Even though Rajasthani cuisine never became popular like Gujarati or Punjabi cuisines, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist or it is not popular. There are many interesting and yummy things to try in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Here is a quick food guide to Jaipur.
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Famous Place in Jaipur for Rajasthani Food
LMB in Johari Bazar is one of the most popular places to enjoy the local food. “LMB Thali” is immensely popular among the travelers and so is chaats and Ghevar. This restaurant cum mithai shop has a large number of repeat visitors because it has been around for a long time.
It has an old world charm as the entire setting looks straight out 1960’s and 70’s. LMB is a prominent name in Johari Bazar so you won’t encounter any problem in reaching this place.
Pandit Kulfi near City Palace offers the one of the best Kulfi in Jaipur. To the uninitiated, its made from milk and is a traditional ice cream. If you have never tried Kulfi, you must have one at Pandit Kulfi near Sirehdyodi Gate in Sirehdyodi Bazaar.
Tip – It is inexpensive and a great value for money.
Best Places to Try Street Food in Jaipur
Newly opened Masala Chowk in Ram Niwas garden near Albert Hall Museum is one stop shop for Jaipur street food. It is an open-air food court. You get to taste popular items of the old Jaipur at one place. Outlets like Samrat, Somilal, Gulabji Chai are legendary names in Jaipur street food all of which are present at Masala Chowk. The central location of Masala Chowk makes it a lot easier for the travelers to hop here. Masala Chowk is in Ram Niwas Garden, near Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur. This food court is not far from the famous Johari Bazar and Jaipur City Palace. Do note that Masala Chowk is immensely popular among the locals so expect a large crowd on weekends and public holidays.
Things to try:
Dal Kachori – Samraat
Samosa- Shakar Samosewala
Gulab Shakari – Somilal
Chai and Bun Maska – Gulabji Chai
Pani Puri – Gopalji Patasewala
Kulfi and Faluda – Brijwasi
Mahavir Rabdi Thali and Dal Baati Thali – Mahavir Rabdi
Tip – One need to pay an entry fee of Rs 10/person.
Rooftop Restaurants in Jaipur with a View
You catch an amazing view of one of the iconic historical places in Jaipur ‘Hawa Mahal‘ from the Winds View Cafe. Hawa Mahal or Wind Palace as some people prefer to call is one of the most sought-after tourist attraction in Jaipur.
Winds View Cafe can be reached through the stairs between the tourist shops opposite to Hawa Mahal in Sirehdyodi Bazar.
Tapri Central has a great view of the Central Park from its outdoor seating on the rooftop. You can catch a lovely sunset from Tapri Central. It is hugely popular among the locals especially during the weekends; getting a seat involves a long waiting time. Things to try at Tapri – A pot of Cutting Chai, Bun Maska and Vada Pav. Tapri Central is at Prithviraj Road, C Scheme, opposite to Central Park Gate no 3. It is open from 8 Am to 10.30 PM.
Must Try Desserts/Sweets in Jaipur
Ghevar is a Rajasthani sweet which is prepared across Rajasthan. It is a popular preparation for Rajasthani festivals like Gangaur and Teej. The best places for Ghevar in Jaipur are LMB and Sambhar Fini in Johari Bazaar.
Apart from these two shops, you can also enjoy Ghevar at Rawat Misthan Bhandar at Station Road, BMB Sweets near Sanganeri Gate and Sodhani Sweets on Tonk Road and Ajmer Road.
Pyaaz Kachori at Rawat Misthan Bhandar is incredibly popular among the locals and tourists. There’s always waiting involved if you want to buy one at this place.
Apart from Pyaaz Kachori, you must try Mawa Kachori at Rawat Misthan Bhandar. Mawa Kachori is exclusive to this shop. Rawat Misthan Bhandar is near Polo Victory Cinema on Station Road.
Lassiwala Lassi is synonymous with Jaipur. This shop is more than 50 years old and is infamous for winding up earlier than its competitors. The owners work with a philosophy of selling a limited number of glasses everyday and wind up operations for the day as soon as they achieve these numbers.
They are consistent when it comes to the taste of Lassi and it is quite thick in comparison to the one served in Delhi. Lassi is served in an earthen pot – Kullad.
Do note that there are similar sounding shops around and often many travelers fall into the trap. The original Lassi shop is on extreme left corner having a black granite signboard. Tip – Do ask for Malai topping. You can choose between large or small lassi glass. A large Kullad/ glass of lassi is quite filling. Just to be on a safe side have one before noon; you never know when they run out of lassi!
Anokhi Cafe has carved out a niche for itself serving organic and vegan food and is part of Anokhi store which sells hand block printed clothes. It is a small cafe but the items on their menu are unique. You are unlikely to find most items at any other cafe. The prices are at par with most other cafes in the city. Tip – Do try Salads and organic coffee.
Best Pubs and Cafes in Jaipur
Bar Palladio is the hippest lounge in town. The peacock-blue interiors are sure to cast its magic spell; it is kind of an exotic experience. This place reminds me of the Bond movie Octopussy which featured Monsoon Palace and Jag Mandir in Udaipur.
It might not have the best menu and enough choices but you are guaranteed a great experience. Bar Palladio is at Narain Niwas Hotel, Tonk Road, Jaipur.
Shikaar Bagh is right next to the Bar Palladio. It recreates the ambiance of the hunting lodges from the colonial days when Britishers went for hunting safari in Indian jungles. You can choose between outdoor seating or upper deck. They have a lot of choices when it comes to food and drinks. I loved this place for its ambiance.
Curious Life Coffee Roasters is a great place to grab a cup of coffee and sandwich. It’s always packed because no one else makes coffee like CLC in Jaipur. You can choose your preferred method of brew and the origin of coffee beans.
Curious Life Coffee is very popular among the expats for breakfast. Tip- This cafe has a reputation for running out of seating space because it’s incredibly popular.
If you want to experience how food is sold in Jaipur you must stroll through the Johari Bazaar. These are bazaars where one can buy raw ingredients and prepare food at home.
There’s a vegetable market near Sanganeri gate in Johari Bazaar. You can stroll and see how people buy and sell vegetables and fruits. It’s a traditional market.
Apart from this, there are shops that sell all kinds of ingredients that goes into preparing food at home right from spices to dry fruits.
I recommend this market because of its accessibility. A walk from Sanganeri Gate to Badi Chaupar will throw up some interesting things and allow you to experience a variety of sights and smells.
Street food tends to be spicy if you prefer less spicy ask the vendor to prepare one for you where possible. In some cases like Pyaaz Kachori, it is not possible to do so.
Most traditional food items like Ghevar and Pyaaz Kachori or Mawa Kachori is laden with calories. Watch out if you are on a diet.