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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Empire Cafe is located close to one of the exits of the Temple of the Tooth, and we stopped in for a bite to eat after visiting the temple. The rooms are bright and airy with whimsical decor, and the food was tasty. Service...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 1234_10
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We ate such nice Sri-Lankan curries here! Our host Senaka helped us to eat it the food the traditional way (with the hands) and he gave us an unforgettable experience. The restaurant is good located besides the lake and seemed very hygienic (instead of some...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Marian d
Reviewed yesterday

I can't believe this place is right next to the Temple of the Tooth, and no one was in it! Wonderful service, we only had coffee and a cake and both were fabulous.. This place should be full all the time! Clean and smart, and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank helenaC4541JG
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After visiting the temple, I had tea break at The Empire cafe, and I am glad I did. I want to mention a special thanks to Renuke for her excellent service and keeping me company as I am a solo traveller. She made me want...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TheWajeeh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Everything was perfect and Saabetha was very nice and kind!!!The food was delicious!!! Thank u Sabeetha

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ines G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely service and lovely food. Peter was our server and he made a special effort to help us enjoy our meal.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Neil P
Reviewed 4 days ago

The main waiter is too tedious. There is no beer and wine... I would try another place... We have been forced to eat with our bare hands against our will.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 81gamaliell
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Would 110% recommend this restaurant to anyone. We went for dinner but the breakfast menu looked great too. Mac n cheese was a random choice for Sri Lanka but what we needed after a long bike ride and incredible!! Banana cake was also delicious, as...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank wozza1981
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good place to grab some food either for breakfast or dinner, with really nice staff. They also have quite good wifi.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Evvvia
Reviewed 4 days ago

My mate and I were here earlier on in the year (April) and months later, I'm still thinking about the meal we had there. We both had the local and lankan, it was delicious! Shame about the portions though, we'd spent about the same amount...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank AbesKay
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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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