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Where To Go For A Good Bagel In Auckland

By Sophia Romanos
Bagel with avocado & tomato

Smear it with cream cheese or stuff it with salmon and alfalfa's, bagels are a crowd-pleaser. Whether they’re New York or Montreal, sesame or poppy seed, sweet or savoury, these tough babies can be dressed up or down for any occasion. The best thing is, there’s no time restriction, any time is acceptable bagel-eating time. Prepare yourself to salivate with our list of the best bagels in Auckland.

Best Ugly Bagels

90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD + 3A York Street, Newmarket
Classic spread from Best Ugly Bagels

Why ugly? We’re glad you asked. Best Ugly roll, boil, and fry their own bagels–You’d be sceptical of their authenticity if they looked perfect. You can see the magic happen right in the shop, which doubles as their industrial-styled factory. The Montreal inspiration of these bagels means they are more crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside than your average NY number. Whether you’re a simple guy looking for a lick of peanut butter or into more of a tuna melt loaded bagel–There’s loaded dough for everyone, with an abundance of gluten-free and veggie options. Special mention goes to the King Kong: Packed into the humble red basket instead of the top of the Empire State Building–This bagel is smeared with caramelised banana cream cheese whip, topped with toasted almonds, and chocolate sauce, all on a decadent chocolate bagel. The best part is that it’s not sandwiched, all toppings are served on the halves, meaning that if there’s two of you, you can get different flavours and swap half of your bagel to try sweet and savoury. You’re welcome.

Scarecrow

33 Victoria Street East, Auckland CBD

Hidden away, this is the perfect cafe to feel like you’re miles away from Auckland while being bang-smack in the CBD. Stroll down from the Auckland Art Gallery to the corner of Victoria Street East and you’ve hit the answer to your quaint cafe desires. In the bagel department of Scarecrow, opt for the hunk of house-smoked salmon, greens, cream cheese and capers, or for those with a smaller appetite-The pumpkin and hazelnut pesto with whipped feta. They also stock products from many of Auckland region’s best artisan suppliers –So whether you’re dining in or grabbing a gift, you’re supporting local businesses all round!

Goodness Gracious

Various Locations
The CAB from Goodness Gracious

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, it’s a Sunday morning, or you’re just plain starving-Head to Goodness Gracious where they don’t skimp on the fillings. The CAB bagel is not to be overlooked: Chicken, avocado, bacon, rocket, and aioli, all in-between your favourite bagel-It’s a sure winner. The New York-style bagels are grilled for that satisfying crunch you dragged yourself out of the house for. Each location is a funky and intimate space, so, keep your big groups for later and spoil your closest companion for a bagel brekky.

Jam Organic

33-45 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna

Why sandwich your bagel when you can stack it? The bagel stack at Jam is not to be missed. With an overload of salmon, avocado and all the good greens, this is an impressive tower of colourful health screaming to be paired with a coffee and a lunch date. Bring the flatmates out, lounge in the sun, and soak up the social chatter that grows with good food in a relaxing location.

Bagel Love

141 Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD
Avocado and salmon on a poppy seed bagel from Bagel Love

For the authentic New York bagel experience-Look no further than Bagel Love. These guys have the chewy-outer and soft-inside nailed with every bagel from sesame to charcoal. With lots of vegan options, Bagel Love is your one-stop-shop. Cream cheese lover? Bagel Love has their own range of house-made cream cheese: Garlic & Herb, Sundried Tomato, Sweet Ginger & Walnut, and Wildberry. We’ll take a jar, thanks.

Fact-Tree

1/24 Tonkin Drive, Sunnynook

Head out to Sunnynook and grab the brekky New York-style bagel. On a poppy seed, sesame bagel, you better come with a grumbly stomach because they go all-out on the ingredients. Cream cheese, sundried tomato pesto, tomato, avocado, and greens spill out and onto your plate. If you’re setting up shop for a relaxing catch up with a friend, Fact-Tree is the perfect spot. True to its name, Fact-Tree strings little facts around the drink jars-So grab an iced coffee with your bagel and eat, drink and read-up!

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