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The Old Railway Cafe

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42 Havelock Road | 42 havelock place, Galle, Sri Lanka
+94 77 626 3400
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived in Galle by bus and we looked around and only heard screaming people trying to sell (tuktuk or restaurant) or getting you on a bus. In desperate search of a place to eat we finally found this place by accident. It is small, but cozy. Food was really good (hamburger and chicken patties) and the staff really friendly.... More 

Thank Kenji en Rienek... E
Stockholm, Sweden
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

I ordered scrambled eggs and toasts. I got 2 of the thinest slices of bread I ever seen. Actually impressively thin (must have been cut with surgical tools). The Eggs didn't look very nice. For this, along with a cappuccino + a bottle of water I payed 1200 rupees. There are much better places to have breakfast within Galle fort... More 

Thank simon_aberg_sthlm
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

This is a quirky, clean, simple cafe close to the railway station in Galle. Downstairs sells women's clothes, made on the spot or locally, but supporting Sri Lankan designers. I loved seeing all the brown paper patterns hanging up in the sewing workshop. Upstairs is a clean kitchen area and two rooms, one with settees and homemade cushions; the other... More 

Thank lindsay_williams
Bangkok, Thailand
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We descended onto the Old Railway Cafe on the day before the Galle Lit festival, rather harried and hot, as we were dealing with the shambolic service at the beach hotel we were staying in: it had a million dollar location, but thats no guarantee of good service. The Railway cafe was a very welcome hidey hole away from the... More 

Thank Prasanna W
Sydney, Australia
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100 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We spent some time here while waiting for a train for a few hours. So glad we found it, it was a cute boutique cafe with good food and drinks and good wifi. Service was great, recommend it.

Thank Tammy T
Leon, Nicaragua
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Café is really close to the main bus and railway stations and it is a perfect stop for any tourist who had eaten too much rice and curry over a past few days/weeks and wants to taste an interesting merge of local and Western cuisine. It is for tourists, no doubt, but it´s cozy (a bit hipster-ish, even), the food... More 

Thank Deever
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We absolutely loved this cafe and would highly recommend it if you're looking for somewhere quiet to sit away from the hustle and bustle of Galle and enjoy some gorgeous food. The coffee was lovely, and we both really enjoyed our food. I'm not 100% sure how they cooked the scrambled egg, but it was the best I've ever had!... More 

Thank KatieM-Syd
Devon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

On an street with a row of random shops that sell anything from spare parts to stationary you arrive at this little oasis of charm and style. When you first walk in you are greeted with a fantastic array of beautiful, and some quirkily designed clothes all using stunning local fabrics and made by a charming girl called Catherine. Then... More 

Thank Jonathan S
New Delhi, India
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This place has some great juices. We had the house special, which included papaya, mint and passion fruits. Was delicious. Nice, cozy environ matches up well with the food. Worth a visit!

Thank Rajat_Dua_00
Fairlight, Australia
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34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Tucked away this little cafe/shop is a gem. The cakes are delicious and the coffe is good. The owner creates some beautiful clothes. Maybe a bit pricey by Sri Lankan standart, but they are designer pieces😊. The atmosphere is relaxed. Really enjoyed it.

Thank martine_grant

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Havelock Road | 42 havelock place, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Galle
  • Phone Number: +94 77 626 3400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?