Within London’s Jewish community, Carmelli is an enduringly and rightfully popular purveyor of quality food. Quite how they makes their bagels so crispy on the outside yet so soft on the inside has baffled the minds of many rabbinical scholars, but it’s probably the main reason why Jews are known to visit the place more frequently than the synagogue. You can’t go wrong with a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, but you’d also do well to try the borekas (filo pastry with various fillings), or take home a chollah or rye bread. On a Saturday night you’ll have to fight your way through a dense throng – and bear in mind that during Passover, the bread is unleavened.
126-128 Golders Green Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served 6.30am-midnight Mon-Thur; 6.30am-1hr before sabbath Fri; 1hr after sabbath Sat-midnight Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Golders Green tube|
|Price:||Main courses £1.80-£2.30. Unlicensed no alcohol allowed.|
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If you're looking for a North West London alternative to Brick Lane's bagel shops then Carmelli's is a close as you're going to get. Not only a late night bakery but Carmelli's has been a community meeting post for over 50 years now. Its late at night on the weekend that Carmelli's comes into its own. Eating a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel outside Carmelli's at 1am on a Sunday morning is as much a right of passage as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.