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Barefoot, Colombo

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Gift & Specialty Shop Shopping
Check out the much-lauded textiles at Barefoot, a shop established by Sri Lankan designer Barbara Sansei. Renowned for her vibrant, hand-woven fabrics, Sansei's creations include bedsheets, tablecloths, and other home decor, as well as quality clothing items with striking geometric designs. The thoughtfully laid-out store also features locally made crafts and a bookshop. Afterwards, admire the artworks in the gallery and relax in the courtyard cafe. Add Barefoot to your Colombo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Colombo trip generator.
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  • I was looking forward to shopping at barefoot to buy all kind of stuff to take home as a nice remember of my amazing trip in Sri Lanka, however, the selection was limited and prices where really high(...  more »
  • I'm not a guy who loves souvenirs but I am fan of good art, design and handicraft stores and that's just what this is. The prices are surprisingly low. You can also find some premium tea and skin care...  more »
  • Barefoot is a place where you can purchase traditional Sri Lankan gifts. Place to shop for clothes, table & bed linen, soft toys, & bags.  more »
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  • My favourite shop in Colombo! Gorgeous hand-loomed cotton and silk fabrics that you can purchase either as pieces of fabric or made into a variety of homewares, clothing and toys. Lots of other interesting things to buy too including jewellery, bags and baskets, books, local coffee and of course tea, and fantastic aromatherapy products. The courtyard cafe which has a restroom, a smoking section and serves light meals, snacks, tea, coffee, beer and juices. You can pay with cash or credit card and the shop assistants are helpful but don't hassle you to buy at all. Prices may be considered steep by some but I consider them to be worth it as the products I've purchased there are excellent quality.
  • I loved the meal here! I'd give a 5/5 for food, service and the ambience but their prices are little bit on the high side. If you're looking for a quality night out this is the place for you.
  • The perfect gift store with high quality stuff from Sri Lanka. Everything is handmade therefore be ready for higher prices. The designs are beautiful though!
  • Lovely atmosphere. Food is ok if not anything to write home about. Gets crowded in the weekend. Shopping​-wise, there are some really bargain finds on books at times but the rest of it is generally overpriced (but apparently at her right balance for the tourists!). Maybe the quality and novelty of the merchandise warrants (a major portion) of the price.
  • Meals are well presented, tasty, and pricey, however quantity is just not enough. That is what is disappointing.

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Despite its relatively low cost of living, Colombo accommodations tend to be fairly pricey. Close to the sea and the lake, as well as near the city's parks and the plazas, hotels come in the form of old colonial buildings and ultra-modern high rises, with a decent selection of each to choose from. Budget-conscious travelers should pay attention to the short rental options in the town's more residential areas, or look for the smattering of simple, but serviceable options close to the main train stations, and on the side streets set back from the waterfront.
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