Discovering Colombo: A Tale of History and Shopping at Arcade Independence Square and Independence Square

Nestled in the heart of Colombo, the Arcade Independence Square beckons as a captivating blend of history and modern indulgence. This popular shopping complex, situated in proximity to the iconic Independence Square, offers a unique experience for visitors.

The Arcade Independence Square, a testament to architectural fusion, occupies meticulously renovated buildings, including the former Auditor General’s Office and the Western Provincial Council Building. This seamless integration of historical charm with contemporary amenities creates an unparalleled atmosphere.


Step into a world of diverse offerings at the Arcade:

Shopping Extravaganza
Indulge in retail therapy with an array of options ranging from international brands to local boutiques. The shopping experience here caters to every taste and style.


Culinary Delights:
Savor the flavors of Sri Lanka and beyond at the numerous restaurants, cafes, and food court stalls. From local delicacies to global cuisines, the Arcade is a gastronomic haven.


Entertainment Hub:
Immerse yourself in cinematic magic at Sri Lanka’s first boutique cinema, “The Empire Cineplex.” Whether it’s catching a movie or people-watching, entertainment knows no bounds

Enhancing the allure of the Arcade is its scenic locale next to Independence Square. This green oasis, adorned with a grand fountain and historic monuments, provides a tranquil retreat for visitors seeking relaxation amid urban vibrancy


Independence Square, a stone’s throw away, stands as a symbol of Sri Lanka’s journey to freedom from British rule in 1948. This historic landmark encompasses the grand Independence Memorial Hall, a statue paying tribute to Sri Lanka’s inaugural Prime Minister, D.S. Senanayake, and a captivating exhibition chronicling the nation’s history.

For those with a penchant for leisure, Independence Square offers a serene setting for strolls, picnics, and cultural appreciation. Whether reveling in the shopping fervor, delving into Sri Lanka’s past, or unwinding in picturesque surroundings, the Arcade Independence Square and Independence Square collectively offer an enriching experience for every visitor exploring Colombo’s diverse tapestry.




(Cover Image Credit: Ally Lertchanta from Facebook)

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