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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
08:30 - 20:30
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New Delhi, India
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was pretty average. Had the fried fish , which was in fact covered with too much batter and tasted like nothing. The Ambiance and location was good.

Thank MannuMalhotra
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to stop in for a meal, snack or even just a drink. Very close to Temple of the Tooth. Menu offers a range of meals including Vegetable wraps, local curries, salads and fantastic ice cream.

Thank JennyWandP
Woodend, Australia
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130 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Old Empire has the best food in Kandy. It's in a great spot right next to the temple entrance. Great old Colonial cafe building. Love sitting out the front on the verandah with the fans going. The curry rice is great, burgers are really nice but the wedges are amazing. Lots of fresh juices etc and the home made... More 

Thank johnboy3bw
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and great service on the central square near the temple of the tooth. Go here when you are in Kandy.

Thank Joachim B
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very conveniently located in the heart of the Kandy Town. Few minutes walk from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Good Food. Worth for the price you pay.

Thank Yashen
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place, to relax if you tired of noise city. Great not Asian food. Very very clean, friendly weiters. Pice of Europe.

Thank Nadia G
Kandy, Sri Lanka
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was there for a early lunch. Interior was preserved as in the British era and decorated with old movie posters and post cards with unique designs. I had a Trinity Burger with Strawberry and Cinnamon milkshake. Both were tasty and staff was friendly. We requested to have separate bills but they couldn't do it. Interesting place to hangout.

Thank Amila Dananjaya D
Gosford, Australia
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159 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's very well located near the Lake and very easy to find Service is bright and breezy and it's tuned towards the Tourist trade I was here with some local friends and it was interesting to note that when we were there most tourists seem to order western food We ordered local food The food wasn't disappointing it just wasn't... More 

Thank 528956John_C
Kyogle, Australia
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We liked the Empire cafe so much that we ate here 3 days in a row. Our driver recommended it and we loved it. It has a quirky ambience with great friendly staff. The first day we had the kingdom veggie burger and then the curries the other two days. Very tasty with the fresh juices. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Bernadette D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first and favourite rice and curry in Sri Lanka, and also the cheapest. The restaurant is lovely, well kitted out and the staff are very friendly and attentive. We loved it so much we went back the next night.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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American, Cafe, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?