Earlier this year, Jaipur was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its stunning architecture and vibrant culture. Also known as the Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan offers luxurious palace stays, mouth-watering, authentic Rajasthani fare and a host of shopping opportunities—making it perfect for both short family vacations and spontaneous romantic getaways.
To keep up with the travellers’ demands, Jaipur’s gastronomical landscape is continuously evolving too. The city plays host to a number of fine-dining establishments, street-side sweet shops and many hidden gems when it comes to food. From an organic cafe to a restaurant that was once the dining room of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Vogue rounds up the best food spots to visit if you’re in the city.
Situated at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Raj Mahal is known for its Indian delicacies and lavish decor. Their four-course dinner includes dishes from all over country, from curries to biryanis, served on ornate silver dinnerware. The restaurant also opens up to a grand outdoor dining area in a sandstone courtyard, which is perfect for a romantic date. Pro tip: Make sure you call ahead and book a table.
The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Address: The Oberoi Rajvilas, Goner Road, Jaipur
Head to Rajput Room at the Rambagh Palace for a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the hotel’s manicured lawns. Not unlike the Palace, the cafe also has majestic interiors, and is best known for the breakfast spread served here, complete with French press coffee and freshly-infused teas.
Address: Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur
Serving locally grown food from their farm, this organic cafe is the perfect spot to refuel after a day of shopping at the popular textile store next door, also called Anokhi. The menu includes everything from salads, sandwiches and juices to baked goods, and their carrot cake is widely regarded as one of the best in the city. The exact menu changes according to the season, and you’ll find something new offered every day based on the produce sourced.
Address: KK Square, C 11, Prithviraj Road, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur
A Jaipur landmark, first-time visitors should definitely pencil a visit to Chokhi Dhani in their itineraries. A complete, authentic Rajasthani experience, guests can enjoy traditional folk music, souvenir-shopping and delicious thalis here.
Address: Sukhdeopura Nohara, Jaipur
The Polo Bar is a regal watering hole for fans of the sport. The bar menu includes single malts and delicious cocktails like their signature Polo Polotini—a concoction of vodka and melon liqueur. When it comes to food, the Thai Spiced Prawns with Peri Peri Olives and Fig and Apricot Stuffed Tandoori Cottage Cheese offered here make perfect accompaniments to a polo match.
Address: Taj’s Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur
Lakshmi Mishthan Bhandar
To satiate your sweet cravings, stop by at the Lakshmi Mishthan Bhandar (locals simply refer to it as ‘LMB’) in the city. Situated in Johari Bazaar, this eatery serves over 200 kinds of sweets and savoury snacks on any given day. Their specialities include the Special Paneer Ghewar, Doodh Phini, Mishri Mawa, Sohan Halwa, Rasmalai, Aloo Tikki, Dahi Vada and the Royal Rajasthani Thal.
Address: No. 98, 99, Johari Bazar Rd, Bapu Bazar, Biseswarji, Jaipur
The opulent dining room of the Maharaja of Jaipur in Amber Fort has now been reimagined as the fine-dining establishment called 1135 AD. Perched at the top of the fort, the restaurant is great for a big date night or anniversary celebrations. Enjoy the traditional 10-dish Rajasthani thali while admiring the luxurious interiors here, featuring gold-enamelled walls, period furniture and chandeliers.
Address: Amber Fort, Jaipur
An integral part of the city’s history, Niros has been serving hungry tourists and loyal locals for almost five decades now, and is a local favourite. The eatery specialises in authentic Rajasthani dishes like Laal Maas and Reshmi Kebab, but offers a multi-cuisine fare so everyone can find something to eat here. Pro tip: Niros fills up fast and doesn’t take reservations, so make sure you get there nice and early if you want a table.
Address: 319, MI Road, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur
Tapri—The Tea House
Founded by two MBA graduates, Ankit Bohra and Bapan Saurabha, this rooftop joint is the perfect hideaway from the hustle bustle of the city. Enjoy some piping hot tea as you catch up on your reading, or just sit back and savour the view (and some downtime). One of the nicest things about Tapri is that they always serve a packet of Parle G biscuits with every cup of tea, proving that they know their way to a chai-lover’s heart.