Negombo has one of Sri Lanka’s better selections of places to eat – although disappointingly, most are strung out along the main road, rather than on the beach itself, and the majority are identikit tourist dives with largely undistinguished cooking and ambience. The town’s proximity to the Negombo lagoon, source of some of the island’s finest prawns and crabs, also makes it a good place for seafood. All the places below appear on the Negombo Beach map apart from the Icebear Century Café and New Rest House, which are shown on the Negombo town map. Some restaurants close down in the sleepier months from May to October.

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