Built atop one of the outer boundary walls of the famous Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisal Italy is worth a trip for the location alone, affording its visitors the most spectacular view in town of the historic fort. This vegetarian venue is spread across three expansive seating areas, two inside the restaurant and one outside on the scenic terrace. If you opt for the terrace, you’ll be dining traditionally on cushions around low, square, wooden tables. As the name suggests, Jaisal Italy’s menu hinges on expertly prepared Italian pasta dishes and pizza, as well as tasty after-dinner treats like tiramisu. They also serve a couple of surprising outliers, like Spanish-style tortillas. This is a great first stop on your trip to Jaisalmer, where you can order an espresso after a satisfying meal and gaze out over stunning views of the city’s greatest attraction.
Located right next to the fort in Gopa Chowk, Killa Corner offers an international menu of Indian, Chinese, and Italian cuisine, served alongside spectacular views of the Jaisalmen Fort. Whichever corner of the world your dish hails from, you can expect a simple, homespun preparation cooked with a lot of heart. The Italian pastas and pizzas are a smart choice here, as are the Manchurian balls and noodle dishes. The wait staff here is also exceptionally kind and will always go the extra mile to help you feel at home in Jaisalmer, whether you need help arranging a safari or finding a local cobbler to mend your shoe sole.
Killa Corner, Next to Fort, Gopa Chowk, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan +91 94605 85147
The Bhang Shop looks like little more than a pocket-sized hole in the wall, but this small space has a huge reputation throughout the city. They’re famous for selling lassi and thandai containing bhang, a paste-like mixture of cannabis buds and leaves with milk, ghee, and spices. They sell bhang-laced cookies too, which are unsurprisingly delicious. If you’re tempted but worried about the law, never fear; the Bhang Shop has received the blessing and recognition of the Indian government (as it’s careful to state in big letters on the signs out front), so its roaring business is all above board. Their bhang comes in your choice of medium or full strength, so know your limits and judge wisely when you’re placing your order.
Bhang Shop, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan +91 95718 25008
Trio draws in bustling crowds with a dreamy triple threat of terrace views, atmospheric live music and delicious Indian food. You’ll find a wide variety of traditional Indian dishes on their menu, including several examples of local Rajasthani cuisine. Ty the chicken stirfry with shredded vegetables and the laal maans, a rich mutton curry. If you’re here in the evening, go for their outdoor terrace seating and enjoy an enchanting view of Mandir Palace surrounded by city lights, Local Rajasthani musicians play soothing strains on harmonium and dholak in the background to complete this dream-like scene.