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City Palace

City Palace

A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh II, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted...

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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur’s most-distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to...

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Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar

Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh II in 1728 that resembles a collection of bizarre giant sculptures. Built for measuring the heavens, the name is derived from the...

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Niro’s

Established in 1949, Niro’s is a long-standing favourite on MI Rd that, like a good wine, only improves with age. Escape the chaos of the street by ducking into its cool, clean, mirror-ceilinged sanctum to savour...

Top ChoiceMulticuisine in Jaipur

Peacock Rooftop Restaurant

This multilevel rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Pearl Palace gets rave reviews for its excellent yet inexpensive cuisine (Indian, Chinese and continental) and fun ambience. The attentive service, whimsical...

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Curious Life

The latest coffee trends brew away in this showcase of Indian hipsterhood. Single-origin, espresso, French press, AeroPress, V60 pour over – you name it, you'll find it brewing here among the predominantly...

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Lassiwala

This famous, much-imitated institution is a simple place that whips up fabulous, creamy lassis in clay cups. They close when sold out – so get here early to avoid disappointment! Will the real Lassiwala please...

Top ChoiceCinema in Jaipur

Raj Mandir Cinema

Just off MI Rd, Raj Mandir is the place to go to see a Hindi film in India. This opulent cinema looks like a huge pink cream cake, with a meringue auditorium and a circular foyer somewhere between a temple and...

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Bar Palladio

This cool bar-restaurant has an extensive drinks list and an Italian food menu (mains ₹360 to ₹420). The vivid blue theme of the romantic Orientalist interior flows through to candlelit outdoor seating, making...

Notable Building in Jaipur

Isarlat

Isarlat

Piercing the skyline near the City Palace is this unusual minaret, erected in the 1740s by Jai Singh II’s son and successor Iswari. The entrance is around the back of the row of shops fronting Chandpol Bazaar –...

Indian in Jaipur

LMB

Laxmi Misthan Bhandar, LMB to you and me, is a vegetarian restaurant in the Old City that’s been going strong since 1954. A welcoming air-conditioned refuge from frenzied Johari Bazaar, LMB is also an institution...

Museum in Jaipur

Central Museum

This museum is housed in the spectacularly florid Albert Hall, south of the Old City. The building was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, and combines elements of English and North Indian architecture, as well as...

Mediterranean in Jaipur

Jaipur Modern Kitchen

Within the eponymous homewares and fashion showroom is this super Mediterranean cafe showcasing organic ingredients and supporting local sustainable agriculture. The tasty pizzas, pasta and wraps are all made...

Arts & Crafts in Jaipur

Rajasthali

This state-government-run emporium, opposite Ajmer Gate, is packed with quality Rajasthani artefacts and crafts, including enamelwork, embroidery, pottery, woodwork, jewellery, puppets, block-printed sheets,...

Museum in Jaipur

Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum

The Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum comprises several buildings and courtyards within Jaipur's City Palace complex. The Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace) contains a collection of royal costumes and superb shawls,...

Historic Site in Jaipur

Royal Gaitor

The royal cenotaphs, just outside the city walls, beneath Nahargarh, feel remarkably undiscovered and are an appropriately restful place to visit. The stone monuments are beautifully and intricately carved....

Multicuisine in Jaipur

Handi Fusion

Handi Fusion is casual, verging on elegant, and welcoming, with an army of attentive waiters and a bar serving cold beer and wine. It offers generous helpings of excellent veg and nonveg Indian cuisine, including...

Ice Cream in Jaipur

Pandit Kulfi

Despite the crusty exterior this tiny shop has a delightfully creamy centre. Pandit gets rave reviews for its conical kulfi (firm-textured ice cream) on a stick. Flavours include pistachio, chocolate, custard...

Cafe in Jaipur

Indian Coffee House

Set back from the street, down an easily missed alley, this traditional coffee house (a venerable co-op institution) offers a pleasant cup of filtered coffee in very relaxed surroundings. Aficionados of Indian...

Italian in Jaipur

Little Italy

The best Italian restaurant in Jaipur, Little Italy is part of a national chain that offers excellent vegetarian pasta, risotto and wood-fired pizzas in contemporary surroundings. The menu is extensive and...