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Pettah, Colombo

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Head for an authentic local shopping experience at Pettah. Make your way through the labyrinth leading between the countless tents where local merchants sell their goods. The flea market is more suitable for those who enjoy a more intense shopping experience. It gets quite crowded; however, you can expect to purchase items for a much lower price than in stores. Browse everything from precious gems and gold to fruits and vegetables. Using our online itinerary creator, Colombo attractions like Pettah can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Easy to walk around through the narrow streets but be aware of the tuk tuks and vehicles moving through the area. The pathways are so narrow you end up walking on he road so do be careful. Interesting...  more »
  • Near the train and bus stations, many people anyway. Fewer tourists, jammed with the local people. Market is vibrant and constantly hear Barker's voice from many shops. Those of you who enjoy travel and backpackers visit you want. Hot place can feel the breath of the local people.
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  • I bought 3 CD music sri Lankan and two pens. The whole neighborhood is a huge market, a rare clean but in Rome, we find all the items that are sold. In my visit, a guy who was loading her merchandise gave me a by chance, breaking a pair of progressive glasses that cost € 3,000.
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  • Popular for retail trading and accessories, clothing and various types of goods. Majority of the shops are operating on Monday to Friday during 9.30am - 6.00pm. Some of the shops are opening on Saturdays 9.30am up to 12noon or may be up to 6.00pm. Majority of the shops are not operating on Government public holidays and Sundays. Street is a one way for the vehicles and heavily traffic and crowded during trading days. It's rare or hard to find a parking slot on the street and none of the shops have entrances for wheel chairs.
  • Best bargain deals if you know how to barter and brave enough to conquer the shady alleyways. And be prepared for the noise, the hustle, and the scorching sun or the pouring rain. All in all one of the best shopping adventures you'll ever have.
  • If you are genius in shopping, then you can find alot of good quality items for a low price. Keep in mind that most of the items selling there are fakes. Anyway, it is a good place to do bargain shopping.
  • Best, place to purchase vegetables and fruits on bulk orders, below the wholesale price (sometimes 😉)
  • Highly crowded place. Price are chepaer. But better to keep the head up.

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