Galle, The Fort Bazaar and Getting Social at Church Street Social

GaWe were not supposed to walk around the tiny alleys of Galle Fort that afternoon. But we did. Because dear sugar plums, the tiny alleys of today’s Galle fort are wonderfully photogenic. And we couldn’t resist revisiting them for the hundredth time. Once we were done, we paid a visit to the sister hotel of Walawwa by Teardrop Hotels. And that is, The Fort Bazaar.

As soon as we entered, We were greeted with a refreshing drink to quench our thirst. And that’s indeed what we needed after roaming around the streets of historic Galle Fort, snappin’ white tuks and quite bohemic bicycles lining the alleys.

The Fort  Bazaar  indeed is a charming beautiful place with Moorish architecture and has a tad Scandinavian feel to it. While Nat loved the simple but elegant attic attached to the upper fam suite, Zin fell in love with the spacious common library upstairs. Perfect place to lie down, sip some coffee and read Tiny Beautiful Things. Yes, that’s Zin’s favorite book. Haven’t you read it yet? Go, grab it, expect to cry but thank Z later. Because dear sugar plums, it’s as beautiful as the beautiful Fort Bazaar.

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What About The Food?

Oh the food! The absolutely delicious, mouthwatering and photogenic fusion cuisine across oceans with a touch of Ceylon, subtly seasoned with Lankan spices to balance the flavors and aroma of every dish brought you. Cooked to perfection and served by the friendliest staff in the island. Food here gets a thumbs up!

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Processed with VSCO with n1 presetSo What Did We Love The Most?

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The Jumbo Fish Cake we tried for starters. The crispiest, crunchiest boneless chunk of fish topped with tomato salsa. If heaven was food, this must be it. And, and, and we absolutely loved the local Trincomalee barramundi accompanied with mashed potatoes. Creamy, buttery and oh-so-delicious mashed potatoes. Did we say ma-aaaaaaaa-shed potatoes? Did we?

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The baked fondant with gooey choco goodness with a cuppa was the ideal way to finish our gastronomical adventures at Church Street Social.Yes yes yes, the fancy restaurant of Fort Bazaar, facing the historic Church Street is named the Church Street Social.

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But What I Need Something So Sri Lankan?

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No worries there, sugar plum. CSS (Church Street Social)’s got you covered with a range of rice & curry dishes on their lunch menu. We recommend you to try their Black Pork Curry with Rice. It’s been one of their best sellers and a black pork curry never goes wrong.


We would like to thank Teardrop Hotels for organizing our visit at The Fort Bazaar, but as always opinions are honest and entirely our own.

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We are Nathan and Zinara, documenting our experiences and stories for a lifestyle full of love and adventure. Currently based in Sri Lanka.

23 thoughts on “Galle, The Fort Bazaar and Getting Social at Church Street Social

  1. I’m yet to venture to Srilanka! Thanks for this review, I have one more options to stay! The hotel looks chic & elegant & sophisticated! The food looks absolutely divine too! Looking forward for more about Galle Fort itself!

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  2. The Fort Bazaar seems to be the perfect place to stay whilst exploring Galle. The food you photographed looks delicious too, especially the pineapple juice, I could drink that right now. Your photos of The Fort Bazaar are wonderful, so detailed.

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  3. It looks comfortable and modern. I adore the bathroom. It does not have too many decorations which I really prefer. I like the foods that you have featured too. They look delicious and good variety.

    Iza c/o Kathy James (Walk About Wanderer)

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  4. I am sitting at my laptop drooling over those meals! They look so good!! I need to visit so I can try the black pork curry with rice, you’ve sold me!

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  5. Good to see such sights from Galle. Isn’t it the southernmost part of SL? I can see a lot of Old World charm in these pictures and that is something that always fascinates me.

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    1. Yes, exactly! Galle belongs to south. The southernmost point is however Dondra which belongs to Matara district. The south has so much colonial influences with a touch of old Ceylonese charm.

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    1. It really is. From beautiful beaches to mountains, waterfalls, tea plantations, paddy fields and colonial architecture, there are so many things to see and do. Hope you plan a visit here soon 🙂

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