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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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Ranked #7 of 77 Restaurants in Kandy
Price range: $1 - $6
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Cuisines: Asian fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This cafe 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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Heilbronn, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We had breakfast here one morning and it was ideal. The coffee was good and the menu was interesting, it took us a while to decide what to have. I ordered the watermelon, line and mint nice which was a great combination. I also had toast with Mango & Ginger jam, very very nice! My boyfriend ordered the Lankan wrap... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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373 restaurant reviews
284 helpful votes 284 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We like the Empire Cafe very much and would always recommend it and return here. It is clean, well furnished in a colourful, 'arty' style and in addition to regular tables and chairs it has some wonderful white peacock chairs to relax in. On our most recent visit we enjoyed tea and date cake and some strawberry and cinnamon ice... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Average food. High prices. Good location. Not much to say about empire. Staff seemed friendly, but unattentive and tired. Food was ok (at least I did not get an upset stomach), but I did not come back for more. There are way better food in Kandy.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The cafe is located inside a nice colonial style house, the interior has been modernised and looks good. The staff is very friendly. The food is great, a nice mix between western and Sri Lankan dishes with some great smoothies and milkshakes to complement them. I highly recommend this cafe.

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Melbourne, Australia
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Its a nice clean cafe with good atmosphere and service. The food was great. If any thing, the only negative was that on the menu they had manioc chips with wraps or fries with rolls - but they weren't able to give you a wrap with fries for some reason. But in all fairness the food was great and the... More 

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Kabul, Afghanistan
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We stopped in here for a snack after looking round the temple of the tooth. Delicious veggie spring rolls, good, big sandwiches and wraps. Nice tea. The service was friendly and efficient. We bought a couple of postcards of old Ceylon tourism adverts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This is a fabulous place to eat - the food is delicious (especially the curries) - great value for money, very affordable - very convenient location just next to the temple of the tooth - lovely staff Overall we loved the empire cafe, and ate there at least 4 times.

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Adelaide, Australia
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Ate here tonight, we both had chicken curry which was served with rice, pappadam, green beans & a jackfruit curry. It was delicious. For desert we had quadruple chocolate sundae, which was yum. All up about $22AUD.

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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This place is just next to the entry of Tooth Temple. Right when we stepped in we were gladly greeted and offered with menu. Menu consists of asian and european foods (burgers, sandwitches, rolls). We had some local curry and tunaroll. All food here was delicious and service was polite and fast. Come here when you are tired of rice... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Make sure if you don't want to feel rushed or actually want to eat food and give this establishment your money that you arrive here before 7:00pm.

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ManorHouseConcepts, Owner at The Empire Cafe, responded to this review

We need to clarify our opening hours are 8.30am to 8.30pm.We are a cafe which for now chooses not to stay open later as demand in Kandy after that time is limited,but it's always under review.Sometimes guests of the hotel upstairs think we are affiliated and expect the cafe to be open as an attached restaurant until later,and want to... More 

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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 1 - 6
Cuisine: Asian fusion

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