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Open Hand Shop & Cafe

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B1/128-3, Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
+91 542 236 9751
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7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
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 soon we'll be serving homemade ice cream as well. In Leh our meals consist of organic veggies, true to the spirit of Ladakh where nature still rules. Sit on our balcony in the holy city of Varanasi and sip some of India's best coffee while you watch Indian life go by. Stop by for some hot and spicy chai at our manufacturing unit in Old Delhi. We love visitors!
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    Very good
  • 28
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best cafe in varanasi

We tried spanish omelette and brownie, food was okay and atmosphere is great, but the staff were not really friendly tho.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
YEONTAK
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Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We tried spanish omelette and brownie, food was okay and atmosphere is great, but the staff were not really friendly tho.

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Thank YEONTAK
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place to get away from the crowds and all the noise. They have great coffee and muffins and there is a nice shop as well.

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Thank Parisas8
Providence, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful spot and such a nice little refuge from a very stressful first day in Varanasi (I was eventually able to get my bearings and loved the city!) Lots of tourists, but the conscious and kind type-not obnoxious. :) I felt so serene here sitting on the balcony watching all the craziness happening below. Great place if you are traveling... More 

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Thank danieladawson
Varanasi, India
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good place to stop and chill. I visited with my friends for lunch.They got really good food and coffee. the atmosphere is really calm. we found it a very interesting place.I say it, must visit place in Varanasi for really good food and atmosphere (y) (Y).

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Thank Armelbrunet
Pueblo, Colorado
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled on this place by accident and happy I did so. Food little more pricey than average Banaras fare but is served quickly once ordered. Great street view but if choose indoors great place to relax. Very good wifi and people able to Skype. Great bakery choices without the accompaniment of the million flies in the display case. Much free... More 

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Thank VIRme
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great place! Amazing good food. We were there for an early breakfast. Service was quick, Dishes were big. Enough to get full. Coffee was really good. The atmosphere is really chilled out there - they have free wifi. You have to take off shoes before getting in.

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Thank Marcin_Mentel
Dorris, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must-stop-in place for travelers from all over the world. It is a lovely of respite from the hustle bustle of the street. In the shop, goods are all fair trade, a policy that the proprietors value seriously.

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Thank mgbphoto
Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and produce, I found it really hard not to buy a bag here, not the cheapest by any means but unique and beautiful! Service to table is a little slow, but food comes quite quickly, really nice vibe, put on your to do list!

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Thank Monique F
New Delhi, India
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent place to eat. And you can also buy some nice scarves, bags etc. if you like. It has a great atmosphere. I loved the honey and banana pancake, and my family enjoyed the ice-cream, muffins and the apple pie. The food is delicious. The place is clean. First floor though. At Assi Ghat. Would go there again and again... More 

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Thank abhaiyengar
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice and tranquil cafe with an interesting set up (essentially in a shop) and good food. The smoothies are particularly good!

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Thank engrob84

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: B1/128-3, Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Uttar Pradesh  >  Varanasi
  • Phone Number: +91 542 236 9751

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Italian, Indian, Cafe, 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 soon we'll be serving homemade ice cream as well. In Leh our meals consist of organic veggies, true to the spirit of Ladakh where nature still rules. Sit on our balcony in the holy city of Varanasi and sip some of India's best coffee while you watch Indian life go by. Stop by for some hot and spicy chai at our manufacturing unit in Old Delhi. We love visitors!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?