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“Cute place” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Open Hand Shop & Cafe

Open Hand Shop & Cafe
B1/128-3, Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
+91 542 236 9751
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Ranked #5 of 132 restaurants in Varanasi
Price range: $3 - $10
Cuisines: Café
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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“Cute place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

A sweet break from the craziness of India.
I tried their chai. Somehow, wasn't my thing. The food was nothing out of the ordinary, and a bit on the pricy side. However, the ambiance is very nice. A wordly crowd populates the place. The service is also better than most of the places I've been in Varanasi. Their WiFi also works properly... most of the time!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Prasanthi Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh, India
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Different and Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I was there couple of times the food was good. The hot chocolate was not hot and very little. There was only milk in it.
Leaving shoes outside was uncomfortable and there was no place to sit and wear them back.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Yackandandah
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103 reviews 103 reviews
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Delicious food, nice wares”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Well worth a visit if you are staying near this end of town. The food is western but if you are feeling the need for a break from curries then this is a good option.

Visited December 2012
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Mission Beach, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Lovely, Laid-back, Fair Trade Business”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We visited this place twice while we were in Varanasi... It's a lovely spot to spend an hour or two. The staff are relaxed and friendly, the coffee is fresh (and not instant!! A rare find in India!) and the food is great. We particularly enjoyed the tomato pasta.
The real gem of this business is the attached craft shop. Open Hand proudly states its philosophy, "we have 2 passions: crafts and the people who make them". This establishment supports rather than exploits the makers of the crafts they sell. There are some truly beautiful items - ranging from small, delicately hand-painted Christmas decorations to high quality silk and kashmir scarves. The staff can tell you exactly where the products have come from and who made them. For the quality of the products on sale, and their fair trade nature, the prices are reasonable.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“welcome rest spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Good food and comfortable clean shop environment. Great escape from the Ghats. We had lunch here 3 times during our 9 day stay and it was very welcome each time. Good clean loo also!

Visited January 2013
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