Is it silly to be like, “Hey! I’ve been in Cape Town and surrounding areas for about two weeks now and I’m finally popping in to say hi… and show you a bagel shop!” ?! Yeah. Probably. But I’m doing it. Not because we haven’t done other things that are amazing and worth sharing and quite interesting. We have! I promise. Things that include mountains and things that include cheetahs and things that include where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet and things like beaches full of penguins, and more. Lots of things. But we’ve also done a few normal feeling things – walks in the neighborhood, breakfast at a little café, views of the beach and the beautiful sands here. And bagels. Lunchtime bagels. Delicious, fresh, tasty, lunchtime bagels.
And that’s what I’m sharing today. So, enjoy. And then come back later in the week or the month and I’ll share some even more exciting things, I promise. 🙂
Max’s is an itty bitt place, right on Bree Street (120 Bree Street, to be clear). They’ve only been open for a few months (August 2014, I believe) and there isn’t really much seating – one front counter with three seats and a few small benches outside. The place is simple and definitely “hipster.” The staff are nice and the patrons are cool.
The decor, of course, is spot on. The floor made my eyes spin around in little hearts (no, really) and the wooden counter makes my decor appreciation levels go through the roof.
Simple, classy, pretty. They serve coffee, which is artisan roasted and supposed to be very good. We got juices; freshly juiced and full of bits. Your choices are red, green, or orange. No description of what’s inside, but the combos are pretty modern-classic. (i.e. beets and things in your red juice, apple and ginger and spinach-y things in your green juice).
We got two and both were SO GOOD, if slightly small. But seriously delicious and you always feel nice sucking down a fresh juice, like you’re doing something really good for your body. 🙂
And then the bagels. OMG, the bagels. Seriously. When they say they’re true, New York style bagels, they are quite right. So soft and delicious. Tons of flavor. The perfect texture. I had mine with cream cheese, cucumber, and tomato, which is always my favorite combo and by the time I finished, I was already hoping for another. Sam had smoked salmon on his, too, which he said was good.
But also, this floor.
The window at the front is good for people watching, both of passersby and patrons.
Prices are fine. Not cheap, not exorbitant. Bay Area prices, I would say, so I was used to the concept. 35 Rand or so for my bagel and a bit more for Sam’s (that’s about $3-4 USD).
And that’s it! Get yourself over there for a snack if you’re in Cape Town and craving a bagel. I have it on good authority that you can’t get a better one in the city if you tried!
*All images in this post by Simone for We Are Adventure. Please don’t replicate without permission. Thanks!