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Colombo Walking Food Tour

Highlights
  • Experience Colombo’s sights and snacks on a small-group food walking tour
  • Learn and taste more with a guide to point out the sights and foods to try
  • See the Red Mosque and more, and try snacks such as hopper and vadai patties
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Colombo Walking Food Tour
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Colombo Walking Food Tour
From $55.00
Overview
Understanding Colombo means not only sightseeing but tasting its food—both more revealing when done with a guide. Sample the city’s attractions and snacks on this small-group food walking tour: learning more than possible alone. See the Red Mosque, markets, and more; and stop to try popular foods such as egg hopper and 'achcharu' (pickle) to gain a true perspective on local life and cuisine that most visitors never get.
What to Expect

Your Colombo food tour will start in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station. The station is the centre of Sri Lanka’s railway network and hasn’t changed much since it first opened in 1908. From there, we’ll wander past the busy markets finishing up at the end of the day, and down a street that’s full of little shops and vendors selling everything from saris to leather bags to fake Tag watches.

Then, it’s time for our first food stop! We’ll visit a popular local eatery, where you’ll get to sample some traditional cuisine, including hoppers, egg hoppers, and other local savoury snacks.

Then, it’s back to walking (so we can burn off that food and make room for more!). Moving on, our Colombo tour will take you to the famous Red Mosque, which is a revered place for Colombo’s Muslim community.

From there, it’s back to the treats! Colombo’s main street is home to the famous Bombay Sweet House, known for its falooda and saruwath drinks as well as its sweets. As well, further down the street we’ll stumble across some achcharu (pickle) carts with different kinds of pickles.
The Sri Lankan pickle is typically very spicy — are you adventurous enough to try it out?!

We’ll also see several shops selling varieties of what the locals call murukku. These are crunchy, flavoured, fried bits of flour or chick peas. Of course, we’ll stop at one of these shops to try some of these treats for ourselves!

As we keep moving, we’ll pass by the Khan clock tower (all road distances in Colombo are measured from this tower), the harbour, and the old colonial buildings such as the Grand Oriental Hotel and the Cargills building. We’ll stop at the Old Colombo Dutch Hospital, which is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo fort area. It’s now a renovated complex and hosts some 5-star restaurants, fancy shops, and some decent bars and pubs. Those who want can stop for a quick beer or drink here.

We’ll continue toward the Galle Face Green, passing many street food shops and stopping to sample local snacks such as prawn and crab wade along the way.

Our final stop will be the famous Nana’s kothu shop, where we can have dinner and experience the Sri Lankan kothu (a Sri Lankan roti of vegetables or meat and spices). The Galle Face Green is where locals come to relax after a busy day, and we’re likely to see families and couples playing, flying kites, or just enjoying the cool evening breeze.

Your Colombo tour will finish here, but you’re free to spend more time at the Green or wander on to the many pubs or clubs that are easily accessible from here.

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Reviews (26)
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Great way to see the city!

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the street food and markets of central Colombo. It was a great introduction to the city and our guide Rikwaz was brilliant - really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The food was all delicious and as we took the tour at...More

Thank HuzzahHenry
Scenic823136, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks a lot for your review. It was great to meet you and guide you all along the tour. We are glad we provided you with our BEST DAY EVER. Cheers,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great food and walking tour!

What a great way to see the city and try the local food. My guide, Sujith, was excellent. It was excellent trying truly local flavors and enjoying the market at night. Most of the trip is fairly compact without much walking, but there is a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank swimjohn18
Scenic823136, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad we provided you with our BEST DAY EVER. We hope to see you again. :)

Reviewed November 5, 2018
Great way to explore the city and also local food

We did the tour in pouring rain and it was still a great experience with my tour guide Rik. This tour covers sights, history and local street food, go for it :)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Arup_Sydney
Scenic823136, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Hi, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad we provided you with our BEST DAY EVER. We hope to see you again. :)

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Great way to finish out a wonderful tour of Sri Lanka!

Sujith was an excellent guide of the traditional food around Colombo. The sites, sounds and food along the streets was delightful. Thanks Sujith for an excellent food tour.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank donnajthurman
Reviewed November 1, 2018
Eat your way through Colombo!

If you want to experience authentic Sri Lankan street food, this tour is highly recommended! We had a private tour. Rik (Rikaz), our guide, was awesome and highly knowledgeable! He took us around the city and shared some of the city's notable history and facts....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gino P
Scenic823136, Manager at Colombo Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Hi Gino, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad we provided you with our BEST DAY EVER. We hope to see you again. :)

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Kerron M
September 24, 2018|
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Response from UKMALETRAVELLER | Reviewed this property |
Best way would be by a metered tuk-tuk... tour starts from the Main station and finishes by the harbour. Well worth doing, in my opinion. Sampled a good variety of food!
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DonaldG1258
September 15, 2018|
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Response from UKMALETRAVELLER | Reviewed this property |
I think then you would have to book it PRIVATELY through "Urban Adventures". Should be possible.
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Nancy J
September 9, 2018|
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Response from UKMALETRAVELLER | Reviewed this property |
I found the cost reasonable for the food we had. No reason why you can't incorporate sights with food!
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