The Blue City of Rajasthan
, Jodhpur, is a city of traditions. Home to the fiercely loyal warrior clans known as the Rajputs, the state of Rajasthan is dotted with huge forts and elaborate palaces that stand tribute to an age of gallantry and courage. Jodhpur
, Rajasthan’s second largest city after its capital Jaipur, is everything you’d expect. Oh, and it’s home to some fantastic spots for breakfast too; think classic north Indian flair mixed with a dash of international favorites. Here are our top picks for starting the day in Jodhpur.
Shri Mishrilal Hotel
Mishrilal is an institution in Jodhpur, and the crowds outside are a testament to its popularity among locals. Located in the Sardar Bazaar area, it is extremely crowded after 12pm, so be sure to get there early. Grab piping hot pyaaz kachori (a fried preparation of flour bread stuffed with onions) or the large mirchi pakoras (green chilli peppers stuffed with potato filling and fried coated in batter) and wash down the spiciness with their thick as a milkshake lassi (buttermilk) with a dollop of real cream on top.
Address: Sri Mishrilal Hotel, Nai Sarak, Clock Tower, Ghantaghar Market, Jodhpur, +91 93140 21626
Restaurant, Indian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
This hole-in-the-wall outlet near the Clock Tower in the main market area sells over a thousand eggs a day, either boiled with spices or in the form of omelettes. They have an interesting variety of omelettes and the cheese masala omelette is a speciality. Crowded at meal times, the place caters to the light-of-pocket, but the fare is tasty and fresh. The owner is chatty, friendly and enjoys a good old chin wag to say the least.
Address: Omelette Shop, Ghantaghar Market, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, +91 98291 83585
Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
Opened in 1991, the Gypsy dining hall and restaurant serves a variety of vegetarian fare and is a popular venue. The hospitable staff and wonderful ambiance make it a place to relax and enjoy your brunch at in a leisurely manner. Expect the likes of Rajasthani thalis complete with local treats like paratha, south Indian dosas, samosas, biryani and dal, along with plenty of sweets like mango ice cream and fruit sundaes.
Address: Gypsy, 689, 9th C Road, Sardarpura, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, +91 291 510 3882
This is one place that you are guaranteed to come back to again and again once you’ve tried the food. The place opens early, when piping hot mava kachori, makkhan ke vade and moong dal halwa entice the nostrils and set the taste buds tingling. Dig into the spicy and tasty fare and start off your day with a hearty breakfast that keeps you going and pining for more.
Address: Jodhpur Sweets, 9th C Road,Sardarpura, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, +91 291 263 3762
Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
A pure vegetarian or satvik restaurant, the Midtown offers a variety of piping hot traditional Indian dishes for breakfast, from Rajasthani and Gujarati to south Indian varieties. However, for authenticity, it is best to stick to the local cuisine. Located opposite the Jodhpur Railway Station, the ambience is light and cool and the décor serene, a far cry from the hustle and bustle outside.
Address: Midtown Restaurant, Shanti Bhawan Heritage Hotel, Opposite Jodhpur Junction Railway Station, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, +91 291 263 7001
If you’re in the mood for some pastries and snacks, try out 15 AD, located opposite the Gypsy in Sardarpura. The pastries are fresh and the taste is as good as anything you can get in Delhi or Mumbai. It is a perfect place for a mid-morning snack if you’re shopping in the market area of Jodhpur. The place has an old colonial feel, with glass panes set in wooden framed doors and display cases. It gets crowded in the evenings with groups of teenagers and families coming out for snacks like hot dogs, pizzas and sandwiches.
Address: 15 AD, Neelam Bhavan, 9th C Road, Opp. Gypsy Dining Hall, Sardarpura, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, +91 291 653 9833