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Behind Bijoo Hotel, Fort Rd | Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh 194101, India
+91 9871 909 777
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Stop by for espresso based coffee at one of our cafes or come over for a...
Stop by for espresso based coffee at one of our cafes or come over for a meal served by our pleasant staff. At our stores you will find great products for sale too which are made in-house by our manufacturing unit in Delhi. You can smell our home baked cakes from far and we serve homemade ice cream as well. In Leh our meals consist of organic veggies, true to the spirit of Ladakh where nature still rules. Enjoy watching India walk past from the balcony of our café in the holy city of Varanasi while you sip on some of India's best coffee or stop by for a cup of hot and spicy chai at our manufacturing unit in Old Delhi. We love visitors!
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing cakes and espresso. Great ambience

Its a little difficult to locate, but makes it up for the comfortable ambience and friendly staff. Serves amazing cakes and coffees.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
shitizchaudhary
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Leh, India
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Leh, India
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Its a little difficult to locate, but makes it up for the comfortable ambience and friendly staff. Serves amazing cakes and coffees.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Being a tour guide I usually take my foreign groups to this restaurant for one meal and to have the best coffee in town. Excellent food with presentation. Nice people with perfect service.

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vinge001, Owner at Open Hand Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Customer, Thank you very much for your review. Hope you have enjoyed the food at OpenHand. Our cakes are delicious. Hope you have tasted that too. We look forward to serve you more. Thank you for your co-operation. from OpenHand Management More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Clearly this is one of the few places in India that "gets it!" Actually most of Kashmir is nothing alike to the rest of India as the atmosphere is totally unique in this region by comparison, probably due to the Tibetan influence. With great service and high quality it excels as a large number of other establishments in the same... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

As the title suggests, open hand had the best coffee in Leh, the food was also ok. Unfortunately they never had the majority of items on the menu which is slightly frustrating. It is also a little hidden if you don't know leh on a quiet road linking fort and old road.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I spent many afternoons here drinking lattes and using their WiFi. The food is pretty good and the ambience is pleasant. You can also sit out in their garden.

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A centrally located cafe down a shady avenue, with trendy interior, delicious & creative food, indoor & outdoor seating and locally-sourced (from India) crafts to purchase around the cafe. All around great spot to spend an afternon or morning. With wifi

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Chicago, Illinois
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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 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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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Address: Behind Bijoo Hotel, Fort Rd | Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh 194101, India
Phone Number: +91 9871 909 777
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Jammu and Kashmir  >  Ladakh  >  Leh
Average Prices: USD 5 - 7
Cuisine: Indian, Organic, Pasta, International

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Behind Bijoo Hotel, Fort Rd | Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh 194101, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Jammu and Kashmir  >  Ladakh  >  Leh
  • Phone Number: +91 9871 909 777

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 7
  • Cuisine: Indian, Organic, Pasta, International

Description

Stop by for espresso based coffee at one of our cafes or come over for a meal served by our pleasant staff. At our stores you will find great products for sale too which are made in-house by our manufacturing unit in Delhi. You can smell our home baked cakes from far and we serve homemade ice cream as well. In Leh our meals consist of organic veggies, true to the spirit of Ladakh where nature still rules. Enjoy watching India walk past from the balcony of our café in the holy city of Varanasi while you sip on some of India's best coffee or stop by for a cup of hot and spicy chai at our manufacturing unit in Old Delhi. We love visitors!

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