Whilst embracing his Sri Lankan roots, Shanth Fernando has maintainined a contemporary, unique approach throughout the Paradise Road brand.

As a name triggering an element of personal nostalgia (I remember visiting Paradise Road during my first visit to Sri Lanka in the early 2000’s) I would like to share my top 10 highlights currently available in their flagship store at 213 Dharmapala Mawata- a handpicked combination of ‘classics’ alongside new favourites.

  1. Sinhala alphabet mugs – 510

Paradise Road’s Sinhala alphabet mugs make an affordable, personalised gift, perfectly accompanied by your favourite brew of Ceylon tea.

Ask a member of staff to assist and be sure to clearly pronounce; letters in the English alphabet vary when translated into Sinhala depending on the sound. For example, ‘A’ for Alice is a different Sinhala letter to the ‘A’ for Ahmed.

  1. Carved character door stops– Rs. 395

The charming facial features and costumes of these Sri Lankan character door stops are irresistible as gifts- each skillfully hand carved and painted.

They also sell a range of non Sri Lankan faces, sharing an uncanny resemblence to the cast of ‘Its a Small World’!

  1. Large Pink Elephant– Rs. 2875

There’s something so delightfully playful and surreal about this neon pink elephant. It would be a striking feature piece for someone with a passion for modern art or love for colour.

Also available in (equally neon) shades of green, blue, orange and red.

  1. Pack of 6 Copper Coasters– Rs. 1,210

There are various designs for these copper coasters however these two are my favourites- especially the quirky character on the right, often found ‘guarding’ the walls of Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka.

  1. Shampoo bottles (with/without handle)– Rs. 165

These rustic, refillable toiletry bottles would instantly enhance the style factor of any bathroom. They’re also available in larger sizes and a variety of colours- an effortless way to rearrange and declutter.

  1. (From Left) Sinhala Alphabet BagRs. 215, Fine Stripe Batik Rs. 640 and Tamil Alphabet BagRs. 290.

Environmentally friendly canvas bags come in all shapes and sizes at Paradise Road-a cultural gift on their own or filled with additional goodies.

  1. Ceramic book ends– Rs. 2,000 (Architecture of an Island £5,800)

These artsy ceramic book ends, holding the ‘Ayubowan’ hand pose are one of my favourite examples of tasteful Sri Lankan memorabilia.

  1. Various Handmade Soaps

Although a wider variety of handmade soaps are available in store, I choose to showcase the scents which Sri Lanka is indiginously most famous for; Sandalwood, Cinnamon and Aloe.

  1. Black and white table runner– Rs. 1,460 Linen Place Mat- Rs. 560 Dinner Plate-Rs. 440Black and white linen napkin– Rs.290 Elephant napkin ring Rs. 310

A prime example of classic Paradise Road, this tasteful, monochromatic dinner set (altogether Rs. 3,060) would beautify any table.

  1. Incense hand holder– Rs. 1,150

Another in their quirky ‘hand series’, this insence holder in mundra meditation pose is one of my personal favourites. You could buy a packet of Amritha incense sticks from a local supermarket for an added touch.

…and after all that shopping you may fancy a Ceylon brew in their cafe upstairs, also offering a selection of cakes and main dishes.

The china, including this Sinhala cup and saucer set (also available in Tamil) can be bought in the shop for Rs. 705. Stylish and cultural, what Style in Sri Lanka is all about!