Restaurants, Jewish Golders Green
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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.


Venue name: Carmelli
Address: 126-128 Golders Green Road
NW11 8HB
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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Poppy L

Carmelli's may just make the best bagels in London! With a wide, fresh selection from classic plain to onion and poppyseed, it's definitely worth a visit! They also make lots of cakes and pastries which are nice, but nothing on their bagels and breads! A brilliant place to visit on a Sunday morning.

Jennifer S

Write a review...To start off, a very wide selection of cookies, pastries and sweet breads, as well as brown bread and some bagels. I got a large sampler of various cookies including a large one that is composed of two large cookies bonded and coated with dark chocolate and sliced and whole almonds. It's AMAZING. I also got a chocolate rugelach and I have to say the one at Paradise Bakery across the street beats it. For my stash, 5.70 pounds. Nice counter staff as well. I'm dinking one just star just because of the ridiculous 10 pound minimum for debit cards.


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.