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Open Hand Shop & Cafe

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Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
+91 542 236 9751
07:30 - 21:00
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came every morning for breakfast here. Coffee is definitely the best we had in India. The cakes are great, and the wake up juice (citrus, ginger, apple, chili) was the best news of the morning every day. The shop is nice too!

Thank _ax_elleru_
New Delhi, India
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is fairly average, little bit over priced, drinks much better. Menu is good many options. It's situated in a residential house probably constructed 20 years ago, so for an Indian the whole ambiance is quite underwhelming.

Thank sariyan28
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate at Open Hand multiple times while in Varanasi. They had good western, homey food for when you're looking for a break from Indian food. Their breakfasts we ate the most often, and were good. There are cute little items in the shop to buy to support their charity. The atmosphere is cosy and cute as well with different... More 

Thank Lindsay L
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Open hand is an excellent cafe restaurant. Their menu is very rich. We had breakfast a late lunch and we were very satisfied. The egg and cheese sandwich was really good! The atmosphere is very welcoming and It's a good place to rest a bit after a long walk. But remember that we are in India, so do not expect... More 

Thank elisa s
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4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Open Hands a few times while in Varanasi. Great place to relax from the heat and do some small shopping. Buy some local postcards and send to friends and family - there is a post office down the street 20 Rs for stamp to USA.

Thank JJ J
Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere and decent food in a shop which supports local charity. Good coffee and sweets in particular.

Thank KirstinCanada
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I was taken here by my lovely tour guide today and have to say it was a good experience. It has a great vibe, an amazing menu for drinks and food, although we only had time for iced coffee, which was great. There are also many items for sale such as purses, bags, scarves and cushion covers, all fair trade... More 

Thank Ally32Rob
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The food and drink is overpriced- most expensive I have had in Varanasi. I had the omelet which was ok. The shop sells products made my the people of a local charity, which is really great. Wifi probably the fastest I have experienced in India! And very comfortable to sit and relax in. Easy to find location. Good for solo... More 

Thank Skf273
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

The atmosphere is nice and it's situated in a quiet street. The breakfast was good. But it was a bit pricy and the service was rather slow.

Thank Henriette O
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Nice ambience, friendly staff. Food is fresh and tasty. However, it is overpriced and service is slow. A good place if you have big pockets and good company and lot of time.

Thank yash k

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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
US$2 - US$5
Indian, Cafe, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
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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