In Colombo you can find most things that you want or need, you just have to be prepared to spend some extra dollars. It’s easy to personalize though, and get things made to your preferences. It is a brilliant place to commission some stand out pieces that you will be able to put in any home, where ever that may be.
746 Galle Road, Colombo 04 | Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm | 0112 594 177
Raux Brothers is on the high end of the furniture scale. They stock imported pieces and some made in Sri Lanka. They have a brilliant fabric selection, including options from Warwick Fabrics. We love their bed linen and this new super-sized store has everything under one roof! Yippee.
21 Carmel Road, Colombo 3 | Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (closed on weekends) |0117 803 830
Linden and his team are masters at creating beautiful, original designs to high, international standards. He has done the furniture at Kiku and Monsoon, to give you an idea of his style. He and his team can also create gorgeous ceramic pieces for your home. They are fabulous in every way and we can’t recommend their work highly enough. A small note: be patient, they are not the fastest of craftsmen, but good things come to those who wait.
28 Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6 | Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm | 0112 596 329
A good port of call if you are looking for some stand out pieces for your house. It is jam packed with sophisticated pieces from Sri Lanka and beyond. It is not the cheapest, so if you are tax exempt don’t forget to use that.
15 Bogahahena Rd, Battaramulla | Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Closed on weekends) | 0115 531 651
This is a very popular place to go and get things designed. They specialize in wood; some may find their pieces a little heavy, but others will love them. They make brilliant sofas, which are insanely comfortable.
Lakpahana Building Complex, 14 Philip Gunewardena Mawatha, Colombo 7 | Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm | 0112 655 150
Visiting Pendi and not buying something is difficult. It is jam packed with gorgeous homeware, plants in beautiful pots, creative cushions, ceramics and a huge selection of rugs. They also stock Api Happi bean bags which are excellent. Pendi is also a great place to source lampshades.
Colombo City Centre, 137 Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo 02 | Opening Hours: 10am -10pm | 0115 776 192
They describe themselves as “Sri Lanka’s first home concept store”. Leaving aside the authenticity of this, they offer non-toxic furniture that you could kit out your whole house with , if it was your preferred taste?! It’s good to see stores like this opening.
580 Galle Rd, Colombo 3 | Opening Hours: 9am – 5.30pm (Open till 3 pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays) | 0112 581 517
Plate Ltd has some incredible original photography from times gone by, and you can purchase copies. They are really good quality, and even if you don’t buy one it’s worth visiting just to see how much Colombo and beyond has changed.
30, Dr Lester James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 5 | Opening Hours: 10.00am – 7.00pm Mon-Sat(12.00-1.30pm on Fridays,closed on Sunday) | 0114 331 193
HH is a gorgeous place for homeware, stylish lanterns and knick-knacks for the home. The selection of items is very eclectic, and there’s something for everyone.
63 Isipathana Mawatha, Colombo 5 | Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Open till 1pm on Sundays) | 0112 588 323
S&S is Sri Lanka’s premier auctioneer, and its best reputed. It’s a great place to go hunt if you’re looking for furniture. You can always upcycle what you get, and sometimes you could just end up finding some real treasure. Be sure to bargain the price down though, or if you’re feeling brave you could go to the auction and place a bid.
5 De Fonseka Rd, Colombo 5 | Opening Hours: 10am – 6.30pm (Closed on Sundays) | 0112 592 929
D’Décor is a lovely little place in the heart of Colombo. They do fabric and furnishings. They’re great for your fabrics. Their furniture is nice too, but we’re more in love with their fabrics.
Moratuwa is an area just outside of Mount Lavinia, it is a hive of industry, particularly for woodworking and carpentry, and if you know exactly the design you want it is well worth the drive to this area.
T&T TIP: take someone who can speak Sinhala. You can get furniture made here for very good prices. It might not be perfect, but pretty close to it.