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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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2 reviews
Reviewed 21 September 2015

Good coffee cake and tea. Nice to see local crafts and clothes being made. Crafts a. Little expensive for impulse buying. Would be nice to have some cheaper items for a memento.

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Thank UkPauline
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

Galle is quite stressful (do I go with galling? No I can't...) when you're not in the fort so finding this place not far from the train station is a nice bit of respite. Slightly on the high end side it does good chai and ginger tea. We didn't eat there but the food sounded very nice and we could... More 

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Thank Beth H
Shanghai, China
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015

If you find Galle a littel full on - too many tourists - too much bling then go search out the old railway cafe - a really refreshingly authentic option with a great mix of individual clothes (Ex Central StMartins owner) food and some antiques.

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Thank PatrickG888
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 June 2015 via mobile

We came for a coffee but as there is no decent coffee machine we decided to go for a tea. It was very average made quickly. It was served from plactic 0.4l cup. The decor and interior is very nice

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Thank Kuba N
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2015

Unfortunately we were unable to experience the food offering but we were honoured enough to meet Rasi and his wife Catherine who run the shop. Our holiday would not have been the same without the guidance of Rasi. What a truly warm-hearted and genuine human being. We hope that you too get a chance to visit such a treasure trove... More 

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Thank Penzel
London, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2015

A truly quirky place. The ground floor sells beautiful linen clothes and accessories and upstairs is the restaurant. It is very small, comprising of two sofas and a long table. Everything is cooked from scratch which I always like. We ate a Western lunch of a BLT and fries with a great view of the railway. By Sri Lankan standards... More 

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Thank CustardV
Moscow, Russia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2015

It' a tiny caffe with only two table. Situated on the first floor of the designers shop. Very delicious food . One of the best place in Sri Lanka. You have to visit it if you like to eat good and tasty food

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2015 via mobile

We stopped at this cafe for lunch on a day trip to Galle. The ground floor was full of beautiful handcrafted clothes and other items. The cafe upstairs was really charming and the food was very good! The staff were very friendly. Highly recommended!

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Thank RobynSmylie
London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2015

I was just wondering through the side streets en-route to the Supermarket and came across this gem!!! great place! I had the Ice-cream Coffee and a slice of Short-bread! bloody lovely, not overly cheap but you pay for what you get! very quirky interior/exterior! worth a visit I will be going back again!

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Thank Davidlloyd12
Montreal, Canada
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2015 via mobile

Absolutely incredibly good tuna, way better than any crappy seaside restaurant in Mirissa would cook, and even if it's expansive (900 rs a meal), it delivers. The salad that came with it was ok, but just because it's not my type (apples and tomatoes salad). A table gives on the railway station and is good for poeple watching !

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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 District  >  Galle
  • Phone Number: +94 77 626 3400

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