I didn’t think Madrid was lacking anything but now I’ve found Mazál Bagels and Café I’m wondering how I survived without it all these years!
Joking aside, these bagels are the best I’ve had here in Madrid; boiled and baked daily, they are fresh, tasty, and chewy just like I remember from New York. Flavours range from traditional poppy seed, onion, and plain to more innovative ones such as garlic, herbs and seeds, (the everything bagel) and my personal favourite featuring cheddar and jalapeños. I’m not alone in liking this one, so get there early if you want to sample it as it seems to sell out fast! You can buy a bag of bagels to go or eat in – there are lots of different filling options on the menu.
They do brunch from Friday through Sunday – again, it is very popular. Mazál recently moved to a larger premises just up the road, so there is a little more room now, but I would still book! Brunch is a la carte, so you can choose all the extras according to your budget; the challah French toast looks especially tempting, and the seasonal pies and cakes are amazing.
So there you have it! If you are longing for a good bagel or maybe want to see what all the fuss is about, check out this friendly little cafe/bakery in the heart of Chamberi. You can also reserve your bagels online, and they do delivery too.