Places to Eat in Sri Lanka

When it comes to Asian delicacies, Sri Lankan meals are like no other type of meal in the world! With such strong influence from the southern part of India, the cuisine of Sri Lanka still shows its native roots. Rice and Coconut Sambol are consumed daily in Sri Lanka, they are believe as the essential foods over there. Tip: Do not forget to try to eat with your hands! That is definitely a must!

Withlocals experiences in Sri Lanka are

100% With locals

Who you see is who you get.
The Withlocals host you book is the
host that welcomes you.

100% Private

All Withlocals experiences
are private, meaning exclusively
for you.

a 100% taste of the city

From city highlights to hidden gems.
From food essentials to home dinners.
Our hosts share it with you.

Eat in Sri Lanka

  • Breakfast the Sri Lankan way with String Hoppers (Idiappa) accompanied by lunu miris, a mix of red onions and spices. Hoppers are made from a fermented batter of rice flour, coconut milk and a dash of palm toddy.
  • Milk and rice in one? This is not something that you eat everyday. Kiribath, meaning "Milk rice" is found in most Sri Lanka to be something recommended to travelers.
  • Kavum, Kokis and Asmi. Traditional juicy sweetmeats are normally prepared during Sinhala and Tamil New year or in special occasions.
  • For popular drink, Faluda is simply the second to none! A mixed cold drink with syrup, ice cream, jelly pieces and basil seeds.

Top food experiences in Sri Lanka

Best Cooking Lesson in Sri Lanka


€29.00 p.p.

Fun Cooking Class for the Whole Family


€24.00 p.p.

Locals' Favorite Food Tour: the 10 tastings



€13.00 p.p.

Advantages to enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local

  • Meet new friends and get an authentic experience you will never forget
  • You get extra recommendations on what to do and what to try while you’re there
  • Your host can teach you how to cook local dishes and take home one of the best travel souvenirs: local recipes. Ask for a cooking class for an in-depth understanding of the cuisine you’re trying out
  • Taste and enjoy authentic local food prepared just for you by your host.
  • Taker in the flavors, history, and culture of Sri Lankan cuisine
  • You can always personalize your experience 100% for your food preferences and diet restrictions, simply ask for a personalized offer from your host.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
D Deshan

Hiking Experience - Two Magical Days in Ella

Right from the get-go, customising our 2D Kandy-Ella tour with Deshan was a breeze. Deshan was very patient with the many queries and easy-going with the itinerary, giving recommendations and suggestions on what we could fit into the 2D leg of our first trip to Sri Lanka.

He was punctual, extremely hospitable and a very gracious host/guide who was evidently proud of his country and keen to share it with us. As we were interested to experience more of the local culture and way of life, Deshan brought us to local eateries, lesser known waterfalls and drove safely along less touristy roads, including through university grounds in Kandy, which we appreciated. Found out that he uses his spare time to try out different roads/routes so that future guests travelling with him can experience more and sightsee along the drives.

Special mention of the train ride to Ella (it was a really lovely ride!) that Deshan helped to arrange at our request. Thanks so much for the memorable time we had, your sharings and stories about the legends and history of the places we visited, and for being a fantastic host!

And without a doubt, I highly recommend booking with Deshan for a sincere and local experience. Cheers!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Alexandra Manoshi

All About Curry - Private Cooking class

We spent a wonderful time with Manoshi. She took us to the foodmarket and explained about the vegetabels, herbs and fruit sri Lankan people use. She speaks very well English so its easy to understand her and she is a very friendly person.
We loved the foods we cooked , especially the eggplants recipe is delicious. We were eager to have that recipe since its one of our favourites of the Sri Lankan food.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Kimberley Chaminda Roshan

Amazing Waterfalls Day Trip by Tuk Tuk including Lunch

Thank you Roshan for showing us the beautiful country side of Kandy. If you are looking for a true local who knows the area and want to see endless views then Roshan is the man to do it. We did a full day trip with Roshan seeing beautiful waterfalls, going through local villages, meeting beautiful people along the way all with spectacular views of the Knuckle Rangers. Roshan provided us with local knowledge of the area and took us to places off the beaten track. The final waterfall and swimming spot was a highlight and Roshan provided us with the best homemade lunch in Sri Lanka. We would highly recommend Roshan and his tours!!