Shop till you drop in Galle Fort

The Galle Fort is one of the most famous and iconic locations of Sri Lanka’s South Coast. It is a lasting reminder of the island’s rich colonial past and a marvel of architecture at that. Nowadays, not only is the fort a popular destination for history buffs and sightseers, it is also a lively shopping precinct that boasts all manner of exciting products!

Now, there’s a litany of shops, bars, cafes and vendors to choose from in the fort, so much so, that you’ll probably end up feeling a bit lost on where to start. If that’s the case, start by heading on over to the Barefoot Shop, one of the most unique boutique shops you’ll find here. The shop is an old restored house, complete with a number of supplemental rooms and a quaint little courtyard. Handwoven products are this shops speciality – from charming dresses to full-blown traditional garbs. You can also pick up some nice souvenirs here, as they boast a grand collection of books and postcards.

KK The Collection and Exotic Roots are some of the finest gift shops you’ll find at the Galle Fort. At both these locations, you’ll find an array of souvenirs to choose from – everything from clothing and fabrics to intricately sculpted statues of island deities. Exciting pieces of jewellery – all made by local craftsmen – are also on offer, so be sure to stop by if you’re looking for something shiny.

One of the most fun shops to visit here is the STICK NO BILLS store. Here you’ll find an unending gallery of travel posters. From stunning works of art to cheeky memes, there’s plenty of variety here, so be sure to grab a few to remind you of this trip. Finally, why not relax and pamper yourself with a visit to the local Spa Ceylon outlet. Here you can indulge in some time-tested ayurvedic treatments and taste some delectable local cuisine.