Wednesday, 13 May 2020

5 vibrant businesses in Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo

Named after the cinnamon plantations that used to cover this area in the 18th century, this genteel neighbourhood is now one of Colombo’s most coveted residential districts. Here, you’ll find an upmarket mix of businesses – from boutique stays and hip health-conscious cafés to respected art galleries. 

Colombo Cinnamon Gardens Seed Café
Quench your thirst with refreshing berry smoothies from Seed Café

1. Seed Café

With pastel-coloured walls and sunlight seeping through the wide-open windows, this health food joint has a cheerful vibe. Don’t miss the popular red pepper hummus on sourdough  or the bagel burgers, stuffed with generous servings of chicken, pesto, mushrooms and creamy homegrown avocados. On hot days, cool off with the refreshing açai bowls and berry smoothies, packed with ingredients such as bananas, palm treacle and soy milk.

Cinnamon Gardens Colombo Srilax Stay
Minimalist-chic boutique at Srilax Stay

2. Srilax Stay

This minimalist-chic boutique stay pays homage to Sri Lankan heritage with earthen pots and string hopper mats dotted around the compound. Each of the five spacious rooms feature houseplants and specially curated reading material, and the on-site café and boutique have a sustainability ethos.

Cinnamon Gardens Colombo Saskia Fernando Gallery
An exhibit at Saskia Fernando Gallery

3. Saskia Fernando Gallery 

Gallery director Saskia Fernando hails from a design background and works closely with Sri Lankan artists and collectors to expand the growing art scene in the country. Featuring a diverse range of artists whose work explores issues such as migration and minority communities, this bright, inspiring space also plays host to regular art festivals.

Cinnamon Gardens Colombo PR Sri Lanka
Homegrown fashion labels at PR

4. PR Sri Lanka

Local fashion designer Annika Fernando personally curates PR, a concept store dedicated to South Asian couture and homeware. Browse homegrown fashion labels and bold, contemporary jewellery from regional designers. PR also customises its own range of artisanal candles and body care products.

Cinnamon Gardens Colombo Good Market Shop
Healthy, organic treats at Good Market Shop

5. Good Market Shop

Hidden inside the premises of Lakpahana, a popular handicraft store just off Reid Avenue, this sustainability-led boutique is easy to miss. Inside, its wooden shelves are stacked with organic, homemade soaps and shampoo bars, ethical fashion accessories and other zero-waste products sourced from small-scale vendors across the country.

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This article was originally published in the April 2020 issue of Silkwinds magazine

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