The city of Galle is a great place to experience the burgeoning food culture taking over the main cities of Sri Lanka. While you can certainly enjoy some great Sri Lankan fare at many hotels and restaurants in Galle, you can also treat yourself to a variety of different types of cuisine such as Italian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and American.
The resort hotels in Galle most often serve buffet style meals, which are perfect for extreme gluttony. These buffets generally have a mix of local as well as international cuisine, and might be a good option if you are travelling in a large group.
Scattered across the cobblestone streets of the Galle Fort are many interesting cafés, bars and restaurants housed in old colonial era buildings. Want to try some Sri Lankan string hoppers and potato curry? The Galle Fort Hotel on Church Street offers an authentic Sri Lankan breakfast, in addition to many other delightful dishes. Head over to Amangalla or Fort Bazaar if you want to dine in style and enjoy some delectable international cuisine.
If you are more in the mood for comfort food such as burgers, sandwiches and pies, you can head over to Pedlar’s Inn Café located on Pedlar’s Street or to restaurants like Sugar Bistro and A Minute by Tuk Tuk that operate within the old Dutch Hospital precinct. You are bound to find something to satisfy your cravings as well as your stomach. Pedlar’s Street is home to Dumpling’s Café, Hoppa, The Kitchen Galle Fort and Poonies Kitchen where you can pick up many different types of food. Head to Aqua Forte if you desire some delicious and authentic Italian pastas and fine wines. The Tuna and The Crab is a great place to grab some high-quality sushi and sashimi within the Galle Fort.
If you are on a low budget and are looking for relatively cheaper food, it’s best to look outside the Galle Fort. There are many street food eateries along the Galle road that serve fried rice, kottu rotti, thosai and such at reasonable prices.
The stretch of beach at the Unawatuna Bay has a number of interesting bars and restaurants, some of which serve great seafood. Kingfisher, Toddy by Hoppa and Thaproban Beach Restaurant are well worth a visit if you like dining on the beach.
Galle has some top-notch ice cream, gelato, cake and dessert outlets that can rival those in more cosmopolitan cities. Isle of Gelato is one of the most popular spots within the Galle Fort. Skinny Tom’s Deli and Kat’s Coffee are run by expats and serve delicious cakes and desserts, along with great coffee beverages.