Shopping in Colombo
Infuse Your Wardrobe with Some Local Flavour
When considering a holiday in a tropical climate, a new wardrobe is an absolute must. What better way to upgrade one’s wardrobe than to indulge in purchasing some of the traditional and unique clothing and attire that is commonplace in one’s holiday destination? When travelling to Sri Lanka, the island’s coastal belt hosts a tropical climate that makes water sports a true delight to partake in, while the central highlands are home to a soothing and cool climate where tourists can relax and unwind in the midst of peaks and valleys covered with the greenest of tea plantations.
For those who wish to explore the commercial capital of Colombo from the comfort of one of the multitude of Colombo hotels, shopping to suit the tropical climate is a breeze. While hotels such as the Cinnamon Grand Colombo offer easy access to small boutique clothing outlets that sell traditional attire such as batiks and sarongs (which will add some Sri Lankan flavour to your wardrobe), the capital is replete with malls, department stores, boutiques and shops of local designers.
From the recently established shopping precinct at Dutch Hospital and Colombo Racecourse to the clothing outlets that have been there for ages, such as ODEL, Cotton Collection, Glitz, shopping in Colombo is restricted only by one’s budget. For tourists, however, shopping locales such as Dutch Hospital and Colombo Racecourse would be of interest for its architecture as well. Those who wish to add a unique item to their wardrobe can opt for a designer made clothing item from local designers such as Buddhi Batiks, Yolande Aluwihare or INDI. However, while Colombo is replete with clothing outlets, the city also hosts a number of excellent bookstores, such as Expographic Books, Vijitha Yapa Bookshops, Sarasavi and M.D. Gunasena.
Therefore, shopping in Colombo is reined in only by one’s interest and budget, and is the perfect place to expand your wardrobe with some traditional local clothing.
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.