When you blend the architecture of a Rajasthani Haveli with Mughal motifs and Dutch design sensibilities, the result is a beautiful creation. Like the Bar Palladio at Narain Niwas Palace Hotel in Jaipur.
Bar Palladio is like an exotic dream! A mystic place. It’s a fusion of design and play of colors; turquoise and white color dominate the walls. The lighting creates its own magic. Hard to imagine? Yes, it is! So here is a picture for you to have a look!
The black and white marble checkered floor is English influence. The lamps on the ceiling convey Mughal connection! By the time you settle on a seat and the peacock blue walls cast a spell on you, a thought flash in your mind. Maybe it has a Moroccan influence? It gets increasingly difficult to answer about the dominant design element. Whatever it is, the interiors of Bar Palladio will surely cast its spell on you! It has that magic!
What is evident is the fact that these walls are influenced by the old design we have seen many times in Jaipur. Can you recall the famous Gates of Jaipur? The Sanganeri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, New Gate, Surajpol Gate? Here’s a picture for your reference.
The designer of Bar Palladio replicated the floral motif on peacock blue walls instead of terracotta pink that we see in the old city area of Jaipur. These floral motifs are synonymous with Jaipur hand block printed fabrics. The blue on the walls is inspired by the peacocks that are found in plenty in this region. I cannot say for sure but the old architecture resembles a Baithak that used to be an order of the old days of royalty. So the layout is essentially a Rajput architecture.
Bar Palladio is owned by an Italian, Ms. Barbara Miolini, who shifted to Jaipur many years ago to start a textile business. The interior has been designed by a Dutch designer, Marie-Anne Oudejans.
Born in 2013, it’s one of its kind bar in Jaipur, serving Italian cuisines. The seating option includes an open-air canopied sit out as well as enclosed seating space. It’s located in the heart of the city which is a heritage Haveli turned into a hotel. The seats inside the enclosed space are low height replicating the chosen method of sitting in the days of royalty.
Narain Niwas is also known as Kanota Bagh among the locals. Why? During the days of royalty, before Indian independence, the Rajput feudal lords of Kanota owned a large portion of land which had many trees. The word Bagh in Hindi implies garden. A large part of the garden was sold off as residential plots but the Rajput family still owns a heritage Haveli which has been converted into a hotel – Narain Niwas Hotel.
Bar Palladio is a popular place. It is quite likely that you won’t find a seating space during the weekends in the tourist season – it is packed with people! If you ever find yourself in such a situation you can visit Shikaar Bagh. Shikaar Bagh is right next to Bar Palladio. Here is a picture of Shikaar Bagh.
The best season to enjoy outdoor seating in the Bar Palladio is between October- March when the weather is cool. Bar Palladio is a cool place to hang out with your date or close friends. It makes for a great romantic setting and in my opinion, is one of the best couple places in Jaipur. Forget cliche candlelight dinner as Bar Palladio makes for a great romantic retreat in Jaipur.
If you are visiting Jaipur, this should be on your list of places to experience! Surely worth every penny! I would rate this place 4.5/5
Bar Palladio can be reached on +91 141 2565556
Timings- Mon-Sat: 4 pm to 11 pm / Sun: 11.30 am to 11 pm
The menu can be accessed via zomato.com
Speed breakers: If you are a vegetarian, there are limited options. Do try the desserts though!
These pictures of Palladio Bar at Hotel Narain Niwas Palace, Jaipur were clicked with an iphone6.