Explore the open air supermarket of Pettah and learn about its history

Colombo is a cosmopolitan city that has been influenced by multiple cultures, faiths, and traditions over the years. Within the heart of Colombo lies Pettah, a nerve centre that drives the city’s economy. We invite you to explore the open air supermarket of Pettah, learn about its history, its people and its evolution from a simple trading hub to the vibrant, busy, heartbeat of modern Colombo’s commerce.

Your host will meet you at the Old Town Hall building where he will brief you about the adventure you are about to embark on. From here you will walk through the open air market, exploring its quirky nooks and crannies. You will meet traders, learn about historic buildings and marvel at their architecture as you navigate a maze of trade, traffic and local banter. After you exit Pettah you will take a short walk through the last remains of the colonial era Colombo Fort Wall and then explore a historic church erected during the Dutch colonial period. Once the tour is done, you can enjoy a cold pint of Lion Beer, Sri Lanka’s local brew.

Your Hosts

Brindley has been working in the tourism sector for the past five years and is passionate about creating great experiences for those who visit the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. A self-taught chef and foodie at heart, he loves sharing his passion for all things Sri Lankan with others.


Halik is a citizen journalist, independent researcher and photographer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His work focuses on social issues, culture and spirituality. His photography, which has a strong street and journalistic focus, often also displays a surrealist/conceptual flavor. His work has primarily been published on Instagram, a platform on which he has garnered a significant following, as well as with The Picture Press, The Center for Policy Alternatives and Groundviews.


Number of PAX

1-15 PAX




2.5 hours

Suitable for children

13 years and above

Happy customers

Testimonials from Happy clients

Things to know

Includes: Tour of Petah, water, faluda, beer and good company
Meeting Time: 8 AM
What to wear or bring along: Your camera and yourself. Sunglasses, caps, hats and sun cream

Important info

You will be walking in the busiest part of Colombo City. It is advisable to walk in single file and stay close to your host at all times. Watch out for oncoming traffic and always keep your personal belongings close. It is best not to bring along expensive electronics, jewelery or a lot of cash with you.

Making the most of it: Be open minded and adventurous. You are welcome to interact with your host and ask as many questions as you need.