Jaisalmer, a city of ancient lore, presents a colorful variety of aromatic street food delicacies, breathtaking vistas and age old relics. We list the best restaurants where you can catch a wholesome meal in the Golden City.
Jaisalmer, a remote city nestled on the banks of India’s western border, is home to this fine-dining spot that attracts a large number of customers. This modestly upscale age old restaurant features a high ceiling tent and windowed walls that enable guests to enjoy some amazing views of the old bazaar. Uniformed waiters, linen napkins and knick-knack snap shots of the desert life add a regal charm to this restaurant that serves authentic Rajasthani cuisine. In the cool shaded environment of the Trio you can enjoy a wholesome meal of spicy Dal Tadka or a plateful of Chana ka Acchaar (chick pea pickle).
This picturesque Italian joint nestled atop the Jaisalmer’s Fort boundary walls offers a spectacular take on Italian fine dining. The restaurant provides an open terrace that is brightly lit and an interior room that consists of embroidered cushions placed against a Jharokha. The Italian-inspired menu emphasizes the subtle flavors of authentic recipes using organically sourced ingredients. You can enjoy a glass of Chardonnay in the rustic appeal of Jaisal Italy, where you can try a wonderful variety of pizzas for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets.
This place embodies the expression ‘big food, small world’, serving some lovely brunch meals that you can enjoy after long hours of sightseeing in Jaisalmer. The spacious open terrace of Cafe the Kaku is an 853-year-old bastion that offers a beautiful view of the Golden City. They serve Chinese, Mexican, Indian and Japanese cuisine. The place is ideal for families or large groups, providing seating arrangements in the form of large, comfortable khat (mattresses), blankets and a traditional hookah. The serenity of this rooftop restaurant together with the delicious and varied menu makes it one of the most visited places to eat in Jaisalmer.
This rustic Indian restaurant that offers a terrace with traditional decor and features engaging cultural performances is a wonderful place to enjoy a decadent dining experience. Strictly vegetarian, the restaurant is an extravagant spot with tables that are placed near a stone-paved courtyard. At Desert Boy’s Dhani you can indulge in a candlelight dinner, marvel the intricacies of a puppet show and savor Rajasthani cuisine at its best. The cultural restaurant showcases the glory of the local heritage offering live folk music and delectable dishes like Malai Kofta, Bajre ki chapatti, mixed vegetable curries and much more.
If during your gastronomic journey around the city you’ve already tried enough Rajasthani specialties, you can try something new at Free Tibet Restaurant, an venue that offers beautiful views and cozy seating within its traditional interiors. The rooftop restaurant, set in a scenic location in Jaisalmer, gives visitors a glimpse of Tibetan culture and cuisine and has a friendly staff. They serve a delicious assembly of steamed Momos (dumplings) in a hot broth popularly known as Wonton Soup. You can gorge on Chicken Thupka (meat broth with noodles) served with spicy red chutney or enjoy a plateful of their cheese and spinach Momos.
If you’re looking for a quiet place to eat, step inside Milan Restaurant with its simple appeal and homely decor. This place often goes unnoticed by travelers, yet once it is found the traditional cuisine they serve provides a rewarding experience. This is especially true if you grab a bite of their meat delicacies. Fresh from the tandoor, the spicy Chicken Tangdi served alongside Jeera rice and mixed vegetables curry is an appetizing meal for the whole family. While the Lal Maas is a local favorite for meat lovers, the vegetable kebabs are popular with vegetarian and vegan diners.
‘Killa’ (which translates as castle) is a Rajasthani restaurant and one of the few restaurants in the city that specializes in serving multi-cuisine dishes. Located away from the city bustle, the restaurant has a laid-back environment. Its warm and well-lit interior showcases a sleek design with bamboo wood seating and enamel flooring. The restaurant provides visitors with a special dining experience, serving signature dishes like the Paneer Kissa or a handful of Sheikh Kebabs that you can eat while you enjoy the mellow folk music in the background.
An open terrace restaurant – part of the boutique accommodation La Diva Homestay – Zoya Ka Zayeka gives visitors a taste of healthy, home-cooked Rajasthani cuisine. The scenic views of the Jaisalmer Fort coupled with the welcoming rooftop setting make this restaurant an ideal place to sample a few local bites. Serving options from a pint of egg curry to a plateful of buttered Aloo Parathas, Zoya Ka Zayeka provides an authentic dining experience. For those following a vegetarian diet, the Paneer Butter Masala served alongside Bajre ki Roti is a great option, especially if it is complemented by a wholesome bowl of fresh curd.