The best shopping in the fort? Laksala gift and souvenir boutique, JOJO Antiques and Vintage, The Mansion House, Barefoot for unique Sri Lankan local design, KK Collection for art, Southern Antiques and the Saskia Gallery gift shop.
Best eateries and why? The Fort Printers for Sri Lankan, North African and Mediterranean cuisines. Why Beach for genuine Italian food and Talpe Beach Club for modern European food.
Any new restaurants one should visit? The Tuna and the Crab for fabulous Japanese and Western seafood.
Buildings of architectural and historical interest? The Old Spice Warehouse, completed in 1668 to store spices before shipment to Holland. The Old Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1752 and the All Saints church for the stained glass windows.
Best sunset view? The western fort ramparts along Rampart Road and the Amangalla Sunset Balcony on the fourth floor, with snacks and drinks afterwards.