Don’t visit the pink city of Jaipur just for its iconic Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort and other forts and palaces, but also for its sumptuous food. When I think of food in Jaipur, I think of iconic ghewar, thick creamy lassi, hot piping pyaz kachori, dal baati choorma, kulfi, gatte ki subzi, missi roti, bajra roti, lehsun chutney and so many more mouth watering dishes that can be had all through the day. So whether you are exploring the top attractions of Jaipur while eating your way through Jaipur heaven or you on a specific foodie trip to Jaipur, food is always on the top of things to do in Jaipur.
Here are a list of 10 iconic vegetarian food joints in Jaipur that offer a slice of heaven to all food lovers. Do make it a point to include some of these places in your itinerary on your next Jaipur holiday or even better if you experience all these places as part of a foodie trip to Jaipur.
Lassi is possibly one of the most popular drinks of India. Even though it is most popular in the state of Punjab, I like the Lassi of Jaipur the best. And no better place to have it than iconic Lassiwala who started lassi operations way back in 1944. Served in earthen pots, this thick creamy yoghurt drink is a sure shot way to experience paradise.
Do note that there are a bunch of lassi shops on MI road just beside the original lassi wala. While all of them dish out these tasty yoghurt drinks, the original Jaipur lassi is to be had at the Lassiwala (1944 – Kishan Lal Govind Narian Agarwal).
Laxmi Misthan Bhandar or LMB
Popularly known as LMB, the Laxmi Misthan Bhandar is one of the best places in the city to taste the iconic Ghewar dessert. Known for its snacks and sweets, do remember to try out their Mawa Kachori and Mirchi bada. Most of the LMB chains have an in-house restaurant where you can try out the traditional Rajasthani Thali or the traditional Marwari Thali which includes the famous Dal Baati Choorma. Personally, I think they offer the perfect thali experience without the drama of a staged dance environment where the food is sub standard and the prices are exorbitant. If you wish to go a-la-carte, try out their Lehsun chutney, Govind Gatta, Kher Sangri and Rasmalai.
A slightly more upmarket restaurant, Niros is known for its food served in a rich environment. While it is not a pure vegetarian joint, they do serve delicious Indian, continental and Rajasthani cuisines. This is a perfect place to head to with your family for a long lunch. For all meat lovers, this place is famous for its Laal Maas.
Ramchandra Kulfi Bhandar
While the Faluda Kulfi at Bapu Nagar and Pandit Kulfi at Bhagwan Das road are the well known ones, I like the Ramchandra Kulfi Bhandar located on MI road. A simple road side stall, this place serves amazing kulfi and gajar ka halwa cooked in desi ghee. A true iconic street food joint of Jaipur!
Rawat Misthan Bhandar
Located near the bus stand (Sindhi Camp), the Rawat Misthan Bhandar, like its competitor, Laxmi Misthan Bhandar is known for its sweets and snacks. It’s specialty is the Pyaz Kachori, Ghewar and Mawa Kachori. Whether you are going for a traditional Halwayi breakfast or for an evening snack, Rawat is bound to offer you a lip-smacking experience.
Indian Coffee House
Masala chai is more the norm in Jaipur, but if you are a coffee lover, especially the traditional Indian filter coffee, head to Indian coffee house on MI road, a place with an old world rustic charm. And while you are sipping on the filter coffee, chomp into their famous cutlets, toasts, dosas or other snack items.
Extremely popular with locals for its iconic dishes of Sabudana Khichdi and Shrikhand, this food joint located in the Saraogi Mansion is known for its delicious treats and affordable prices. In addition to their iconic dishes, I liked their sabudana dahi vada and makkan lassi.
Jal Mahal Ice cream Parlor
If you feel like having ice cream in Jaipur, Jal Mahal Ice cream parlor is the place to go. Located right opposite the famous Lassiwala, Jal Mahal specilizes in all kinds of ice creams, especially sundaes. Their italian shakes, Ice cream pizzas and ice cream cakes are also extremely popular. And all this comes in so many flavors that it will take you multiple visits to try them all.
Purana Pandit Pav Bhaji
Another street food icon of Jaipur, the mobile cart of Pandit Pav Bhaji, located on JLN mark right opposite Birla Mandir is the place to head to for some of the most mouth watering Pav Bhajis of Jaipur. With rich dollops of butter, specially made Garlic chutney and very affordable prices, the pav bhaji here is supremely famous. Again, like lassiwala, there are a lot of phonies with the same name doing business, so when you head to the place, ask the locals for advice or head to the shop that has the most crowd.
Chawla’s PaniPuri and Nand’s Golgappa
Whenever you find a need to take a break while shopping on fashion street, head to Chawla’s PaniPuri or Nand’s Golgappa (located right opposite) for some mouth watering pani puri, golgappe, chat items and sweets.