For a first time visitor, no matter what you are after, check out the following shops:  Paradise Road (both locations), Odel (the big one in Colombo 3), Barefoot, and House of Fashion.  Also Barefoot and Paradise Road have delicious cafes attached for a quick bite or a nice meal.

 Colombo ’s primary bazaar district is Pettah, located next to the Fort District. The narrow cobble-stone streets are lined with stalls and shops that sell a vast array of fabrics, clothing, handbags, jewelry, watches, electronics, shoes, books, household items, and much more, at really great prices. The goods are pretty much broken up by category. For example, music-related items are clustered around Malwatte Avenue , glass and mirrors are centered around Prince Street , and household items are likely to be found on Keyzer Street . Don’t worry about getting lost, because each lane leads back to the main street.

Another good shopping area if you’re looking for crafts is the Laksala Emporium. Run by the government, the goods here are more expensive, but usually top-notch. Selections range from painted wooden masks and lacquerware to batik and handloom cloth. For other high-quality items, check the Handloom Emporium, the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewelry Exchange, and the shops around the Cinnamon Gardens.

Larger scale shopping is available, too, at Crescat Boulevard and Majestic City , both on Galle Road . These larger malls features clothing stores, restaurants, supermarkets, and cinemas.

Many shoppers in Sri Lanka have their eye out for the famous Ceylon tea. One safe bet is Tea Tang, with locations at Liberty Plaza , Galle Face Court , the World Trade Center , and the airport. Another good option is Miesna Tea, with shops at Liberty Plaza , Majestic City , the Hilton, Crescat Boulevard , and the airport.