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The Empire Cafe

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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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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was amazing. The presentation of the food and the cafe's style is very catchy and unique. I would only suggest some background music that suits the atmosphere. Apart from that, I will definitely be coming back here again. 👍🏾😎

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Thank Shafraz M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic location. Amazing food. Had the curry and rice. Delicious. Pasta carbonara was creamy. Would recommend.

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Thank Matthew C
Bern, Switzerland
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A really touristy place with average, overpriced food and drinks. There are many better options nearby.

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Thank Krigus
Black Mountain, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good Mac 'n Cheese, dreadful Fish and Chips. Thankfully, the management did not charge us for the Fish and Chips. The service was excellent.

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Thank Marlene V
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice place! Good for breakfast, coffee and lunch. Or when you fancy something other than curry :) Also they have some good salads and fresh juices or smoothies. Super yummm!

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Thank Fleur G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Pancakes are really good! I would definitely recommend them for a late breakfast! Coffee is also really good. They have a nice selection of smoothies too.

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Thank ek224
Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there for a drink and ice cream. Great location, fair prices and clean bathrooms. Ice cream was very good and staff was helpful.

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Thank karimanis
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Curry is not as good as at other places. We arrived at 7pm and had to wait approx. 20 minutes. Busy place with lot of tourists...

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Thank Arnoud d
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the Empire Cafe on our first day on Kandy. The location is very easy to find and it's near the Tooth tample. We ordered two sri lankan local food. The taste was just average and nothing spectular. The rice was a bit hard but the potatoes was quite good. The staff quite friendly. Overall just average.

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Thank Herman a
York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lovely food, good service and choice of menu, and reasonable prices. Certainly the best place we found in kandy and returned many times

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6
Cuisine
American, Cafe, European, Asian, Vegetarian, Sri Lankan, Fusion
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?