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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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México D.F.
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83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

The place has a western style with a boutique shop and a decent menu. I didn't try the food but I came for the coffee twice. Great cappuccino (good coffee, good size, perfect foam). It's pricy compared with other places in Varanasi but it's hard to find this kind of coffee shops with actual coffee makers and grinders. The atmosphere... More 

Thank Plagebleu
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

We decided to try the Open Hand Shop and Cafe for lunch today. It is such a lovely place to sit and while away an hour. We had the chicken tikka wrap and the non vegetarian chicken wrap; both were great and really filling. Along with 2 large glasses of sprite each, what we paid was certainly not expensive. Shame... More 

Thank Helen W
Dublin, Ireland
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100 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Good coffee in a lovely setting: this cafe is close to Assi Ghat, offers a good selection of teas and herbal infusions, and they have quite good coffee too. The shop is very nice too, full of clothes and gift ideas.

Thank Anita D
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Good coffee, good food and free Wi-Fi are good enough to attract a good number of backpackers to this restaurant. Situated in an old house so a bit congested. Those tourists who have many days in Varanasi and staying in the area of Assi Ghat can try this place.

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

Hi, jainendra. Thank you for your review of our cafe. It is always good to be honest about your experience in a place. Greetings Cornelia Bosman More 

London, England
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307 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We didn't order anything complicated, but they just seemed to forget we had ordered at all so we had to hassle them quite hard. When it finally arrived it was OK, not special.

Thank RedHeadPeter
Ramat Gan, Israel
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Only got coffee there which eas better than most coffees I tried in India. It doesnt get 5 stars because the whole menu was also not Onduan prices but much more expensive .

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

Hi, Haggai. On behalf of everyone at OpenHand we want to thank you for your positive review of our cafe'. Our coffee is a soft roast and not the over burnt beans most cafes offer, this may influence your experience of our coffee? We are sad that you experienced the cafe as expensive. We try to keep our meals at... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

It is like coming home, having an expresso over here! For an all the way experience, take a brownie with it. It is good for the karma as well, open hand supports some charity projects as well.

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

We need more customers like you! Thank you for visiting OpenHand and we hope you will be bale to visit again some day. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

LP says this place has the best coffee in India & I am fairly certain they are right. Great coffee and really sweet gifts to send home to nieces and nephews. And wifi that works!

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

Hi, Sarah. Thanks for the positive review, hope you will visit again. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

It surely satisfied my coffee craving..the peanut butter shake was outstanding.. Lot of nice stuff on the menu specially when u are tired of street food:)))

Thank sunayanaw
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85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Nice homey feel. Off the beaten path. Tables spread out over several separate rooms so it is Very private and intimate. We didn't have any food. Only had coffee which was good but just OK for us.

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

Hi, Sarah, on behalf of everyone at OpenHand we want to thank you for the lovely review and rating you gave us. We truly appreciate it. Greetings Cornelia Bosman, OpenHand More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$5
Indian, Cafe, European, International, 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
Kids, Child-friendly
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 District  >  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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