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“Friendly people and good breakfasts” 5 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 #6 of 148 Restaurants in Varanasi
Price range: $3 - $10
Cuisines: Café
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Berlin, Germany
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“Friendly people and good breakfasts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I had breakfast here for four days in a row! The staff are friendly in a nice, quiet way. The French press (plunger) coffee is a treat. Great place if you are staying near Assi Ghat.

Visited December 2014
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Tranquil cafe that supports local marginalised groups”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

The quietest and calmest place we found in Varanasi, a beautifully decorated cant shop cum cafe with good coffee, real carrot cake, and tables tucked away across 4 different rooms to give you some personal space to yourself. The products are all made by marginalised groups in the community and the money supports them so it's a win win place to visit. Grab a newspaper and while away an afternoon before purchasing something meaningful.

Visited November 2014
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“If you really need a cup of coffee...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

It's a bit expensive show off place I think... The coffee was a real good cappuccino! But the salad and muffin were not that good

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Faridabad, Haryana, India
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“muffins are mesmerizing......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I went there along with two of my friends and we ordered white sauce pasta and one muffin at first.Pasta was ordinary and also the quantity was very less but the muffin was simply delicious and we could't help ourselves but to order three more so that each one of us could get one whole muffin.The prices may seem exorbitant but the food is worth it.Don't miss the MUFFINS....

  • Visited November 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Loved this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I loved hanging out in Open Hand. It is a lovely, light & characterful space to spend a morning drinking good coffee & indulging in delicious cakes and food. The shop is fantastic with lots of great handicrafts and clothes. The best thing of all is that all the products are fair trade and it employs disadvantaged & disabled women and workers. Well worth more than one visit during your time in Varanasi.

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