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22 Of The Best Restaurants in Ahangama, Sri Lanka

Located on the glistening golden shores of Sri Lanka’s southern province lies the hipster surf town of Ahangama.

Whilst most travellers head to this hotspot for surfing, you might be surprised to hear that this stunning little town is an up-and-coming foodie spot in Sri Lanka. 

Ahangama might be small in size but the restaurant scene is one to die for.

From delicious traditional cuisines like Kottu and curry to scrumptious western brunches like fluffy berry pancakes, there are so many drool-worthy restaurants in Ahangama 

As a self-proclaimed massive foodie, I spent my 10 days in Ahangama trying out all of the best places to eat (and drink).

So, you can trust me when I tell you I found the best of the best when it comes to cafes and restaurants in Ahangama. And that I have found options to satisfy every palate and every budget.

So what are the best Restaurants in Ahangama?

Read on below to find out.

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*Please note some of the restaurants in Ahangama discussed below will shut down for the low season which is June-October in southern Sri Lanka.

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Hotel De Uncles

⭐Customer Rating: 4.8/5
💰Cost: $$

This newly opened restaurant (as of May 2023) serves up a Rotti and Dahl combination that is to die for and one that I couldn’t stop ordering. So much so, that I went back enough times for them to remember my order 😂. 

Not only was the food AH-MAZING, but the service was excellent and the staff were super friendly. This was one of my favourite restaurants in Ahangama so make sure to give Hotel De Uncles a visit.

Hotel De Uncles can be somewhat difficult to find if you are heading in from the main road, as it is hidden behind a small and unassuming door. At the moment the door is yellow in colour and you can find it on the map here.

Alternatively, you can enter Hotel De Uncles via the beach, which you will be able to identify from the picture below.

Marshmellow

⭐Customer Rating: 4.5/5
💰Cost: $$

Marshmallow is a small boho-style cafe located in central Ahangama. This cute cafe offers delicious smoothie and poke bowls, freshly baked cakes and some very impressive elephant latte art.

Kaffi Ahangama

⭐Customer Rating: 4.5/5
💰Cost: $$

If you’re after a delicious coffee and a slice of cake, then Kaffi is the place to go.

Kaffi serves up high-quality espresso coffee and Nordic-style baked goods.

As an added bonus it’s located on its own small part of the beach, so you can enjoy your coffee and sweet treats with an even sweeter view of the ocean.

Samba Ahangama

⭐Customer Rating: 4.8/5
💰Cost: $$

The latest addition to the Ahangama food scene comes in the form of Samba.

Samba is a newly opened hotel and hostel complete with an incredible cafe and bar.

Its menu focuses primarily on Sri Lankan classics with a modern twist and also serves up some Western favourites like eggs benedict.

When it comes to drinks you can expect fresh juicy smoothies and strong silky coffee.

Samba’s is passionate about using local fresh ingredients, and high-quality coffee so you can expect the best of the best but at affordable prices.

Samba’s have also launched an evening service which is accompanied by a brand-new cocktail menu.

They are open for all-day brunch between 7 am-3 pm and evening service 6 pm-9 pm.

Black Honey

⭐Customer Rating: 4.6/5
💰Cost: $$

Black Honey has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants in Ahangama.

It’s tucked away from the beach in a hidden jungle oasis.

It’s the ideal spot to enjoy some coffee in peace and quiet whilst taking in epic views of lush Sri Lankan greenery.

Their coffee menu is one of the most unique and diverse in Ahangama, so definitely worth a try!

They also have a pool so you can actually spend the whole day chilling here.

Meori

⭐Customer Rating: 4.8/5
💰Cost: $$

If you’re after some seriously good coffee and a spot of boutique shopping then Meori’s is the place to come.

Located just outside of the main town in Kabalana, Meori’s is the place to come for the ultimate caffeine fix.

Onsite you can find a boutique store with some very beautiful clothes – it really will be hard not to pick something up.

They also have a branch in Arugam Bay.

Cactus

⭐Customer Rating: 4.5/5
💰Cost: $$

Cactus is THE place to come for a mouth-watering brunch food in Ahangama. 

Devour on fluffy berry pancakes, avocado breakfast bowls, or (my personal favourite) the cheesy breakfast bagel whilst you sip strong coffee or a nourishing green juice. 

They also have a small boutique store where you can pick up boho-style products including coasters and candles. 

This was another of my favourite restaurants in Ahangama so be sure to give it a go!

East Falafel

⭐Customer Rating: 4.7/5
💰Cost: $$

If you’re anything like me then a hummus and falafel craving will be a very regular occurrence in your life. 

Whilst you’re in Ahangama, East Falafel is here to tend to all of your hummus and falafel craving needs. 

Whether you want a full-on falafel wrap or just a bit of hummus to dip some pita bread in, East Falafel has you covered.

This has been hailed as some of the best Middle Eastern food in Sri Lanka so why not give it a try and make your own opinion? 

They also have a branch in Arugam Bay.

Veda Cafe

⭐Customer Rating: 4.5/5
💰Cost: $

If you’re looking for a traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry buffet with a great ocean view and even better service then Veda Cafe is the place to go.

Veda is located in the Kabalana area and the restaurant overlooks Kabalana Beach.

Veda Cafe is loved by everyone who goes and every time I asked someone “Where is good to eat in Ahangama” everyone would mention this cafe.

Their buffet is incredible and so are their juices.

They also have a small ice cream shop next door if you are craving something sweet.

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Soul and Surf

⭐Customer Rating: 4.7/5
💰Cost: $$

Want to eat one of the best tuna steaks you’ll ever try in your life? Then head for an evening at Soul and Surf.

This stunning hotel restaurant is located in a private cove and is the perfect place to come for a nice peaceful meal whilst you listen to the waves crashing on the shore.

And, if you’re not a tuna lover you’ll be pleased to know that they offer lots more delicious food, and serve up some really mean coffee and cocktails.

They also offer surf and yoga packages if you’re looking for the complete deal.

This was another one of my favourite places to eat in Ahangama, so make sure to try this one out!

Manori’s Kitchen

⭐Customer Rating: 4.9/5
💰Cost: $

Hailed as one of the best local restaurants in Ahangama, Manori’s is THE place to go for a delicious Sri Lankan rice and curry buffet at extremely affordable prices.

Expect to pay no more than 1500lkr for a huge portion of food!

The menu here is super small but once you take a bite you’ll realise that there is a whole lot of love poured into each dish.

My favourite part of the buffet has to be the deep-fried potato balls.

Machan Curry Pot

⭐Customer Rating: 5/5
💰Cost: $

Machan Curry Pot is another favourite for traditional food in Ahangama.

Much like Mermaids, Veda Cafe and Manori’s, Manchan serves up a seriously delicious rice and curry buffet.

If you’re in Ahangama for a while I recommend trying all because for me it really is hard to pick a favourite.

Citra

⭐Customer Rating: 4.4/5
💰Cost: $$$

If you are looking for a fancy and luxurious meal then Citra is the place to visit.

Citra’s menu offers gourmet/fine-dining food with dishes on offer such as tuna sashimi and tomato butter gnocchi.

All dishes are made from local and seasonal ingredients so you can rest assured that you are both getting the freshest food and supporting the local community.

Mermaids Kitchen

⭐Customer Rating: 4.9/5
💰Cost: $

If you are after delicious local food located right on the beach then Mermaid’s is the place to come.

Whether you’re after a rice and curry buffet or a kottu Mermaid’s has you covered with their food that’s full of flavour.

This is a great late lunch and early dinner spot so you can really soak up those ocean views.

Society Ahangama

⭐Customer Rating: 4.9/5
💰Cost: $$

Looking for some of the best cocktails in Ahangama? Make sure you head down to Society.

It’s not just the cocktails they do well here, the food is incredible and I highly recommend trying some Jaffna mutton rolls which are to die for.

If also heard that they have some of the best coffee in town too.

You can find a 2nd branch in Unawatuna.

Sundays

⭐Customer Rating: 5/5
💰Cost: $$

Looking for good food, good vibes and great coffee? Then Sundays are for you.

Sundays has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants in Ahangama, with a warehouse-style interior and a lush green garden in the back.

I recommend giving the banana bread here a go!

Follow The White Rabbit

⭐Customer Rating: 4.5/5
💰Cost: $$

White Rabbit is the epitome of chilled vibes and is another wonderful place to come for delicious cocktails and a sunset dinner.

The menu here is small (which for me is always a good sign) but the food is nothing short of amazing.

From the mouth-watering filet of snapper with mashed potatoes to the delectable rice and curry dishes you’ll be sure to find a dish that you like. And you’ll probably be going back more than once. 

The Kip

⭐Customer Rating: 4.7/5
💰Cost: $$-$$$

The Kip is a stunning boutique hotel and cafe set in a leafy garden oasis down the tropical back streets of Ahangama.

Their menu has a tapas-style offering where you can choose from many small plates like sliders, smoothie bowls and potato hash.

They also hold regular live music nights so it is a great choice for a chilled evening out.

Thilenis Ahangama

⭐Customer Rating: 4.7/5
💰Cost: $$

Thileni’s is the latest restaurant to pop up along Ahangama Beach.

Thileni’s offers an interesting and eclectic menu that combines Sri Lankan Classics with Western twists.

You can also expect to find dishes such as Poke bowls, a whole host of fresh seafood options, plus lots more.

They also offer a diverse range of drinks from coffees to cocktails and juices and smoothies.

Their “all-day desserts” are also a huge hit with customers!

Carrie’s

⭐Customer Rating: 4.8/5
💰Cost: $$

Just a stone’s throw from Pickled Pelican lies the hidden gem that is Carrie’s restaurant. This small and cosy restaurant in Ahangama is one of the best places in town to get a nice big bowl of pasta.

But you don’t just have to come here for pasta, the menu is eclectic, with a range of food to suit all taste buds from Middle Eastern meze, curries, burgers and seafood, Carrie’s has got you covered. 

Hakuna Matata

⭐Customer Rating: 4.4/5
💰Cost: $

If you’re looking for a late-night dining spot then Hakuna Matata is the one for you.

They have a wide range of tasty local dishes, but it’s their seafood options (such as calamari and tuna steak) that really stand out. 

Whether you’re on a romantic date, just hanging out with your pals or even solo, this place is perfect for soaking up some sunset views, listening to chilled music and of course enjoying some great food and drink.

Le Cafe French Bakery

⭐Customer Rating: 4.8/5
💰Cost: $-$$

If you’re craving a warm crusty baguette or a slice of cake (I mean why wouldn’t you be) then Le Cafe French Bakery will be the answer to all of your prayers.

Tucked away off the main road, with oceanside views, Le Cafe French Bakery is the perfect breakfast spot in Ahangama.

All food is freshly prepared daily on the premises, so you know you’re getting the best of the best. And, don’t worry, if you’re not craving baguettes or cake you can also devour some smoothie bowls, omelettes and fresh juices.

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Happy Eating

I hope you have a wonderful eating at all of the best restaurants in Ahangama. If you have any more questions about anything discussed in this blog post, please feel free to reach out!

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2 Comments

  1. Crust definitely has the WORST pizza I have ever had in my life. I’m Italian.
    I agree with Thilenis being a good one.

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