Culturally and architecturally enriched by a potpourri of influences – domestic, Indian, Arab, Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, Dutch and British – Colombo is a place where people and histories mix and mingle ‘serendipitously’ – in fact, this is exactly where the word comes from. There are plenty of things to do in Colombo, Sri Lanka: this typically cosmopolitan Asian port city offers ever-more stylish contemporary eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters, many of them recently renovated, where you can find great local food, discover colourful shops or rest your well-walked feet in a tiny, convivial cafe.