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Brick Lane Biegel Shop
159 Brick Lane E1 6SB

Closest Station: Shoreditch High Street Overground, Liverpool Street Underground

Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Prices: starting from £1

Hunt for the perfect bagel

Having lived in the United States of America and immersed myself into the bagel culture, I just had to find a good bagel place in London.

So I asked my friend: "Where do you find good bagels here?" When you move to a new place, you tend to carry a number of questions that other people might just find "too funny" or "silly."

But I hadn't had a proper bagel for almost a year - you only get some modified versions in India and Nepal where I've spent the last two years.

So when one of my friends took me to the Brick Lane Biegel Shop, my instant reaction was: "What is biegel? I am looking for bagels!"

I found bagels

I gave it a try started looking through the menu of one of Britain's oldest bagel shops and lots of biegel options caught my eye. .

The shop has been serving tasty bagels since 1855 and is a 24-hour eatery in east London.

When I entered for the first time, the size and furniture set-up reminded me of one of those mom and pop stores and the menu board brought back memories of old diners in the US.

The menu consisted of, obviously, bagels of every kind possible - plain, filled with cream cheese and even bagel sandwiches.

This was the first time I had actually found a good bagel shop outside the States, something like the American Einstein Bros Bagels but much older.

I was happy, and I was hungry. So I ordered two bagels - one with cream cheese and another with ham and bacon.

While the crispy bacon bagel was worth every penny, I was expecting more from the cream cheese bagel. In my mind, I imagined a plaster of cream cheese like the ones I sampled in New York City.

Bagels at its best

But compared to the other bagels I've found all over London - from regular bagels at Sainsbury's and Tesco's to the ones at well-known places like The Breakfast Club where the bagels are toasted (understandable) and pressed (not acceptable), the Biegel Shop tops the list.

The smell of the fresh bagels arouses my appetite every time I pass through it, forcing me to go inside and taste another delicious bagel meal.

But don't get confused: the place isn't just about bagels. It has cupcakes, cheesecakes and more of the sweeter side of the food platter.

And apart from the taste, it is also the price that attracts me: £1 for a bagel with cream cheese, just great for someone on a tight budget like me.

Though it does not make sense to commute for an hour to get my bagel with cream cheese, I drop by the Biegel Shop and stock up on bagels whenever I am in the area.

London offers every food you can think of; so don't be shy to ask!

Bibek Bhandari