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“The sweetest spot in the old city”
Review of Filocafe

Filocafe
Ranked #8 of 9 Coffee & Tea in Varanasi
Price range: $0 - $3
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“The sweetest spot in the old city”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Filocafe is pure delight. With high quality, Italian style coffees, beautiful panoramic views in every direction, and a lovely, thoughtful atmosphere, this spot is by far the best cafe in the city, perhaps in all of India? After wandering the narrow, bustling lanes of Benaras it is well worth the climb up to this retreat above the city for a relaxing respite from the chaos. When you reach the top you'll find an open and airy space that is just as suited for large gatherings of friends as it is for solo studying or an intimate coffee date for two. If you've come without your own reading material, no worries, there is also a small enclosed library with shelves of books to choose from. You will not find many signs or advertisements for Filocafe, but the cafe's ambiguity is part of its charm. Situated on the roof of the Ram Bhawan Kautilya Society Residence, a Varanasi-based non-profit organization and guesthouse, Filocafe is more than just a typical coffee shop - it is a space conceived for dialogue and one to be owned by its community. Plus the iced cappuccinos are delicious!

Practical considerations: The owner took care to relieve all of us cafe loiterers of the ultimate annoyance - no outlet to plug in the computer! There are more than enough electrical outlets for use near all tables. Each table also comes equipped with a handy stick for deterring curious monkeys. (Last but not least, reliable wifi connection!)

  • Visited August 2013
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“Its Heaven in Varanasi”
Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Those who search for heaven their destiny completes at filo cafe. The cafe ambiance eminates peace and tranquility, allowing for spaces to read and study and als converse with friends

  • Visited August 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Cozy terrace, good food”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We spent an afternoon break in this beautiful place, eating very good vegetarian toasts and drinking chai and natural orange juice. It'a a philosophic and literature society, so you just have to leave your name at the entrance and could come back without subscribe a few times. The place is very nice, you may reach the roof floor to enjoy the atmosphere of the terrace, with some monkeys running all over as usual in Varanasi:) Definitely recommended if u want to take a relaxing pause from main road traffic and confusion.

  • Visited March 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Filoparadise”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Perfect is the only word. , from there the view of the Ganga is amazing, if you take a seat during the afternoon you can drink the best tea in Varanasi, and hear the sound's of the prayer of 3 different religion melting together.The filocafe is an oasis in the heart of varanasi, is the perfect place after some hour spend in the crowd of the holy city, and is the perfect way to met people and have a nice talk about India and varanasi. I can say that the filocafe help people to better understand varanasi . The filocafe stuff is very friendly in the pure style of Kautilya, that is the best place to sleep in the city and probably of all India.

  • Visited July 2013
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Pisa, Italy
1 review
“the best place in Varanasi!”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Filocafè is a good place to drink something or to relax yourself! You can see the city from the top talking with another people and drinking a lovely tea! you can also eat excellent sandwiches and something else! if you go in Varanasi you have to taste it!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Francenok
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