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Updated 2020: Pushkar in Rajasthan, India is the place where you can indulge in Western and International Food without feeling bad, and as any traveller who has been in India or in Asia for a while knows, a bit of Western Food now and again is very nice!
When I say indulge though I generally mean in a healthy way. A lot of restaurants in Pushkar offer healthy options with lots of Salads, and there are plenty of Juice stands around too (2 things I was really craving after just 3 weeks in India).
With that being said, there are still plenty of local restaurants and cafes in Pushkar so remember to not look past these, there are also a lot of street food stalls in Pushkar and they are perfect if you are on a budget in India.
Pushkar is totally Vegetarian and Egg-free. You will find Dairy but only in the form of Cow’s Milk, Cheese and Yogurt. Therefore Pushkar is a total Vegetarian and Vegan heaven! Yay!
In terms of drinks, Pushkar is a dry zone too, although when I revisited Pushkar in 2020 I noticed more restaurants and cafes in Pushkar that sell alcohol if you ask them, or they’ll ask you, it’s just not on the menu!
Best Places to Eat in Pushkar
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Really well located in the middle of the Pushkar Market madness but up on a rooftop is Laura’s cafe in Pushkar.
They have a huge menu of local and international food. Their open sandwiches and salads are really nice and I definitely recommend them.
You can sit inside and they have a small balcony that fits tables of 2 which offer an amazing view over Pushkar lake! They are open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I personally think it makes a great lunch option!
Coffee Temple / U-Turn Hotel
This is another great rooftop cafe in Pushkar and it’s right on the lake by Varaha ghat and Raghunath Temple. They also have a small seating area downstairs outside and inside.
Their food menu is fairly small but their drinks menu is good and it includes tea, coffee, lassi and juices, they also offer more drinks that are not on the menu, if you know what I mean..
Coffee Temple has a great sunset view too so it’s perfect for a sunset drink in Pushkar.
Additionally, Pushkar is known for its weed and therefore Special Lassi’s, so if you want a Special Lassi in Pushkar, go to Coffee Temple.
Cafe Nature’s Blessing
This little cafe is a bit out of the centre which is a shame (unless you’re staying that way and at one of the big hostels like Zostel Hostel, Backpacker Panda or The Madpackers Hostel in which case it’s really close by) because it’s a really nice little place with a nice owner.
The menu offers fresh, healthy food with Vegan options. Think Salads and warm dishes with lots of Veggies and even Tofu! The first place I’d seen Tofu in India!
I had the Jungle Salad and it was full of flavour and very healthy! I’d really recommend going to Cafe Nature’s Blessing in Pushkar for Breakfast or Lunch.
Falafel Street Food Stands in Pushkar
A famous Street Food in Pushkar is Falafel (thanks to how popular Pushkar is with Israeli’s I think) and I’m going to put these stands under one heading because there are about 6 stands along a small stretch of the main market road although I always go to Ganga Falafel which is on the end.
The guys working in them will try very hard to pull you in but luckily they are all really friendly and nice, even if you say no.
I wouldn’t say it was the best falafel wrap I have had in my life but I would recommend going to sit in at one of the stands in their plastic chairs on the side of the road and order a Falafel as the atmosphere is good, the food is cheap and it’s quick!
La Pizzeria Restaurant in Pushkar
Tucked down a side street from the main market street and in a restaurant that opens up into a garden courtyard I heard this was the best Pizza in Pushkar!
It wasn’t the best Pizza I have ever had but it was very good and so so huge! Luckily the staff at La Pizzeria Garden Restaurant are happy to wrap the pizza for you if you can’t eat it so you can take it for later or tomorrow.
The staff are friendly and it seems like a popular place to eat pizza and other Italian food in Pushkar.
Sixth Sense Restaurant in Pushkar
Located inside one of the most popular hotels in Pushkar- Inn Seventh Heaven, you’ll get a beautiful welcome as you walk through the door into the peaceful hotel courtyard and on the rooftop is Sixth Sense Restaurant.
It has two sections, one with low, comfy sofas perfect to eat lunch on or have a drink on and then a small dining area with more formal tables and chairs.
They have a range of Indian and international cuisine. I had the Dal which I wasn’t a fan of but I can imagine the rest of their food is very good. Plus the prices are good considering it is a nice and popular place to eat in Pushkar.
You definitely have to eat here when you’re in Pushkar!
Note that sometimes lunch is only offered downstairs in the reception area but it is a nice area. However, Dinner is always served in the rooftop restaurant.
Street Food Stands in Pushkar
Aside from this, there is plenty of street food stands in Pushkar selling all sorts from Fresh Fruit, Nuts, Pani Puri to Samosa’s, Sweet Treats and so much more! These are a cheap and easy way to eat in Pushkar, especially if you just want a snack. Just make sure that locals are eating at the stands too and that your stomach is strong enough to eat Street Food in India!
Best Places to Drink in Pushkar
It turns out you’ll see a few Sonu Juices in Pushkar. I’m not sure if one is the original and the other copied but either way, I went to both of the Sonu Juice’s on the main market road and both were good!
The 2 on main market road state they have been going since 1980 and they offer Juices, Smoothies, Lassis and Fruit Salads with Muesli in so many flavours.
You can sit in the small seating area or take your drink with you to explore more of the market or lake. I enjoyed having a Fruit Salad with Muesli here one morning as the street stands were opening up and the road wasn’t too busy yet.
Krishna Tea Stall
There are plenty of street stalls to enjoy a Chai from in Pushkar but just across the road from where I stayed at Elephant Hotel and Hostel is Krishna Tea Stall, he opens up early and is open all day.
He serves Chai for just 10Rs / 10p and best of all it comes with a smile! (This is his friend below, not him, but also vey smiley!)
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