Shopping in Sri Lanka can take many forms - from haggling with a handicraft-seller while sunbathing on the beach to choosing fruit from the traditional village store. Or enjoying the ambiance of a luxurious shopping centre in Colombo.
When it comes to shopping, there’s a lot more to Sri Lanka than merely Ceylon Tea! Plus there are great shopping malls in Colombo that help you pick up some truly memorable souvenirs.
Some of the main shopping malls are the Majestic City, Liberty Plaza, Marino Mall,Odel which is Sri Lanka’s best-known branded garment factory outlet. All these are classy departmental stores that feature clothes, accessories, jewelry, shoes, bags, cosmetics, homeware, tea, books, watches, sunglasses, chocolates and candy, toiletries, and a whole lot more including cafes, restaurants and juice bars where you can shop, dine and thrill with the ultimate shopping experience!
Very cheerful, colourful and creative designs grace the handmade artifacts grace the Barefoot Gallery in Colombo. You can pick up toys, notebooks bound in handloom fabrics, hand-painted wooden boxes, tote bags, 100% cotton clothes, costume jewelry, table linen and bed linen.
Sri Lanka offers a wide array of shopping items, the most recognized being gems, batik, tea, and handicrafts. The most popular items among tourists are handloom fabrics, leather products, reproduction antiques, jewelry and ceramics.
While Ratnapura is the most famous place to find gems, including blue sapphires, places like Galle is famous for antiques and lace, and in Beruwala and Bentota you can pick up items of cane and reed, brass artifacts, wood carvings and Batiks.
LAKSALA, the state owned gift and souvenir boutique offers the widest range of Sri Lankan handicrafts, tea, gems and other products at reasonable prices, at conveniently located island- wide stopovers. Witness the enthralling blend of meticulously handcrafted creations, specially sorted and packed tea & spices and a special collection of traditionally mined and cut Gems or a vast array of patiently handmade jewelry.