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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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“salad” (56 reviews)
“wraps” (51 reviews)
Open Now
8:30 AM - 8:30 PMAll hours
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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1 - 10 of 690 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Despite the early close and almost empty restaurant we had a lovely meal with a nice variety of dishes on the menu. The food could be described as a western/ Sri Lankan fusion not like anything we had come across so far. Staff were friendly...More

Thank Olivia B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Delicious food, good service and perfect location. Overall great restaurant - would definitely recommend

Thank Holly M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, the decor in this place is great. It’s very stylish and they have really put the effort in. I found myself spending time looking over the old movie posters which were great. The service was very good. They were very friendly and quick. The...More

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think the restaurant is quite targeted towards the tourism trade but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It was a nice place to relax for a bit. The curry was delicious. It was nicely decorated. The juice was amazing! It’s right by the temple...More

Thank Pow84
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose to eat here based on the review in the lonely planet. This place is clearly popular with tourists and was busy when we visited. The food was reasonable and the smoothies we had were lovely. The staff and service was very good

Thank Pete F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here before the temple. The food was ok my avocado wrap was nice however my partner had a cheese toasted sandwich which he didn't enjoy. The food was quite pricey compared to other places we have eaten however the surroundings were nice. The...More

1  Thank LynseyUK55
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing lunch served by a fantastic waitress Sinduja! Lunch was affordable and delicious! They were very helpful even with the language barrier!

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the Empire Cafe for lunch after visiting the temples in the morning. First, the decor of the cafe (inside) is really nice and relaxing - perfect for a break between Kandy's attractions. Second, the food was actually tasty. Sri Lankan wrap was...More

Thank LoveTheGoodFood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my first salad in 2weeks here! It was great and they also made super tasty juices! The place was conveniently located next to the temple of the tooth and had a great vibe to the restaurant

Thank Jodz1511
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We actually went here after a bout of sickness and were very grateful for the clean well prepared food. Would recommend it as one of the best we had in Kandy. A bit pricey though.

Thank Kerryls
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
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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