Kandy attracts thousands of tourists a year, and there are some great places to eat at, for a reasonable price. While there are famous merchants such as KFC, Pizza Hut, and Burger King, there are some other places you may want to have a visit.
Please note that the service of some of these places may be limited due to the pandemic. And face masks are mandatory to visit any shop in Kandy, and in anywhere else in Sri Lanka.
Kandy Bake House
Kandy Bake House is a good hotel in Kandy situated on the Dalada Veediya, the main road leading to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Their food is clean, and the service is not bad either. They serve a wide variety of short eats as well as rice and curry. In addition they have other menus such as Chinese food. Their main meals may range from 600 upwards while the short eats would be around LKR 50 upwards. Unlike the before pandemic era, now you are served only what you order, when you order short eats. You are not served a plate of items to choose from, due to Covid19 precautions.
Devon Restaurant is situated on the same street facing the Bake House, and is very much similar in price range and atmosphere, although the Bake House has a slightly higher reputation for being in food business for a very long time.
The Muslim Hotel
The Muslim Hotel at the clock tower end of the same street is known for their cheese koththu, a dish tasted and sought after by many locals as well as foreigners. The also serve excellent Biryani for those who love spicy food
Sri Ramya Hotel .
If you are looking for a clean place but with affordable food prices then Sri Ramya Hotel adjoining the Bake House could be the place you are looking for. They serve delicious food at comparatively cheaper prices, and their service is commendable too. You can taste Sri Lankan as well as Chinese food items at the Sri Ramya Hotel at reasonable prices. The place could be a little bit busy most of the times but again, that’s a good sign of their popularity.
Close to the Temple of Tooth, facing the Queen’s Hotel, you will find the Pizza Hut if you are a lover of pizza. But there are several other privately owned pizza joints in Kandy that serve high quality pizza of all tastes and styles. There are 2 more Pizza Hut outlets on Katugastota Road and on Peradeniya Road. As typical in Pizza Hut restaurants in Sri Lanka, the space is highly limited in all these outlets, and therefore if you hope to eat a meal peacefully without many others looking at you until you finish eating, then Pizza Hut may not be for you.
KFC, Burger King, and more
Now, if your taste is where chicken is, then Kandy has KFC and Burger King outlets on Dalada Veediya. KFC is facing the Bake House while Burger King is located in the Kandy City Centre which is the building adjoining the KFC. Kandy City Centre is a shopping mall with Burger King on the top floor, and the Roots fruit juice station and Basking Robbins at the lower ground level. There are a few more shops that would sell you short eats and sweets although there is no seating at those shops on the lower ground floor.
Queen’s Hotel also has a restaurant which serves good food at affordable prices, and the place is very popular among tourists. You can find it on the ground floor of the hotel building with entrance from the long corridor. They have preserved the “Kandyan atmosphere” in the restaurant while a variety of cuisines offered on a normal day, although currently the pandemic may have limited the choices on the menu.
But the best of all places, there is a gem of a spot that offers you clean food cooked right before you, for the cheapest prices available anywhere. Named Hela Bojun, this is an initiative of the Department of Agriculture that brings traditional Sri Lankan food made with fresh ingredients at a very affordable price. Today this place has become very popular among tourists who never miss a chance to taste the authentic food of Sri Lanka. The place is hard to notice although it is one of the easiest to find. Here is the location:
Apart from the ones we have mentioned here there are many other eateries that sell you excellent food although you must be cautious to find the right place. Otherwise you might end up eating unclean food at very high prices.
There are some fancy restaurants for fine dining but their costs are usually what you would pay in a European country. I will recommend some good coffee shops in another article later.