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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the Empire Cafe for lunch after visiting the temples in the morning. First, the decor of the cafe (inside) is really nice and relaxing - perfect for a break between Kandy's attractions. Second, the food was actually tasty. Sri Lankan wrap was...More

Thank LoveTheGoodFood
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 16 September 2017 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 16 September 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
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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