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“Fresh, delicious food and coffee with some sweet retail to boot! ” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Old Railway Cafe

The Old Railway Cafe
Ranked #54 of 235 Restaurants in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fresh, delicious food and coffee with some sweet retail to boot! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

All the key ingredients of a great cafe- excellent coffee, free wifi, extensive yummy blackboard menu, cosy couches and cook decor. There are even unique clothes, jewelry and accessories from locally based UK designer Catherine in the retail space downstairs. Cafe's and boutique shopping just goes so well together! Food wise the Beef burger is great, a great healthy homemade sort of burger not the junky kind! The millionaires shortbread is incredible- imagine the most decadent shortbread ever, complete with gooey caramel and chocolate! A must visit in Galle for unique boutique shopping and delicious food!

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“Awesome little cafe with unique fresh food & drinks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

Downstairs you can see and buy the custom designed dresses by one of the owners. She's a former uk resident now becoming one of Sri Lanka's best fashion designers. Upstairs is their awesome cafe. Super fresh products and a great atmosphere, we're def. coming back here!

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Sri Lanka/Australia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Cosy little cafe tucked away in Galle!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

Downstairs they have a great little shop of handmade clothes and gifts. Upstairs is a humble and comfy little cafe with freshly made food and really tasty cakes. Lovely staff and a nice place to catch up for a chat or some quiet time while alone in Galle

Visited November 2013
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Unawatuna
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“A haven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

It's a relief to find somewhere so calm and relaxing outside the ex pat and tourist catering Fort.
Good coffee, excellent blitzer with passion fruit and mint, tasty food.
Everything is freshly prepared so relax into the sofas and watch the trains arrive and leave from the Railway station across the canal. I have whiled away many hours in this haven.
Rasi is a font of local knowledge and Catherine's dress designs , are beautiful. It's a special place.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Comfortable cafe with delicious fresh food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

A very comfortable, relaxing cafe with delicious fresh food. We took our toddler there and he loved playing around on the sofas and playing with the very friendly owners who were also very accommodating with his food allergies. We drank delicious smoothies and ate lovely omelettes, salads and yummy banana cake. The furniture in the cafe is beautiful as is the shop downstairs which is very eclectic and sells not only beautiful clothes and bags designed by the British owner but also some antique furniture and crockery, jewellery and even lovely and different Christmas decorations. We absolutely loved the shop and the cafe and spent a whole morning and lunchtime there shopping and eating! We'll definitely be going back next time we visit Sri Lanka.

  • Visited November 2013
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