Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Colombo

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As the oldest building in the area, Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct offers historical colonial architecture in addition to its fine shops and restaurants. Originally used as a hospital by the Dutch in the 17th century, the attraction was later transformed into a shopping and dining precinct. Pick up souvenirs, such as clothing, jewelry, handicrafts, and artworks, or find outside seating where you can sip wine and watch passersby. Wander around the two large courtyards and keep an eye out for street musicians, theater performances, and art exhibitions, too. To find out how to plan a trip to Colombo, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • A lovely courtyard to relax the night before we flew out of Columbo. Good restaurants and a buzzing atmosphere.  more »
  • A heritage building which dates back to Dutch colonial period in 1600s, established as a hospital to look after the officers serving in the Dutch East India Company, which is now a shopping and dining...  more »
  • Once a hospital, now turned into an arcade with boutique shops and well-known restaurants. Make sure to take a walk around and witness the amazing architecture.  more »
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  • Very beautiful in the evening to spend time with your family. Great courtyard to sit and enjoy. Can be crowded in evening and weekends. There are restaurants, shops and bars. Evening time is a best time to visit. Best place for local and foreign tourist to visit. Enough parking space. Christmas season there are so many beautiful Christmas decorations all over the place.
  • A mini shopping complex and a chill out place in Colombo to hang out with friends. It's an ancient hospital built by the Dutch in the yester years which has now been turned into a leisure landmark. Located right in front of World Trade Center which is a few meters away from the Galle Face beach. Ideal place for informal meetings and other small gatherings with friends and family. Beautiful simple ancient architecture that attracts the people towards the place frequently.
  • The Dutch Hospital is right in the middle of the business district and offer quite a few shops with many options. It also accommodates few classy restaurants like the ministry of Crab. A must visit place of you are in the business district and want to so some quick shopping. The prices though seem to be on the higher side.
  • It's a nice area to hangout with friends with good dining options available. Looks really beautiful at night. Parking can be a bit difficult but can find parking within 5 - 10 mins walking distance around the area.
  • Wonderful experience with plenty of shops with many options. Different experience. The look, the shops all look different. Modernized old dutch hospital with keeping the old beauty. Public parking space is not enough I guess
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