There’s no shortage of bagel shops in London but apparently there’s only one place to go if you want the very best.
Daniels’ Bagel Bakery in North London, near Golders Green in Barnet, is a traditional kosher bakery that’s been cooking up handmade breads and bagels since 1989.
It’s not just bagels that Daniels’ is known for either: the widely popular bakery offers rolls, challahs (a special bread usually eaten on ceremonial Jewish occasions and holidays), sandwiches, cakes, and other foods.
The North London shop is so popular it often sees long queues and regulars warn newcomers that they will need to “fight” their corner. Writing on TripAdvisor, Elaine P said: “Be prepared to queue and fight your corner!!”
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“I will beat a path to their door on my next visit to the suburbs,” wrote Laurence Berwick, adding that sometimes “queues stretch out the shop and down the street.”
Daniels’ is apparently worth the wait; and it is also worth a long journey. Some reviewers revealed they were willing to travel across the city, country, or even the world to stock up on goods from the bakery.
Daniel H wrote: “I travel here every Friday across London just for their Sesame Challah and their delicious round coffee éclairs.” Meanwhile, Kirsty has made the journey from a whole other city.
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“As always,” she said, “the food made here is the best! We travelled from Birmingham as we moved away from the area to stock up.” She added it was always “worth the wait if there’s a queue.”
If that wasn’t far enough, another reviewer wrote their friends “from New York are prepared to fly into London just for a visit to the bakery.” Considering how seriously New Yorkers take their bagels, that’s saying something!
Regular Davina went as far as to say it sold the “best bread in the world” with “the most delicious challah and bagels in the world.” Just like many of the reviewers before her, she deemed the long lines more than worth it.
The “bread palace,” as one other reviewer called it, sells plain bagels for 75p and other flavours such as poppy seed and cinnamon raisin for 85p. Filled bagels cost around £3. Challahs cost 85p-£4 depending on size.
Daniels’ Bakery is open Monday-Friday and Sunday from 8am. On most days it closes at 8pm but on Thursday it closes at 9pm and on Friday it closes early at 5pm.
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