JAIPUR IN THE PINK

Though it is known as “the pink city“, Jaipur’s facades are more amber-colored. But within the walls of Rajasthan’s much loved capital, you’ll certainly enjoy a “la vie en rose” kind of week-end. Majesty beyond your imagination, eye candy jewels and hidden gems to fall in love with… This is India, romantic India, magical and splendid.

47 JOBNER BAGH

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outdoor bed jobner

This magnificent yet simple family-run B&B is housed in a Maharaja's ancient garden property surrounded by sweet scented jasmine flowers. Mr Gujar tastefully decorated the rooms and living spaces with antiques, and you’ll be able to shop some items if you’re too lazy to hunt at the flea market. Just saying.
ASK: For the Indian breakfast. Never had such delicious paratha.
And for the Hindustan Ambassador famous car to drive around with style.
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FLOWER & FLEA MARKET

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Now if you like spending your mornings rummaging around, the Hatwara Flea Market’s for you. That’s where you’ll find traditional Lassi glasses, vintage scissors, old photographs of Indian idols… The bustling Phool Mandi wholesale Flower Market is adjacent to it.

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WIND PALACE & CITY PALACE

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

City Palace

City Palace

One of Jaipur’s symbols, Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds was built in 1799 by poet King Pratap Singh. Its 953 latticed windows are quite impressive.
Whereas The Royal Family still resides in the 18th century City Palace, they have opened up their homes to host a Museum.

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NAHARGARH FORT, AMBER FORT

Nahargargh fort

Nahargargh fort

Nahargargh fort

Nahargargh fort

From the 18th century Nahargarh Fort or Tiger fort, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the city.
Whilst Amber Fort is the iconic palace of India, its 16th century walls snaking away into the horizon could be the Indian counterpart of the great wall of China.

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Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Anokhi Museum

Anokhi Museum

Situated in Amber Village, this museum housed in a beautiful restored haveli, outlines the story of the famous textiles with hand block printing demonstrations.
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Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace

 

BAR PALLADIO & HOT PINK

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After an italian meal or a drink at the stylish Bar Palladio, head over to Hot Pink, a shop by Gem Palace’s owner Munnu Kasliwaland and French jewellery designer Marie-Hélène de Taillac. Their collections are outstanding, and the place itself is worth a visit.

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MORE SHOPPING

THE GEM PALACE

Follow the path of the Royal families, Hollywood and Bollywood stars and window shop in this institution established in 1852.

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Anoothi

Their hand-poured soy wax candles are a must-buy. They come in round marble containers with cedar wood wicks. The cardamom, saffron & vanilla fragrance is incredible.

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Neerja

For the renowned glazed pottery of Jaipur.

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Theatro Dhora

Contemporary style gifts made by Indian artisans. Jewellery, clothes, lifestyle.

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DELICIOUS

VERANDAH CAFE

Located in the beautiful gardens of the Rambagh Palace Hotel, the Verandah Cafe serves the most delightful Thali in the most romantic setting.
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LAXMI MISTHAN BHANDAR

 

If you’re more into the typical local atmosphere, LMB offers authentic Rajasthani vegetarian cuisine. Don’t forget to try everything at their sweet shop.
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Malaysia - George Town - China House - In the name of tiramisu

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So unlikely that a Café called China House is making one of the best tiramisus you could ever eat. I had to go to Georgetown to believe it. What’s awesome about this city is that you can feast on traditional local street food in the night market, then easily enjoy a european sweet treat afterwards. In fact, China House is a cake paradise, and not only a café. 3 heritage buildings converted into 14 spaces (café, restaurants, art galleries, shops, live music…) linked by an open air courtyard. That gives you several possible excuses to go there and get your sugar fix.

ASK: For the Tiramisu, of course.

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Taiwan - Taipei - Cafe Showroom

This beautiful spot, popular among the taiwanese artists community is as it says a café, and a showroom. After a look at the exhibition (that would be a quick one considering the little space) seat down and enjoy a hazelnut latte before exploring Fujin Street, the new street to be in Taipei. Trendy and chic.

ASK: For the homemade red velvet cake to go with the latte

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Taiwan - Taipei - Café Lumière at Hua Shan 1914 Creative Park

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Imagine a city within the city, a wine factory abandoned and revamped to host Taipei’s primary creative arts center and dozens and dozens of shops and design restaurants. And a cinema, where you could watch french movies (well Ok with chinese subtitles) and a Café where you would daydream and eat home made ice cream. Hua Shan 1914 creative park is the Taiwanese version of parisian “Cour Saint-Emilion”. But better.

ASK: At Café Lumière named after Hou Hsiao Hsien’s movie, to be seated by the window overlooking the park and watch people go by

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Sth Korea - Seoul - Top 3 beautiful coffee shops

In this huge city, after walking a few miles, a good coffee shop feels more like a refuge. In Seoul, it’s not just about the taste but also about the looks. These days, it seems that tastefully designed cafés have this thing with polished concrete (or maybe I do) and the places I’ve spotted carry  postindustrial feel and cosyness. Here are 3 of the best coffee shops, that combine quality and style.

 

Anthracite Coffee - The serious coffee maker

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Their coffee is “loaded with the rich aromas of pineapples, coconuts, chocolate, mangoes, and roses”… Well, something like that I would simply call deep aroma of fresh coffee strikes you when you enter the ground floor of this very special coffee shop. The sight of the roasters is quite impressive as they kept the old atmosphere of what used to be an old shoe factory intact.  . High ceiling and a big space on the first floor make you feel a little bit like in Berlin. And the terrace oh my this terrace is the best place to chill.

ASK: For the green tea cake to balance the taste of the strong coffee they offer.

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Peer Coffee - The delicate one

There are two sides of Itaewon neighborhood. First image is a cluster of funkie bars where university students go to relax (You can imagine), and secondly, in a residential area, little gems like Peer Coffee Roasters can be found. The coffee is surprisingly roasted in house considering the little lovely space in which it is settled. There’s not many food choices here except “the pastry of the week”, but it’s a must-go for the coffee lover. The soy latte is simply perfect.

ASK: For their filter coffee to go in a bottle (Yes, it’s trendy)

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D 55 - Overlooking Bukchon

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Here’s a beautiful place to cool down after a visit to the stunning Gyeongbokgung palace nearby.“D’Industry 55” is a furniture cafe, meaning the interior (from all over the world) is for sale. The coffee shop owned by a group of designers offers a homely feeling, there’s a wide range of western food choices, but I’d recommend you stick to the coffee.

ASK: To be seated in the Veranda upstairs to overlook Bukchon’s beautiful traditional roofs.

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Sth Korea - Seoul - Café - D55 - Overlooling Bukchon

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Here’s a beautiful place to cool down after a visit to the stunning Gyeongbokgung palace nearby.“D’Industry 55” is a furniture cafe, meaning the interior (from all over the world) is for sale. The coffee shop owned by a group of designers offers a homely feeling, there’s a wide range of western food choices, but I’d recommend you stick to the coffee.

ASK: To be seated in the Veranda upstairs to overlook Bukchon’s beautiful traditional roofs.

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Japan - Tokyo - Kayaba Cafe , Revamped Kissaten

Mirror ceiling and retro decor coupled with the traditional design of an old kissaten (tea room) give a unique atmosphere to this coffee shop. The place was recently transformed but first opened in 1938 and local people of all ages are regulars. You might wait a tiny bit for lunch but the homemade dishes (2 choices that change everyday) are worth the try.

ASK: For the White chocolate and green tea cake. Goes well with the (too?) strong coffee they make.

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Singapore -Café- No fuss at Flock

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Flock aims to be the kind of cafe where you can relax and go every day, while most of Tiong Bahru’s other places are off on Mondays. Run by a Singaporean family, Gourmet sandwiches like Prawn avocado or Pork Cheek gruyere paninis are handcrafted. Breakfast is served all day and their coffee beans come from the renowned roaster Liberty coffee. A simple place with no fuss.

ASK: For the Genmaicha latte. Unusual.

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Mumbai -Cosy Brunch- Pali Village Cafe

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A 60’s European style restaurant with an Indian touch makes it one of the cosiest eatery in Mumbai. Heritage tiled floor and exposed walls, the decor itself takes you on a journey. Their menu is highly Mediterranean inspired so don’t expect to find typical local food here, for that you’ll have to go to Pali Bhavan next door. However, for brunch, this is the right place to be. Modern and old fashioned.

ASK: For their buttermilk pancakes. It’s just so good.

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Mumbai -Arty Café- Kala Ghoda Cafe

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Photographer and owner Farhad Bomanjee created this little café, bakery, and gallery in an early 20th century barn. Its intellectual vibe attracts many students of the area, and is well known for its coffee quality. The organic house blend sourced directly from plantation is made from south Indian Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties. Salads and desserts are also good. Breakfast is served until 13:00.

ASK: for an expresso and a dark chocolate cake, the perfect energy fix equation.  

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Mumbai -Feel Good Cafe- The Nutcracker

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This little feel good cafe serves breakfast all day. Friendly owner Anaheeta Bafna created her mostly vegetarian menu with chefs who have worked in well-known establishments such as The Taj Mahal Palace Tower. Their sandwiches and salads are also worth a try, new on the menu is the Chunky Mushroom Burger. Fresh food is prepared in house, and the coffee, using blends of Robusta and Arabica comes from plantations of the southern peninsula region. While desserts are made from fine Belgian chocolate. “The Nutcracker” is also a posh chick headquarter; If you prick up your ears and listen a little you might be able to catch up on the latest gossip, Delightful.

ASK: For their summer cooler and shakes, goes well with anything.

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