Old Dutch Market

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Timings : 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : Free

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Old Dutch Market , Galle Overview

Galle is much more than the historic fort and its attractions. The Old Dutch Market in Galle is one of the unique remnants of colonial times. As the name suggests, it is a marketplace, popular amongst locals as well as tourists for selling some of the freshest and exotic produce in all of Galle.

Perhaps one of the oldest markets in Sri Lanka, the Old Dutch Market is also known as Green Market. Exotic fruits such as rambutan and wood-apple, native to the region, are favourites with shoppers. Do visit the Old Dutch market to soak in the sights and sounds of a true-blue Sri Lankan marketplace with a bit of history attached to it.

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History of Old Dutch Market

The Old Dutch Market is in a 300-year-old colonial-style building, but the origins of its date of opening are quite blurry; it is believed to have opened 300 years ago or in the late 19th century. The marketplace suffered damage during the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Consequently, the place was restored by BASF, a famous German chemical company.

Shopping in Old Dutch Market

A stopover at Old Dutch market is incomplete without buying tropical fruits that the country is known for such as wood-apple, soursop, rambutan, bananas, durian and mangosteen. The adjoining fish market and spice stalls are also worth a visit. Tourists who have enrolled for cookery classes in the town are typically suggested to accompany chefs for a visit to the market.

Old Dutch Market Timings and Entry Fee

The timings of the Old Dutch Market are from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Entry to the market is completely free.

Best Time To Visit Old Dutch Market

The best time to visit the Old Dutch Market is before the afternoon to purchase the freshest produce of the day.

Tips For Visiting old Dutch Market

1. The prices of the produce at the market are flexible, so remember to negotiate wisely.

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