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Pettah, Colombo

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Flea Market Shopping
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. To visit Pettah and other attractions in Colombo, use our Colombo trip generator.
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  • Horrible. Dirty. Air full of exhaust fumes and the stench of dried fish. Unless you're looking for groceries, there's literally nothing worth seeing or buying at the market. No interesting souvenirs o...  more »
  • This is a very crowded place. Lots of activities featuring the locals, lots of trading and sales happening around the Pettah market. You can get some decent souvenirs here for very decent prices too. ...  more »
  • Pettah is a must see part of Colombo. It's always busy/bustling day and night. Lost of shops/sights/places to eat. Make sure you visit.  more »
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  • A pretty place to shop and eat by the water, but its dead in the middle of the day (probably because of the heat) and there aren't many different food options. Conveniently near the train station
  • I just happen to love this places. After a cup of tea I went everywhere. Like every good market you have technology, food, shoes, mobile accessories and clothing. Noise, crazy and exciting.
  • Good bargain power for customers
  • Can find any item for lesser price if you know where it is. Otherwise you have to search a lot
  • The new Road system is an advantage but still traffic is worse during day. Which they had built high rise building and had more facilities in the buildings. It's hotter than outside when inside market shops. Prices are cheap..

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