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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in here because we saw it was near to us on the TripAdvisor app and we are glad we did! We ordered two salads (peanut salad and chicken pasta salad) and they were delicious! Followed my a pot of coffee and a lemon iced tea! This place has a really cool, arty vibe with handmade items for sale!... More 

Thank LMaciver
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did not get the chance to eat here, but we stopped by for some tea for a break on a tour. The service was fast and polite, the place comfy, and the souvenirs cute.

Thank Cat M
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After very big problems next day be had breakfasts here that was very good , coffee with apple muffins nice

Thank annuvela
Lancaster, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful food but most of all the people that frequent and work in this special place - I had the district pleasure of having Hindi cultural experience a taste of flavor language and the romance of this area I will never forget - it is a Prince of a cafe among no other....

Thank jdunyasha
County Laois, Ireland
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant and shop is a lovely refuge from the craziness of Varanasi. They have a very extensive coffee, tea, smoothie and other drinks menu. The mango and banana smoothie was lovely. We also had the pasta with mushrooms which was great. The Greek salad wasn't as good and it only had a tiny bit of cheese. Overall his place... More 

Thank ClaireLaois
Los Angeles, California
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84 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came in to have a coffee and maybe a snack. I walked in ( no shoes inside) and the person at the cashier looked at me and continued his work. Not a word! I stood there and waited and not until I asked did he say come in or sit down. He pointed me to the patio where I... More 

Thank world_citizen38
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great latte. Good food. I especially liked the selection of salads. Friendly staff. Interesting crafts for sale.

Thank Jonathan V
Varanasi, India
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ambience is different vis a vis Varanasi but the most of the items in menu are not available and before we were through ordering FOUR cold coffees, we were told that they've ran out of milk! That too at 6 pm! An establishment running in the middle of market tells its clients that they cannot make cold coffee as... More 

Thank rajeshkrishan
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

The best place and best food from Varanasi! The food is some good and they also selling nice things made by indian womens. I strongly recommend this place!

Thank Michele P
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

I walked in this place after many bouts of food related illnesses. I was beginning to fear eating anything in Varanasi. But this place was awesome. The staff were friendly, accommodating, and made everything to go so I could take it to my partner. I can imagine people getting together here and chatting over a cup of coffee for long... More 

Thank Natalie G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$2 - $5
Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?