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Open Hand Cafe

#14 of 53 Restaurants in Leh
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Behind Bijoo Hotel, Fort Rd | Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh, India
+91 9871 909 777
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
all-around great

This is my kind of cafe: good espresso, healthy food and conscious profits in a clean & comfortable atmosphere. You can see that the owners treat their workers relatively well here as the guys are friendly and seem pretty happy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
Jessica1100
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is my kind of cafe: good espresso, healthy food and conscious profits in a clean & comfortable atmosphere. You can see that the owners treat their workers relatively well here as the guys are friendly and seem pretty happy.

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Osaka Prefecture, Japan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Very nice place to buy some souvenirs, take coffee and cake. I was so surprised to find the real espresso machine in Leh! And I was able to eat cheese cake! It was so delicious! My friend bought very lovely stuffed yak. I regret not to have bought it now. おいしいチーズケーキとコーヒーを楽しめます。 併設のショップでお土産探しもいいです。かわいいぬいぐるみや鞄、ショールなどを扱っています。

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Salt Lake City, Utah
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I was so glad to find this place because it is difficult to find a good cafe in Leh. I first went to Coffeesutra in the main bazaar, but their machine was made for the domestic kitchen...and it was broken. Pancakes are good! Eggs were ok, maybe a bit overpriced. Bathroom was clean, but of course no TP. Definitely for... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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89 reviews 89 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Its a boutique cafe with great ambiance. Free wifi running at good speeds. Prices are decent enough but the location isn;t great. Its located at the end of a dark lane with no lights for about 300 meters. The food we ordered had great presentation but the taste was very average, nothing to really talk about

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Great cafe to relax, unwind catch up on wifi and enjoy a coffee. Time just whiles way here. Nice food and cakes and good quality fairtrade souvenirs on display.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A great place to relax, get a small lunch, and a tea. More pricey than the rest of Leh but somewhat reliable wifi. Definitely where the tourists hang out, hard to pass up one of their scarves!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My first morning in Leh I happened to stumble over Open Hand Cafe – and ended going back every day for the month I stayed in Ladakh! This is a very chilled out place which boasts an extensive breakfast menu, delicious cakes, and fresh salads. There's an outdoor courtyard which is perfect for soaking up the early morning sun, or... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Comfort zone outside comfort zone with people unknown, as good as people from home. With food music and drinks to match your tone. where you are away from others and in touch with your own... absolutely loved the place.. must try .. there giner lemon honey tea... lemon chesse cake.. beautifully decorated place

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New Delhi, India
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Near to market still away from hustle bustle. If your are looking for quite place to have some evening snacks...no better place in Leh.Can sit here for hours,relax, eat. sleep too..!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The open hand cafe is a typical traveller cafe, where you can get cakes and the best coffee in town. You can sit outside. I enjoyed the ginger lemon honey tea. The Thali is very tasty, but better don't try the thai curry. thailand is too far away and it has a very special taste, Which doesn't have anything to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Behind Bijoo Hotel, Fort Rd | Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Jammu and Kashmir  >  Ladakh  >  Leh
  • Phone Number: +91 9871 909 777

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 7
  • Cuisine: Continental

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