EAT: Black Cat Cafe is an independent coffeeshop set up by a young married couple who'd recently moved to Lanka after over a decade overseas. Their aim was to create a space in Colombo that offered carefully-made espresso-based coffees, mouth-watering bread, and fresh, seasonal ingredients in a home-away-from-home setting. The cafe started out with a limited selection of well-crafted sandwiches on the menu, focusing on consistency and quality. Over time, while the menu has expanded to offer breakfast and dinner, our focus hasn't shifted.
DRINK: Black Cat exclusively uses specialty coffee by Temple Grounds, whose beans are brought over from around the world and roasted right here in Colombo. Black Cat's espresso-based coffees are held to a high standard, and prepared by our trained baristas. Meanwhile our bevvy of fresh fruit juices are made using seasonal fruit sourced daily from the produce markets.
While vintage book markets are a treat, you've usually got to carve out a chunk of time to trawl through the shelves for those hidden gems. Since we love combing through old secondhand shops, we handpick the books we think you'd appreciate, and curate them in our little shop! Plus vintage prints and locally designed wares. Check out some of our stocked artists and designers below. Stock is always limited, so if you like it, buy it - chances are it won't be around for too long.
Black Cat STAYt is on the first floor of a 1920's colonial house, conveniently found just above our cafe. Nestled in the heart of one of Colombo's most vibrant neighborhoods, we're within walking distance to some of the city's best restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries and shops. Plus a short ride to Fort Railway Station, and 45mins from the airport.