The Old Railway Café

The Old Railway Café
The Old Railway Café in Galle

Being one of Sri Lanka’s major cities, Galle town is always a vibrant hive of activity. And right in the heart of this city is an oasis known as the Old Railway Café. Situated on Havelock Place alongside the old Dutch canal with the Galle railway station on the other side, this is the perfect place to slow down, catch your breath and just observe people going about their daily business.

The charms of old Galle still linger within the walls of this former railway storehouse. Owners Rasika and Catherine, husband and wife, have since transformed the old building into a clothing boutique and studio space with a cosy café on the upper floor. The cafe serves a variety of western style food and cakes, all of which are homemade, fresh and simply delicious.

To get to the café, you’ll first have to pass through the boutique run by Catherine featuring garments and handicrafts created by local designers and sold under the label The Old Railway. If that doesn’t pique your interest, then the quirky furniture certainly will.

Grab a window seat or one of the cosy couches, order a juice – they recommend the Blitzer, a freshly prepared sandwich and just chill. You could also try one of their Italian coffees or even order yourself an all day English breakfast. There is free wi-fi and better yet, the couple themselves who make great company.

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