Ella is a mountain town in Sri Lanka known for its hikes and trails. With tea plantations, waterfalls and plenty of natural scenery, this area of Sri Lanka is a favourite among backpackers. As small as Ella is, there are plenty of spots to have a meal, a cup of tea or some drinks after sundown. Here is a list of the top 10 restaurants in Ella, in no particular order.
Most restaurants and cafes line Ella’s main road and a couple are a little off of the centre, but all are easily accessible by foot or by tuk tuk.
The Dream Cafe is the coffee shop located outside of the Dream Cafe guesthouse. Good for breakfast and a quick meal, Dream Cafe has seating that overlooks the road and serves typical cafe fare.
Dream Cafe, +94 0572 051 110
Matey Hut is a tiny log hut that doesn’t look like much but serves a mean rice and curry with all the trimmings. The place is small so there may be a wait – it’s worth it!
Matey Hut, Ella
One of the biggest attractions in Ella is the hike to Little Adam’s Peak. On the edge of town and close to the bus stop, the Curd Shop serves killer curd and treacle. It’s also a great spot for a quick breakfast before the hike and for picking up sandwiches for the walk.
Curd Shop, Ella
As one of the many roadside cafes in Ella, 360 is laid back and friendly. The food is varied and the ambience is relaxed. 360 is a great option for a meal – the burgers are a favourite.
360 Ella, 10, Main Street, Ella, +94 071 409 4688
Tom and I spent lunch, dinner and breakfast at 360 Ella which is right at the heart of the town. The atmosphere is lovely, you can choose to sit either downstairs, upstairs under a little roof or on a verandah but the entire place is technically outdoors which is lovely. They even have an entire wall which is basically just a chalk board and I definitely didn’t miss my opportunity to write my name on it. I kind of like the idea of there being a little part of me in Ella regardless of where in the world I am. Although the service was quite slow they did do everything possible to accommodate us the best they could. We weren’t feeling well during breakfast and the manager went to the store to get us samahan tea and didn’t even charge us for it. Can’t wait to go again! •I got the 360 Ella burger which has a layer of egg and melted cheese over the chicken patty. I’ve never had an egg with my burger but it was absolutely amazing. Ended up ordering the same thing for dinner too. • Tom got the chicken and cheese rotti, which he claims was “delightful”, and the banana and chocolate rotti. Fortunately I got to try the banana and chocolate rotti and it’s the best thing I’ve ever had, we ended up ordering it again for dinner and breakfast the next morning.