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Our journey began with a desire to infuse South African taste and culture into the traditional New York-style bagel. What emerged is the artisanal Jacks Bagel: A chewy crust with dense but soft inner-baked goodness. It's our unique take on a classic, and our customers can't get enough.  

As one of South Africa's Quick Service Food Franchises, Jacks Bagels has earned a reputation for offering a full range of top-quality, fresh products with exceptional care to our amazing customers.

Join the bagel revolution and own your very own Jacks Bagels store today!

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The first Jacks Bagel store was opened in Walmer, Gqeberha in March 2018 by the co-founders John and J-lee. Jacks Bagels received its name from its first customer and most regular bagel eater, Jack, John, and J-lee’s first-born son. Having seen the popularity of bagels in the USA, John and J-lee set out to create their own South African niche market. They paired the growing South African coffee culture with a niche product, bagels. Jacks Bagels strived to be more than just a coffee shop, more than just a bakery but a TREND!

The magic that followed has been an inspirational story of success built on passion and hard work.


Countless hours were dedicated to crafting a beautiful shop space that would be filled with warmth and hospitality, a place where customers instantly felt at ease. John tirelessly baked and innovated new recipes, churning out countless bagels as he refined the traditional New York bagel recipe to suit the tastes of the South African market.


Their commitment to their dream and vision was unwavering. Even at just two weeks old, Josie, their second-born had a makeshift crib tucked beneath the cash register at Jacks Bagels Walmer while John diligently worked away in the bakery at the back, and JLee charmed customers, and eagerly absorbed their feedback.


Today all our Jacks Bagels stores offer a complete selection of high-quality, freshly made products, served with outstanding service.

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