Whenever I ask one of my classmates where I can grab a quick but tasty bite to eat in between classes, the answer I usually get is, "You should try Bagels and Beans!"
However, despite its obvious popularity, I was still reluctant to eat at Bagels & Beans Café. For starters, I'm not one to go with the crowd - especially when it comes to food; secondly, I've never really understood bagels or felt the urge to try them out. Nevertheless, it's exactly where I ended up one chilly Saturday afternoon...
The Bagels & Beans Café in the Hague is smaller than I expected it to be, but just as cozy as the one in Leiden. It was full when we got there, and it took us a while to get seats at first. But a few minutes later we were seated, and began browsing the menu.
Bagels & Beans - as you have probably guessed by now - serves bagels accompanied by either hot or cold drinks. Not only do they have a selection of bagels to choose from (white sourdough, whole wheat spell, sesame sourdough, oathie, everything sourdough, tomato, prana & cinnamon raisin), but they also have a variety of things you can have in your bagel - including vegetarian options, and both sweet and savoury fillings.
I decided to have what I'd had at the brunch in Leiden - seeing as I'd enjoyed it so much .i.e. hot chocolate with milk chocolate chips (as opposed to dark chocolate chips) & a Tosti (oven grilled, young matured cheese with Livar ham, tomatoes & chives served in a sesame bagel). Olivia had a Tosti as well, but opted for a Tomato bagel instead, and a cappuccino to go with it.
Bagels cost between €4 - €10, depending on what you'd like to have in yours, and drinks cost between €3 - €5. The café also serve salads for about €10 each, and yoghurt and porrdige for between €5 - €7. If you prefer to make your own bagel sandwich at home, you can also buy some bagels-to-go from the cafe. One bagel costs as little as €1.50, while you can get a batch of six for €5.70 or pay a bit extra (€9.30) for gluten-free bagels.
Shortly after placing our order, our meals arrived. Thankfully, the bagel was just as good the second time round as it was the first; and I'm happy to report that Olivia enjoyed hers just as much as I did. 😊
We were eager to try their sweet snacks, too, so we ordered dessert afterwards. Olivia had a blueberry muffin & I had a slice of cheesecake. Their sweet snacks are also reasonably priced. You can get a coconut macaroon for as little as €1.95, while the cheesecake I had cost €4.25. The other sweet snacks fall within the same price range. By the time we were leaving, our bellies were not only full but also happy. 😋
So, it turns out following the crowd every now and then isn't such a bad idea - especially in this case. Bagels and Beans lived up to its expectations and I look forward to eating there again.😉
For those of you who would like to try it out, too, their opening hours are:
Mon - Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm