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Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Class Colombo provided by Rustic Tour Guide

Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Class Colombo

Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Class Colombo
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Learn the art of Sri Lankan cuisine on a private market tour and cooking class
Duration:
5h
Group size:
8
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5h
  • Group size:
    8
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Get insights into Sri Lankan food and culture that you won’t find in a guidebook on this private culinary experience. Shop spices, vegetables, and tropical fruits at a bustling local market, then learn the tricks of traditional tools and equipment as you prepare an authentic feast for lunch or dinner. Along the way, discover the ritual and etiquette required to eat like a local.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French
Highlights
  • Enjoy the meal you’ve prepared with water, tea, and snacks
  • Choose between morning or afternoon classes to suit your schedule
  • Private chef notices your interests and adapts to work around them
What to expect
  • TRANSPORT   • Airport Pick up : We will welcome you at the arrival  (With Fully Conditioned Car : Enough for 2/3, Welcome Board, Express  way Entrance) 38USD.  • Hotel Pick Up :  The Cost is Depend on the Millage. Please contact us for any assistance. KEY DETAILS • CITY : Colombo • MEETING POINT :  Villa Ivy Crest • RECOMMEND :  Couple/Familiy/Friends • LOCAL CASH NEEDED : Extra Beers (Other than 1) • ACTIVITY :  Market visit, Clay-pot Cooking INCLUDED : • WELCOME REFRESHMENT • PERSONABLE TOUR GUIDE • 5 COURSE LUNCH/DINNER • RECIPES / CERTIFICATE TRIP  ITINERARY Enjoy our freshly made fruit juice or a herbal drink, wander around our villa and get yourself refreshed & prepared for the tour while our experienced guide brief you about the agenda. Before Starting Market visit and cultural cooking tour Colombo, you will get the chance to select a menu for the preparation form our family recipes which works for everyone Similar to the palm technique used by Italians to measure spaghetti, we too have lots of such traditional techniques and tactics when it comes to home cooking which are not explained (or rather cannot be explained) in cook books or that sort of videos. Our chef is well aware of those tips and tricks, which are proven through generations, that makes your food tastier with a better aroma and color. He will get you involved in every step of cooking from cleaning to measuring to real cooking while giving you those tips associated with each step. We will take relatively a longer time than Europeans or Americans to prepare a meal but you will never regret the time you spent once you tasted the food. No matter where you are in, there are always certain manners to be followed in dining table. So, Eating like a local can be trickier than you might think. Every culture has its own food beliefs, traditions and etiquettes. Our first rule is to serve others before ourselves.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Enjoy the meal you’ve prepared with water, tea, and snacks
  • Choose between morning or afternoon classes to suit your schedule
  • Private chef notices your interests and adapts to work around them
What to expect
  • TRANSPORT   • Airport Pick up : We will welcome you at the arrival  (With Fully Conditioned Car : Enough for 2/3, Welcome Board, Express  way Entrance) 38USD.  • Hotel Pick Up :  The Cost is Depend on the Millage. Please contact us for any assistance. KEY DETAILS • CITY : Colombo • MEETING POINT :  Villa Ivy Crest • RECOMMEND :  Couple/Familiy/Friends • LOCAL CASH NEEDED : Extra Beers (Other than 1) • ACTIVITY :  Market visit, Clay-pot Cooking INCLUDED : • WELCOME REFRESHMENT • PERSONABLE TOUR GUIDE • 5 COURSE LUNCH/DINNER • RECIPES / CERTIFICATE TRIP  ITINERARY Enjoy our freshly made fruit juice or a herbal drink, wander around our villa and get yourself refreshed & prepared for the tour while our experienced guide brief you about the agenda. Before Starting Market visit and cultural cooking tour Colombo, you will get the chance to select a menu for the preparation form our family recipes which works for everyone Similar to the palm technique used by Italians to measure spaghetti, we too have lots of such traditional techniques and tactics when it comes to home cooking which are not explained (or rather cannot be explained) in cook books or that sort of videos. Our chef is well aware of those tips and tricks, which are proven through generations, that makes your food tastier with a better aroma and color. He will get you involved in every step of cooking from cleaning to measuring to real cooking while giving you those tips associated with each step. We will take relatively a longer time than Europeans or Americans to prepare a meal but you will never regret the time you spent once you tasted the food. No matter where you are in, there are always certain manners to be followed in dining table. So, Eating like a local can be trickier than you might think. Every culture has its own food beliefs, traditions and etiquettes. Our first rule is to serve others before ourselves.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 75374P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water
  • Buffet lunch
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (Beers)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pickup
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Rustic Tour Guide, Cemetery Rd, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 10100, Sri Lanka
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please Contact us via Whatsapp to get the direction and more information
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water
  • Buffet lunch
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (Beers)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pickup
Departure details
  • Rustic Tour Guide, Cemetery Rd, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 10100, Sri Lanka
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please Contact us via Whatsapp to get the direction and more information
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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Joe
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Couples
Our market tour and cooking school was an amazing experience and one we won’t forget soon! The tour showed us the best of Sri Lankan produce and it was great to try some new ingredients.

The school is very hands-on and takes place in a well-equipped kitchen and dining room. We learned to make a variety of Sri Lankan curries using traditional utensils. Overall, a wonderful experience and one we would fully recommend to anyone visiting Sri Lanka
Written March 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

WolfAUT
6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had a great time! Nim was a great host and a superb teacher!!

+hotel pick-up
+market tour
+flexible menu
+a lot of fun cooking in Nim's house (which is amazing)
+best Sri Lankan food we've had
+recipes to take home with us

Aaand: a lot of fun, being welcomed and taken care of by Nim... it is truly an amazing memory of our trip!
Written March 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

kwornds
Toronto, Canada70 contributions
I've done many a cooking class and this was one of the best. It started off with a wonderful market tour walking through the stalls and stopping to look at and taste some beautiful local produce.

We shopped for the ingredients to make our meal and headed back to Nim's house where the kitchen was setup for a hands on experience. One thing I always look for in a cooking class is one where each participant gets their own station and is able to make the meal from start to finish - this one didn't disappoint.

We made coconut roti, coconut sambol, a vegetable curry and a meat curry and the meal was wonderful. I'd highly recommend doing this tour and cooking class - my highlight of Colombo!
Written February 29, 2020
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Logan Walker
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Jan 2020
Initially This cooking class was not part of my Sri Lankan adventure. However, my friends told me about their terrific cooking experience. So, I decided to try it, and I’m very satisfied with the whole experience & I'm truly glad that i did not miss it. Nim is excellent in every aspect and their house is incomparable. Can't wait to come back to do another.
Written February 25, 2020
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Caroline Cooper
Houston, TX2 contributions
Jan 2020
During our second day in Sri Lanka, we booked the evening cooking class. The entire cooking class experience was exceptional. It was our first time visiting a local market in a foreign country. We also gained a number of tips on how to choose the best ingredients , implement & Cook fresh seafood and vegetables. Our guide Nim and team had just the right mix of humor, passion and knowledge to make this tour and entertaining, enlightening it's completely unforgettable! Loved him and this tour !
Written February 25, 2020
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Ross Norton
Brisbane, Australia40 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Started the morning at the local market seeing unique Sri Lankan produce (I think they are called wooden apples).

Proceeded by tuk tuk to our host’s house to begin preparation and cooking for lunch.

Well explained hands on experience. We made coconut Sambal coconut roti and a mix of chicken and vegetable curries.

A way to get a local feel and a feel for local culture. This is the activity to do. Would highly recommend.
Written February 22, 2020
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Wandru
5 contributions
Aug 2019
Having booked this class last summer (apologies for the delayed review, Nim!), I can confirm that the high ratings below are justified. Nim is a thoughtful and accommodating host, the kitchen facilities were excellent and the market tour insightful. I would, and have, highly recommended this class to friends visiting Colombo.
Written February 20, 2020
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Hiro K
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was an amazing and joyful experience to know and understand the way of cooking Srilankan Curry.
I strongly recommend this work shop, even you are not experienced with cooking nor eating curry, it will be a memorable moment at this place!
Written February 17, 2020
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Sakiko
1 contribution
Feb 2020
The goal of my trip to Sri Lanka was to enjoy Sri Lankan curry. So it was a great experience to go to the market and make curry in Nim's cooking class.
I had a lot of fun talking with the people I experienced together and being able to exchange different cultures.
Written February 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shannon K
6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This cookery class was very informative, during the market walk I learnt a lot about the local fruits, vegetables and spices that are native to Sri Lanka, we got ingredients to use for the cookery class whilst there. During the cookery course I learnt lots of traditional techniques and sampled local cuisine that I hadn’t tasted yet. Worthwhile and would recommend.
Written February 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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KatharinaAmmersee
KatharinaAmmersee
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Perfect way to spend a day in Colombo
It was an awesome tour with lots of different food. Everything was included and you can also suggest food that you
KitSuffolk_UK
KitSuffolk_UK
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Wonderful introduction to Sri Lankan cuisine
Our excellent food tour was good preparation for the rest of our holiday. We started at 4.00 pm, by which time it
Jessica W
Jessica W
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Great experience
Nim is very knowledgeable about the local cuisine. My family, including a 5 year old, took the market tour and cook
334emmam
334emmam
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Excellent Food Tour in Colombo
Excellent pre visit communication from our guide Nim who met us promptly where agreed. We spent a wonderful 5 hours
HallAmelia
HallAmelia
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Food Experience in a Great Neighbourhood
The tour guide, the activities, the place, the food, and the people - everything is great! The trip itinerary was i
Helenapir
Helenapir
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Very Good Experience
If you love cooking and visited Sri Lanka, this must be on your top list of places to visit. The cooking class was
Mirbekasanov
Mirbekasanov
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10/10
Fantastic Experience. Excellent guide, wide varieties of food and we loved seeing the neighborhoods too. By the end
HectorGuaraco
HectorGuaraco
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PERFECT Combination
We booked the morning tour with Nim. Every single food item we tasted was fantastic. Nim has really done a great jo
JenniferCameron
JenniferCameron
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All around great evening!
While in Colombo, my husband and I did a food tour with the Rustic team. We stopped several places and there are mo
EnrikaLudwig
EnrikaLudwig
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Come hungry and Leave happy
It was an excellent decision to join this tour. I actually wished I went on the tour on my first day instead of my
Jasonlow99
Jasonlow99
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We went hungry and left full !
Just did our second food tour in Sri Lanka. I would say this is the best in every aspect ! Nim is a talented, dedic
Denurt
Denurt
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Market shopping and cooking with Nim
Outstanding service provided by Nim from the pickup and return to our hotel in Colombo, shopping for the ingredient
Alejandro687s
Alejandro687s
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Beyond Expectation
Indeed, the tour went beyond our expectation. We walk through the city where local history was involved and tasted
AlienaSt
AlienaSt
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ALL kinds of delicious food
We thoroughly enjoyed the gourmet food walk with Nim and learned some interesting facts we hadn't known before. the
clairmne
clairmne
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A wonderful birthday present
My husband surprised me on my birthday with Colombo Gourmet food walk done by Rustic tour guide team. We had an exc
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