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Condé Nast Traveler asks Stick No Bills® Founder how best to spend a day in Galle Fort

Condé Nast Traveler International Press Travel Galle Fort (Sri Lanka)

Condé Nast Traveler asks Stick No Bills® Founder how best to spend a day in Galle Fort

Condé Nast Traveler asks Meg for insider tips on Galle Fort.

"Arrive early to avoid the midday heat and enter by the British (eastern) gate. Start with a coffee or coconut juice at the cigar table on the resplendent terrace of the iconic Amangalla Hotel from where you can watch the chattering school kids and their sari-clad teachers walk past.

Then, turn south down Church Street, perhaps only as far as Fort Bazaar (featured in our Goodnight Ceylon design) so as not to miss out on the best eggs benedict in Galle (or perhaps so you can abandon your loved-ones there for an hour while you sneak back out on to Church Street to discover the UNESCO living heritage city's art galleries, antiques warehouses, clothing boutiques and 89 jewellery shops in solitude).

Enjoy beetroot gazpacho at the airy Fort Printers for lunch before exploring Pedlars Street; first west (where all the best stores are located) then track back east towards the southern ramparts and the lighthouse. The latter is best arrived at after 4pm so you can then enjoy walking the elevated grassy circumference of the fort, culminating at the granite clock tower overlooking the Indian ocean and the cricket stadium for sunset. Complete your loop by catching a tuk tuk from there to Sugar Bistro in the Dutch Hospital for relaxed dining and an occidental reprieve from the intensity of the technicolour tropical dream outside.

Visit the Sunday market held in breathtaking Law Court Square and, if you are as hooked as I am, join www.greenergalle.com, our community-launched initiative to turn this incredible fortified town into the world’s first carbon neutral UNESCO living heritage city.



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