Cinnamon Red

There’s one word that perfectly sums up Cinnamon Red in Colombo and that’s ‘cool’.

Bright and modern reception area at Cinnamon Red.

Bright and modern reception area at Cinnamon Red.

It’s a city hotel with a seriously funky vibe, from the decor to the rooftop bar; this place has got it going on.

Chill out at the

Chill out next to the pool at ‘Cloud Red’.

It’s located in Colombo 7 within easy reach of a few good restaurants, the train station, the lively ‘Fort area’ as well as some of Colombo’s best sights.

The red marker shows our location in the heart of Colombo 7.

The red marker shows our location in the heart of Colombo 7.

The concept at Cinnamon Red is ‘lean luxury’ but luckily this didn’t seem to apply to the vegan food, as well as being a pretty cool place to stay, the vegan food on offer was plentiful and tasty.

So that’s a cool, city hotel within in easy reach of everything we needed plus a good helping of vegan food?

You can probably tell already that we were very pleased to be spending our last night in Sri Lanka at Cinnamon Red!

The Vegan Food:

After a very sound night’s sleep, we headed down to ‘Flavoured’ for breakfast where the buffet was full of all sorts of vegan friendly foods.

Flavoured at Cinnamon Red.

‘Flavoured’ at Cinnamon Red.

We loved the fact there was fresh king coconut water on offer – such a lovely way to start the day with one of nature’s most hydrating drinks (much needed in the city heat).

Even the drinks were cool.

Even the drinks were cool.

There was a good selection of fruit and we were happy to see soya milk on offer meaning that we could have cereal which is always a real taste of home.

A taste of home!

A taste of home!

But the real magic was to be found in the selection of traditional Sri Lankan foods on offer.

We ate freshly cooked hoppers and dahl with ‘pol sambol’ (fresh spicy coconut chutney), coconut ‘mallum’ (fresh coconut salad) and spicy ‘lunumiris’ (a spicy chilli laden paste).

The coconut mallum had the most amazing flavour – dry spiced, freshly grated coconut that was full of aromatic curry leaves, black mustard seeds, cinnamon and shallots.

Freshly made Sri Lankan hoppers.

Freshly made Sri Lankan hoppers.

The lunumiris was spicy with fresh chilli and we think there was a bit of ginger thrown in, either way it was gorgeous.

And what traditional vegan Sri Lankan breakfast is complete with out string hoppers?

Of course we had to have red string hoppers at Cinnamon Red!

Of course we had to have red string hoppers at Cinnamon Red!

We enjoyed wonderfully creamy curries laden with coconut milk, gigantic cashew nuts and green peas, plus a tasty a chick pea masala – the perfect accompaniment to light string hoppers and indulgent ‘kiribath’ (milk rice) made with more of that wonderfully rich coconut milk.

The cashews were so soft that they literally melted in your mouth, a sensation that is incredibly soothing (as well as really yummy!).

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Protein rich, flavour packed cashew curry and a chick pea masala with string hoppers, kiribath and sambols… a taste of Sri Lanka all on one vegan breakfast plate.

There were also idly, dosas, and a few western breakfast staples such as baked beans and tomatoes.

It was hard not to overindulge!

The Vegan Essentials:

As if our room wasn’t cool enough with it’s giant ‘happy’ mural above the bed and there wasn’t a feather in sight (which made us vegan travellers even happier!).

The message above our feather free bed made us smile.

The message above our feather free bed made us smile.

The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:

Check into Cinnamon Red for a cool city centre stay where ‘lean luxury’ certainly does’t mean lean vegan eating.

Feast on local Sri Lankan delights at breakfast and get a great taste for how vegan friendly Sri Lankan food is.




We were guests of Cinnamon Red but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.

Cinnamon Red

59 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha,
Colombo 03,
Sri Lanka.

Telephone: +94 112 145145


Cost From: £70 / $105 per night (May 2015)

6 thoughts on “Cinnamon Red

    1. Paul Post author

      Our travels previously had always been a mixture of luxury hotel stays & home stays, or fine dining & street food. We wanted this adventure to replicate what we had always enjoyed and also what we have realised is a very common type of travel these days – people like to ‘mix it up’.

      Websites like airBnB have made the home stay option so much more accessible, in fact we are staying with a lovely family in Colombo when we return to Sri Lanka next week and this was booked through airBnb, whilst with them we will eat food from the local stall and restaurants nearby that they have recommended to us.

      Our idea was to create a resource that allows people to read about travel, home stays and street food on our blog, but also find out about hotels, resorts and restaurants that cater for guests with a plant based or vegan diet.

      Since starting the response from hotels has been great and they have eagerly taken on the challenge and are often very interested in our feedback and suggestions as to how their existing F&B offerings can be adapted for vegans.

      So many more people worldwide want to eat a healthier and more balanced diet that is also better for the environment and thevegan diet is perfect for that 🙂

    1. Caryl Post author

      was great to meet up with you next to the rooftop pool – hope you enjoyed your last night in Sri Lanka – safe travels!

  1. Anja Alford

    We’re going too!

    Looks like a great option for Colombo on our last night in Sri Lanka – thanks for the tip!

    Do you know what time breakfast starts as our flight is early?

    Thanks again…

    1. Caryl Post author

      perfect location for us all to spend our last night in Sri Lanka, great to see you guys and look forward to meeting up again soon x


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