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Max Bagels

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Cost
R22 – R45
Ambience
Cheap & cheerful, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Family friendly
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee, International, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Owners description

Max Bagels is a New York style bagel bar in the centre of Cape Town. Choose from New York classics (all with cream cheese as standard) including salt beef brisket, pickle and mustard; smoked trout with caper berries and pickled red onion; pastrami with sauerkraut and emmenthal; bacon, avo and tomato; and grilled fennel and leek. There's also a revolving special. Bagel choices include plain, spelt, poppy seed and ‘everything’ (caramelised onion, garlic, caraway and poppy seeds) bagels.

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User reviews

  • I got a delicious bacon, avo and tomato bagel this morning. It had plentiful crispy bacon, half a beautifully ripe avo spread on top, thinly sliced tomatoes and thick lashings of cream cheese. So good. The only problem is that the guy behind the counter (who was very dashing and charming) handled money, card machine, till etc and then went straight back to the food station to slice open and butter my bagel without washing his hands or donning gloves. Not cool!

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  • There are few things that make me happier than a simple dish, made well. Max Bagels do bagels, and they do them really well. I love that they offer a spelt bagel - which is for some reason fine for some wheat-free people like me - but has that hard-to-come-by soft, white bread texture. Their salt beef brisket bagel is spectacular with it's sweet and sour pickle and Dijon mustard. I work in the area, and have to ration myself to one per month to avoid myself from bankruptcy by bagel.

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  • Decided to give it a try before work. I think I was abit too early, but the guy was really accommodating. Great coffee and the best bagel I have had. Would really reccommend this to anyone who is looking for new things to try or who can appreciate great food.
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  • First rate food... Fresh, tasty and well balanced. Service was prompt and polite. We live in London and were just visiting Cape Town for a few weeks...only wish we had a bagel shop like this where we live because would definitely be a regular.
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  • My partner and I love bagels
    but this has to be the most amazingbagels in cape Town so fat. Looking forward to going back.


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  • If you believe a bagel is a bun with a hole, this is the place for you. If, however, you know that (and I quote wikipedia lest I am said to have my own ideas) a bagel is traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, which is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked, then this is not the place for you. What you buy here is an expensive bun with a hole. For proper bagels Sea Point Spar is at the moment your best bet.
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  • This is without a doubt the best food in the sandwich category in South Africa currently.
    I have no idea why this page isnt already filled with amazing reviews.
    The bagels here are the only legitimate bagel in SA.
    I ordered the salt beef bagel and the trout bagel. Both exceptional. I sat outside and ate then, the. Walked right back in and ordered the exact same.
    They have choices like spelt as well which gluten intolerants can often eat i believe.
    Its just a little hole in the wall so not really a sit down place though they do have a few seats if u want to sit a eat quickly. Not a place to linger.
    But exceptional quality food. Bagels were priced at R45 and R40 respectively. Compared to the same thing i saw in JHB today for R80.
    Do yourself a favour and go!
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  • Best bagel in the WORLD! Getting one for lunch again! Would recommend it anytime:-)
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  • Best bagel and the actual bagel was so deliciously light and tasty. I want another!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Takeaways

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