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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
08:30 - 20:30All hours
American, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food for a decent price. Nicely located near the lake and the Temple of the tooth. Small reminder: they don’t serve alcohol.

Thank Daan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looked good and was busy but the food was disappointing. We had a couple of fruit juices that were ok, nothing remarkable. Then a couple of salads that sounded great on the menu but when they arrived they were lacking in the good stuff and...More

Thank graemebarr71
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and super friendly staff. Try the curd with trickle, if you did not have it yet. It will become a favorite!

Thank InstaKat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here tonight to eat with my friends. The service was not good. They let us wait a long time and the Food was average. Once we finally got served the waiter was nice though, but that was it. Had a average curry and my...More

Thank Saaimen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Offers many modern takes and a few classics with fresh ingredients. A great alternative to street food after a few days.

Thank Bobby P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had breakfast with my family. Food is pretty good made with experience, staff is friendly and you can feel a good atmosphere in it. Good job guys

Thank Matt Y
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in after a visit to the local temple and a walk around the lake. They make their own home made ice cream with delicious flavours and also great juices.

Thank Lerossie
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner there with a group of 15 people. Ordered different foods on the menu. They provided food within acceptable time. Their service is good. But we had a confusion on billing. I asked them provide a separate bills but they produced one handwritten...More

Thank Nilantha M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice cafe with good food and ambience. Trinity burger, BLAT Wrap and homemade chocolate ice cream was good. Definitely do not try Ceylon chai ice cream. Has way too much cardamom in it. Sri Lankan curry and rice was ok. Service is ok.

Thank amehta12
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

When you are in need of a breakfast stop that isn't Sri Lankan style then a dose of the wonderful pancakes from here should do it! Gorgeous ginger and honeycomb tea too. Coffee not so good.

Thank 12TravellingG
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.17 miles away
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.30 miles away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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