The Galle Fort is a renowned historical and architectural monument which is quite popular amongst travellers and almost always seems to make it into everyone’s holiday itinerary. The colonial style architecture paired with cobblestone alleyways certainly adds to its charm and never fails to amaze every single visitor. Whether you’re visiting Galle or just passing through, you should definitely make way to this iconic attraction.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galle Fort is shrouded in ancient history and charm, which you can absolutely find in every nook and corner. As a matter of fact, its history dates back to the 16th century, when it was first built by the Portuguese during their regime. It is also known as the Dutch Fort as it was fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century and then, was taken over by the British. It encapsulates the infusion between European architecture and South Asian traditions during 16th -18th centuries.
Over the years, this heritage site has become quite a travel hotspot, thanks to its colonial aesthetics along with its gorgeous view from one of the popular coastal cities in Sri Lanka. In the present day, it has become a retail and lifestyle hub of the South. Apart from immersing yourself in the essence of the Galle Fort as you walk through the cobblestone alleyways, you could also make way to some of the finest boutiques that sell clothing, spices, handicrafts, gems, and jewellery. Or better yet, it’s the perfect place to explore food and take your taste buds on a gastronomic adventure.
If you’re on the lookout for some of the best places to eat when exploring Galle Fort, AQUA has got you covered. Come, have a taste of Italia right here in the spectacular Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.
When it comes to Italian cuisine, it’s safe to say that it’s a labour of love. It infuses seasonal produce, fresh ingredients, and traditional recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, home to some of the finest wines and of course, familia.
At AQUA, there’s something for everyone. From Italian fine dining to street food, there are many options to choose from as you indulge in your favourite Italian dishes or even try out something completely new. The fresh produce is sourced from the island nation itself, based on what’s readily available during each season, whilst wines, cheeses, cold cuts, and cured meats are directly imported from Italy to ensure each dish is prepared with high quality ingredients.
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If you’re hoping to experience Italian fine dining at its best, then AQUA Forte is the place to be. Known as one of the finest Italian restaurants in Sri Lanka, the restaurant exudes an old world charm and is exquisitely paired with contemporary Italian interiors. Their curated menu is small and quite detail oriented. Every dish on the menu has been perfectly prepared by the head chef, Roberto Vicario, where you can either choose to order from the tasting menu or à la carte. Although, we’d recommend to start off your dining experience with an Italian antipasto as an appetiser. Then, make way to main dishes and afterwards, don’t forget to indulge in some Italian wine and cheese course to end things off with a scrumptious dessert of choice.
Are you caving a slice of Italy? Then head over to AQUA Pizza and taste authentic Neapolitan pizzas. These classic and Neapolitan pizzas feature an array of fresh premium quality ingredients which are baked in wood fire ovens to enhance that authentic flavour. After a long day of exploring Galle Fort, why not, make way to the Italian Pizzeria and treat yourself to a warm slice (or more) of pizza as you unwind and refuel yourself.
Are you someone who prefers to grab breakfast on the go? Or want to simply enjoy a good brunch before or after exploring the Galle Fort? An Italian bakery and street food restaurant, AQUA Forno is the perfect spot to grab an all day breakfast with a touch of Italian street food. Whether it’s a cornetto, chocolate brioche, focaccia, with your favourite ciabatta or even a scoop of gelato, you’re in for a real treat!