We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“excellent veggie food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aum Cafe

Aum Cafe
B1/201 Assi Ghat, Varanasi 221002, India
+91 93 35 361122
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 132 restaurants in Varanasi
Price range: $1 - $3
Cuisines: Healthy
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
Description: Aum cafe' is the correct spelling of the cafe'..Om cafe is the same cafe' sorry for the confusion....we are a small family run cafe',we take pleasure in providing pure, healthy and very tasty food....we make everything including breads,cakes, cookies,yogurt, granola, soup, pasta sauce and our all of our yummy chutneys..to mention a few....we use real ground coffee and serve organic teas from around the world, as well as several special Ayurveda herbal blends.....up the stairs and behind the temple on Assi ghat..see you soon ... Hours 7:00am until 3:30pm...closed Monday...May and June Closed due to summer heat..FREE HUGS (very popular)
Barcelona
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“excellent veggie food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Being not used to veggie food I admit I enjoyed eating here a lot, I repeated the experience, as ambience was as good as food, the cakes are WOW

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

115 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
    80
    27
    5
    2
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good food in Varanasty!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

Excellent coffee and pizza on a small terrace roof. No real scenery or atmosphere... Bit like sitting in a cage but still enjoyed the food.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lincoln, VT
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Oasis of safe food but unpredictable hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I stayed a month in Varanasi and regularly ate at the OM Cafe (this is the same as the Aum Cafe). It is run by an American woman who is very kind and clearly understands how important food safety it. The Lemon Lhassi was just outstanding, and the food was always good and healthy. However, often I went only to find it closed, as it seems the owner decides on a day to day basis when to open. If you are nearby, it is well worth it.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ShivaniAum, Manager at Aum Cafe, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
I am so sorry about the sometimes unpredictable hours...but when you run a Cafe' in a third world.....life is very unpredictable...... we cook only with purified water ....when we have many hours and sometimes days without electricity.......our water purifier being electric won't run....I will not cut my standards and serve food that I myself would not eat......sooooo we close until, we can maintain our standards.....with the whole of my heart......Shivani
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“A lovely place and always busy!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The pancakes are the best pancakes ever! Oatmeal, juices, lassi, chai homemade bread also all delicious! Good value too. Its a small place, reached via cow pat alley, and it's always busy. I think maybe they should scrap the free wifi as people were hogging tables so they could use the wifi whilst others were waiting for a table. Definitely go here though; you won't find too many places like this in India.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“My little oasis in Varanasi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I just wish there were more places like this in Varanasi because when I had brunch there soon after arriving in Varanasi I presumed it was probably a typical western hangout, but gradually discovered that this place was the exception rather than the rule! To be honest I've never in all my travelling ever known a place so terrible for food as Varanasi - it is just one disappointment after another. I'm told that Brown Bread Bakery is good but unfortunately when I went to seek it out I ended up in the rip-off fake one instead which was horrendous!

Anyway, fortunately (as I'm in Varanasi for 2 months) Om (or Aum) cafe, is just lovely. It's run by a really friendly American lady whose staff are helpful and polite; the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed; the portions are generous (especially the enormous cinnamon buns) and you know that it is all hygienic. It's generally a little ray of sunshine on the Varanasi eating scene. I just wish the upstairs area was bigger so that you could be sure of getting a table and that it would open more hours because I'm yet to find anywhere else to go in the area when it's closed! I really hope to find more places like Om cafe but until then, and even when I do, I will keep coming back.

Visited February 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Aum Cafe also viewed

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
 

Been to Aum Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Aum Cafe, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.