Shakti Stays: Black Cat Bed & Breakfast


When I first left Melbourne to begin my life in the tropics, I really didn't know what to expect of Colombo. Flying in at night, I could see the lights below madly glittering and it took me a moment to realise why. It was because the street lights and tail lights of tuk tuks and cars were peeking out from under an abundance of tropical trees, all jostling for space in this chaotic city. Colombo was a mystery then, and it's still revealing new secrets six months later.

But if there's one place that has always made me feel at home, whilst still having JUST enough of that exotic flavour about that keeps my nomad spirit happy, it's Black Cat Bed & Breakfast. We've spent many a lazy morning enjoying breakfast and catching up with friends in the café – which serves some of Colombo's very best coffee (read more about that here). But, it was also the first place we stayed in (and liked!) when we arrived in Colombo. I'll always remember unpacking our suitcases with sheer relief at finding such a welcoming space after all our travelling.


On the first floor of a 1920's colonial house, Black Cat provides simple yet stylish accomodation. It's cool, neat and tidy with a minimalistic, vintage aesthetic. It made us both feel instantly at home, with it's eclectic furnishings, quirky books and artworks and, of course, the smell of great coffee brewing downstairs. It's walking distance to some of Colombo's best restaurants, bars, cafés, galleries and shops too, which was perfect for us. Finally, the city was revealing it's secrets. Don't forget to book ahead though – with only 5 rooms, this little gem is getting really popular!

Take me there...

Black Cat Bed & Breakfast
No.11 Wijerama Mawatha,
Colombo 07