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Open Hand Shop & Cafe

B1/128-3, Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
+91 542 236 9751
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Ranked #6 of 134 Restaurants in Varanasi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $10
Cuisines: Café
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Noosa, Australia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Great food, very modern with wifi, good coffee. Please come and support this place, proceeds go to the open hand charity which provides employment for women who have been rescued from sex trafficking.

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Varanasi, India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A nice, peaceful and clean cafe, with good food and drinks. This doesn't provide Ganges view but the place is very calm to draw the visitors.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Another super sweet and welcoming cafe right near Assi Ghat. Coffee was excellent, the shop was was stocked full of very interesting items. Located in a quiet building, tucked away from Assi Ghat. This cafe, along with Aum Cafe, are must see spots for tired feet and minds of tourists/travellers who need a welcome break from the electric, but draining... More

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Hamilton, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A nice cafe, with good food and drinks. They have wifi that you can use if you purchase something. Also a nice shop with mostly locally made items that are great for gifts (including stationary if you want it!).

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a cool, calm place and full of delicious food! It provided a small piece of quiet from the hustle and bustle of varanasi's relentless hawkers, ricks haws and tuk tuks! The food is very European as mentioned in other reviews but it's done well. The coffisch is sublime, imagine the culinary love child of a smooth dark Italian... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The food and beverages here are delicious- try the apple and chilli juice, as well as the ginger spritzer. The coffee is also the best we found in India! The menu is mainly European, a great choice for breakfast/brunch/if you're craving cake or a club sandwich.. Really good quality and excellent service from friendly staff. A bonus is the cleanest... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

i recommend this cafe because the experience which i had with them was super awesome :) specially their food and beverages are very fresh and soothing, apart from this i liked their atmosphere, very good concept of cafe and textiles both..infact these people showing true India through this concept where overseas guest comes and know about the culture and handicraft... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great location near Assi Ghat. Only tried the desserts and coffee. Very pretty, but didn't taste like carrot cake! Service was friendly, but lakadaisical and slow. Sat on the porch and watched Banares go by. Nice spot. Found lots of extremely overpriced merchandise for sale. Sadly, the NGO crowd seems to use this as wifi central, so it has the... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Had a great lunch/snack here after a long walking tour. Lovely cafe to sit and relax in and lovely gift shop.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Delicious, well priced, cosy, friendly staff... what more could you ask for? Plus, add the fact that the menu offers a great variety of original items (Ginger Chille Wake Up Drink) and coffee that would satisfy even the pickiest of java lovers, you can't really go wrong... Pancakes are a must!!

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