We stopped at the Royal Dutch Cafe for some afternoon tea after walking around Galle. It's a cosy little cafe with a great vibe. We had delicious coconut rottis and mango chutney with a pot of black tea. Everything on the menu is fairly priced and they don't add a hefty tax to the bill so it's up to you tip as you please. We also bought little trinkets for our flatmate, all of which were very reasonably priced.
The owner was super friendly and open to sharing his experiences with us. We had a lovely conversation about Galle and its history as well as the community there. When we said we were looking for a spices shop, the owner walked us to a small shop down the same street that had everything we wanted (and more! Ginger coffee anyone?) all at local prices.
We would definitely recommend this place for its authenticity and charm. So many of the cafes in Galle Fort are soulless but the Royal Dutch Cafe is a very welcomed exception.
-Love from Lebanon