Dotted with forts and palaces, and steeped in culture and history, Jaipur promises to sweep you off your feet and steal your heart forever. The people of Jaipur take great interest in literature, food, a good laugh and keeping their lives uncomplicated. It is no wonder then that the café culture in Jaipur is brimming with energy, warmth and quality (and a surprisingly good bang for the buck!) reflective of the local folk. A good time with friends, relishing a favourite book, sipping on tea or coffee and getting lost in dreams or conversations at rooftop cafes above the hustle bustle of the city, and digging into delicious food made with generosity and dripping with obvious love, are greatly cherished by Jaipurites.
Here is a list of 18 cafes in Jaipur that are popular, intriguing and, sometimes, purely surreal (in no particular order):
1. Tapri Central
A hot, top of the food-charts café from the endless gems that make up Jaipur's food scene, this one hell of a gem is a never-to-be-missed spot among tourists and the locals, and especially so if tea is your poison of choice. The food speaks volumes at this rustic, tastefully done up cafe in Jaipur that overlooks Central Park. The sunshine-friendly, breezy set-up is a testament to the fact previously noted - the free winds of Jaipur add a mystical, unforgettable taste to your experiences. Tapri central is the go-to place for Chai cravings when you are in Jaipur.
Must Haves: Tadka Maggi, Dal Pakwaan, Vada Pav, and Masala Chai served with Parle G biscuits Cost For Two: INR 400 Where in Jaipur: B4-E, Prithviraj Road, Opposite Central Park Gate No. 4, C-Scheme, Jaipur When: 7.30 AM - 10.15 PM
2. Curious Life Coffee Roasters
Gaining popularity among serious coffee lovers very quickly is the chic café in Jaipur started by an ex-Army man. Touted as one of the best coffee roasters in the Pink City (if not beyond, yet), this place bears no room for error or imperfection. When they say coffee, they mean business, roasting and brewing freshly per order. Hop in here for a private tete-a-tete or your daily cup of perfect joe in quiet.
Must haves: Vietnamese Cold Brew coffee, Bruschetta, Bruxie Cost For Two: INR 600 Where in Jaipur: P 25, Yudhisthir Marg, C Scheme, Jaipur When: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
3. Nibs Café
A sprightly, chic chain of cafes in Jaipur, its constant growth is a visible indicator of its popularity if one look at its ambience and food is not enough, though it is, to gauge that. A warm glow welcomes you as soon as you hit the street owned (charismatically, if not literally) by this beautiful Jaipur café. Coloured in warm, glowing hues of yellow, with wooden panelling, space presents a perfect place to be holed up for comfort food and cheerful banter.
Must Haves: Pasta (served inside the hollow of bread), Belgian Waffles, Shakes, Chocolate Shot Cost For Two: INR 500 Where in Jaipur: 4 outlets - Malviya Nagar, C- Scheme, Gopalbari and Raja Park, Jaipur When: 11:00 AM - 10.45 PM
4. Anokhi Café
Say hello to farm fresh, organic produce! Anokhi gets to its point real quick, healthy living, clean eating and no drama. It has comfy no-fuss chairs, straw blinds that lend freshness and naturalness to the air-conditioned café, a boutique section for ethnic purchases, and an overall chill-and-let-chill vibe about it. Sneak in this quaint cafe in Jaipur to cool your summer-fraught eyes and skin, and detoxify
Must Haves: Cheesecake, Coffee Cake, Fresh Juices, Salads, Lebanese dishes Cost For Two: INR 700 Where in Jaipur: C 11, 2nd Floor, KK Square, C Scheme When: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
5. Café LazyMojo
A sprawling café with an ever-increasing list of loyalists, this hotshot screams 'chill out zone!'. You will find many folks lazing around here for long hours, or having an endless chat-a-thon with a constant stream of enticing food and drinks headed to their tables. Music, casual chatter and a laidback vibe are the dominant features of this go-to place for unwinding, gorging, and lunch parties. Lazy Mojo is one of the most loved cafes in Jaipur by tourists and locals alike.
Must Haves: Everything and anything. Or if you insist - Baked Nachos, Masala Lemonade, Pasta Cost For Two: INR 700 Where in Jaipur: H 1, Lal Bahadur Nagar, S.L Marg, Malviya Nagar When: 11:00 AM - 10.45 PM
6. On The House
Familiar with this pearl of wisdom? - 'You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there is still going to be somebody who hates peaches' The on-point, esteem restorer quote doesn't hold true for this cafe in Jaipur. Every person unanimously adores OTH, thing or speck of dust that enters the place, the latter being quickly kicked out by the prompt and jaunty staff at the spic and span, clean-cut, spacious outlet that lets you breathe in the greens and sunshine with its alfresco seating, or hold court in its interiors.
Must Haves: Benedicts and English Breakfast Combo, Cappuccino, Waffles, Pasta, Veg and Chicken Stews with sides, Cheesecakes. Cost For Two: INR 800 Where in Jaipur: E 145, Ramesh Marg, Behind Talwalkars, C Scheme, Jaipur When: 8.30 AM - 11:00 PM
7. Café Noirwood
Say Aye all you classic Hollywood movie lovers and secret, mafia-culture diggers! Enter the world of black and white cinema, throw your feet up, and immerse yourself in the movie screening of the day. If you're feeling ticklish look up a stand-up event on the café's Facebook page, or an open mic night, or sway at a live performance. This unusual, black and white themed café in Jaipur promises great fun and a scrumptious spread of food.
Must Haves: Pav Bhaji Bombs, Honey Chilli Potatoes, Pan Shake, Eclairs Shake Cost For Two: INR 500 Where in Jaipur: 20, Main Sahkar Marg, Near Sahkar Building, Bais Godam When: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Beers, brews, bakes and good food are the way to go at this plush hangout-cum-bakery at Hotel Clarks Amer. Close your eyes and enter this one without hesitation to enjoy satiating your hunger and cravings with hands down some of the BEST food in town! Chic, spacious, minimalistic set-up with self-service - here's a cafe you can lounge around all day long. Zolocrust is the answer to all your midnight cravings as this cafe in Jaipur is open all night long!
Must Haves: Mexicana Pizza, Pizza Al Caprino, German Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Truffle Pastry, Mezze Platter Cost For Two: INR 2500 Where in Jaipur: Hotel Clarks Amer, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Near Malviya Nagar When: 24*7 (Heaven!)
9. Wind View Café
Another avenue to marvel the architectural beauty and heritage of Jaipur, this cafe is soaked with the beauty of the city. Located bang opposite Hawa Mahal, with a clear as crystal view of it across the street, albeit that of the traffic below too, the café provides serious vantage points for memorable pictures and reminiscing. Throw your feet up to relax over tea, coffee and more.
Must Haves: Masala Chai served in kulhad and the view in front. Cost For Two: INR 300 Where in Jaipur: 3rd Floor, Rang Bihari Temple, Opposite Hawamahal, Badi Chopad, Pink City When: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
10. Café Bae
The name suggests, and the ambience implores you to get your bae along for an upscale rendezvous, replete with mouth-watering delights, and sweet treats plucked straight out of Hansel and Gretel's bewitched cottage. Bae (the café, your bae too, though) catches your eye from the word go - from its dazzling taller-than-thou logo outside to its checkered floor, turquoise chairs, and a clear view of the starry skies from its outdoor arena. Sounds like the next cafe in Jaipur you are going with your bae, isn't it?
Must Haves: Tear And Share Cheese Masala Garlic Bread, Pastries, Donuts, Waffles, Oreo Shake, Eggs Florentine, Rosemary Roast Chicken, Mac and Cheese Cost For Two: INR 1200 Where in Jaipur: Hotel Las Vegas, A1, 21 Sehkar Marg, Bais Godam When: 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11. Poppin Organic Café
Organic, clean eating is the newest health fad to catch the attention of the world, and this café in Jaipur shows you how to do it. Deliciously! The green and pastel interiors, subtly lit with artificial light and amply by sunlight, replete with cosy corners, exude tranquillity. Add to it the colourful, healthy food that ironically looks too beautiful to be edible (whats with all of us thinking healthy looks boring?), and you have the perfect place to begin a yogic life.
Must Haves: Smoothie Bowls, Mushroom Risotto, Cheese Chilly Garlic Bread, Poppin Special Pizza, Mint Nana Iced Tea Cost For Two: INR 600 Where in Jaipur: E-145, First Floor, Ramesh Marg, C Scheme When: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12. Buddy's Place
This one's a new kid on the block, who is quite a prodigy considering its mastery over finger-licking good food. The food varies from unique, innovative delicacies to good old favourites, and nothing fails to hit the right spot. Decked up in foodie quotes on white brick walls, this tiny, very, very newly opened café in Jaipur is making ever-widening eddies, if not waves (yet), in the student circles in the know.
Must Haves: Marshmallow Shake, Berries Affair Waffle, Bubble Waffles, Gucci Affair, Buddy's Special Pizza with marshmallows and chocolate sauce Cost For Two: INR 600 Where in Jaipur: Shop 4, F-5, Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, C Scheme When: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
13. Nothing Before Coffee
A mecca for coffee, innovative coffee variants and thick shakes that can satiate even the most imaginative of your sweet quencher cravings. The inconspicuous, tiny café in Jaipur with a checkered floor and cobalt grey walls should be at the top of your list of places to indulge in gustatory delights. The bistro specialises in beverages with not much to offer to eat, keeping its art focused and much ahead of the game locally. Did we mention that some of the drinks here are Instagram-sensation-worthy?
Must Haves: Cappuccino, Glitter Latte, Pink Latte, Brownie Shake, Choco Passion, Caramel Frappe Cost For Two: INR 200 Where in Jaipur: Near Idea store, Opp Volkswagen, Tonk road When: 10:00 AM - 11.30 PM
14. O2 - The Plant Café
Words could never do justice to the beauty of this café in Jaipur, done so tastefully and artistically; it leaves you wondering if you have stepped into a house straight out of a fairy tale. Painted brick walls, a view of the city below, a giant clock on the wall (which somehow makes you forget time), green creepers and flowering plants in colourful pots hanging from the walls and ceiling; the furniture designed quite like carriages ready to scoot you away to wonderland, as if you already weren't in one. Enter and be charmed!
Must Haves: Mocktails, O2 Corn Cheese Cigarillos, Potato Wedges, Masala Cheese Nachos, Vegetable Cutlet Sizzler Cost For Two: INR 700 Where in Jaipur: 4th Floor, C-29, Pankaj Singhvi Marg, Satya Vihar, Indra Puri, Vidhayak Nagar, Lal Kothi When: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
15. Café Quaint
Think peace, tranquil ambience, good vibes, great people, courteous staff, and scrumptious food and you've got the whole picture, and, we hope, a big smile on your face, for that is what comes most naturally as you seat yourselves here and breathe in bliss. Fairy lights, tall, potted plants, a giant painting of Lord Krishna playing the flute, and simplicity, adorn the place. Recharge your worn out batteries here; we don't mean your laptop, we mean your soul.
Must Haves: Mulled Coffee, Cappuccino, Beetroot Hummus Tartines, Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Organic Veg Sandwiches, Watermelon Rose Water Salad Cost For Two: INR 600 Where in Jaipur: Alankar Art Gallery, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Bapu Nagar When: 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
16. The Rustic Spot Café
Gigantic graffiti and hip art on walls that will make you stop and pose, giant, 1.5 kg paranthas on tables with a proud sign 'Finish India's Biggest Parantha In 15 Minutes, And we Serve Free!? Beckoning you to the game, ample fresh air and sunshine, great music and palpable bonhomie greet you at the genuinely rustic, but very hip, café in Jaipur. Come here with your favourite bunch, and enjoy a day of uproarious laughter, board games, good songs and lip-smacking food.
Must Haves: TRS Special Burger, Puchka Shots, TRS Signature Pasta, Paranthas, Oreo Chocolate Shake, Fried Ice Cream Cost For Two: INR 400 Where in Jaipur: 21/62A, Bhrigu Path, Opposite Metro Yard, Mansarovar When: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
17. My Place Café
Underground café in a basement, difficult to locate, but if you do, you'll be in for a pleasant surprise. It is the kind of place that gives you a sense of belonging and comfort, and where you easily slip into a relaxed mood. Dimly lit, with wooden panelling, mixed seating with colourful couches, wooden benches, low and high chairs, laden bookshelves and board games - find your favourite corner, slump into oblivion, and forget the world outside.
Must Haves: Corn, Spinach & Cheese Grilled Sandwich, Masala Garlic Bread With Cheese, Belgian Chocolate Shake, Honey Chilly Potatoes Cost For Two: INR 500 Where in Jaipur: 1, Sunder Nagar, Opp Axis Bank, Girdhar Marg, Malviya Nagar When: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
18. SkyWaltz Café
Sea green walls, cobalt blue and white tables, a generous sprinkling of arty lanterns, live music and a breezy outdoor area - don't you think that's the perfect setting to waltz in with your date? Never mind if you have no time, gather your close folks and set out on an evening of pleasant banter, or bring along your laptop to make a business plan for your big dreams as it is one of the best cafes in Jaipur to spend some quantity time.
Must Haves: Masala Shikanji, Banana Peanut Butter Shake, Salads, SkyWaltz King Burger, Lasagna Al Verdure, Chocolate Mousse, Choco Lava Cost For Two: INR 1000 Where in Jaipur: F-07,08, Lal Bahadur Nagar, S L Marg, Near Malviya Nagar When: 11 AM - 11 PM
Didn't we inform you at the outset that the splendour of this city lies not only in its impressive history but the urban food scene too? And for all those of you who thought Indian cuisine is the safe way forward, could you have been more wrong? With a café culture as buzzing, experimental and innovative, Jaipur can put a lot of others to shame!