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Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro

#2 of 2 Dessert in Leh
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Fort Rd | Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh 194101, India
+91 98719 09777
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Gurgaon, India
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

its supposed to be near our hotel but its not there anymore. Was told they have shut down because of construction and so, it was not worth the trip. They should have updated this on Tripadvisor instead of wasting our time.

4 Thank gurgaonqueen
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016

after walking 20minutes we reached the place .. there's nothing we asked some local people what happened with restaurant the told us is closed down we waste our time

3 Thank rktiwari2
DebiG2000, Manager at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Dear RK Tiwari, We are so sorry that this listing was not updated sooner. We are indeed closed for the 2016 season as we are relocating for 2017. Thank you for stopping by. We hope you will be back again next year or soon - it will be worth the wait :-) More 

New Delhi, India
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

brilliant place the usual old road with an open enclosure and brimming with a eclectic mix of hip local people and touristsf from india and abroad. good continental affair

Thank travellingpantsdown
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

i can't say enough good things about Open Hand Cafes/Markets! they teach women and girls who they have been able to take off the streets and teach them the traditional arts of their cultures and give them both a national and international market for them to sell their goods in. and they have great coffee! a truly rare commodity in... More 

1 Thank Ingo N
Black Forest, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2016

If you are looking for a relaxed place to hang out, this is it. The location is cosy, so you feel at home, especially as the stuff really takes care and can be also great fun, if you come to know them. The menu is great for breakfast, lunch and diner with everything I desire away from home. The cakes... More 

Thank Philip C
Manila, Philippines
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144 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2015

Comfortable spot for affordable food with reliable hygiene and good coffee and tea, Breakfast is the strongest of their meal offerings, but also a popular place for late afternoon gathering. The attached shop has a good selection of crafts.

Thank Dean S
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2015

It is one of the more modern cafe's in Leh, nice vibe, with excellent food & coffee. They also have a nice little shop for you to pick up some gifts while travelling. The staff were also very helpful, on chatting to one of the staff, she asked where I was from, & when I said South Africa, she spoke... More 

Thank Karthi P
Pune, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2015

A must visit for all Travelers coming to Ladakh !! Open hand cafe serves the best coffee in Leh also their breakfast is absolutely a must have. Chunwi the manager of the Cafe greets everyone with a smile & say Jullay (traditional ladakhi welcome). Their sit out is fantastic & the free WiFi makes it a cherry on the top... More 

Thank Amish S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2015

Hi Travelers, This is an amazing place to have a sip of coffee with you friends and beloved ones.The place will serve you with nice coffee. I first got to know about this cafe at Varanasi and second I found in Leh. DO visit them, try their sandwich,wrap.. all are good.

Thank shubhra g
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Hi, Shubhra. Greetings from the OpenHand team. We appreciate the kind review you wrote of our cafe. May you visit again. Greetings Cornelia Bosman More 

Oxford, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

Good chai and garden restaurant with exellent cakes. The garden restaurant is very pleasant and staff is very friendly and helpful Good quality handmade good in the shop.

Thank Anekant_Anandi
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Espresso Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Greetings from the OpenHand Team. On behalf of our staff and directors we want to thank you for this positive review of our cafe. It means the world to us. Hope we can meet visitors like you more often. Kindly say hi when in town the next time. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $7
Indian, Cafe, European, Italian, American, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fort Rd | Past Penguin Garden Restaurant, Leh 194101, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Jammu and Kashmir  >  Ladakh  >  Leh
  • Phone Number: +91 98719 09777
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 we serve homemade ice cream as well. In Leh our meals consist of organic veggies, true to the spirit of Ladakh where nature still rules. Enjoy watching India walk past from the balcony of our café in the holy city of Varanasi while you sip on some of India's best coffee or stop by for a cup of hot and spicy chai at our manufacturing unit in Old Delhi. We love visitors!

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?