The Independence Square Arcade is the latest of three quite similar complexes in Colombo (the Dutch Hospital in Fort and the Racecourt, also in Cinnamon Gardens) with shopping facilities, several restaurants from fast food to fine dine and entertainment. The two stories’ completely white complex is built surrounded by lush, elegantly stone paved patios with nice lawns. The courtyard is furnished with rattan chairs and tables, while at other parts concrete street furniture makes it pleasant for the visitor to relax outdoors. Fountains finish the central court and give the place a posh finishing touch. All buildings are in colonial style, inside air-conditioned and outside elegantly illuminated during the night. In fact the Arcade is composed by a number of connecting buildings. It has become a place to hang out. Apart from elite shoppers, it is visited by many school groups, as well as by local and international tourists.