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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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American, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here for a late lunch just before visiting the Temple of the Tooth. It's directly opposite the entrance so easy to find. The staff were very welcoming and the menu was a mix of snacks and mains, western and Asian. We had a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was well received by us after site seeing in Kandy. Tasty selection of Sri Lankan food, efficient service and good value. Only let down, the don't share the true history of the building with you.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our group of 4 had travelled by train from Ella and by the time we got to eat here at around 3pm this was our first meal of the day apart from train snacks. We were starving and were excited to eat our meals as...More

1  Thank LissaCairns
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We actually had both lunch and dinner at this place. Great food and fantastic Milkshakes and juices. Try the Mango, Passion Fruit, Lime Milkshake. It's in an old shop house so it has a great feel to it, and next door to Temple of the...More

1  Thank PetterGulli
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food with nice service. The souvenir shop has some nice stuff, the profit goes to charity. The food was delicious!

1  Thank Sabien P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were brought to this cafe by our driver/guide on our tour around Kandy. I had a very nice meal of chicken Caesar salad and our friends had curry which they thoroughly enjoyed. The service was very good and a nice central location.

1  Thank Deryn H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I enjoyed a bite to eat here after visiting the temple of the tooth. The location is a great spot to people watch & the staff were so friendly & happy. We had the vegetable wrap & iced tea & both were...More

1  Thank Aussie_Pearl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended this place by other travellers. The Sri Lankan curry was good, as were the juices and tea. Place catered mainly for tourists, as with many places in Kandy. Some nice postcards and posters for sale also. Good value for money.

Thank Conor H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff at Empire Cafe were very friendly. The food was pretty good. My wife had Mac n Cheese while I had rice and chicken curry. The chicken was very small and tough but there was a generous amount of side portions that made up...More

1  Thank POC-CW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Right by Temple of the Tooth Relic (by the flower sellers) this in a funky old building spruced up downstairs. A bit of an escape from the people and the traffic. Really popular with European tourists - mix of local and European food options. Curries...More

1  Thank Mal_Hudson
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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 District  >  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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