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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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Today
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 6:00 am
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 166
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  • 71
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Safe-card and one of the best brekky places i Varanasi

I highly recommend this place. My favorites is the ginger-chilli wake-up juice, especially for me who loves spices and ginger. And with some chocolate banana pancakes your brekky will be perfect. Or with their french toast, it's also wonderful. This is also the place where you can find some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Sandra F
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Varanasi, India
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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Varanasi, India
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I highly recommend this place. My favorites is the ginger-chilli wake-up juice, especially for me who loves spices and ginger. And with some chocolate banana pancakes your brekky will be perfect. Or with their french toast, it's also wonderful. This is also the place where you can find some good, black coffee that doesn't taste like water. It's strong and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is the place where you can sit down and enjoy a great cup of coffee in good company. Here comes travelers from around the world and at the open hand café you can share experiences. The prices are higher than the average in Varanasi.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It is true best coffee in Varanasi, I dare say best I have had in India, the service was very good and very quick as well. The concept of the cafe and the shop melded together works really well and it looks really good. For our experience the menu was very limited, with only a couple of choices for food... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere here! The staff is friendly and it is a great place to have a break from the intensity of Varanasi. Went every day. Great Espresso!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

A really nice place to escape the madness of Varanasi, shop is great and everything is a good price. Worth a visit

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Como Province, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Their coffee and cappuccino are good, and sweets too, but their ways are sometimes unpleasant. They're quite cold and quick.

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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Open Hand cafe, just up from Assi Ghat, is a home from home. The coffee and cake is the best I've had anywhere in India and the sandwich and chips just right. The chips (i.e., French/freedom(!) fries) are the REAL thing. This is real value for money place with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. If the Open Hand offered hotel... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The selection they had in the store of goods was really nice. Everything is made from local NGOs so the price is worth it. Really enjoyed going through all the items and there were some on sale too which was nice. The cheesecake was amazing and a very generous portion that we could all share. Will definitely come back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Good food! Great Location. Nice staff. Because of the street its a Little loud when you sitting outside. But doesn't matter :-)

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New Delhi, India
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Nice cozy place with a little shop. Peanuts salad was delicious. Also had a muffin and masala chai; both were very good. Quick and reasonably priced.

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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 3 - 10
  • Cuisine: Italian, Continental, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 6:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?