Since the conclusion of the Civil War that spanned over three decades, the island nation of Sri Lanka has just begun to heal and progress towards developing infrastructure across the country. While numerous infrastructure projects have taken place, the most important of them being the Mattala International Airport, the Hambantota Port and the Colombo-Matara Expressway, development projects have also been underway in Colombo. These include the Port Expansion project and beautification projects across the city and especially in Fort. Such projects have also encouraged private investments in the area and numerous mixed-use development projects such as the up and coming One Galle Face are making its way into the cityscape of Colombo. Thanks to these infrastructure projects, Colombo is rapidly gaining a reputation for being the premier shopping destination in the country. Shopping in the city is now a thoroughly enjoyable pastime.

Retail therapy is undoubtedly one of the most preferred ways of unwinding and relaxing after a hectic week. Good news is, the retail options in Colombo, especially in terms of clothing, are only getting better. Colombo is currently witnessing a surge of retail stores with designer wear and couture collections. Incidentally, for those who wish to visit an all-in-one-store, ODEL, located near the National Hospital is an excellent choice for patrons. Here, a myriad of options are available; from clothing, accessories, shoes, gifts to a host of other items. For one’s clothing needs, a good number of retail stores are accessible. Kelly Felder is a local brand that has made its mark and hosts its flagship store on Galle Road. Stylish boutique stores namely G-Flock & Barefoot ,are other options along Galle road., while other retail outlets such as Avirate, Abstract, Beverly Street and Cool Planet are all located within close proximity.

Colombo is also home to a number of Malls such as Majestic City, Liberty Plaza and Independence Arcade, all of which house retail outlets as well as multiplex cinemas. Therefore conclude a day of shopping in Colombo with the latest movie being screened, or indulge in a well deserved meal at one of the many exclusive restaurants in the city.

Varuna Dayaratne is a creative nomadic travel writer, writing under the pen name, Damon Starky. He is well informed and experienced on a wide range of interests that would connect to the needs of any type of traveler.