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Open Hand Shop & Cafe

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Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
+91 542 236 9751
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A cosy coffee heaven where you can spend hours on the internet or simply reading, recovering from the intense and busy Ghats. The staff are marvelous, kind helpful and full of welcoming smiles. The coffee is excellent, the best we had in Varanasi. They even accommodate individual wishes. The managers are helpful and charming.

Thank vstansby
Courtenay, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything on the menu is average and probably 4 or 5 times more expensive than anywhere else in India and Varanasi. One thing in its favor is it has a nice atmosphere... but definately a tourist trap for foreigners, they must make a killing!

Thank adam s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place rocks! I spend every morning here and even when they are low on food items they are very easy and good to work with! The managers are fantastic and friendly people. They will help you out in more than just food if you allow them. It has a great atmosphere and AMAZING muffins! This is a must check... More 

Thank Adventure_rookie
New Delhi, India
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

its a lovely place wit lovely people. it is the perfect blend of a cafe and a shopping place. amazing vibes!

Thank Yashu94
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, coffee, and shakes and things. Great little getaway. I left my wallet on the counter and I had just been to the ATM. Went running back awhile later and they had put it aside and everything was untouched. Very cool.

Thank Peter S
Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a good place for snacks and wifi! I love going here to just settle in on one of their many comfy couches to get loads of work done as the wifi is always fast! Such good muffins and smoothies! Definitely have spent all my time here; but no regrets! All the workers are friendly and kind! Also everything for... More 

Thank _rothwelleliana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quirky coffee shop upstairs with a bit of a chilled out hippyish vibe to it and that kind of clientele! The menu had a good selection of snacks and drinks etc. The banana and chocolate pancake was very nice and the coffee was good. The place was let down by its service which is very slow and haphazard. There's a... More 

Thank Belfastguy
Quebec, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It took 1,5 hours before getting 2 pancakes and 2 cappuccino. Coffee was not good (not fresh and burned). Service for that overrated place was one of the worst (slow and not kind) we got in all Indian restaurants. And it was not easy to get a proper seat... Maybe we were unlucky because it even seems to me that... More 

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Lille, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best pastries I had so far in India! The coffee was fantastic and the capuccino just perfect. This is not the cheapest cafe but if you can afford it please test the whole menu.

Thank alex_brht
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Besides having to take off your shoes and slightly poor service, I can't fault this place. They have great coffee and food. The brownies are so good and they're huge! Freshly squeezed orange juice seems to be mythical as every time I ordered it, it never arrived. But that's OK because the coffee definitely makes up for it. I'm sure... More 

Thank Jimbo G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$2 - $5
Cafe, European, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Uttar Pradesh  >  Varanasi
  • Phone Number: +91 542 236 9751
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 soon we'll be serving homemade ice cream as well. In Leh our meals consist of organic veggies, true to the spirit of Ladakh where nature still rules. Sit on our balcony in the holy city of Varanasi and sip some of India's best coffee while you watch Indian life go by. Stop by for some hot and spicy chai at our manufacturing unit in Old Delhi. We love visitors!

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