Cargills Department Store, Colombo

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See the Victorian red-brick facade of Cargills Department Store, where you can find a range of products at reasonable prices. Browse through clothes, footwear, cosmetics, homewares, and even groceries at the large store. During the British colonial era, colonists used to buy supplies and luxury products at the department store, giving them a taste of home. Observe the visual juxtaposition between new and traditional architectural styles as you compare the department store to the modern buildings around it. A visit to Cargills Department Store represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Colombo trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The exterior is a must-see when doing a walking tour of Fort. Inside is a large empty area backed by a KFC and a supermarket. You can get a few supplies there but the range is pretty dire even by the ...  more »
  • Beautiful colonial building in the area of "Strong" from Colombo that housed the warehouses of the company "Cargills ' Limited '. Renovated decently on the outside but then used inside a supermarket (type discount) and a couple of fast food. A real shame too because what is left of the original floors and stairways do understand it could be a real gem. If we go take some pictures from outside and don't bother to visit it.
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  • Travelling with my partner who was born in Colombo she fondly remembered the building in its former grandeur. Sadly this is now gone. This beautiful building has gone the way of so many others in Sri ...  more »

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