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Open Hand Shop & Cafe

Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
+91 542 236 9751
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Dumraun Bagh Colony | Assi, Varanasi 221005, India
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

My favorite part about Open Hand is that it sells the wares of local artisans that could never afford to open their own shop. The food is pretty good, but it is all westernized. I'll admit eating there once or twice because sometimes I was...More

Date of visit: October 2011
2  Thank 47beachbaby47
Reviewed 16 April 2012

A wonderful oasis in a mad mad city. Staff were great, very hospitable, good shopping and the food was a welcome change to a western palate. A brilliant choice of foods prepared and presented well. Such a shame we were only passing through or we...More

Date of visit: April 2012
1  Thank number240
Reviewed 13 April 2012

I go to Varanasi almost every year. It's probably my favorite city in India. I usually stay somewhere around Assi Ghat where this year I discovered the Open Hand Cafe. What a wonderful find. While I love Indian food, sometimes I miss western treats. I...More

Date of visit: February 2012
1  Thank DonandMarilyn
Reviewed 13 April 2012

Lots of foreigners here due to the write up in guide books. That said, the food was good and sanitation better than average (average = abysmal in India). Great place to get muffins to suit a Western palate or some take along food.

Date of visit: March 2012
Thank remark249
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Great coffee, great food and great shopping. In the heat you can relax in air conditioned delight. The shopping is good, high quality and at first glance expensive but well worth it.

Date of visit: December 2011
1  Thank Travellingtoes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

We had amazing carot cake. The muffins are great also. Lots of interesting silk products and very good atmosphere. The best place for tea and a snack around assi ghat

1  Thank Chenrezi1
Reviewed 19 March 2012

A beautiful fair trade style gift shop & cafe. You won't leave without buying something special. Food is very fresh, clean & healthy. Great menu options! Staff are friendly & polite. Highly recommended!!

1  Thank amoslandrybasket
Reviewed 3 March 2012

My favorite place around Assi Ghat. All the desserts I tried were really, really good, as was the kicheree. Now, kicheree is not something that usually gets rave reviews, but this was outstanding. A friend who was with me liked it so much she kept...More

Date of visit: February 2012
2  Thank Teri T
Reviewed 27 February 2012

Had a lovely time out in open hand with friends. Wish we had found this cafe earlier in our trip to varanasi. Loads of travellers already enjoying the food and real cafe. Bought more in this shop than anywhere else. Loved it. Take the time...More

Date of visit: February 2012
1  Thank Janet B
Reviewed 22 February 2012

nice Food, cosy interior, fair-trade products, the owner is a Southafrican Lady and the stil is westernieced. It's little expensive and away from the river but worth it anyway, ask at Assighat for the way and almost everyone knows the direction. Sit outside on the...More

Date of visit: January 2012
1  Thank Vesira
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 2 - US$ 5
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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
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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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