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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for a quick refuel as we'd heard it was not to be missed from some people who had visited Galle earlier. The warm banana cake with ice-cream was incredible and the date-slice with banana and honey was outrageously good. The owners are so friendly and chatty and the decor is calm and contemporary - it feels like you're... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cafe literally has one table and a couple of sofas and the drinks all come out of old milk jars, but it all only adds to the character of this place. Rosi made us feel welcome and he was a very busy man indeed. In terms of it's location, it is literally a stone's throw from the railway station.... More 

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Thank Shan A
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We arrived in Galle by bus and we looked around and only heard screaming people trying to sell (tuktuk or restaurant) or getting you on a bus. In desperate search of a place to eat we finally found this place by accident. It is small, but cozy. Food was really good (hamburger and chicken patties) and the staff really friendly.... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2017

I ordered scrambled eggs and toasts. I got 2 of the thinest slices of bread I ever seen. Actually impressively thin (must have been cut with surgical tools). The Eggs didn't look very nice. For this, along with a cappuccino + a bottle of water I payed 1200 rupees. There are much better places to have breakfast within Galle fort... More 

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Thank simon_aberg_sthlm
London
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

This is a quirky, clean, simple cafe close to the railway station in Galle. Downstairs sells women's clothes, made on the spot or locally, but supporting Sri Lankan designers. I loved seeing all the brown paper patterns hanging up in the sewing workshop. Upstairs is a clean kitchen area and two rooms, one with settees and homemade cushions; the other... More 

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Thank lindsay_williams
Bangkok, Thailand
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

We descended onto the Old Railway Cafe on the day before the Galle Lit festival, rather harried and hot, as we were dealing with the shambolic service at the beach hotel we were staying in: it had a million dollar location, but thats no guarantee of good service. The Railway cafe was a very welcome hidey hole away from the... More 

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Thank Prasanna W
Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We spent some time here while waiting for a train for a few hours. So glad we found it, it was a cute boutique cafe with good food and drinks and good wifi. Service was great, recommend it.

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Thank Tammy T
Leon, Nicaragua
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Café is really close to the main bus and railway stations and it is a perfect stop for any tourist who had eaten too much rice and curry over a past few days/weeks and wants to taste an interesting merge of local and Western cuisine. It is for tourists, no doubt, but it´s cozy (a bit hipster-ish, even), the food... More 

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Thank Deever
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We absolutely loved this cafe and would highly recommend it if you're looking for somewhere quiet to sit away from the hustle and bustle of Galle and enjoy some gorgeous food. The coffee was lovely, and we both really enjoyed our food. I'm not 100% sure how they cooked the scrambled egg, but it was the best I've ever had!... More 

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Thank KatieM-Syd
Devon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

On an street with a row of random shops that sell anything from spare parts to stationary you arrive at this little oasis of charm and style. When you first walk in you are greeted with a fantastic array of beautiful, and some quirkily designed clothes all using stunning local fabrics and made by a charming girl called Catherine. Then... More 

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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
Child-friendly, Kids
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?