Funs of London’s open markets who visit them frequently, either for bargain hunting and shopping or for a carefree day of fun, know that it’s in these places where they’ll find some amazing dining options that vary from ethnic food counters to lively eateries. Brick Lane couldn’t be any different, in fact eating options in and around the market are of such a plethora that even if you visit it every weekend you still won’t round off the delicious choices.
On this famous street stands a real London institution, Brick Lane Beigel Bake, famous for offering its salted beef bagels to queues that line up literally all hours of day and night. Even if you visit Brick Lane on a Sunday afternoon when the market is in full swing with hundreds of food stalls trading around, outside the bakery there’s always a queue that extends all the way to the opposite pavement! And that says a lot about this famous eatery spot that stays open 24/7.
Locals and tourists, shoppers from the area’s various markets and clubbers from the famous bars of the East End, early risers who set their counters around and hungry taxi drivers on shift, they all mingle and wait to be catered by the quick and efficient staff.
You just need to take a number, pay and then you can watch the staff slice the tender beef as you wait for one of the 7.000 bagels sold daily. The bakery sells a few other baked goods, like the very popular New York-style cheesecake, the salmon and cream cheese bagel is delicious too, but the cult taste everyone desires is the salted beef bagel. The bread is light and fluffy, first being boiled and then baked, beef is tender and tasty and strong mustard gives it an extra kick. For less than 6 pounds you satisfy your hunger and wish you had space for more!
Brick Lane Beigel Bake: 159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB