One of the largest cities in Sri Lanka, Kandy is a town of great historical, cultural and religious importance. The city also boasts stunning views of emerald green tea plantations, rainforest-clad hills and verdant rice paddies. It is not surprising that Kandy attracts crowds of tourists every year to witness its beauty. What many people don’t realise beforehand is that Kandy is also a foodie heaven. Check out our guide and discover some of the best restaurants in Kandy.

1. Helga’s Folly

Quirky and unique, Helga’s Folly is one of the most remarkable venues on the island. Frequented by celebrities from across the globe, this extravagant spot features an incredible mix of American-glam style matched with 19th-century horror movies parafernalia, finished off opulent bourgeois furnishing. The iconic restaurant serves equally amazing local food in the incredibly photogenic charming dining room. If you only visit one of the restaurants in Kandy, make it Helga’s.

Helga's Folly Restaurant Kandy Sri Lanka

2. Licensed to Grill

Licensed to Grill is a simple roadside stall set in Torington Park next to the World War I monument. Specialising in gorgeous burgers, steaks and wraps, this tiny street stall is an excellent pitstop for a fast bite before you go back exploring the city.

Licensed to Grill Kandy Sri Lanka

3. Kandy Muslim Hotel

Don’t let let the name fool you – Kandy Muslin Hotel is actually not a hotel at all, but one of the most popular restaurants in Kandy, located in the heart of the old town. Simple and unpretentious, the restaurant stands out with its genuine, bargain-priced Sri Lankan cuisine. Don’t miss out on their parata fry!

Kandy Muslim Hotel Restaurant Kandy Sri Lanka

4. Kandy House

Tucked away in a lush tropical garden overlooking the vast expanses of green rice paddies, Kandy House is one of the most prominent restaurants in the area. Serving an eclectic mix of European fusion and genuine Sri Lankan cuisine, the venue provides an idyllic ambience for a romantic dinner away from the bustling city.

Kandy House Restaurant Kandy Sri Lanka

5. Devon Restaurant and Bakery

Devon Restaurant is a favourite dining spot for locals and expats. Spacious, simple and affordable, the eatery serves mouth-watering local food and Chinese cuisine as well as a wide selection of desserts and milk tea, which is considered to be the best in the region.

Davon Restaurant and Bakery Kandy Sri Lanka

6. White House

White House is a spacious dining venue occupying a two-storey building. There’s a cosy cafe and bakery shop on the first floor and an elegant dining venue set on the upper level.White House stands out with its sophisticated classic interior and an incredible range of cuisines. White House is an ideal choice if you would like to sample various dishes in one visit.

White House Restaurant Kandy Sri Lanka

7. Rockview Restaurant

True to its name, Rockview Restaurant offers incredible views of the rainforest-clad hills, tea plantations and extensive valleys stretching into the horizon. The restaurant specialises in classic local cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and flavoursome Sri Lankan food.

Licensed to Grill Kandy Sri Lanka

8. The Empire Cafe

The Empire Cafe is a long-established and reputable restaurant featuring a chic modern decor and an attractive menu that includes an ample variety of dishes ranging from local to international.

Empire Cafe Kandy Sri Lanka

9.The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse is an awesome spot for an afternoon snack when the second bake of the day comes out straight to your table. Treat your taste buds to the incredibly delicious cake, pastries, pies, and chocolate delicacies – you are on holiday after all!

The Bakehouse Kandy Sri Lanka

10. The Kandy Garden Cafe

Feast on the delightful authentic Sri Lankan food served in generous portions at the hidden gem that is The Kandy Garden Cafe. The menu highlights include chicken kotu rotti, and if you’ve have never witnessed the cooking process, get your camera ready – you really won’t want to miss this!

The Kandy Garden Cafe Kandy Sri Lanka

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