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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • 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 yesterday via mobile

Our group of 4 had travelled by train from Ella and by the time we got to eat here at around 3pm this was our first meal of the day apart from train snacks. We were starving and were excited to eat our meals as...More

Thank LissaCairns
Reviewed yesterday

We actually had both lunch and dinner at this place. Great food and fantastic Milkshakes and juices. Try the Mango, Passion Fruit, Lime Milkshake. It's in an old shop house so it has a great feel to it, and next door to Temple of the...More

Thank PetterGulli
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great food with nice service. The souvenir shop has some nice stuff, the profit goes to charity. The food was delicious!

Thank Sabien P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were brought to this cafe by our driver/guide on our tour around Kandy. I had a very nice meal of chicken Caesar salad and our friends had curry which they thoroughly enjoyed. The service was very good and a nice central location.

Thank Deryn H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband & I enjoyed a bite to eat here after visiting the temple of the tooth. The location is a great spot to people watch & the staff were so friendly & happy. We had the vegetable wrap & iced tea & both were...More

Thank Aussie_Pearl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recommended this place by other travellers. The Sri Lankan curry was good, as were the juices and tea. Place catered mainly for tourists, as with many places in Kandy. Some nice postcards and posters for sale also. Good value for money.

Thank Conor H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff at Empire Cafe were very friendly. The food was pretty good. My wife had Mac n Cheese while I had rice and chicken curry. The chicken was very small and tough but there was a generous amount of side portions that made up...More

Thank POC-CW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right by Temple of the Tooth Relic (by the flower sellers) this in a funky old building spruced up downstairs. A bit of an escape from the people and the traffic. Really popular with European tourists - mix of local and European food options. Curries...More

Thank Mal_Hudson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good looking, charming place with great food and drinks. Their ice tea was excellent. They also have a selection of artsy retro posters and postcards.

Thank mikaelwehner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Due to the reviews we headed here for lunch. In our experience it was very over hyped. The staff are friendly and the food is alright. The highlight was my husbands local Kandy ' bread curry' - my daughters and i had the much talked...More

Thank karen b
ManorHouseConcepts, Owner at The Empire Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

May I suggest you have reviewed the wrong place? For clarification - we do not have "bread curry" on the menu - we do not serve "beef" burgers nor our chicken or veggie burgers with cheese - the full menu and WIFI were both available...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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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