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Open Hand Shop & Cafe

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Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
+91 542 236 9751
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07:30 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful place! A veritable oasis just one step away from the rambunctious street life of Varanasi. For me, in the morning before the young travelers from all over the world arrive, I can spend a savoury moment of peace with a cup of tea. I also like to start the day with a glass of "veggie juice". It's... More 

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Thank DUBBLEFLIP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

after having to change our order 5 times as they didn't have items off the menu we were given very poor tasting pasta dishes. Whilst paying our bill the waiter was yawning in our face. there are better cafes in Varanasi

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Thank Henry J
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, Henry. On behalf of our staff we want to apologise for our staff's poor performance while you visited our cafe'. We endeavor to train our staff better so our customers will have a more pleasant experience while visiting one of our stores. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

We tried spanish omelette and brownie, food was okay and atmosphere is great, but the staff were not really friendly tho.

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Thank YEONTAK
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, Yeontak. Greetings form OpenHand. We want to thank you for your honest review. As always we endeavor to train our staff better. Besides this we also hope to improve our food quality in the future. Hope you will visit again. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

Good place to get away from the crowds and all the noise. They have great coffee and muffins and there is a nice shop as well.

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Thank Parisas8
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, Parisas8 Greetings from OpenHand. We want to thank you for your kind review of our cafe. Hope we can serve more customers like you. greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Beautiful spot and such a nice little refuge from a very stressful first day in Varanasi (I was eventually able to get my bearings and loved the city!) Lots of tourists, but the conscious and kind type-not obnoxious. :) I felt so serene here sitting on the balcony watching all the craziness happening below. Great place if you are traveling... More 

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Thank danieladawson
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, Daniela, what a nice review. On behalf of our staff we want to thank you for this kind review and hope we can serve you and customers like you more in the future. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

New Delhi, India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Good place to stop and chill. I visited with my friends for lunch.They got really good food and coffee. the atmosphere is really calm. we found it a very interesting place.I say it, must visit place in Varanasi for really good food and atmosphere (y) (Y).

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Thank Armelbrunet
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, Armelbrunet On behalf of our staff at OH we want to thank you for visiting our cafe and the kind review you wrote for us. WE hope you can visit again or will always have fond memories of your time in India and OpenHand be one of them. Greetings Cornelia Bosman. OpenHand More 

Pueblo, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Stumbled on this place by accident and happy I did so. Food little more pricey than average Banaras fare but is served quickly once ordered. Great street view but if choose indoors great place to relax. Very good wifi and people able to Skype. Great bakery choices without the accompaniment of the million flies in the display case. Much free... More 

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Thank VIRme
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Virme On behalf of everyone at OpenHand we want to thank you for your great review of our cafe. We hope to up our services to make sure you and customers like you get value for your money. Thank you for visiting and hope you will do so again in the future. Greetings Cornelia Bosma, OpenHand More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

great place! Amazing good food. We were there for an early breakfast. Service was quick, Dishes were big. Enough to get full. Coffee was really good. The atmosphere is really chilled out there - they have free wifi. You have to take off shoes before getting in.

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Thank Marcin_Mentel
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, Marcin, on behalf of our staff we want to thank you for the lovely review of our cafe. Hope you will visit again. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Dorris, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

This is a must-stop-in place for travelers from all over the world. It is a lovely of respite from the hustle bustle of the street. In the shop, goods are all fair trade, a policy that the proprietors value seriously.

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Thank mgbphoto
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi mgbphoto On behalf of our staff we want to thank you for the lovely review you wrote of our cafe and staff. We need more customers like you. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

Great food and produce, I found it really hard not to buy a bag here, not the cheapest by any means but unique and beautiful! Service to table is a little slow, but food comes quite quickly, really nice vibe, put on your to do list!

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Thank Monique F
OpenHandIndia, Owner at Open Hand Shop & Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Monique We want to thank you for the lovely review you wrote of our cafe. We endeavor to keep our prices low and will continue to do so, but thank you for supporting our work. Hope you will visit again. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$5
Cuisine
Cafe, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 21:00
Monday
07:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 21:00
Thursday
07:30 - 21:00
Friday
07:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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
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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