Location: Dumraun Bagh Colony, Assi
Wow! you are in for a treat when you come to Assi! Just a short walk up from the river in Dumraun Bagh Colony is a shop called “Open Hand.” Through a gate and up the stairs and it looks like you’ve entered a fabrics shop. However, turn the corner and you’ll notice a coffee bar as well. It is here that all sorts of breakfast and lunch items can be ordered. Are you a coffee or a tea drinker? There’s a lot to choose from including pot of tea or your very own French press. For those who like cold drinks the smoothies are made from fresh fruits. Six varieties of salad from Calabrian to Hawain to Mediteranean are also available. Once you’ve gotten your drinks and food, feel free to browse the fabrics, most of which are made right in Varanasi. Whether bed and pillow covers or shawls and satchels, most everything is made from silk. There are also items from Kashmir such as carpets and ornaments. What’s exciting to know about Open Hand is that everything is made locally (or in India somewhere) by highly experienced artesians. The products are reasonably priced and a friendly staff is waiting to serve you. Drop by Open Hand and take a look at beautiful silks while sipping a cup of your favorite drink.