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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Curry, cuttlefish, noodles, juices all excellent. Very nice staff and great ambience. Good prices too Well done. Will return

Thank WilliamCH88
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw Empire Cafe on the list of top restaurants in Kandy, but we didn't really plan to go there. We ended up grabbing a bite when we were starving, and I'm so glad we did! Fresh and delicious wraps and refreshing juices were just...More

Thank bethporter08
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommend this place, ate here a few times in 3 day trip to Kandy. Staff were friendly, tea and food great

Thank MargieB494
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place to have lunch or dinner, away from the traffic, in an beautiful building. The mac and cheese was delicious, and their dessert Halapa was a wonderful discovery. And last but not least: I got served by Imran, a polite young man, who serves...More

Thank Wesley S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First stop in Kandy! It is across the Temple of the Tooth, lovely place and good food. The waiter Imran gave us great tips and he is very kind.

Thank Marcu A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food and service were great. Sabeetha was our server and she got every order right and we were very picky (no sugar, no salt, no cheese, etc...). We had Singapore noodles and a salad both were well priced and delicious

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is DELICIOUS. Service was not great, but decor is excellent and food is amazing. Definitely definitely would return again and again!!

Thank heathk7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this cafe! Really cool interior and you can sit outside near the temple entrance. I had the slow veg wrap for lunch, yum! I then went back for dinner and had the Kandy King salad, which was really really good! Shakes and coffee are...More

Thank Karen_Ireland2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful meal here tonight. I had the tuna wrap and my fiancée,the curry and rice. Both were very tasty and good value. We’ve been in Sri Lanka for almost two weeks and this is definitely one of the best meals I’ve had....More

Thank Jules_gem1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a great meal. Had the curry, mac and cheese, and empire salad and all were amazing. The experience was made even greater by the lovely staff who are so knowledgable about the dishes and friendly. Senaka, our server, was so charismatic and friendly. He...More

Thank RyanDelSol
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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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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