Galle Fort was initially built by the Portuguese in 1588 and was subsequently fortified by the Dutch from 1649 onwards. The beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site is a mesh of cultures from Portuguese, Dutch and Sri Lankan influences, as well as the influences of the many traders and travellers that passed through the shores of Galle. Architecture, food, the views and atmosphere make this a hotspot for tourists – families, couples and solo travellers combined. Some of the top restaurants in Galle are within the walls of the Fort as well.

The Galle Fort restaurants are unique, eccentric, welcoming and range from homey to luxury dining. Here is a list of the best places to eat in Galle:

The Tuna and the Crab

This restaurant is a mix of Japanese culinary traditions and Sri Lankan seafood cuisine. Located in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, this restaurant serves some of the best crab dishes in the Fort. With fun, classical interiors and amazing food this place is not to be missed.

Poonie’s Kitchen

A seemingly hidden gem on Pedlar’s Street, this little hippy like cafe serves delicious lunch. It is a mesh of calming colours and natural beauty, with its own indoor pond with fish and unique and colourful art pieces on the walls. Wooden tables and chairs are the perfect setting for the simple and sweet menu that is made with local organic produce. This little eatery provides straws made of Papaya – can someone say sustainable.

AQUA Forte

One of the more elegant and luxurious dining spots in Galle, this beautiful authentic Italian restaurant is located on Leyn Baan Street within the Fort. The cuisine is a mix of traditional and modern Italian recipes made by an Italian chef named Roberto, who truly loves the work he does. It is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two or even family dining. It is also famous for its Italian wines which are imported directly from vineyards across Italy. Be sure to ask for pairing options with your food.

A Minute by Tuk Tuk

The best part of this eatery is of course the food, but also the view of the ocean that is sure to mesmerise. You can sit at the wooden tables, with a sea breeze blowing gently over you, as you enjoy some delicious Sri Lankan classics or the more Western foods like burgers, pastas and salads. Be sure to try the prawn curry with the local bread.

The Heritage Cafe And Bistro

With a slogan that says “Where art and food combine” this restaurant gives you amazing food in beautiful settings. Right from the get-go the decor is unique and artistic and the food spans the globe with Asian, Middle-Eastern, European, Australian and other cuisines included. Try their coffee too, you won’t be disappointed.

So get down to Galle and enjoy the best in cuisine, history and views of the ocean on offer. A holiday to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a visit to this iconic location.

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