How to Eat Like a Local in Jaipur

How to Eat Like a Local in Jaipur
Jaipur's streets offer up delicious foods that clearly carry local flavors Photo Credit: spatuletail/

From the traditional to the contemporary, there's a smorgasbord of flavours on offer.

Simrran Gill
December 08 , 2021
09 Min Read

When it comes to food there is a lot more than just dal baati churma in the Pink City. From the fragrance of spices, to the smell of food being prepared in ghee and the glasses of soulful lassi, foodies are sorted if you find the right places in Jaipur to eat. Most of the eateries here have a legacy. Here are seven places to hit up when you are in Jaipur.

Tapri Central

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The word tapri rings a bell for chai, and that’s what this place offers the best. Staying true to its name, Tapri Central serves the best kadak chai. This place won our hearts for its decor, service and lip-smacking food. We also suggest that you have their cold coffee (yes, we know it’s called a tapri, but give it a shot). The best part? They serve complimentary khakra to all visitors. Their menu, contemporary in taste and presentation, offers everything from crowd favourite Maggi to pizza khakra to cheese vada pav as well as the famous Bombay bhel.

Must Try: Kadak chai, tadka Maggi and pizza khakra.

Lakshmi Mishtan Bhandar

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If you have a sweet tooth and often find yourself confused as to what to choose, then LMB (as the locals like to call it) will sort things out. Nothing at LMB disappoints, but the abundant varieties of ghevar is what one should go for. Standing proud in Johari Bazaar, LMB has been in Jaipur for almost 300 years now. There is never a dull moment for LMB as people line up since the morning to gorge on heaped plates of savoury chaat. 

Must Try: Chaat and ghevar. 


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Something different brews up in a kulhad at the famous Lassiwala. Situated on MI Road and existing since 1944, everybody who’s ever stayed in Jaipur has sweet (quite literally) memories associated with the place. One sip of the lassi and you will be transported into utopia. We also suggest that you make it here latest by afternoon so that you can actually grab one before they get sold out.

Must Try: Sweet and salty lassi.


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Located in Clarks, Amer, Zolo’s quiet ambience is great if you fancy a meal all by yourself or with friends. Their fresh from the oven, handcrafted pizzas offer a selective, offbeat menu.

Must Try: Mexicana pizza and dark chocolate and hazelnut shake. 

Gulabji Chaiwala

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Established in 1947, this iconic place is known for their chai and bun maska. The small, hole-in-the wall outlet is almost always crowded. Along with paying customers, about 200 people are served tea free of cost early in the morning. The outlet also has a cafe now that serves your early morning cravings (they open at 5 AM).

Must Try: Chai and bun maska.

Rawat Mishtan Bhandar
It is a sin to come to Jaipur and leave without paying a visit to Rawat’s. Their pyaaz kachori and mirchi pakoda is to die for. The very ordinary looking shop holds a key to every foodie’s heart. 

Must Try: Pyaaz kachori and kesar lassi.

Anokhi Cafe

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Ever been to an eatery and wanted to stay there longer than you intended to? Anokhi Cafe gives those vibes. Hipster and trendy, it has found love amongst locals and foreigners alike. The organic food, and stunning decor, makes you want to cosy up in a corner and never leave.

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The ethnic and contemporary come alive here and their courteous staff just adds to the experience. So grab your favourite book and head here for a day well spent.

Must Try: Mezze platter and carrot cake with cream cheese topping.

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