Jaipur – a mention of the Pink City immediately conjures up images of vibrant colors, winding roads, stunning havelis, forts and palaces steeped in history! And along with that a host of delicacies handed down from the royal kitchens of the Maharajas and a blend of local cuisines. A trip to this city, no matter how short – would be incomplete if one doesn’t savour the mouthwatering fare – from sumptuous street food on chaotic busy bazaars to the food of the kings in gorgeous palace settings. So here’s a list of places one must stop by and gorge at when in Jaipur!
9 Best Places to Eat in Jaipur
Chaat and Rabri at LMB
Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar is perhaps the most well known eatery in Jaipur. Located in the busy Johari Bazaar, it makes for the perfect pit stop in between all the shopping frenzy that is bound to happen in Jaipur. Their delicious range of chaats and sweets can make even those on a serious diet take a break and indulge. Also try their Rabri, Ghewar, Lassi and Daal Baati Churma.
It’s the best antidote to the searing hot sun– a cool glass of Lassi in an earthern cup. And the deliciously creamy version at Lassiwala is certainly the one to go for. Bang in the middle of MI Road, there are a row of Lassi shops, but ‘Lassiwala – Since 1944’ – is the original Lassi shop to stop at and drink away till you get a fat creamy white moustache.
Walking down MI road, the delicious aroma of kebabs being grilled and chicken in hot tandoors will lure you straight to Talk of the Town. Though it’s strictly a roadside take away joint, don’t be fooled by its modest exterior. The place has the power to entice any diehard foodie by the sheer flavors it offers. Pack yourself some tandoori chicken, chicken tikkas, mutton sheekh kebab, chicken golmirch, roomali rotis and simply relish!
Stepping into Niros one gets a no nonsense vibe, it’s a standard restaurant setting – though a tad closer to the 1980’s than 2017! But even if the old world charm doesn’t impress you, the food certainly will. Opt for the local cuisine and order some Laal Maas, Gatte ki Sabzi, Chicken Rogan Josh and Peas Pulao! Established in 1949, Niros is a favorite among locals and during peak season from October to December one has to contend with a long queue of waiting, before getting a table!
Situated on the rooftop of Pearl Palace Hotel, Peacock offers an amazing view of the city – along with some great music. It seems to be among Jaipur’s hot favorites to chill and unwind at, given the long waiting of over an hour to get a table for dinner. But this place is a good option to sip some beer & watch the evening sunset from. The place offers Indian as well as Continental fare & some good breakfast options too.
If a quiet evening under the stars, accompanied by Rajasthani folk music and dance is your idea of a perfect evening – then the Verandah it is! Walk through the stunning Rambagh Palace – once the residence of Maharani Gayatri Devi and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh, and now a Taj property and have oneself seated on one of the candlelit tables on the lawn. Order few drinks to ease into the mood and indulge your taste buds with their exotic range of food – from lobsters to lamb chops to a really awesome kids menu! Also, on a winter afternoon, one can head here for some afternoon tea and splurge on their delectable Victorian tea menu. And having some peacocks walking around for company makes it totally worthwhile.
If a majestic and opulent setting and a royal cuisine are on your to do list – Suvarna Mahal at Rambagh Palace is the place to be in. The set tables, the high ceilings with frescos, the lighting, the exquisite furniture – make one feel like they have travelled back in time – to dine with the Maharajas. What’s more the food here boasts of the best of the royal cuisine – not just from Rajasthan but also Awadh and Hyderabad.
For a first hand brush with history – soak yourself in the stunning architecture and sights at Amer Fort. And by the time, you’re done being spellbound with the way of life of the Kings and Queens of a bygone era and imagined the royal wedding of Princess Jodha and Emperor Akbar in this historical setting, it’s possible you would have worked up quite an appetite. What with all the walking through the corridors and climbing up and down the stairs. And at that moment, take a wise decision and walk a few more flights up. To 1135 AD – a royal like restaurant inside the Fort. Though the service is a tad slow, the food especially the smoked mutton kebabs are worth trying.
A visit to Chokhi Dani is a must do on any tourist’s list when on a visit to Jaipur. It’s the place to get the full Rajasthani experience – local arts, crafts, artisans, musicians, colors add to a carnival like a flavor! And to the top the experience the place offers authentic Rajasthani thali – with all the works of Dal Baati Churma, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Jalebis and oodles of ghee! Literally, the place to go the whole hog!
Kachoris at Rawat Kachori: Famous for their Pyaz and Mawa Kachoris.
So book your tickets and head to this magical blend of history, color, and tons of good food!