Shopping in Jaipur is a real treat as there are some fabulous places that stock unique and high-quality items. Precious and semi-precious gems are most sought after (do watch out for the gem scams though), along with blue pottery and textiles. You can also pick up some pretty costume jewelry from Johari Bazaar (particularly in Gopalji ka Rasta and Haldion ka Rasta lanes) and Chameliwala Market on M I Road.
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Anokhi is famous for its high quality, block print textiles, particularly clothes. The substantial Jaipur showroom has a delightful cafe that serves mostly organic international cuisine. If you're interested in learning about the art of block printing, Anokhi also has a museum near Amber Fort. There are daily demonstrations as well as more detailed workshops. Visit it on this tour (including lunch at 1135 AD in Amber Fort).
- Where: Anokhi Haveli, Near Badrinath Temple, Kheri Gate, Jaipur.
When you think of Jaipur, one of the first things that come to mind is the famous blue pottery. And one of the most famous creators of blue pottery is Kripal Singh Shekhawat. Born in 1922, he's been credited with reviving the art and helping it become what it is today. His works can be found all over India, including in museums. Kripal Singh Shekhawat started Kripal Kumbh as an outlet for his wares, and the team has been trained by him. Both classical pottery designs and more modern designs are on offer. Another recommended place to buy blue pottery is Neerja, particularly if you're interested in new designs.
- Where: B-18A, Shiv Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur.
Address6, Amer Rd, Kagdiwara, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
For distinctive leather shoes, handcrafted by rural leather workers in Rajasthan, head to Mojari. The store has been set up to help support underprivileged artisans by stocking their products. It gets its name from the traditionally decorated shoes of the state. All kinds of footwear, particularly for women, and a small selection of handbags are available.
- Where: 6, Amer Rd, Kagdiwara, Brahampuri, Jaipur.
The Gem Palace on M.I. Road is among the most reputable places to shop for jewelry in Jaipur. It's been in existence for eight generations. You'll discover everything from vintage pieces to exclusive creations there. Although the exterior of the Gem Palace is unassuming, its interior has been liked to Aladdin's Cave. There are magnificent pieces on display, which once belonged to the royals. The reason being is that the shop is owned by the family of jewelers that once served them. Do be prepared for snooty staff, and to empty your wallet if you choose to buy anything. Looking to purchase gemstones cheaply? Head to Gopalji ka Rasta, the famous gem street in Johari Bazaar in the Old City. However, it's risky as vendors are known to sell colored glass as gems there.
- Where: Shop 348, MI Road, Jaipur.
One of Jaipur's most popular budget hotels, the Pearl Palace, also has a jewelry shop in its renowned Peacock rooftop restaurant. It sells a diverse range of sterling silver jewelry, gemstones, and gift items. The jewelry is of a decent quality and comes with a money back guarantee. Prices are very reasonable too. Do note that it's only open in the evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Where: 51 Hathroi Fort, Hari Kishan Somani Marg, Ajmer Road, near Vidhakpuri Police Station, Jaipur.
Want to shop for traditional handicrafts in a convenient, hassle-free environment? Rajasthali has a huge selection all under one roof. Located just opposite Ajmer Gate, this state-government handicraft emporium sells everything from textiles to brass-ware, including the ubiquitous puppets. Prices are fixed, so, unfortunately, you won't get a bargain.
- Where: Opposite Ajmeri Gate, MI Road, Jaipur.
If you're keen to add some Indian art to your collection, Art Chill is the place to go. It has two locations. The newest and biggest gallery, in the west wing of Amber Fort near the exit, spans 5,000 square feet. It houses a massive collection of contemporary art by eminent and emerging Indian artists. The gallery's branch (Juneja Art Gallery) in Jaipur was established in 1994. It also has contemporary art ranging from abstract to semi-abstract, and surreal to figurative art.
- Where: Amber Fort; and C 34 and 36, Road 1, Near Bais Godam Flyover, Bais Godam, opposite lane to Godown 11, Jaipur.
If your style is contemporary, then you'll find plenty of items to fall in love with at Hot Pink. This concept store stocks a unique range of colorful and contemporary Indian housewares and fashion. It was started in 2005 by Munnu Kasliwal from the Gem Palace and French jewelry designer Marie-Helene de Taillac. Hot Pink has a peaceful garden setting at the Narain Niwas Palace hotel and a branch at Amber Fort.
- Where: 26 Hotel Narain Niwas Palace, Narayan Singh Road, Rambagh, Jaipur.