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Best Cafes & Restaurants In Jaipur | A Locals’ Take

Jaipur is experiencing mushrooming of cafes & restaurants with new ones opening every week or two during the last few years. Even though I try and explore new cafes frequently, I find very few are worth a visit. In most cases, it turns out to be a “failed experiment.” Newbies tend to focus a lot more on decor and ambiance but fail in hospitality or delivering good food consistently. Invariably, I fall back on the tried and tested restaurants & cafes in Jaipur. Often, people reach out to me for suggestions on the best restaurants & cafes in Jaipur to visit. This blog on the best places to eat in Jaipur is collated from my multiple visits.

Best Restaurants, Cafe, & Lounges In Jaipur To Visit

In my opinion, these are the best Cafes and restaurants in Jaipur. This list of food joints is based on the quality & consistency of food, popularity, overall experience and USP.

Cafe White Sage

Cafe White Sage is a new offering from the Meraaki Kitchen team. Alien to this part of the world, white sage is typically used in ceremonies and to get rid of negative energy or spirits in the western hemisphere. Some even use white sage as incense or seasoning in recipes. I have a little clue why the promoters chose this name but it does sound well for a cafe. The underlying theme is sustainability and wholesome food; using organic produce is, therefore, a logical progression. The offerings at Cafe White Sage are all vegetarian which in my opinion is a good step considering the fact that there is a big movement across the world towards vegan food. It is in stark contrast with the local trend. A lot many outlets in Jaipur are offering non-vegetarian cuisines which defy traditional preference of vegetarian fare. In any case, the state of mindfulness aligns better with vegetarianism.

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The food at Cafe White Sage is experimentative and most of the offerings in the menu are not run of the mill stuff. It is worth trying something new on every visit. The outlet offers both open to the sky and indoor seating.

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Zolocrust at Hotel Clarks Amer

Zolocrust has created a niche client base for itself and is in a different league when it comes to food. Despite being pricy it continues to attract food lovers; the food quality and taste are outstanding. It’s a 24-hour cafe which means one can simply walk at any time of the day. With tenebrous interiors devoid of the crowd, it makes for an excellent place to dine with your chosen ones. Zolocrust is a self-serve outlet. The Zolocrust patrons swear by its super crispy thin pizzas. Some even rate it as the most delicious pizza in Jaipur. The chocolate shakes are at par with the best in Belgium.

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What to try at Zolocrust? Bagel, Mexicana pizza, The Roasted Veggie Pizza, Yasai Yaki Udon Noodles, Dark Chocolate & Hazelnut Shakes, and Gianduja Chocolate Marquise.

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Anokhi Cafe

Even though the largest customer base of Anokhi Cafe is the buyers and travelers, it has a niche following among the locals. Anokhi Cafe offers a limited but choicest menu. Some of its offerings are unique and unmatched.

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It offers organic, vegetarian, and vegan options; some of its pastries and cakes do have eggs in its ingredients. In terms of pricing, it is a tad on the higher side but worth every penny; the serving portions are large. It is one of the cafes in Jaipur with organic coffee.

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What to try at Anokhi Cafe Do try burgers, bagels, salads, cakes, and pastries at Anokhi Cafe.

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Jaipur Adda

Jaipur Adda takes a fresh look at the concept initially proposed by Farzi Cafe – molecular gastronomy and paired it with the fusion food.

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Despite the cramped area on the rooftop, it is always buzzing with the people. Unlike other restaurants and cafes, it offers a variety of options in drinks & not just beer. Additionally, It has a few eccentric cuisines like Parle G Cheesecake with Rabri! On the flipside, with little space and cramped seating, there’s no privacy!

What to try at Jaipur Adda? Naan Pizza.

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Shikaar Bagh

Despite not having consistent food experience during visits, Shikaar Bagh rates high among the youngsters. The reason? It offers a great ambiance.

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Shikaar Bagh is packed even during the weekdays which speaks for its popularity. A central location in a heritage hotel is a great incentive to visit.

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Bar Palladio

Of all the places in Jaipur, Bar Palladio continues to charm visitors with its exotic palace-like interiors. It is as popular as its neighbor – Shikaar Bagh! Personally, I find its outdoor seating uncomfortable and choice of the menu limiting. On an optimistic note, it is a must-visit romantic place for couples in Jaipur. It offers an excellent choice of mocktails and juices apart from the usual alcohol drinks. Even though many of its patrons recommend Tiramisu, I didn’t find it worthy enough. On the whole, the food is average at Bar Palladio. So why have I included Bar Palladio on this list? It is has a great vibe that goes well with drinks.

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Meraaki Kitchen

I have written a complete post on Meraaki Kitchen as I explored this place soon after it opened. Meraaki Kitchen has created a niche for itself and is one of the most successful food outlets to open in recent years.

Read Meraaki Kitchen | The Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Jaipur?

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What makes this place special? It is one of the best fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in Jaipur, a rarity looking at the trend of mushrooming cafes in the city. The restaurant offers classic cuisine with a twist – fusion food.

What to try at Meraaki Kitchen? The Naaniza, Khaosuey, Pav Bhaji Fondue, and a melting chocolate ball.

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HOP ON

HOP is an incredibly popular nightclub in Jaipur and its rooftop dining is considered one of the coolest places for dining and drinks.

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Having been to HOP many times, I should mention the food is not exceptional but it is consistent. The owners understand the food business very well, they also run many other popular food outlets in Jaipur – Cafe Bae and RJ14.

Update January 2020 – HOP On is closed for the time being owing to a dispute between partners.

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Steam At Rambagh Palace Hotel

Despite being around for years, Steam continues to offer a unique experience to its customers. What makes Steam at Rambagh Palace Hotel so unique? Steam remains a unique place to offer a dining experience on a vintage train.

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There’s an option of open-air dining too. Where else can you experience something similar? A drink and dine in a vintage train compartment definitely qualifies The Steam for the best romantic restaurant in Jaipur. The setting is charming and distinctive.

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Did I mention the Rambagh Palace Hotel, a former royal palace, and a heritage property has won many prestigious awards consecutively?

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Scene Radisson Blu

The scene at Radisson Blu doesn’t figure in the top dining places in Jaipur. This I think works in its favor.

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With an open-air seating and a select seating, it makes for an amazing romantic dining place in Jaipur. The food and hospitality were splendid during my visit to The Scene at Radisson Blu.

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Akh-Bar

Akh-Bar is one of the most sought after rooftop lounge cum bar in Jaipur among the party-goers. On weekends, it is hard to find seating space in Akh-Bar. This is not just because it is popular but also there are often private parties. I’m unsure what makes this place popular.

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Asteria

Asteria is one of the popular rooftops restaurants in Jaipur with live music.

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Even though my experience wasn’t up to mark, Asteria is one of the most sought-after late night places in Jaipur.

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Curious Life Coffee Roasters

Coffee lovers swear by Curious Life Coffee Roasters for it is rated as the best place for coffee in Jaipur! It is challenging to find seating space in the newly opened bigger outlet of Curious Life Coffee Roasters. Their menu has been tweaked quite a bit to offer more things to eat but even then people visit this place for one thing – coffee. The owner of this cafe is a coffee lover and his mission is to deliver the most excellent coffee in Jaipur.

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What to try at Curious Life Coffee Roasters? Choose from their hand-picked single-origin beans and method of brew – french press, pour-over or Aero press.

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Tapri Central

What made a humble beginning with a small outlet in Lal Kothi has provided a renewed impetus to the tea culture in Jaipur. Tapri ensures tea lovers have a cafe-like experience. Before Tapri, drinking coffee was considered cool and tea was reserved for the previous generation. Tapri redefined the equation.

Read What Makes Tea House So Popular In Jaipur?

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So what makes Tapri popular? A rooftop with a great view of Jaipur Central Park, consistent taste, a central location, and a break from the “me-too” cafes. Over the years it has become a bit pricy, but that never deters its patrons. On the other hand, some feel Tapri Central is over-hyped.

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A view of Central Park from Tapri Central

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What to try at Tapri Central? Tapri Central is the best place for breakfast in Jaipur with a broad choice on the Indian menu. These are all-time favorites among patrons- Poha, Aaloo Parantha, Dal Pakwaan, Vada Pao, Bun Maska, and Kala Chana. It is never a bad idea to have Adrak/Ginger or Masala Tea. Also worth trying hand beaten coffee.

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On The House Bistro & Bakers Jaipur

On The House or OTH C-Scheme has carved out a niche for itself in Jaipur with an early mover advantage. So what makes OTH so special? The ambiance, adherence to the standards, and prominent location make it a popular choice. It has an inviting cozy dim-lit setting. The bonus is open to sky outdoor and semi-closed seating space for smokers. Even on a weekday, it is buzzing with its patrons.

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What to sample at OTH? Pizza, Alio Olio pasta, chocolate pastries & cakes. OTH pastries and cakes are one of the best in Jaipur. I also recommend its selection of coffee especially Bombon.

Cafe BAE

Cafe Bae is an immensely popular cafe in Jaipur. It is one of the few late-night cafes in Jaipur. Most Jaipur cafes close at 11 PM, Cafe Bae offers a breather to those who wish to enjoy late-night outings. Consistency in delivering quality is the reason for me to include Cafe Bae on this list.

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What to try at Cafe Bae? Belgian Dark Chocolate pastry and Hot Chocolate are the best in town and so are the Pull-a-part bread and shakes. Cafe Bae Sunday brunches are considered the best in Jaipur because they offer immense value.

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Also worth mentioning here is the cafe runs 1 + 1 scheme on pastries after 9 PM. There are some riders attached to it. On the flipside, Cafe Bae is one of the most expensive cafes in Jaipur.

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RJ14

RJ14, patterned in a Punjabi Dhaba style, was always packed with a minimum of an hour waiting during the initial months of its launch. I visited RJ14 twice soon after but failed to find seating space!

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So what makes RJ14 so popular? Vegetarian food remains mainstay among the locals. Most new cafes have moved on offering non-vegetarian cuisine. There is no denying that Indian vegetarian food is popular among family dining trips in Jaipur. Consistent food quality and affordable prices is a recipe for success! RJ14 is one of the popular vegetarian restaurants in Jaipur.

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Rasakund Jaipur

Rasakund has the best south Indian food in Jaipur. Apart from the popular south Indian food like Idly and Dosa, Rasakund offers Andhra Thali (meals).

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If you love South Indian food, Rasakund is highly recommended. The ambiance is a bit understated and simple but the food is marvelous. I especially like their low floor Indian style seating. The food is served in earthen utensils and plantain leaves.

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If you love filter coffee, then Rasakund is the best place to have filter coffee in Jaipur. 

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What to try at Rasakund? Andra Thali is definitely recommended. Unlike the meals served in South India, this one comes with fixed quantity.

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Andra Thali at Rasakund, the best south Indian restaurant in Jaipur.

A list of Best Cafe, Restaurants, and Lounge Bars in Jaipur

  • Best Cafe For Couples in Jaipur – Zolocrust at Clarks Amer
  • Best vegetarian restaurant in Jaipur – Cafe White Sage
  • Best place for romantic candlelight dinner in Jaipur – Steam Rambagh Palace and Steam at Radisson Blu
  • Best lounge bar in Jaipur – Akh-Bar
  • Best Cafe in C-Scheme – Curious Life Coffee Roasters and Anokhi Cafe
  • Best cafe in Malviya Nagar Jaipur – Rustic By OTH
  • Best Vegan and organic cafe in Jaipur – Anokhi Cafe
  • Best romantic restaurants in Jaipur – Shikaar Bagh
  • Best South India food in Jaipur – Rasakund

This is not an exhaustive list of good restaurants and cafes in Jaipur. I’m sure there are many more worthy places to visit Jaipur.

With the rising popularity of food delivery apps like Swiggy, Zomato, Food Panda, etc. there are new paradigms the food outlets are grappling with. The world is moving towards an informal set-up and the same goes for the food outlets too. The concept of a restaurant has been replaced by cafes. Another trend is towards fusion decor, often it is hard to differentiate between a cafe and a lounge. There is a lot of assimilation of concepts and cuisines. Unlike restaurants that were largely confined to lunch or dinner, cafes don’t restrict their operations to time slots. The cost of operation is much lower than that of full-service restaurants. Fine dining restaurants in Jaipur are largely confined to star hotels like Mariott, Holiday Inn, Fairmont to name a few. These are some of the dynamics of the food industry in Jaipur; some claim that this holds true for other cities, too. In the end, customers are looking for a great experience through food, hospitality, and ambiance. These are important criteria for value. What do you think makes for a great food experience?

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80 thoughts on “Best Cafes & Restaurants In Jaipur | A Locals’ Take

    1. Compared to many other cities of the world, I feel the assortment offered in the city is not that varied but I guess it also speaks about the choice of the residents. But it is fairly varied. Do you have to drive far away if you want to enjoy mealr in a good restaurant?

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  1. What a mouth-watering post arv! Lovely shots.
    I must say that the ambience is as important as the food and drinks. It relaxes the mind effortlessly and the enjoyment doubles! I have felt that the rates have soared in the last ten years to more than double. Is that so in Jaipur too?

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    1. I agree with your thoughts. Even though food delvery apps have made it possible for people to relish the food from these places in your own home, many people avoid doing this. For a large number of people, eating out is an experience. And for this very reason, decor becomes important. What you have noticed is true. The prices have gone up. On the other hand, ten years ago, we had very limited options. Fine dine and expensive restaurants were limited. Today, the residents are spoilt for choices. At the same time, it is difficult for new entrants to sustain. Expensive places tend to close down faster. Affordable outlets have better chances of success because these are accessible to everyone and they keep their costs in control. ave you noticed a high failure rate among restautants in your city?

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  2. I am loving the ambience/look of Cafe White Sage but I am not into vegan food. I love my meat so much so not sure there will be anything for me to eat there that I’ll like? It is great though that they are doing things that are sustainable for the planet and organic is always a thumbs up for me 🙂

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    1. Well, the movement towards vegan is getting stronger, partly for the healthy living. While it might seem impossible to leave some food but it is easier than what we might beleive. Anyways, food is a personal choice. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  3. I love Jaipur. I visit quite frequently but I am always looking out for good places to eat. Thanks to your post now i have many options to look forward to.

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  4. These restaurants and cafes look so trendy. I really like some of the decor in your photos. The food looks really yummy too. Jaipur will be added to my travel list!

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  5. Didn’t know Jaipur had this many amazing cafés and restaurants! Bar Palladio definitely caught my attention with its beautiful décor and I can never say no to outdoor patios. OTH’s chocolate patries and cakes sound to die for as well and I’m drooling just thinking about them!

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  6. A useful post for most travelers as trying out different kinds of restaurants and food is on most people’s travel agenda – barring a few like me 😛
    I will surely share this with my foodie friends and others whenever they visit Jaipur .

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    1. It is fine if you don’t dig food places when you travel. But no harm in trying some popular places if it is not too hard to do so. Thanks for sharing your thoughts….and also sharing this post with your friends, Neel 🙂 Appreciate it.

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    1. I could never relate Tapri with coffee initially but it is one of the best hand beaten coffee in the town. Tapri coffee has a large following. I suppose you like Shikaar Bagh for its ambiance?

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  7. I agree. Only a few items on their menu are good. I would definitely try the coffee sometime.Since most of the people who interests lie in different arts, haunt JKK, I was just curious, weather you also do that. That’s all.

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    1. I visit when ever there is something interesting in JKK but that’s all. I can’t claim to be regular there. Are you regular? Yes, you are right with your analogy, people connected with arts tend to visit JKK

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