Pettah

Pettah, Colombo: Address, Phone Number, Pettah Reviews: 3.5/5

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Jepro
Vantaa, Finland178 contributions
Feb. 2022
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Halusimme päästä perinteisen basaarin tunnelmaan ja ostamaan tuliaisia. Sen sijaan jouduimme keskelle kaaosta, jossa väkisin yritetään myydä ja sanaa ei ei ymmärretä. Turistit ovat kadonneet ja asiakkaista pulaa, joten tavara on pölyistä ja likaista ja hinnat taivaissa. Samoja tuotteita saa esim. pikkukylistä edullisemmin ja mukavammalla tavalla ostettuna.
Very crowded dirty place, where sellers are trying their best and don't listening word no at all. Products are dirty and old because turists are away. Go small villages and buy same products from there in same price but much nicer people.
Written 25 February 2022
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Sweekruth BP
Bengaluru, India145 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
Offcourse it's heaven for Cheap stuff. You should go there especially if you love street shopping be it clothes, electronics, sweets, eateries etc. You don't have to buy, just walk around and your eyes will glitter automatically seeing all the stuff.

Btw click pics at the very famous Red Mosque. It's beautiful. Have a sweet or two at Mumbai Sweets ( no idea why they named stores after Mumbai)
Written 12 January 2022
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LizzyLeeton
Leeton, Australia624 contributions
Feb. 2020
A really good experience but not sure if it could also be described as enjoyable. There is a mass of humanity fighting for their own spot as they try to buy bargains off stall holders. Tryto avoid the middle of the day.
Written 6 March 2020
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Silversaint
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We had heard so much about the floating market that we tried to go on 2 different days only to fins it not there. Very disappointing.....
The street market is worth a look and has many different stalls and is very colourful
Written 25 February 2020
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Kate R
Windsor, UK756 contributions
Jan. 2020
An amazing place, everything you could possibly need to buy is available in this market, a brilliant few hours spent exploring on foot.
The range of fruits and vegetables available was awesome. We saw piles of Wood apples which smell like blue cheese, but taste like sour tamarind pulp. if you are brave enough sample them - Made into a wood apple fruit shake, they can be excellent.
Written 16 February 2020
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Dani C
Boston, MA157 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We got up early and took a tuktuk to the Pettah Market, as we are always intrigued by these local shopping experiences. Pettah is spread out over several blocks and is very busy with anything you could possibly ever want for sale. There is an open air vegetable and fruit section, which was cool, but we struggled to find food vendors and ended up eating in one of the small deceptively named “hotel” restaurants, which was fine, but nothing special. A fine morning spent, nosing around, but wouldn’t have missed it.
Written 10 February 2020
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Catherine L
Adelaide, Australia220 contributions
Jan. 2020
We came through Pettah as part of a walking tour. We were there on a Sunday, so not all the stalls were open but it was still reasonably busy. Each street within the 'market' sells different items such as fabrics, clothing, cleaning products, plastic flowers and fresh produce. The fresh produce market was amazing, offering pineapples, bananas, pumpkins etc, dried fish and fresh herbs such as curry leaves.
Written 23 January 2020
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uzmelissa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates142 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Family
Be ready to enjoy Asian street style market,shopping and stores and fully crowded people on roads.and speak loud so you can not hear your friend. Nice a couple of times on there
Written 15 January 2020
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Saibal S
San Francisco, CA2,243 contributions
Dec. 2019
We came here to look at the mosque and loved the street vibes. I purchased the pickled fruits and palm jaggery. Lots of cafes here and stores selling everything that you may want.
Written 2 January 2020
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia5,934 contributions
Oct. 2019
This was a walk-through experience of the bazaar; crowded, noisy, hawkers extolling the virtue of their wares, it's colourful, you can buy just about anything here, although unsure of the quality. The varieties of fruit and vegetables were mesmerizing, the dried fish had a very pungent smell, clothing, electronics, DVD's that work in your country Sir. I've forgotten most of the information imparted by our guide, too much overload. If you visit Colombo, Pettah Bazaar is a must, even if only to rub shoulders with the locals and just look at the array of produce on sale.
Written 23 November 2019
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