The latest addition to Colombo’s high-end shopping experience, Arcade Independence Square is a complex of colonial style buildings housing a host of facilities for dining, entertainment, and shopping. Located in Colombo 7, the Arcade is without a doubt, mesmerizing. Designers have given an elegant finish to the old buildings touching up to the minor details. It is cushioned on a beautiful green expanse and has outdoor sitting areas, promenades and fountains making it the prominent landmark in the city.

You have a number of options; both international and local brands are available including Levi’s, Nike, Amante, and Giordano if you are interested in shopping here. It’s home to many jewellery and restaurants such as TITAN, Stone ‘N’ String, Sen-Saal, PaanPaan, Tsukiji Uoichi, Toby’s Estate, The t-Lounge and Kaema Sutra. Not just for shopping, Arcade also has Ceylon Theatre’s Empire Cineplex for entertainment and adds to the number of ways one can enjoy their experience at Arcade. This place should be on your bucket list if you are planning to visit Colombo for vacation and be sure to base yourself in a Colombo city hotel such as the Mandarina Colombo set in the heart of the metropolis.

Parents need not worry when taking their children to Arcade even at night since it’s a high-security zone. The best time to visit this place is at night when lights lit up with the cold breeze, it’s as if you are in a totally different part of the world; the parking lot tend to get filled up especially during this time of the day too. It is one of the nicest places to hang out in Colombo whether to relish in the splendour of the site, dine or to get your daily dose of retail therapy, the Arcade Independence Square is a must visit attraction for tourists and locals alike.


Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+