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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
08:30 - 20:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great cafe to eat at in Kandy. I loved the atmosphere. U was with a group of thirteen and The staff was very cooperative in getting a table for us. Service was a bit slow but food was great. We just ordered vegetarian. The cafe does offer a reasonable amount of veg options. The wraps and broccoli... More 

Thank DimpleAgrawal
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here in the afternoon for some wraps, juice, water and a desert. The wraps were fine - a four out of five. The juice with mixed coconut and lime was weird. Should have chosen sth else. The water was water but was the most expensive bottle I've seen in all of Sri Lanka. The quadruple chocolate cake was... More 

Thank Nicolai W
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small cafe but quirky. We had really good service. My husbands curry was great value, mine quite small for similar price. Nice puddings. Need to remember they close at 8.30/9 pm.

Thank susann210
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Only stopped for a coffee after visiting the temple but I wished I was hungry because the food looked really good! Menu is mix of western and Sri Lankan with some great looking homemade ice creams and beverages. Prices are on the cheap side of anything for a place like this. Love the Sri Lankan take on vintage decor. And... More 

Thank clojo9
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We popped into Empire Cafe just for a drink and it was lovely. Would definitely return for food. Lovely smoothie - we had the passion fruit and mango and very friendly staff.

Thank Beth L
Estepona, Spain
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80 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here to get out of the sun and only had drinks. The smoothies were lovely and the waiter was friendly and polite. We saw food coming out which looked good as well.

Thank Amber L
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Starting off with the vibe: the place looked quite different from many other places in Kandy. It creates the illusion that it's a café with an ambience that serves good food and coffees; and is a great place to chill. There's nothing bad about the interior deco but it's not great either. Having said so, that's where the praise ends... More 

Thank travellingbroke
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading so much about this place, we were so happy to finally arrive there and seated under a fan. We asked for water while going through the menu and asked it 4 times before we were asked bottled?! Empire Breakfast and Chicken Burger were by far the better choices. The Empire Salad was an uneventful plate that were under... More 

Thank Ivy H
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great lunch here following a trip to Temple of the Tooth. Great food and service with modern surroundings all housed in a colonial building with terrace that's great for people watching.

Thank skelly71985
Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent location near the tooth temple with reasonable prices and absolutely amazing food and drinks. Quick and friendly service and excellent quality WiFi.

Thank Joni O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy
  • Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870
Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This restaurant in Kandy is ideal place to relax in an iconic building overlooking a UNESCO heritage site. Open all day and serving quality coffee and teas, smoothies, juices, breakfast, salads, Sri Lankan curry, soups, delicious sandwiches, pasta, cakes and snacks.

Free WIFI and TV.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?