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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This cute little cafe is modern and comfy. The menu offers both local and western food. The coffee is the best we have had in Kandy. It's a great location, close to the lake and temple. Staff are accomodating and friendly, special thanks to our...More

Thank Rachel D
Reviewed 3 days ago

An atmospheric little place with an interior that I imagine hasn't changed much in 100 years. Staff were great, very friendly and chatty, but knew when to move on. We are in here a couple of times and had coffees, milk shakes and a very...More

Thank Azurian
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went there for dinner. Very clean and modern place, decent service and good food. We went on a weekday night and walked in. Kids had the teriyaki chicken burger and we had some wraps, all good food. Only thing is no alcohol as it is...More

Thank Clairin
Reviewed 5 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 1 week 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
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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