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The Empire Cafe

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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Description: Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the...
Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This restaurant in Kandy is ideal place to relax in an iconic building overlooking a UNESCO heritage site. Open all day and serving quality coffee and teas, smoothies, juices, breakfast, salads, Sri Lankan curry, soups, delicious sandwiches, pasta, cakes and snacks. Free WIFI and TV.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Relax place with kind staff

Came there by accident. Environment is quite and clean, staffs are very thoughtful. Order one smoothie and homemade ice cream is around 810rs in total which Including tax and service. Location is near by temple, is a good place to relax.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Came there by accident. Environment is quite and clean, staffs are very thoughtful. Order one smoothie and homemade ice cream is around 810rs in total which Including tax and service. Location is near by temple, is a good place to relax.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Only open daytime hours and we missed tea the evening before; but we went for lunch the next day. Staff were nice; food was great! Free WIFI was decent here too

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The environment is good and staff is nice. Price around 400-500 for a rice 600 for a salad. 200-300 for a drink

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Small cafe beside the Temple of the tooth. Nice decor. We had a banana and cocunut milkshake, mango ice cream and a coffee. Everything was excellent. My girlfriend especially loved the ice cream. Best food place we visited in Kandy

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I'm not sure if we completely missed an area of Kandy but we wondered around alot and found a distinct lack of places to eat! To the extent that we ate at one place 2 nights out of 3. This cafe was nice with Western aspects to the menu so it was good to have something different. The food was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

In a central location near the lake and temple of the tooth, there's a good selection of traditional western and local food. It's slightly more expensive than the average resturant, but I have no issue with that when the food is made with good quality ingredients and the service is first class (which it was on both counts). Staff were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

The food was delicious and the juices were even better! Friendly staff that didn't keep you waiting and attended to your needs quickly and politely. Great location and easy to find. Fast wifi which is always a bonus when you are traveling! Would definitely recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Loved this place so much we ended up coming back each afternoon. Fantastic salads, wraps, breakfasts, pasta, smoothies, teas and coffee. Fast free wifi and fantastic friendly smiling staff. Try the Asian Tuna Niçoise salad and Club Wrap with chicken and mango salsa, alongside some potato wedges with sweet chilli and yoghurt dip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Centrally located, friendly staff, quick service, fast wifi, fan cooled, interesting menu. Would recommend to a friend. Good if you've just come from the temple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Empire salad is very good. And the service is very good and the staff too Nice place to vist the mango passion smoothi is very fresh an nice try to vist this place when come to kandy...

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Additional Information about The Empire Cafe

Address: 21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 6
Cuisine: Asian fusion

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy
  • Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6
  • Cuisine: Asian fusion

Description

Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This restaurant in Kandy is ideal place to relax in an iconic building overlooking a UNESCO heritage site. Open all day and serving quality coffee and teas, smoothies, juices, breakfast, salads, Sri Lankan curry, soups, delicious sandwiches, pasta, cakes and snacks. Free WIFI and TV.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm

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