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“Simply Fabulous!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Open Hand Shop & Cafe

Open Hand Shop & Cafe
Ranked #1 of 5 Bakeries in Varanasi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $5
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: 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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“Simply Fabulous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2010

This is a wonderful little business that really deserves support. They run a lovely shop selling items made by local people and the cafe provides a wonderful haven from the madness of the city.

The coffee is fantastic, the cakes divine and they also offer slightly more substantial dishes such as excellent quiche and salads.

Add to this the free wi-fi and it is a great place to relax for a while.

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“Lovely cafe and shop.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2010

We loved the Open Hand - a wonderful shop full of fairly traded goods, some locally made - and good fresh food in comfortable, airy, colourful surroundings inside and on the balcony.

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“allesnologo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2010

i knew the delhi open ahnd cafe as i was living there for some month and loved to go there for REAL cooffee and great carrot cake!!! as i found the cafe in varanasi by chance of course i had to go in. It is a little bit different then delhi's because it is a shop as well, but the stuff was really friendly and the food was really good. i can really recommend it to people who look for a nice place to rest in 'more western' atmosphere in india in the middle of varanasis great oddness! as i was reading here in a comment, to those who expect india to be like your home, get yourself a book and open your eyes to really get a glimpse of what is going on. india might look exotic and dirty and strange on the first sight, what it is, but there is more and there are reasons why people behave how they do. this cafe is just a really nice place to have a small brake in between.

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“Visit to Varanasi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2010

Great experience. Enjoyed it a lot. nice to see some of the first world.

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“Review of a frequent customer - JRMcD”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2010

I have always enjoyed Open Hand. It is a refuge in the storm.

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