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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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Overview
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“salad” (56 reviews)
“wraps” (51 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 20:30All hours
CUISINES
American, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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11 - 20 of 692 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my first salad in 2weeks here! It was great and they also made super tasty juices! The place was conveniently located next to the temple of the tooth and had a great vibe to the restaurant

Thank Jodz1511
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We actually went here after a bout of sickness and were very grateful for the clean well prepared food. Would recommend it as one of the best we had in Kandy. A bit pricey though.

Thank Kerryls
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very popular restaurant just across the street from the Sacred tooth temple, good mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, I tried the rice and curry

Thank BlrTravR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quirky art deco setting which serves tasty western style food, the burgers and wraps (with chips!) were a great, as was the cake. As it's so close to the temple they are not allowed to serve alcohol.

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had both lunch (shared mezze) and diner (burger and curry) at empire and both were very good! Service is really friendly and prices are fair. We can really recommend this place!

Thank Pim v
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I enjoyed this cute little café very much when I visited the Tooth temple in Kandy. Great food and juice options and excellent coffee. It's wonderful to sit both inside and outside. And of course the location is excellent right next to the temple and...More

Thank Franziska S
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

I started with the fruit bowl (Banana, avo, pineapple, papaya) which was much bigger and better than I was expecting and then had the pancake breakfast which was equally as delicious. Service was wonderful and the wifi is fast :) what more could you want?

Thank Sarah G
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

As the title of my review states, this is a good place to go to for first time visitors to Sri Lanka. That's not to say that they don't offer good local food. They have on their menu a curry and rice meal as well...More

2  Thank Lawrence_Puah
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We popped in here after our visit to the Tooth temple for dinner. The juices were lovely and fresh and the sri lankan curry perfect size, for around $5 aust. Passionfruit tart was homemade, fresh and delicious. Would highly recommend, we went back again for...More

Thank sandichambers
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a cafe next to the temple. You cannot miss the pink sign. The ambience is nice, clean and food very delicious. The service is prompt and good. Vegan friendly and not too expensive. Worth a try if you feel like having something non...More

Thank AustinTay
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$6
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 20:30
Monday
08:30 - 20:30
Tuesday
08:30 - 20:30
Wednesday
08:30 - 20:30
Thursday
08:30 - 20:30
Friday
08:30 - 20:30
Saturday
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
Description
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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