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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had find shelter when the rain started and ran into Empire Cafe. Intended only to have a soda but ended up with staying for a few hours having lunch, coffee and something to drink. Defiantly try the Mango Passion fruit and lime smoothi!

2  Thank Joakim L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a long walk around the lake and visiting the temple, Try the home made ice cream... Delicious 👏🍦😀.

1  Thank NathalieMu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had both lunch and afternoon here whilst staying in Kandy. Food is western styled and priced for tourists but was tasty and good quality and the service was always friendly. Located conveniently by the entrance to the temple of the tooth

Thank Denise P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe is in an ideal location, right opposite the temple of the tooth. There were lots of western options to choose from which was what we were looking for. The menu is also very extensive with a range of different dishes from around the...More

Thank X9336EBjessicab
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Based on the slightly higher prices you would expect a decent service, but we got one of the poorest I ever got in a restaurant. While my girlfriend was still finishing her main course, the waiter asked me whether I wanted dessert. When I said...More

1  Thank Kristof_IB
ManorHouseConcepts, Owner at The Empire Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.There is no excuse for frustrating service of this kind.We have investigated and you were served by a very new waiter who clearly was too quick to ask if you wanted dessert,showing a complete lack of experience.With regard to returning your...More

Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

This was a great breakfast choice for us because I wanted a western breakfast and my partner wanted to eat Sri Lankan. The breakfast menu is somewhat limited but the meals we ordered were delicious. My partner very much enjoyed his fish curry, and my...More

Thank NZKateNJake
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We had lunch and dinner in this lovely cafe just opposite our hotel. Lunchtime curry and rice was very tasty and then we had a veggie wrap for dinner. They also sell vintage Sri Lankan posters which you can browse without anyone nagging you to...More

Thank Aisling F
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We treated ourselves to breakfast at Empire twice. The waitresses were the kindest and so helpful! We ate the home made porridge which was amazing and the empire sandwich which was a treat. Great fresh juices! The rest of the menu looked excellent too. Would...More

Thank Kerri v
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We ate here twice whilst in Kandy loving their fresh menu. Great location near the temple of tooth. Loved sitting and watching the passing parade of people going to the temple. Staff were very friendly and polite helping with food choices. Nicely restored building and...More

Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We had a great breakfast here.. It's a little more expensive than most other food offerings around Kandy but worth it in my opinion. We had the Ceylon toastie which was great. Most of the food on offer was western based. Service good. Decor recently...More

Thank Olivia M
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Nearby Attractions
Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
8,143 reviews
.24 km away
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366 reviews
.48 km away
Kandy Lake
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.23 km away
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.35 km away
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Restaurant Details

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