Whether it is precious gemstones, Batiks, saris, sarongs, figurines, Buddha statues, spices, or tea, Sri Lanka does not disappoint the shopaholic in you. You will find unique souvenirs made by skilled artisans to pick up for your friends and family. Cane products, masks, coconut shell products, wood carvings, and Sri Lankan lace are a few of the traditional products to look for on your visit. If it’s high-end items you want, Odel Sri Lanka, Arcade Independence Square, Crescat Boulevard, Kandy City Centre, Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Liberty Plaza, and Majestic City offer cosmopolitan shopping. Most of these stores are in Colombo, and it is the best shopping destination in the country if you are not looking for traditional items. Sri Lanka does not have a big luxury brand market. However, you will find a few names in Colombo. If you are wondering where to buy gems in Sri Lanka, always go to a reputable jeweller and ask for natural stones that are untreated and inclusion-free.
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Sri Lankan Gems
Since ancient times, Sri Lanka’s gemstones lured traders and visitors to the island. Mines in Ratnapura and the southern region have a constant supply of these, especially moonstones, sapphires, and rubies.
The world-famous Japanese porcelain brand Noritake is manufactured in Sri Lanka. Visit their showroom in Colombo or the factory outlet to buy top-quality porcelain ware. You can find these at Odel HQ too.
Sri Lankan traditional masks
These colourful and unusual wooden masks are iconic of Sri Lankan craftsmanship. Ambalangoda is the most famous town for these, and The Ariyapala Masks Museum and Southland Masks sell a wide range.
Dumbara mats and cane products
Dumbara Valley in Kandy produces some of the best weaving in Sri Lanka. Among them, Dumbara mats woven from hemp are some of the most exquisite, while cane boxes and baskets are equally artistic.
Wooden, stone, and even metal figurines of Buddha are widely available, while the elephant is the island’s most popular motif. You can buy these from regional artisans or Laksala and Paradise Road.
Tea, Cinnamon & Goraka
These are the specialist food items to buy in Sri Lanka. Ceylon tea is the most renowned tea in the world, and Sri Lankan cinnamon is the best cinnamon variety there is. And, wait till you discover dried Goraka
Tips to remember
- Inquire about the general price of products you intend to buy
- Always buy from local artisans whenever possible
- Ask about custom laws for the goods you take home
- Visit only reputable stores when buying expensive items
- You need cash to pay small vendors and craftsmen
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