Picture this: two kids desperate for food … mid-morning in Grenoble, France … whinging just starting. “Dad I’m hungry.” “I’m thirsty Dad.” “Dad I’m getting dehydrated!” (“Mum” was in a gift shop!) The Bagelstein, on Place Sainte-Claire, appeared out of the mist before us like an oasis in the Sahara Desert! We pulled up chairs around a lovely table outside and sat in the sun for our mid-morning coffee, bagel and cake. Seriously though, the Bagelstein turned up just in the nick of time!
Situated in the older part of town, near the tourist info centre and the market, this is a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch (or even when you just feel like a coffee and some cake). The menu is massive with a huge range of bagels, sandwiches, cookies, muffins and cake – and the staff are very helpful. Also, judging by the queues at certain times, this is a popular stop for locals on their way to work as they pick up a coffee or a bagel for lunch.
Also, the WiFi is the best in a café in Grenoble!
Bagelstein make the most fabulous bagels, ever. Baked fresh every day, the bagels come in about 6 different types including cheese, poppy seed, plain, onion, sesame seed etc.
The fillings can be anything you want but some recommended ones are Le Gaston (a homage to the NewYork Deli, which contains egg mayo, smoked turkey as well as salad and smoky mayo). Another good one is the famous Le Gab (cream cheese, pastrami, poivron marine [pickled peppers], onion and barbecue sauce) and the Catalan (lots of air cured ham, salad and a secret sauce). Other items of note are the famous cheesecake cookies and the cheesecake itself. It all looks really good. Bagelstein in Grenoble is definitely a place to visit.
Our Visit to Bagelstein
In France, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to stop. But Bagelstein was friendly straight away and fitted right into our expectations. It provided something for everyone and there was even seating outside where we could sit with the dogs.
The perfect venue if you like people watching! There’s always something going on, as it’s directly opposite a tram stop. All in all, they serve lovely food, it’s a great location and the staff are very lovely and helpful.
If you are in Grenoble and want a light breakfast or lunch it is definitely the place for you.