Known for its fragrant spices, vibrant fabrics, stunning silver jewelers and one-of-a-kind antiques, it’s difficult to leave Sri Lanka without a backpack full of mementos. From far-flung rural marketplaces to the boutiques and galleries of Galle and Colombo, shopping in Sri Lanka has something for everyone at a relatively low cost.
It’s a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.
Things to buy in Sri Lanka
Handicrafts: Although available all over the country, Kandy is one of the best places to buy locally made handicrafts. Choose from handmade brass and silver jewelers, vibrant fabric bags and scarves, and batik wall hangings.
Spices: Home to a multitude of plantations and spice gardens, it’s no wonder some of the world’s best spices come from Sri Lanka. Perhaps buy some saffron, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric and cardamom to take home a taste of Sri Lanka with you.
Gem Stones: If you’re after a low-cost gemstone, Sri Lanka is a top place to pick up a stone at great price. Birthstones are popular, as are girls’ best friends – diamonds! As always, buy from a licensed gem store to guarantee authenticity.