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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  • Looks like it is on its last leg. Only saw the supermarket which was not well stocked. Had expected more. The building itself is worth a visit. Architecture is good  more »
  • From my conversations with our tuk tuk driver, the Cargills at York Street was the first ever Cargills and was the first supermarket in Colombo.  more »
  • The Cargills Department Store is the attractive red bricked departmental store supplies daily needs for the locals as well as the tourists, which is reminded the British Colonial era in Colombo. In my...  more »

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