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Royal Dutch Cafe

72 Leyn Baan Street fort | Srilank, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #13 of 124 restaurants in Galle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Owned by Fazal Badurdeen who is a well known story teller about Galle. Serves the "best tea" in town as weel Owned by Fazal Badurdeen who is well known for his stories about Galle Fort. Serves the "best tea in town" as well as lunch and dinner.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Owned by Fazal Badurdeen who is a well known story teller about Galle. Serves the "best tea" in town as weel Owned by Fazal Badurdeen who is well known for his stories about Galle Fort. Serves the "best tea in town" as well as lunch and dinner.
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Upon entrance, this little cafe caught my attention due to its lovely atmosphere and a friendly smile by the owner, Mr Fazal. We ordered a gin bing juice which was a combination of papaya, pineapple, gingerbeer and various other delicious ingredients. It was truly a unique and one of a kind drink. The sheer taste of it showed originality. Mr... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I rented an apartment and was living in Galle Fort for a month. Focusing on my painting. Galle Fort has it's own special atmosphere, but within it is a very magical place, which I discovered by chance down one of the small streets. The Royal Dutch Café is a random collection of small tables covered in pretty tablecloths, and surrounded... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I was volunteering in galle when I came across fazal's cafe. It was a steal away from the usual volunteer day. I'd go to the royal Dutch cafe for a much needed break and some perspective in the way of chatting with Fazal. Over a cup of ginger tea. That was my favorite thing to do. His cinnamon iced coffee... More

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Halifax, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I'm so happy I visited this restaurant! The food is great, the atmosphere is delightful, and Fazal is a wonderful host. If you have the time he'll tell you stories about Galle from the old days - he's very proud of his heritage and it's not hard to see why. People like Fazal and places like the Royal Dutch Cafe... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This lovely little cafe/restaurant/shop should be top of peoples' lists of places to visit in the Galle Fort. While we didn't eat, the tea is definitely the best in town (and I drink a LOT of tea), and the shop is full of beautifully handmade clothes as well as jewellery and other trinkets. However, the highlight of it all has... More

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New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I'm a meat eater, but these guys vegetarian meals were some of the best I have had in Sri Lanka. The Dahl and potato curry were cheap but divine. Staff were pretty friendly, and the cafe has lots of things to look at, including photos from the forts past.

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I stumbled across the Royal Dutch Cafe on my first day in Galle and I am SO happy I did as Fazal is the most amazing person you will meet. I could sit and listen to him talk for hours, in-fact, I've made it my mission whilst I'm here for the next two weeks, to visit Fazal as much as... More

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Paris, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The food was deliciously tasty, but the highlight was clearly the owner, Mr Fazal, and all his amazing stories. Mr Fazal helped us to get a taxi from Galle to Colombo and he came with us (the taxi driver happened to be his best friend) all the way. One of the best car trips ever! Do ask him about Sri... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The place is near the Galle bus station, very easy to reach. It has a shop with nice clothes and stuff and a small caffe where we've tasted the best cooked burger in Sri Lanka. One of the most pleasant place we've been.

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Karachi, Pakistan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Royal Dutch is a wonderful little cafe which serves the best ice coffee with freshly ground cinnamon in it. We were in Srilanka for our honeymoon and stopped in Galle for breakfast before heading off to Tangalle. Mr.Fazal, the owner of the cafe, was very kind and shared with us all his stories about Galle. He even gave us a... More

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