Odel is a small Shopping mall.. you can find almost everything here..
Shopping is known to be cheap in Colombo.. but this is not true from what i saw....in Odel, you can find lots of nice clothes,shoes..etc... but the prices are not low
Moment you clear Immigration & Customs, walk towards the exit. Just before the exit gate, look to your left. You will see kiosks of Dialog, Mobitel and Etisalat, next to one another. I chose Mobitel (LKR 200/- deposit + LKR 800/-talk time). LKR 4/- per minute to India. When your limit gets low, you can 'roload' your SIM card. Don't buy a fresh one, just 'reload' it with the requisite amount of LKR.
After you buy your SIM card, go to the Tourist counter (within the airport itself) and pick up your FREE copy of Sri Lanka map. Very useful.
You may also think of changing your currency while still inside the airport at the Bank of Ceylon counter.
What to pay: As per your requirement
Fun to have watched this 'seconds' T-shirt warehouse in Colombo 05, grow to its current status as THE place to shop, both for foreign tourists as well as the returning diaspora. Whether you are shopping for that unique souvenir, clothing, perfumes, shoes, sporting or home accessories, books, music, stationery, or an extra piece of luggage to get you back home; it is HERE!
Relax with lunch at their gourmet cafeteria, or just a drink at the wine bar. Just outside the front door is an Italian ice cream parlor!
You can engage a tuk-tuk to bring you, and then he will wait for you if you please; or there will always be another one hanging around the spacious parking lot.
There are also smaller ODEL clothing stores in other locations, such as MAJESTIC CITY.
What to buy: They have many unique items, such as their own design T-shirts, with elephants and other wild life, etc.
What to pay: Reasonable prices for the quality; unlike most other shops.
Its a little classy and definitely the most popular department store in Colombo with great interiors. Offers brand-name clothing at great prices and has everything you need in one shop.
What to buy: Accessories and jewelry, shoes, bags, cosmetics, home ware, sunglasses, tea, books, music, a hair salon, café, florist, watches, swimwear, winter clothing, sports wear, play section for kids, candy and chocolate store, bath products, sushi bar, plants and an excellent selection of Sri Lanka T-shirts. An Italian ice cream parlour is also present.
Definitely the place to go shopping while in Colombo.
What to pay: As I noted earlier, you must pay whatever they ask for!
There are so many ads for this shop, Barefoot, so you will probably end up here. They have very nice authetic hand-woven linens. The store is so bright in color just like the web-site. It was very expat focused rather than a tourist trap like Lakmedura (I hated that place).
We bought nice gifts here. Check it out. We went to the store on Galle Road. I believe there is one in the Fort.
BTW...ODEL'S is by far the best shopping as per the tips from other VT members. Thanks to them we did the best shopping there. Especially baby clothes as we are expecting our first baby!!
What to buy: Linens
Odel Unlimited has a huge selection of clothes and accessories at a very reasonable price.
What to buy: I bought one top from Miss Sixty, 3750 Rupees and Sri Lankan t shirts for my 3 housekeepers, it was 350 Rupees each. Also ended up having Il Gelato ice cream(100 Rupees for a cone, 80 Rupees for a cup), try the mango one, it's good!
Sri Lanka is well-known for the branded garment factory (ie. Gap, DKNY, George, etc). Before they're exported, you can buy those in Odel. The only difference is they cut the label - but same quality and design.
Housed in a beautiful old colonial building, this mall smartly combines the concept of shopping and leisure.
What to buy: Large variety of European/US labels, Summer / Winter, Ladies, Gents, Childrens garments.
What to pay: I bought 3 pcs branded ladies wear (1 pc party blouse, 1 pc business suit, 1 pc safari long dress) for only 20 USD!
the first shop just outside the mount lavinia hotel. there is a sticker from VTB-VAB. they have nice and cheap souvenirs and batik,,nice batik for around 900rps.
when i was there they were very correct and honest
Except for their book department, I think everything is unique to this shop; incuding Handmade toys, bags, clothes, handwoven fabric, sarongs, sarees and household linens.
On premises also is an art gallery and cafe.
They also have a shop at the Lighthouse Hotel in GALLE.
What to buy: Their batiks are world known; either clothes or decorations, bright colors, using cottage industry.
What to pay: Every item is unique, many are handmade.
You can order any kind of food, beverages or even grocery online with the KEELS SUPER.
The prices are very reasonable and they have many International brands available.
What to buy: Fruit Flavored Tea is my Favorite purchase there,
IMPRA Brand Tea Bags 6 assorted flavors Gift Pack (60 Tea Bags X 2 gram) for SLR500
What to pay: Fixed Prices,
Printed of Package
House of Fashion is a place you want to run into on a vacation. Shoppin so cheap that I cud have blown a hole in my pocket and still survive to enjoy the whole of Lanka. It has something for everyone.
Caps, speedos, casuar wear, luggage, womens clothing.
What to buy: Contemporary shopping, nothing ethnic here!! Hence it popular with both foreigners and locals of every strata of society. Huge collection at very affordable prices. Besides clothing, they have a large range of other items such as toys, sports goods, baby items, bath towels and mats, and even a greater choice for teenagers and adults. It is always a busy place but checkout is very fast and you cannot find a more affordable place
What to pay: You shud pay whatever they ask for...cos it cant get any cheaper
If cheapish clothes and B-grade knock-offs are what you are interested in, head to Odels, House of Fashion and Arena. These stores are the big ones, comfortable shopping environment with a decent selection of summer clothes and some winter odds and ends.
Looking for basic gifts for your minor staff from your tour of Sri Lanka, head to Paradise Road or Lakpahana. The goods are not nearly as refined and durable as you may like, but they do compensate by feeling genuinely rustic, like they were turned out by hand by some sad sack in the bad end of town. At Paradise Road you will find a curious mix of local handicrafts, soap, curtaining, tea, cheap Spanish glass wear along with a load of Chinese furniture! Pieces you can find on EBay for 1/4th the price. I found the cute colorful boxers of tea leaves quite acceptable.
All in all, if you are looking for really hi quality gifts for your loved ones back home, stick to the Blue Safire. Sri Lanka is deservedly known for possessing some of the worlds finest.
If you shop anywhere in Colombo-this should be it. It's full of wonderful home accessories, candles and other items. Plus they have a cafe on the second level. All housed in an old colonial building. If you arrive by guide, they may say to you this place is expensive-since they don't get commission here. There are things in all price ranges.
A place to shop for everyone in ur family, huge collection of children garments, very cheap and very nice, nice collection for female and men's clothing, some international brands available as well.
You can buy all flavours of dilmah tea here, plus if u r interested in aroma therapy, its a place u must visit.
and if u r hungry there is a cafe where u can have snack while sipping latte.
What to buy: Clothes, clothes and lots of clothes, and if u r interested in gems , srilanka is famous for sapphires, cheaper then anywhere alse.
All kinds of fruits are available, pineapple tastes more sweet in srilanka then any where else.
What to pay: Well u have to set a budget , otherwise its so tempting may be u will find ur self paying credit card bills for the rest of year after the trip.
Udayshanth Fernando's Paradise Road.
One of the finest shops for home decor & crockery. Prices are a bit on the high side, but quality merchandise. The food in their Gallery Café is awesome. Also check out the architecture of the building, by SL's leading architect Geoffery Bawa.
A must visit if you are in Colombo.
What to buy: Excellent glass and ceramics.
What to pay: A bit higher than prices and the regular stores.
But quality merchandise.