Kandy Market Hall

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Jehan A
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia8 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Please don’t waste your money at the spice garden like I did! Go directly to this market you can buy spices, yoga pants, silk scarves and so much more. You need to haggle. It is about 1/2 the list price. It is a fun experience.
We bought so much stuff we needed to buy an extra duffel bag which luckily they also sell 😄
Some comments store 1 is great they have beautiful silk scarves and will give a good price.
Store 42 has great quality spices, creams and incense sticks reasonable prices.
On the 2nd floor store 201 has great yoga pants, beautiful marble elephants and they accept credit cards!
Don’t miss out!
Written March 13, 2022
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Patrícia S
Coimbra, Portugal14 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Going to the market hall was one of the most genuine experience that we had. Moreover, there you can buy fruit, spices and souvenirs for the best price! It’s full of locals and tells you are on the right spot.
We had an amazing experience in shop 28 with Rishard who explained to us all the different types of spices and teas. He extremely welcoming.
Overall if you are looking for a genuine experience and to buy souvenirs or food for a good price this is the place to come!
Written June 11, 2022
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Emily
O'Fallon, IL7 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This is a fun place to see all the trinkets but you will get ripped off—the salesman are VERY good at haggling. If you REALLY want good tea and spices and the local rate, walk Colombo street between Kotugodella Veediya and Yatinuwara Veediya. That’s where you’ll find the good stuff.
Written March 23, 2022
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Michela
5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Amazing shop and Rishard is really nice and helpful! He offers products that are similar to those of the spice garden, but with lower prices! He’s focusing on customer service, without being pushy. You can find all you need. Recommend this place!
Written January 28, 2020
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Mieke M
1 contribution
Mar 2021
Ranjana's Tourist Store Kandy, shop nr 201,202, 1st floor
What a great surprise. Ranjana's shop in Kandy Market Hall has some really nice merchandise. A correct price, and a very nice, sweet service from Salvem and his wife Priya. My husband had a lot of yoga clothes made to measure and I bought nice pants and had some dresses made to measure. Perfectly made and very fast. We went in 2015 and 2016 and I now know that if I came back to Sri Lanka my first stop would definitely be with Salvem and Priya again. Mieke and Urbain
Written February 6, 2022
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ditsywitsy
Torquay, UK511 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
Visited the market halls with express purpose of buying some quality vanilla beans. The beans on display in the stalls surrounding the quadrangle were poor quality - 10 beans per pack and priced at around the same level of Rs300 a pack. One stall holder took pity on me and pointed me to another stall saying that they had what I wanted. True enough, the owner of this stall did produce when pressed some large plump "A" grade (prime gourmet between 15-18 cm long) beans. His price - non negotiable - was Rs100 each which in my mind was reasonable in such a sellers market. We also bought half a dozen great mangos - after being offered a taste of several types - which we took back to the Kandy Cottage.
Written December 2, 2012
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Andrius L
London, UK63 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Nr 42 shop only!

Found it by reading reviews on trip advisor Richard is an amazing guy - you will get answer for everything you are asking. Was pretty hard to find it but that's why I will upload his photo so everyone can recognise him. Nice little shop with loads of tees, coffees and other thingies. When you will come to the market other guys will try to block you and suggest to go to their shop but just find the way to shop 42!
Compliments!
Written October 16, 2019
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Paul Legate
St Ives, UK20,064 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
Kandy Market Hall is a public municipal market which is close to the clock tower in the centre of the city. The market is spread over two floors with a central inner courtyard with landscaped gardens of which I have never come across anything like before. The market was busy getting on with its day when I visited with stalls selling everything from and everyday necessities to the more unusual. It is a unique market and one not to be missed whilst in Kandy.
Written December 3, 2017
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Richard B
Plymouth, UK142 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
We like a market.
UK or elsewhere, they are usually worth the time to take a look.
This is the second Sri Lankan one we've been to, the previous one in Negombo, and the sights, smells, and sounds are an assault on the senses.
You'll hardly be able to pass a single stall without an invitation to buy.
It doesn't matter that you don't want spices, or that the carved wooden elephant would put you over the airline weight limit, the vendors will be on the attack!
It's mostly friendly banter: "Where you from?" "We can do you a great price!" "Lovely leather bag, sir?" and a firm "No, thank you." is usually sufficient. They are often VERY persuasive though, so be aware.
We found a great upstairs outlet selling local fabric. I bartered my way to a great deal on material to make into a bed throw and cushion covers, but my wife had spotted a gorgeous blue and gold sari that she needed for a wedding later in the year, so that was that!
My mission then was to get a couple of wall hangings thrown in, which was managed (if you don't ask, you don't get..!) and we left the outlet some 8000 rupees lighter. [This equates to around £40, and is a fraction of cost in Europe!]
Immersing in the local experience is a great way of finding souvenirs and providing you keep your wits about you, you can spend as much and as little as you want.
Enjoy!

Written May 8, 2017
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Bissan A
101 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
After looking at many souvenir shops and Laksala's I was feeling dejected because I couldn't find a shop to buy decent souvenirs without being ripped off. This is my second trip to Sri Lanka so I had a good idea about prices.

My last stop was at this market to check out Jayamali Batik on the second floor of the market. While he did have beautiful batik of very high quality I wanted something less pricey. He pointed me to a Ranjana's.

I walked into the unassuming shop, no. 201 and 202 and felt I was I hit the jackpot. I purchased a large mask dyed with natural dyes and many wood carvings, batik table cover, simple dress and two batik head covers, snow globes etc. All for USD 190.

Selvam, the owner, helped me a lot along with his wife. They were friendly, honest and sweet.

Please visit them if you are ever in the Market!
Written October 30, 2016
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