6 European style concept cafes in Jaipur 

19th Feb 2019
Photo of 6 European style concept cafes in Jaipur by Shalbha Sarda

"Everyone needs to find their own café– it’s an identity thing".

In a span of few years, Jaipur has witnessed the mushrooming of concept cafes across the city. These places are creating a buzz because they're not just reworking their ambience but also the cuisine. It's no longer just the regular old cuppa for city folk. Today, we focus on some of the European-style places that are known for their beautiful ambience, great food, and just an overall great vibe. Some of the common characteristics of these cafes are minimalism, attention to details and an idyllic patio or a street side seating arrangement.

Photo of Molly Moo Ice Cream Cafe, C Scheme, Subhash Marg, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shalbha Sarda

Jaipur was somehow devoid of an ice-cream café where people could actually sit for a while rather than grab a quick bite or take away home. As cool as it could be and as cute as a button, Molly moo has plugged that gap. Spread at 4 locations all over the city, the café serves you sweet renditions in a warm atmosphere. Barn is the theme and rustic is the mood of the place.

For the owners of the café, Shweta and Sachin, God lies in the details, be it the ambiance of the place or the natural, organic, ice creams, waffles and mud pies served here. The indoor seating area is separated by arches lit in mellow lighting and diffused sunlight. Behind the white fenced out counter borders you might encounter Sachin Khurana experimenting on some serious ice cream chemistry trends.

The ice-cream served is not only the about taste buds but also about optics here. Watching the gestures of spreading, chopping and topping when your favorite rolls are being prepared are sure to make it all the more palatable. The spacious, sunlit, alfresco seating is semi covered with a tensile structure and a good place to sit on a weekday afternoon. You can spend hours here, come rain or shine. The place has acquired quite a reputation for attracting the city's hipster hood for its various ongoing workshops such as feather painting make-up artists, storytelling and even live music to perfectly go along with your sweet indulgences.

Address- D-29, Subhash Marg, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001

Price- 250 for 2 people

Neeraj Sheeroan, an ex-army officer has made brewing the coffee part science and part art. The coffee connoisseurs will tell you that freshly brewed coffees served at Curious Life are rare to find otherwise in the city. The menu also offers freshly baked cakes, panini, waffles and other options that exactly go along with your coffee

The café lies nestled amidst the city’s hip C-scheme area. The place itself has a large and roomy feel with multiple seating options. From high top tables near the brewing counter to standard cozy tables arranged at 2 levels inside, and the nicest of all is the manicured sunny patio. The coffee sacks lined up in one of the café corners infuses an aroma to the place and its vicinity. The moment you enter, the place smells of roasting beans and a hint of sweetness. The olive-colored furniture, the chalkboard menu behind the counter and an eye-catching book rack by the window gives a very chic and urban appeal to the café.

Address- C 54 A, Sarojini Marg, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Price- 700 for two people

Café Quaint is a tiny, friendly café tucked hidden from the city. Started by a banker and lawyer duo, Cafe Quaint is doing pretty much everything right. To begin with, they're located inside Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur's mecca for all art-lovers. And a recent alternate location is a furniture design studio that doubles in the café. Both these places assure to bring out the artistic bend in you.

Once you've seen all the interesting artworks at the cultural center, you can take a break, read, play board games or simply sit and talk endlessly at this quite cozy cafe. Savor your cafe latte with scratch-made pastries, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and crepes along. The interiors are kitschy and slick. The menu is written on the wall unlike the cliché booklets lying on the tables The walnut colored tables are stylishly paired with white chairs and the walls are furnished with magazine laden digs. A semi-covered pergola and an open terrace seating are designed to bask in the winter sun or enjoy the cool breeze. You couldn’t ask for a more nostalgic place to bring your laptop or spend the afternoon with a friend playing scrabble or snakes and ladders.

Address: Jawahar Kala Kendra, Gandhi Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302015

Price for two: ₹ 500 for two people

Meraki Kitchen

Photo of Meraaki Kitchen, Ajmer Road, Madrampur, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shalbha Sarda

Meraki kitchen the most striking thing about Meraki kitchen is the space, and it is imminent from the moment you enter the place. It isn't usual, tucked inside a concrete structure. The place is huge, spread over a large area that too in the dead center of the city. As you explore the walkway to the restaurant there are some very interesting art installations on the passage walls.

Perpendicular to the walkway is a beautiful cobbled courtyard and finally, the interior of the place is divided into two levels. The whole of the space is highly configurable with plenty of undisturbed lounging to cater to business needs, casual conversations or just quiet time by yourself. The owners of the place Shivika and Neha have extensively worked with rural women artisans to present the restaurant’s colorful décor.

Meraki Kitchen serves vegetarian fusion food and includes Thai, Burmese, Lebanese & Indian cuisine. Many regular sounding items are prepared & served with a twist here.

Address -27. Madrampura, Near Civil Lines Metro Station Piller No. 88, Ajmer Rd, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006

Price- 1000 for two people

O2 – The Plant Café plants fountains and garden n your mind? The eponymous O2 café is sure to increase the oxygen levels in your blood. Based on the plant theme O2 can be called a garden studio and is as green and feel-good as it could be. Both the indoor and outdoor seating have a charm of their own. The place is furnished by log-wood chair and cart shaped tables. Cute bonsai plants hang from the ceiling and shelves on the wall. The café terrace opens onto a luscious garden of heirloom and fragrant plants. Moreover, the coasters also match the theme of the place made from seed paper which you can bury and it will turn out in plant someday.

Address-C-29, Pankaj Singhvi Marg, Satya Vihar, Indra Puri, Vidhayak Nagar, Lalkothi, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Price- 500 for 2 people

Cafe Kothi- the coziest little place that you expect to find in every corner of a neighborhood in Europe, giving the residents a feeling of their own, that is Cafe Kothi. This is a home run cafe with an intimate seating for 8-10 people in all. The menu options though limited but everything is worth trying once. The warm welcoming atmosphere of the place is totes adorbs, and its location comes in handy to go and nurse a coffee, catch up with friends and tuck into some tasty grub when you need it most, in the middle of your day.

Address- 28, Civil Lines Rd, Shivaji Nagar, Suraj Nagar, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Price- 500 for 2 People

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