13 Restaurants & Cheap Eats in Hikkaduwa – A Foodie’s Guide

Surfers, water sports enthusiasts, and especially people who love the nightlife all flock to Hikkduwa in search of a great time and even better food! The fare here is eclectic and authentic at the same time. Not only can you spend the day on the beach, but might as well have delicious food while soaking up the sun.

Best Food Experiences

Food is one of the best ways to understand a culture and is one of the memories from a travel you will cherish for long. Hikkaduwa is well known for its unique dishes and here are few of the best and where to have them:

1. Kottu Roti at Fantasy Pot Luck

Image of Making kottu roti in srilanka street frastivels
Making kottu roti in srilanka street frastivels | Source: Sithu Fen /Dreamstime.com

Hikkaduwa is well known for its special mouthwatering rotis and each little chic café on the stretch will treat you with this local fast food.

If you’re someone who goes all authentic when visiting a new place, go for the Kottu Roti at Fantasy Pot Luck.

A fusion of flavours, it comes in a wide variety of sweet and spicy to choose from. Kottu is Sri Lanka’s hamburger — everybody’s favorite go-to fast food when craving something tasty.

This eatery prepares fresh rotis for you and if you think waiting will be boring, you’re mistaken.

You can watch them prepare this unique street food dish and enjoy live cooking-station action.

Sweet lovers, go for the chocolate banana honey roti and the spice lovers, try the chicken or cheese kottu rotis.

A real steel at a nominal price – indulge your taste buds as they fall in love at first bite.

Image of Kottu plate on white dish sri lanka
Kottu plate on white dish sri lanka | Source: Sithu Fen /Dreamstime.com

2. Rice & Curry at Asian Jewel Boutique Hotel

Image of Rice and curry sri lankan cuisine
Rice and curry sri lankan cuisine | Source: Ppy2010ha /Dreamstime.com

An accurate description of Sri Lanka might well be the Island of Rice.

The rice and curries served in the island’s hotels are a sumptuous plateful of rice accompanied by at least five, and sometimes as many as 15, curries of contrasting textures and flavours, from highly spiced meat and fish curries to gently flavoured dishes of pineapple, sweet potato or aubergine, plus servings of unusual local.

If you are already craving for the authentic rice and curry, and is in Hikkaduwa, make sure you go to Asian Jewel Boutique Hotel.

Staying true to its name, this good curry spot in Hikkaduwa is indeed a jewel when it comes to serving the choicest of curries and rice preparations.

A little out of town, you’ll need a tuk tuk or drive down to this restaurant but trust us, going a little out of the way is worth it.

Tuck in your senses in the fiery curries, sweet caramelized onion in seeni sambal (onion relish), and sour lime pickle as they dominate your palate.

Image of Sri lankan curry
Sri lankan curry | Source:  Guy Mace Photography/Shutterstock.com
Image of Traditional food Tapioca served with fish curry sri lanka
Traditional food Tapioca served with fish curry sri lanka | Source: Susansam90/Dreamstime.com

3. Hoppers at Bookworm Library Restaurant

Image of String Hoppers or indiappa Sri Lankan food in dark background
String Hoppers or indiappa Sri Lankan food in dark background | Source:  FKavinda/Shutterstock.com

Hoppers are the Sri Lankan answer to the pancakes and waffles.

Locally known as Aappa, this delicate wafer-thin meal is prepared in a mini wok and found all over Sri Lanka.

The batter is made from a slightly fermented concoction of rice flour, coconut milk, sometimes coconut water and a hint of sugar.

For some of the best home-cooked hoppers in town order breakfast in this family-run place – Bookworm Library Restaurant.

At Bookworm, the food is upstairs; downstairs the family lends books and rents out motorbikes.

Go for a plain or egg hopper topped with salt and pepper for seasoning or a sweet honey coconut hopper.

So when you’re in Lanka, say goodbye to the English breakfast at go for the crunchy hoppers.

Image of Egg hopper bittara aappa Sri lanka
Egg hopper bittara aappa Sri lanka | Source: Ppy2010ha /Dreamstime.com

Fine Dining

1. Mamas Coral Beach ($$$) 

No.338, Galle Road, Hikkaduwa | 077 281 4429 | www.mamascoralbeach.com/

Mamas Coral Beach is known for its old world charm, polite hosts, and relaxing ambiance.

They offer a variety of seafood dishes and a host of beverages in ample amounts for a foodie of any palette or acquired taste.

This is a must visit as it exudes the local Hikkaduwa culture as soon as you step inside.

Family and Casual Dining

1. Fantasy Potluck ($$) 

359 AH43, Hikkaduwa

Image of Papaya for desert on wooden background in sri lanka
Papaya for desert on wooden background in sri lanka | Source: Mohamed Rizly/Dreamstime.com

Known for its cleanliness and good food, the Fantasy Potluck is a great find for the hungry, budget-conscious traveller. The relaxed ambiance and friendly hosts are just part of the appeal. Their fruit juices are raved about and sitting upstairs is a common suggestion by many who have visited the place before.

2. No.1 Roti Restaurant  ($$)

373 Colombo – Galle Main Road, Hikkaduwa

Image of Roti is a flatbread originating from the Indian subcontinent
Roti is a flatbread originating from the Indian subcontinent | Source:  Jo Theera/Shutterstock.com

If roti is your thing, this is the place to be! Offering more than 200 types of roti dishes, this place will have you visiting again and again. It’s set away from the beaches and restaurants, which makes this place a must-visit for adventurers and those who like to get off the beaten path.

3. Hello Burger  ($$) 

Wewala -Galle Road, Hikkaduwa

Two amicable brothers run this burger joint in a lively, creative way. Hello Burger prides itself on being the best in town for its price. A must try for the non-meat eaters is their veggie burgers, which tastes nothing like normal veggie burger.

Adorned with cozy interiors and cushions for your tired feet, this is a relief for any person who had a day of roaming around the streets of Hikkaduwa.

4. Thambili Café ($$) 

63 Galle Road, Thiranagama, Hikkaduwa

Thambili Cafe is vegan friendly, has a great chilled out vibe, and is overall a great choice for budget food. If you are lucky, you will spot their dog, a friendly cocker spaniel. They are also known for their amazing breakfast menus.

5. Salty Swamis Cafe and Surf Shop ($$$) 

542, Wewala, Hikkaduwa, Galle Road | 077 729 1722 | www.saltyswamis.com

Salty Swamis is a funky new cafe that popped up on the beach strips of Hikkaduwa. Apart from tasty seafood and coffee, they cater to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free customers too. A very tastefully decorated cafe, this is in the midst of a surf shop that sells beach and surfing accessories, swami based designs on recycled bags and books.

Whitewashed walls and bright lights give the cafe a lively ambiance and the food is good, which makes this the perfect go to place in Hikka.

6. Sunny’s Beach Oceanview Restaurant ($$) 

462/4 Wewala, Hikkaduwa

Right on the sandy beach, this restaurant is the perfect romantic dinner for two spot. Bask in the moonlight and listen to the sounds of the ocean while you eat delicious food at a very reasonable price. The free WiFi, sunbeds, and the wind in your hair is a definite boon.

Budget Friendly Dining

1. Bookworm Library Restaurant  ($)

Galle Road (Beach Side), Hikkaduwa

Known for their curries around town, this restaurant parts with great food and rare finds in books at the bookstore below. The eatery itself is on the rooftop and offers a cozy dining experience with friendly staff and delicious cooking.

2. Sunset Coffee Bar ($)

Galle Road, Hikkaduwa

This welcoming spot by the beach specializes in its drinks—mainly coffee. They have a variety of coffee and milkshakes and their meals aren’t that far behind either. Catering both Sri Lankan and International cuisines, this is a place that offers a chilled ambiance, great food, greater drinks and good services for a very low cost.

3. Isira Coffee Shop ($)

6 Waulagoda Road, Hikkaduwa

Run by a person named Siri, this is a great find for those vacationing within a budget. They pride themselves on having the best coffee in Hikkaduwa and if reviews are anything to go by, they must be right. Their rotis and filter coffees are a must have while you wait for your food. Not to mention all the snacks offered at the counter while you’re waiting!

4. Home Grown Rice & Curry ($$)

140 Wewala, Hikkaduwa

Image of Yellow rice and curry or kaha bath dark food
Yellow rice and curry or kaha bath dark food | Source:  FKavinda/Shutterstock.com

Hidden in a garden of sorts and under palm trees, this is a find for those who want a comfy meal in a secluded restaurant without going broke. Run by a lovely family, the ambiance is relaxing and the food has nothing to be complained about. What more could you ask for on a vacation by the beach?

5. Get Fresh ($$)

Waulagoda Middle Rd, Hikkaduwa

Best known for its seafood dishes, Get Fresh has to be one of the cheapest places to eat at in Hikkaduwa. The taste and quality of food is compromised in no way and its ambiance is minimal but delightful.

6. Le Reve D’Hikka ($) 

583 Galle Road, Niragama, Hikkaduwa | 077 843 8789

A beautiful establishment under thatched roofs, this authentic Sri Lankan style building has old world charm. They serve traditional Sri Lankan cuisine among others, and their rice and curries are a must have for any foodie. Managed by a couple of French people, this place promises great service, a relaxed ambiance, and delicious food.

Clearly, Hikkaduwa is the place to be for beaches, surfing, and culinary delights! If you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or just want something cold and sweet to drink on a hot day, you’ll find it all here! From elegant fine dining beneath a coconut tree to tasty budget bites that you can grab without emptying your wallet, Hikkaduwa will make sure you get your fill!