In case you are wondering, this “hospital” has nothing to do with medical care, but rather retail therapy and foodie fulfilment. Intrigued? Read on to find out more!
A Bit of History
This hospital dates back to Dutch colonial rule in the 17th century; it was mainly established to take care of sick or ailing seafarers of the Dutch East India Company upon arrival at the nearby Colombo Port. In more modern times, it was a police headquarters though was later disused before its transformation in 2011.
This site can be found near the popular Galle Face public park by the coast and is within a 15-minute drive from hotels such as Cinnamon Red Colombo. It is located along Hospital Street across from the World Trade Centre building; if you are looking for where to stay in Colombo, find a place close by!
Though not huge, theDutch Hospitaloffers some great shopping in Colombo. Stores such as Barefoot and Luv SL by Odel offer ethnic souvenirs from clothing to ornaments, while for traditional handicrafts there’s Shilpa National Crafts. Check out Colombo Jewellery Store for some bling orSpa Ceylon for a revitalising massage!
Dine and Drink
After all that shopping, you can enjoy the wonderful dining options here. There’s a charming open-air courtyard where you can have meals and listen to live music too. Popular dining venues include the Ministry of Crab, Colombo Fort Café and Heladiv Tea Club; also well-known is Tap House by RnR a happening pub to chill out with friends.