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Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro

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Fort Rd | Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh 194101, India
+91 9871 909 777
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Comfortable hang out with reliable, safe food

Comfortable spot for affordable food with reliable hygiene and good coffee and tea, Breakfast is the strongest of their meal offerings, but also a popular place for late afternoon gathering. The attached shop has a good selection of crafts.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2015
Dean S
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Manila, Philippines
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Black Forest, Germany
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a relaxed place to hang out, this is it. The location is cosy, so you feel at home, especially as the stuff really takes care and can be also great fun, if you come to know them. The menu is great for breakfast, lunch and diner with everything I desire away from home. The cakes... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Comfortable spot for affordable food with reliable hygiene and good coffee and tea, Breakfast is the strongest of their meal offerings, but also a popular place for late afternoon gathering. The attached shop has a good selection of crafts.

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Thank Dean S
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

It is one of the more modern cafe's in Leh, nice vibe, with excellent food & coffee. They also have a nice little shop for you to pick up some gifts while travelling. The staff were also very helpful, on chatting to one of the staff, she asked where I was from, & when I said South Africa, she spoke... More 

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A must visit for all Travelers coming to Ladakh !! Open hand cafe serves the best coffee in Leh also their breakfast is absolutely a must have. Chunwi the manager of the Cafe greets everyone with a smile & say Jullay (traditional ladakhi welcome). Their sit out is fantastic & the free WiFi makes it a cherry on the top... More 

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Thank Amish S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Hi Travelers, This is an amazing place to have a sip of coffee with you friends and beloved ones.The place will serve you with nice coffee. I first got to know about this cafe at Varanasi and second I found in Leh. DO visit them, try their sandwich,wrap.. all are good.

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Thank shubhra g
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Hi, Shubhra. Greetings from the OpenHand team. We appreciate the kind review you wrote of our cafe. May you visit again. Greetings Cornelia Bosman More 

Oxford, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Good chai and garden restaurant with exellent cakes. The garden restaurant is very pleasant and staff is very friendly and helpful Good quality handmade good in the shop.

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Thank Anekant_Anandi
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Greetings from the OpenHand Team. On behalf of our staff and directors we want to thank you for this positive review of our cafe. It means the world to us. Hope we can meet visitors like you more often. Kindly say hi when in town the next time. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Black Forest, Germany
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Great food, great location, gorgeous stuff: friendly, welcoming, warm athmosphere. My refuge from the dust and UV in Ladakh. The coffee is amazing!

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Thank Philip C
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Hi, Phillip Greetings from the OpenHand Team. On behalf of our staff and directors we want to thank you for this positive review of our cafe. It means the world to us. Hope we can meet visitors like you more often. Kindly say hi when in town the next time. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Loved this place. Superb coffee, attentive and friendly service. The staff here are exceptional and understand customer care. Menu is healthy and well prepared. One of my favorite spots in Leh.

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Thank CareyRichard
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Hi, Carey Greetings from the OpenHand Team! On behalf of our staff we want to thank you for this positive review of our cafe. It means the world to us. Hope we can meet visitors like you more often. Kindly say hi when in town the next time. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Horgen, Switzerland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We enjoyed breakfast every day at Open Hand and had a wonderful start into the days like this! Food was excellent, perfect coffee, great juices and very friedly staff! Umesh's smiles and humor always made us start the day happily! Taking home some wonderful things and cards as souvenirs make us remember Leh and Open Hand back home every day...... More 

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Thank Denise_Manuela2015
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Hi, Denise Greetings from the OpenHand Team. On behalf of our staff we want to thank you for this positive review of our cafe. It means the world to us. Hope we can meet visitors like you more often. Kindly say hi when in town the next time. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Australia
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

I visited many times whilst in Leh. Coffee is mild but nice. Frappé was excellent. Breakfast was ok. Prices are a little higher and 10% service charge but still very affordable and they have an amazing business ethic. Lots of great bags, dolls, shawls available and made by equal opportunity and community based organisations. Have a chat with the manager!

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Thank TravellingWales
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Hi, TravellingWhales Greetings from the OpenHand Team. On behalf of our staff we want to thank you for this positive review of our cafe. It means the world to us. Hope we can meet visitors like you more often. Kindly say hi when in town the next time. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 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, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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