Some may get that surge of adrenaline by taking part in extreme sports. Others may get this kind of rush behind the wheel enjoying the need for speed. Though for some this pulse pounding thrill will simply come from a day spent on a shopping spree! If you are a shopaholic heading to sunny Sri Lanka then you have a lot to look forward to when staying in the commercial capital, Colombo. From designer brands to traditional handicrafts and modern malls to bustling markets, the city offers plenty of opportunity for retail therapy.

Before beginning your shopping expeditions look to find accommodation which to base yourself at. A great choice would be to stay at centrally located boutique hotels in Colomboso you can easily plan your day out. Colombo Courtyard is an ideal choice in this regard, being located in the heart of the city and within easy reach of one of the most popular malls in the island; Majestic City.

Majestic City is a typical mall where you will find an eclectic array of items for you to choose from; clothing and fashion shops abound amidst this bustling building which is also home to shops selling footwear, electronic products, watches, phones, accessories and toys. There is a food court and a multi-screen cinema here too. Another popular mall would be the Crescat Shopping Centre where you will find more upscale products.

Fashionistas have much to look forward to as well. The main Odel Department Store is popular amongst locals and foreigners alike, offering local and designer brands. Charles Keith and Mango both have outlets in the city, while local stores such as Kelly Felder and GFlock feature attire for the fashion conscious shopper who may be budget conscious too! Also well known are House of Fashion and No Limit, stores that offer cheaper clothing options.

In search of more arty stuff or perhaps traditional souvenirs? Laksala is known for its many handicraft items and mementos where one can buy keepsakes of your holiday, while Barefoot is a wonderful place to buy products that have a distinct ‘ethnic’ feel to them. For something truly different head over to the area known as Pettah; explore its winding and chaotic streets full of character and where you will come across open air markets and bazaars selling ‘everything under the sun’ for a reasonable price too, depending on how well you can haggle!


Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.