Throne of Rajasthan’s maharajas for two centuries, Jaipur’s opulent palaces, fine-dining restaurants, sumptuous hotels and luxury boutiques are in keeping with the city’s royal pedigree. It’s in the Pink City that many of the world’s gems are cut or set for jewellers across the globe, and to here that international clothing designers flock for inspiration. Consequently, the city is infused with a continental flair—and it’s this worldly edge that makes shopping in Jaipur such a dream. From where to discover dazzling jewels to the chicest fashion houses, allow us to point out the best shops in Jaipur.
A celebration of India’s vivid color palette, Soma creates beautiful hand-dyed, block-printed fabrics and fashions them into exquisite clothing, bed linen and soft furnishings. It’s the place to stock up on wardrobe staples as Jaipur’s temperatures soar in summer and the prices are astonishingly modest for the quality. Fabric shopping in Jaipur has never been so rewarding.
There are certain brands that are synonymous with immaculate taste, and Anokhi is one of them. Stocked with elegant block-printed dresses, colorful shawls and smart blouses, it champions traditional wearable styles in quality fabrics with a chic, contemporary twist. There are also delightful finds for men and children, making this a favorite shopping haunt among Jaipur’s expat community.
Narain Niwas Palace
Set within Narain Niwas Palace’s manicured gardens is a stylish enclave that’s home to some of the most coveted boutiques in town. Discover jewel-colored, Indian-inspired homewares, clothing and accessories at vibrant concept store Hot Pink. Flying a similar color-popping flag is its export line, Idli by Thierry Journo. A fine pashmina shawl from Andraab is as chic as it is cosy, while Aashka specialises in cool, block-printed cottons in breezy, wearable designs.
A market in India is typically a noisy, colorful, fragrant banquet for the senses, and Bapu Bazar is no different. The bustling hub is lined with shops selling rainbows of fabrics, bedspreads, saris, trinkets and embroidered slippers. If it’s excellent quality you’re seeking, it’s unlikely you’ll find it here—where Bapu Bazar excels is in easy gifts and souvenirs rather than lasting treasures. Bargaining is generally de rigeur, however some boutiques stick to a fixed price, so play it by ear.
When in India, it would be remiss not to indulge in its wealth of nourishing Ayurvedic wisdom. It’s in this arena that Kama Ayurveda excels. From sublime beauty serums to deliciously fragranced hair treatments, these products are 100 per cent natural and beautifully packaged. For souvenir shopping in Jaipur, this beauty boutique certainly delivers.
Where Bapu Bazar brims with fabrics, Johari Bazaar is the locals’ jewelry emporium. Reams of stalls gleam with gold, silver and semi-precious stones, and workshops encourage visitors to peek in as artisans craft rings and polish gems. Tempting as it is to stock up on topaz and amethyst at ridiculously low prices, practice caution when purchasing from Johari. There’s plenty of colored glass masquerading as briolettes and cabochons. For the real thing, Gem Palace and Amrapali sell guaranteed authentic designs.
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