult slide. Hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

Tayo Bear

Tayo Bear is possibly the only spot you can take your dogs and have a good meal. Meet and greet other doggy lovers and even grab a cuppa with your friends or family.

Location:
71/ 2, Srimath R.G.Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 7

Opening hours:
10.30 AM–9.30 PM, Tuesday–Sunday (closed on Mondays)

Vibe:
Hipster

Best dishes:
The doggy popsicle (for your furry friends) (Rs. 190)
The prawn toast (Rs. Xxx)
Hot chocolate (made with Starbucks hot chocolate, and served with Kraft mini marshmallows and a cute bone-shaped sugar cookie). (Rs. 680)

Average price per person:
Rs. 500–Rs. 1,500

Look out for their doggy Christmas party and photoshoot this December!

 

Work It!

Café Kumbuk

Tucked away in the heart of C-town is a space that promotes healthy and sustainable living. Their café is cosy and inviting and the perfect spot to settle in with your laptop to get some work done. Plus, their wholesome food and great customer service will have you coming back for more!

Location:
3/1 Thambiah Avenue, Colombo 7

Vibe:
Casual

Opening hours:
8 AM–6 PM, Tues–Sat; 8 AM–5 PM, Sun (closed on Mondays)

Best Dishes:
Lamb burger with skinny fries (Rs. 1,250)
Flavored lattes
Breakfast Bap – Kithul bacon, karapincha mayo, chili jam, rocket, jalapeño, egg (Rs. 1,000)

Average price per person:
Rs. 700–Rs. 1,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brew 1867 by Dilmah

Who said a business meeting should be prim and proper? That’s right, no one. So if you’re nervous about a deal you’re about to make or you want to make someone feel comfortable when you meet for the first time, here’s a place that will bring ease and help you warm up to the situation. With an interior covered in different shades of colour, this lively café is just the place you need to shake on a deal.

Location:
57/1 Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo 7

Vibe:
Energetic and vibrant

Best Dishes:
Nasi goreng served with chicken satay (Rs. 450)
Raspberry cheesecake (Rs. 320)
Penne arabiata (Rs. 430)
Best Drinks:
Kithul avocado shake (Rs. 350)

Moroccan mojito (Rs. 300)

Per person on average:
Rs. 800–Rs. 1,000

You’ll also find them in:
Forbes & Walker Building, Colombo 2
Level 3 West Block World Trade Centre, Colombo 1

 

Celebrate!

Shangri La Hotel

Create memories with loved ones this December with Shangri-La’s curated selection of celebrations and feasts. It’s the place to be!

Festive High Tea:
A selection of delicate Christmas favourites for an afternoon
tea along with live classical music.

Location:
Sapphyr Lounge

Opening hours:
3–6 PM, 1–25 December

Price per-person:
Rs. 3,800 ++ for two

Festive cocktails and mocktails:
Delicious Christmas fruity and spiced beverages all month long.

Location:
Sapphyr Lounge

Opening hours:
11 AM–12 PM, 1–31 December

Christmas Eve Dinner:
A scrumptious buffet with your Christmas faves. From turkey roast to Christmas plum pudding with creamy brandy butter, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Location:
Lotus Ballroom

Opening hours:
7–11 PM, 24 December

Price per-person:
Rs. 6,500 ++

Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner:
Yet another delish buffet to tickle your taste buds!

Location:
Lotus Ballroom

Opening hours:
Lunch: Noon–4 PM; Dinner: 7–11 PM

Price per-person:
Rs. 6,500 ++

Movenpick Hotel

Robata Grill and Lounge at Mövenpick Hotel

This feast-filled season, step away from the norm and go Asian! The Robata Grill and Lounge offers the luxury of seven flavours of Asia (i.e Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean, Korean and Thai inclusive of a range of vegetarian options) in a fine dining setting at affordable prices. We call that a win-win!

Location:
3 Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 3

Opening hours:
Lunch: Noon–3 PM; Dinner: 7 PM–11 PM

Vibe:
Intimate, fine dining

Best dishes:
Bulgogi (Rs. 850)
Nasi Goreng (Rs. 990)
Salmon and cream cheese sushi (Rs. 1,100 for 4 pieces; Rs. 1,850 for 8 pieces)

Average price per-person:
Rs. 1,500 – Rs. 2,500

On the eve of Christmas and New Year, make you reservations in advance!

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