Exciting things are underway for a food scene more vibrant than ever in Adelaide’s CBD. Among these are the Beigelry and Booknook & Bean, two spaces that have just opened up the beginning of July. Sitting side by side in the central location of Topham Mall, both the Beigelry and Booknook & Bean are Renew Adelaide projects – an initiative to revitalize urban Adelaide, socially and economically, through innovative businesses.
And revitalize they do. The once drab and gloomy Topham Mall is now a colourful urban oasis in the heart of the city. With multiple brand spankin’ new businesses now open to the public, I stepped into a bustling lunch spot and coffee hub (among other things!).
One I am particularly excited about opened up in Adelaide just in time to end my year long bagel-less spell. Needless to say, I was eager and curious to see just how the Beigelry measured up to the oh, so familiar New York style bagel I know and love.
Assortment of spreads behind the counter
The Beigelry’s simplistic space revolved around one thing: bagels. Nine bountiful baskets hung on the wall filled with an assortment of perfectly imperfect round bagels – each one freshly baked daily by the co-owners, themselves, Brendan and Hong. Customers can choose between bagel with plain schmears like cream cheese and Vegemite, or fancy it up and go with a bagel with specialty schmears like jalapeño cream cheese. For those looking for something a little more substantial, their ‘fillings’ menu entails a list of heartier options like smashed avo & feta or turkey & cranberry. After you order, just step back and watch the crafters behind their bagel building ‘station’ in action.
Lox: smoked salmon and cream cheese; $8.50
I chose to go with a classic, the ‘lox’. Soft, melt-in-your-mouth salmon fillets, sitting atop a slab of velvety cream cheese and topped off with fresh red onions, all sandwiched between my bagel of choice, the subtle and savoury ‘everything’ bagel. Mm-mm. Sink your teeth in the crusty and fragrant outer layer, then indulge in the soft, freshly baked centre. My only suggestion would’ve been to spread on a little more cream cheese for more of that pillowy texture and smooth, tart taste. Otherwise, it’s like I never left home.
I’ll also add that I took home 6 assorted bagels they had available in-house that day for $15, and they all tasted even better warm and toasted.
Shop 19 Topham Mall
Adelaide SA 5000
P 0414 577 863
Booknook & Bean
Just next door is a neat little place for you coffee lovers, book worms, and good doers. Selling organic de Groot coffee while running a secondhand book shop with proceeds going towards micro loans that finance individuals and communities in need, Booknook serves up good coffee and good karma.
A wall lined with pre-loved books and an espresso machine are what comprise this tiny, bright space. Hand-drawn chalk art and a hand-crafted mug chandelier say humble and homey, keeping it all about the books and the coffee. For sweet tooths, gluten-free pastries and sweets are also available from Adelaide-based Sweet Lola Desserts.
I took it all in with a large latte in hand. A large will give you two shots of espresso and simple latte art. Bold, rich, and warming – just what the doctor ordered. Charging up in caffeine for the day and ridding poverty at the same time – does it get any better?
Large latte; $4.70
I was curious to try their fresh-made almond milk, but opted for coffee instead. Guess I’ll just have to come back!
Booknook & Bean
Shop 18 Topham Mall
Adelaide SA 5000
P 0430 475 006