Colombo – Culture Capital

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Food in Colombo is one of the best you will have, as it has influences from all over the world. As you experience the cuisine, art and culture in Colombo, you will enjoy the city that showcases a blend of strong tradition and European influences in every aspect.

German Cultural Centre


Located in an old heritage building in a calm and leafy neighborhood of the city, the German Cultural Center, also known as the Goethe Institute, is well known as an important German language learning centre in Colombo.


General opening hours (reception):

Monday–Friday: 08.30 a.m. – 01.00 p.m. and 02.00 p.m. – 05.00 p.m.

Library opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 09.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Saturday: 12.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Sunday: 12.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Language Course Office opening hours:
Tuesday-Wednesday: 8.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m and 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

National Art Gallery


If you are looking to explore the art in Colombo, you can start with the National Art Gallery, which is next to the National Museum. It has a few interesting portraits and landscape shots of regional relevance. The Gallery also houses temporary exhibitions of local artists.

Timings: All days of the week – 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Joseph Louis Gallery


At the Joseph Louis Gallery, you can view a large collection of contemporary art from Sri Lanka and even buy something that you may fancy. The establishment is a commercial venture that also makes elaborate frames and they have a collection of old photograph prints that chronicle the many facets of Sri Lankan life and history.

Timings: 9AM to 5.30PM Monday to Saturday (Sunday Closed)

Sapumal Foundation


An institution that celebrates the evolution of art in Sri Lanka, this place is a must for art connoisseurs, and is a part of many cultural tours in Colombo. The exhibition of paintings here includes those by Richard Gabriel, George Keyt and the late Harry Pieris, in whose house the foundation is located.

Timings: 10AM to 1PM Wednesday to Sunday (Monday and Tuesday Closed)

Ministry of Crab


Situated in the Old Dutch Hospital building, Ministry of Crab is the destination for all foodies visiting Colombo. The local cuisine is an integral part of Colombo culture and at this restaurant, you can experience a lavish Sri Lankan meal which includes some delectable seafood with live music in the background.

Timings: 11.30AM to 3.30PM, 6PM to 10.30PM Daily

With one of the oldest civilizations in Asia and European influences over 400 years, Colombo is a bouquet of history, culture and people, and you can experience Sri Lanka’s beauty and aspirations in this pearl of the Indian Ocean.


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Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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