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Barefoot, Colombo

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Check out the much-lauded textiles at Barefoot, a shop established by Sri Lankan designer Barbara Sansei. Renowned for her vibrant, hand-woven fabrics, Sansei's creations include bedsheets, tablecloths, and other home decor, as well as quality clothing items with striking geometric designs. The thoughtfully laid-out store also features locally made crafts and a bookshop. Afterwards, admire the artworks in the gallery and relax in the courtyard cafe. Use our Colombo online trip itinerary planner to add Barefoot and other attractions to your Colombo vacation plans.
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  • I waited a number of years to come back and get more Italian hem stitch napkins from Barefoot. The quality is unsurpassed and made locally. Lots of lovely Sri Lankan gifts that are out of the ordinary...  more »
  • We visited Barefoot looking for a lunch spot and found ourselves a beautiful store. I bought everyone from home gifts and few fashion items that were just too lovely to resist. I think we spent about ...  more »
  • This is a one of our favourite shops in Colombo. Plenty of quality items to buy as gifts or souvenirs.  more »
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  • One of the must visit place in Colombo. They have the finest fabrics, recycling items. The cost is on the higher side. The interior is very simple and elegant. You get fabric toys, body products, accessories, bags, recycled papers etc. The cafe has outdoor seating with good ambience. But vegetarian don't have more options.
  • Great place most tourists even locals loves to shop here because of the products they are offering. You can get nice souvenirs, hand loom stuff and much more here. The atmosphere is realaxing, the reason is for that is the building is old and it has got nice antique feel to it. Nice experience when shopping. The staff is professional and friendly. What they Offers is pricey but it is worth what you paying, Great experience.
  • Lovely "warm" atmosphere at the Barefoot Cafe Barefoot has many interesting hand-looms and handicrafts and an even more interesting bookshop with an awesome (but limited) selection of books. Barefoot cafe is a lovely place to hang out (usual local wary service here as well). And the gallery hosts a number of interesting art/photography exhibitions frequently, as well as performing musicians and bands. Pros. -Nice cafe area to hang out. -Food is good, good variety - no complains so far. -out door seating + alfresco cons. -Can be a bit pricey -Could be quite warm on a typical Colombo afternoon -Rain would decrease the number of seating
  • A perfect place to unwind, have a little cozy business meeting, pick up a rare book or simply enjoy a good meal! Don’t forget to try out the items on the chalkboard menu! They change daily and has some great choices (only for lunch).
  • There is a parking lot behind the store by the garden cafe. The store contains many authentic handmade items. Probably more expensive than what you can find at the markets but you don't have to haggle the price and you know it's authentic. Be sure to stop by the garden cafe afterwards for live music, cocktails, fresh juices, and food.
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