This is Bar Palladio, the stunning jewel box of a hangout in Jaipur. Created by Italian expat Barbara Miolini, it’s so well known now that it’s rare to see a list of must visits for this city in India’s state of Rajasthan that doesn’t include Bar Palladio or its daytime sister nearby, Caffé Palladio.
I recently visited, during my free time, as part of a tour of India with Taj Hotels.
Usually I’m more about the unknown when I’m exploring a new place. BUT I’m also a sucker for good design having grown up the daughter of a painter, interior designer and architect.
The interiors lived up to the hype for me and though the cocktails did not, it didn’t faze me. In terms of interior design inspiration, Bar Palladio provides that in spades.
But what inspired Miolini to open these businesses and their accompanying home goods store? I turned to an article on Shop Latitude for answers in which Miolini is quoted “…born from a love of travel, from a desire to seek beauty.” She’d been living outside of Venice in Asolo before moving to India just over a decade ago and it was her memories of that area and her desire to have something of Italy with her in India that caused her to want to bring her past into her adopted home. She says, “Jaipur is a city whose creative identity has been tied to block print for hundreds of years. […it] contains the touch of the hand, the weight of tradition […]. These are two countries [Italy and India] that believe more is always better, that worship color and sensuality […] where luxury is an actual way of living.”
All that and more is clear when you walk in. And I love that Miolini’s designs echo not just her home and adopted country but others as well. Elements of the design at Caffé Palladio and Bar Palladio seem to be drawn from all over the globe. They could be, as she says in the interview, “a Ramanov tearoom, an Ottoman tent.”
from their website: “A saffron hued pavilion positioned upon terrace of pistachio marble; doors open wide to the afternoon breeze; a vaulted salon, mirrored walls enlivened with painted scenes – verdant gardens, orange blossoms, birds in flight: here within this rosy daydream stands Caffé Palladio Jaipur, where West meets East. Inspired by Sicily and her cuisine, an island with a history spanning both Italian and Arab cultures, Caffé Palladio Jaipur recreates the exotic loveliness of Visconti’s masterpiece “Il Gattopardo”, a world of sun-drenched palazzi & perfumed gardens.”
My Leatherology bag makes an appearance in the back! And in my version of that moment below.
The ultimate beauty of Caffé Palladio and Bar Palladio is that they are not places you go just to eat or drink. They are places you go to be inspired!