One Galle Face has become a popular spot in Colombo for shoppers. The massive shopping mall comprises seven storeys of both international and local stores, numerous restaurants, and entertainment options, drawing in large crowds of people daily. The mall is conveniently located opposite Galle Face Green - another popular attraction in Colombo - and is just minutes away from the most prominent attractions in the city. This article takes a look at some of the various things that you can do during a visit to One Galle Face mall and what you must not miss out on.
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One Galle Face is home to over 300 exclusive retail options - featuring a massive range of international and local brands, including some of the world's best-known & best-loved names. A unique aspect of One Galle Face is that unlike most other shopping malls in Colombo, it offers a range of stores that cater to both luxury shoppers as well as budget shoppers. Shopping options at this world-class shopping center include clothing stores, beauty and wellness outlets, department stores and supermarkets, fashion & accessory stores, jewelry & watch stores, lifestyle & sports outlets, kids & maternity stores and so much more. Below are a few popular places that you may want to check out:
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International Brands: Most of these stores are located on Level 1. You will be able to find establishments such as Calvin Klein, Charles & Keith, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, Armani, and more. The same floor will also feature watch & pen stores including Rolex, Parker, Omega, Longines, Chatham, and Tissot. You can also check out Furla if you're on the hunt for a nice handbag.
Clothing: In addition to international luxury brands, One Galle Face also houses numerous local brands that are popular amongst local shoppers. These include Odel, Exhibit, Jezza, Hameedia, Avirate, Warehouse, and several others. Most of these stores are reasonably priced and are affordable options for those looking to upgrade their wardrobe.
Beauty & Wellness: You will be able to find a large number of popular wellness & cosmetics stores such as Spa Ceylon, Sidhdhalepa, stores selling cinnamon and spices as well as a number of beauty brands such as The Body Shop, LuvEssence, and more. You will be able to take in the pleasant fragrances that waft from each of the stores whilst you pass by!
Books & Stationery: One Galle Face is also home to a number of stationery shops as well one of the country's most well-known bookstores - Sarasavi Bookshop. Though there is no designated reading space available, Sarasavi is a great place to head to if you've been wanting to purchase a few books. From novels to education to non-fiction - you will be able to find a wide range of options there. The mall also houses a Hallmark store if you want to purchase a cute card as well as Unik Creations - a quality stationery store located on Level 2.
Numerous Halal food options are available at One Galle Face, leaving diners spoilt for choice. Most restaurants and eateries are located inside the mall itself but a couple of options are also available adjoining the mall - such as Chili's, the popular Texas-inspired brand that offers diners a range of Southwestern-inspired, classic American favorites. Other One Galle Face restaurants have been listed below:
Dindigul Thalapakatti Restaurant: This popular Indian restaurant chain features an outlet at the One Galle Face food court - located on the ground level. The restaurant is a great choice for those seeking authentic Indian cuisine, with items ranging from south Indian specialties to complete meals to its most popular dish - the biryani.
The Mango Tree: Another Indian restaurant located at the mall's food court, The Mango Tree offers a range of signature dishes such as tandoor specialties, Indian bread, savory platters, rice dishes, lassi, and more.
Pastamania: A great spot located on Level 5 of the shopping mall that offers a range of Italian treats. In addition to a wide variety of pasta, diners may also choose from a number of pizza options, appetizers, beverages, and more. The location itself is a cozy little spot that is away from the large crowds that usually flock to the food court.
Chola: This authentic Indian restaurant is perfect for a family dinner or a special gathering as it offers a charming ambiance for a quiet meal. The restaurant is located on Level 5 of the shopping mall and serves a wide range of North Indian and South Indian favorites.
Dinemore: This very popular fast food joint has an outlet at One Galle Face, offering a wide range of options that range from submarines to burgers to pizzas and more. This is a great option for those seeking a delicious and filling meal at good value for money.
Manhattan Fish Market: A great seafood restaurant located on Level 5 of the mall that offers numerous American-style versions of popular dishes such as fish and chips, grilled salmon, shellfish platters, and more seafood options.
Roots: Choose from a variety of fresh fruit juices and smoothies at Roots - a great way to feel refreshed and quench your thirst. In addition to fruit juice, the outlet also offers a selection of mouthwatering desserts such as ice creams, waffles, sundaes, and more.
International Franchises: Several fast food joints are also available at One Galle Face, offering a range of Halal food options. Diners may choose from options such as Pizza Hut, McDonald's, KFC, Subway, Burger King, and more. Baskin Robbins is also available for those craving ice cream while at the mall.
Located on Level 6 is the massive PVR cinema - the nine-screen cinema complex that spreads across two floors of the mall. The cinema features a number of screening options to choose from, ranging from a regular theatre to a luxury theatre to PVR Playhouse - a theatre especially suited for kids and families. Various films are screened at the cinema at specified times and visitors are able to book tickets either at the cinema itself or pre-book online on the PVR Cinema website. Visitors can also buy a wide range of snacks and beverages at the One Gale Face cinema - from flavored popcorn to hotdogs and more.
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Another great activity to indulge in while at One Galle Face is a relaxing massage at Foot Rub - located on Level 3 of the mall. In addition to foot massages, visitors are able to choose from a range of other massages as well - from Indian head massages to Shiatsu seated massages to wellness pedicures and manicures. There is no disrobing involved and massages are administered fully clothed, eliminating the application of massage oils or creams. Most massages last over a period of 20 to 30 minutes and offer guests a truly relaxing and refreshing experience which is ideal after a tiring day of shopping.
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Listed above are simply a few of the various things you could do during your visit to One Galle Face. The mall also hosts a number of events and sales periodically that are definitely worth checking out. If you visit the mall in the evening, head over to the outdoor terrace where you can catch glorious views of the sun setting in the distance, against the backdrop of the ocean. Don't forget to explore and have fun!
Below are more Muslim-friendly guides that will help you during your visit to Colombo.
Colombo City Guide: https://www.halaltrip.com/city-guide-details/85/colombo/
More Attractions in Colombo: https://www.halaltrip.com/other/blog/top-8-must-visit-attractions-in-colombo/
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