Once been an infirmary built by the colonisers, The Dutch Hospital is one of the oldest structures you’ll find in all of Colombo and is a stark reminder of the country’s rich colonial past. Located amidst the bustling Colombo Fort, this historical landmark is now at the heart of an amazing shopping precinct, complete with all manner of restaurants, bars and shops. It’s a great way to experience a bit of the island’s history while you’re in the midst of a shopping spree!
The hospital itself is a remarkably preserved example of colonial architecture; elaborate wooden doors and windows sit at the various entrances, tiled roofs cover up the top of the structure and subtle pastel colours all combine to give the hospital a quaint, tranquil ambience – something which perfectly captures the subtle historical charm associated with the place.
Just behind the hospital, you’ll find the Hospital Street – a wonderful pathway that comes alive at night! If you want to get a taste of Colombo’s inimitable nightlife, this is where you want to go. The path is lit up with neon signs and sparkling lights and the rhythmic tunes of soulful jazz can be heard around every corner. Here, there is something for everyone to enjoy!