Max Bagels prides itself on serving hand-made, boiled bagels with speciality coffee from Rosetta Roastery and a selection of specials and drinks. Located on the super-trendy Bree Street that runs the length of Cape Town (from the foreshore to Table Mountain), they are super central. Minimalistically decorated with a few tastefully placed works of art an MC Escher-style tiled floor and a bit of “hole-in-the-wall” charm, this is a grab-and-go bagel spot of note.
It was very difficult to choose, but one of our two favourites were the Breakfast Bagel with a fried egg, bacon, grilled cheese, tomato and lashings of sriracha. The other was the The Greens, a vegetarian option consisting of house made pesto, grilled fennel and leek, avocado, rocket and an excitingly spicy pickled cucumber.
They deliver via UberEats or you can just swing past and pick one up during an exploratory stroll (like going all the way “up” Long Street and then back all the way “down” Bree Street).
Highly recommended and very well supported and loved by the locals, treat yourself, go ahead.
Kalk Bay is one of the places you need to stop in at on your way to (or from) the inevitable and amazing visit to Cape Point. Full of little art galleries, delis, antique shops and restaurants, it is also the home of Bob’s Bagel Cafe and coffee shop. It forms part of the Pottershopand opens onto the park in central Kalk Bay (enjoy your bagel with outstanding coffee and watch your kids play safely!).
The vibrantly coloured walls and furniture bring a smile to your face the moment you set foot in this establishment, with Africana art, beadwork and sculptures adorning the walls.
The menu changes frequently (with the seasons) and includes New York as well as Montreal-style bagels. From smoked salmon (or trout) and cream cheese to avocado and bacon (even Nutella!) there are always a variety of options to choose from and a great beverage to go along with it!
Aside from the locally made Bagels, Bob’s also frequently offers delectable chocolate brownies, fudge and other delicious desserts.
Aside from the unforgettable name of “Bagels Schmagels” that really does stick in your head, this is a delivery only Bagel perfectionist kitchen which currently services the Cape Town Area.
To keep things simple, there are nine different types of bagels you can order (at very reasonable prices) for delivery. Each of these have been painstakingly “built” to offer you a genuine bagel experience with maximum flavour and traditional (as well as non-traditional) fillings, toppings and doughs.
Our three favourites were (in no particular order):
Beetroot-cured Lox Bagel with beetroot-cured salmon trout, cream cheese, red onion, caperberries and dill.
Chopped Cheese Bagel containing chopped beef mince, pickled jalapeno, lettuce, cheddar cheese with a delicious home-made cheese sauce.
Roman Bagel featuring marinated aubergine, slow roasted rosa tomatoes, home-made goat's cheese and a stunning herb & sunflower pesto.
Bagels originated in Jewish communities in Poland (original spelling “beigel”) and over time became synonymous with a great breakfast, lunch or even dinner treat. Traditionally it is shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, that is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. Often coated with sesame seeds or salt, they are now made from a variety of doughs and toppings to suit any occasion. Cape Town has a large Jewish community and thus a great selection of spots with Bagels to choose from, let's look at three of these this week!