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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“wraps” (50 reviews)
“swordfish” (10 reviews)
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8:30 am - 8:30 pmAll hours
American, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday

We went this restaurant after our visit to the Temple of the Sacred tooth relic in Kandy. The menu options are better than most restaurants in the locality but the prices are quite high in comparison. They serve Srilankan as well as European cuisine and...More

Thank Aditya_salian
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Can't praise this place enough. Lovely staff, convenient setting, good menu with normal pricing. Went back again 2 days in a row to get the Queen's Catch (swordfish with sweet potato mash and mango salsa -super tasty)

Thank Michael S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Although very westernised, sometimes you need it when travelling for a long time! The smoothies and the ice cream were just spot on (dont miss the home made ice cream!). Although it was a very busy night,we were alowed to get a table without having...More

Thank Chara A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place was a very welcome find after a long morning at the Temple of the Tooth and the streets and shops of Kandy . An interesting menu with a wide selection of options- as a family of 4 we had wraps, Asian salad nicoise...More

Thank Dorlcote
Reviewed 5 days ago

Spacious but busy. Crowded but bustling. The Empire Cafe attracts many but pleases few. One can see why. We visited this establishment after seeing the Dalada Maligawa(Temple of the Tooth Relic) nextdoor. Although staff were very friendly and polite, service was slow; party because the...More

Thank traVels_9415
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Probably the best cafè restaurant in kandy. We had breakfast and dinner here. Just one word: amazing!

Thank Riccardo O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I popped in for a cold drink and little snack while in Kandy after seeing it in the lonely planet. I had a fruit juice which was fine but the chocolate sundae was not delicious and very small. The service was not...More

Thank Kerrie K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a decent lunch. Try the veggie nudles or the burger, it's good. Not an out of this world-experience, but good, clean, polite and friendly! The service was nice. They where familiar with allergies and understood my requests.

Thank Gunn-Berit N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled across this place as we were on the hunt for food and it was the smell of the amazing meals that attracted us. I had the BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) sandwich which was very yummy. My boyfriend had the curry and...More

Thank Victoria B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there for our last dinner in Kandy. Very nice looking restaurant. A bit busy so the service was a bit slow. We ordered a bacon/avocado wrap and it was amazing! Would recommend😋

Thank Fjola Rakel O
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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 District  >  Kandy
  • Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870
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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