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The Empire Cafe

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European, Asian, Vegetarian, Sri Lankan, Fusion
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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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    Very good
  • 51
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  • 26
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Very relaxed atmosphere. It's right beside the Temple of the Tooth so if you're visiting that easy to drop in here too. The interior is decorated really stylishly. A big group went for lunch and we all enjoyed our meals. Quite reasonable and good service. The best part about Empire has to be the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
JenandNeil365
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very relaxed atmosphere. It's right beside the Temple of the Tooth so if you're visiting that easy to drop in here too. The interior is decorated really stylishly. A big group went for lunch and we all enjoyed our meals. Quite reasonable and good service. The best part about Empire has to be the smoothies, really tasty. If you're here... More 

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Thank JenandNeil365
Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Located right next to the Temple of the Tooth, it's very easy to find. Service was friendly but very slow. I liked the rice and curry and the lankan wrap was okay. Nice place to sit and people watch.

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Thank voyager10181
Tawonga, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Maybe we've been on the road for a long time, maybe not but we both enjoyed the food here very much. We hadn't had western food for 3 months. The chips were different from boring normal fries, the chicken was delicious and the salad was very fresh. It was nice to be out of the hustle, bustle of an extremely... More 

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Thank Russnrob R
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Offers a great escape from the heat of day and the atmosphere is good. But that's about it, the raps we got were average, the service incredibly slow and bad. Amazed this is in the top 10.

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Thank Sanka B
Rome, Italy
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent smoothie and milk shake in very comfortable surroundings. Salad was very good and facilities very clean.

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Thank Blowerp
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant is located right next to the Buddha tooth temple so it clearly caters for tourist and this is evident from the menu and the decor - a sort of quirky colonial feel! It's a very cool cafe and the menu is Asian with a western twist. The wraps are really tasty, as are the home made fries. The... More 

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Thank KanyaFin
Singapore, Singapore
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219 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing how an establishment like this can end up in the top 10 restaurants in Kandy. Everywhere else it would be average. Food is not bad, service is horribly slow. Many waiters, no action. Good if you have lots of time to kill.

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Thank Fernlicht
Moscow, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very delicious pancakes and milkshake! Nice atmosphere, good music and friendly staff. Prices are a bit high compared to other places, but the quality of service is way better than we experienced before.

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Thank Polina_Ne
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Food was excellent, atmosphere was nice and it was very close to the Temple of the Tooth. The waiting staff was nowhere to be found until I walked into the back part of the restaurant. As well, they never appeared unless they were dropping off the food. We had to chase them to get the bill and again to pay... More 

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Thank Adam H
London, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are very healthy options on the menu. I ordered a coconut banana smoothie and one of their many salads. The food was fresh and nutritious. The only downside was the slow service.

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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: European, Asian, Vegetarian, Sri Lankan, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?