New York Bagel – Harrington Street

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Wifi: Yes
Parking: Street
Plugs: Yes

Monday : 7am to 4pm
Tuesday : 7am to 4pm
Wednesday : 7am to 4pm
Thursday : 7am to 4pm
Friday : 7am to 4pm
Saturday: 8am to 2p
Sunday: Closed

Address - 44 Harrington St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8001
Phone - 021 007 4315

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New York Bagels is a sweet spot located on the up-and-coming Harrington Street. It’s one of the original spots on the street. This is made obvious by its loyal and growing customer base that have been supporting it since day one. It’s a quick in and out type of spot that will unlock a couple taste buds in your mouth that you didn’t know were there in the first place.


The coffee is real nice, offering a mix between smooth and subtle at the same time. The coffee comes served in Le Cruset mugs, meaning the quality has got to be good. If you’re an early riser, you’re in for a treat. They’ve got a cream cheese bagel and coffee special for only R32 bucks between 7 and 9 every morning. If you’re not hungry, a coffee will set you back R15 between the same times.

Food and Bagels:

The bagels are bloody out of this world, delivering flavours I didn’t even know existed. I was recommended the old-fashioned burger which set me back R45 bucks. It’s technically still a bagel but I’ve got to say, it’s the best burger I’ve had in a long time. On the menu, they’ve got just about every flavour to settle your stomach. Ranging from classic bagels to deli meat bagels and ending off in the ocean with a couple fish bagels.


The vibe inside is a quick in, quick out sort of vibe. It’s noisy and busy but that is what the vibe is all about, think a Manhattan coffee type joint. I wouldn’t recommend it as a working spot thought. On the other hand, the 5-minute waiting time is an experience of its own. When waiting for your bagel, you’ve got two options available. Either sit on the street and get consumed by the passing traffic and the fashionistas that walk by. On the inside, it’s crazy and busy giving you the feeling of being in the Big Apple. It’s a mix of greens on the bare brick walls and tables crammed together to fill the space efficiently.

It’s definitely one of town’s classic spots. If you’re looking for a quick reasonably priced bite, New York bagels has your stomach in its best interests. Stop by and get involved at New York bagels, located on 44 Harrington Street. I promise, it’ll be worth your while.

Writer: Sebastian Daniels

Looking for somewhere to chill and feel cool? We’d recommend The Dogs Bollocks in Gardens.

If that’s not your vibe,  have a look at other independently owned coffee shops in Cape Town CBD.

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