Looking to stuff your face in the Pink City? Besides being a fine dining oasis, with its opulent restaurants and numerous cafés, Jaipur also serves up an intoxicating array of local eateries, kiosks and food trucks. It is indeed a nifty idea to sample some authentic Rajasthani fare — the likes of dal baati churma, ghevar, laal maas, keema baati and kulfis — to get a better idea of what the city’s flavour profile tastes like.
Some of the most popular haunts on our list offer decadent treasures across all genres of Indian street food. You’ll thank us later.
Topping the list by popular demand is this open-air food court located in the Ram Niwas Garden, very close to the Albert Hall Museum, which has assembled all the well-loved joints in one single arena. The scene stealers here are samosas from Samrat, mishri mawa and pyaaz kachori at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, masala chai from Gulab Ji, and gol gappas and patashi from Gopal Singh. If you’re looking for some delectable Rajasthani cuisine, you should hit up Sethani ka Dhaba which specialises in bejar ki roti and kadhi. Run by Manju Ji, this local business has ballooned to success over time and has a fascinating tradition spanning more than 80 years.
Another hotbed for street food in Jaipur is right outside a mall in Malviya Nagar, one of the city’s oldest shopping destinations. GT, as it’s known among the locals, is hugely popular as a ‘khau gali’ or food hub where you will find a mouthwatering selection of samosa chaat, dal pakwaan, anda fry, burgers and kaathi rolls. As a special bonus, you can try out a rather unusual slice of a 'pizza dosa' at Tamil Dosa Café.
Pandit Pav Bhaji
A household name in Jaipur, Pandit has at least three major locations in the city, and serves irresistible pav bhaji laden with butter and fragrant spices. The stall located opposite Birla Mandir on JLN Marg is the most well known and will compel you to cheat on your diet with other accompaniments like faluda, grilled sandwiches, and shakes.
If you’re out and about, especially in the evenings, Raja Park is a very happening neighbourhood to hit up. Giant pans and stoves set up in makeshift stalls bedeck the streets, whipping up an assortment of scrumptious delights. Some of the highlights include the dabeli from Bombay Fast Food Corner, khandwi from Namak Ishq Ka, aloo tikki and bhalla papdi at Chaatelicious and chole kulche from Sagar Amritsari. If you are craving dhaba style barbecue, laal maas or tikkas, the place to be is Sethi. They will even serve you in your own car and are wildly successful among the meat lovers of the city.
Gyan Vihar Dairy Café
Having started out as a modest dairy, GVD Café has now earned a cult-like status among the college kids of Jaipur. This spot is known for its pocket friendly fast food options like the honey chilli potatoes, spring rolls, cheese grilled sandwiches, and the perennial favourite — cold coffee.
Nestling in the heart of the city at Chaura Raasta, Bapu Bazaar is a street market known for its saris, souvenirs, and quilts. The area also deserves a mention for featuring underrated culinary gems such as kulfi faluda from Shop no. 28 on Link Road, sev puri from Bombay Sandwich, and spring rolls, raj kachori and dal kachori at LMB.
While this list could go on and on, a parting shot would be a hearty recommendation to try the lassi at Lassiwala on MI Road. The thick, creamy lassi comes with a devilish dose of malai and has passed into the historical canon of street food in Jaipur.
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