As the weather cools down, it’s time to cosy down in some of Melbourne’s best bagel cafes.
Bowery to Williamsburg
Transport yourself to New York City with Bowery to Williamsburg’s classic bagels. Everything from the menu to their name is inspired by the Big Apple and their breakfast bagels are not to be missed. A top pick is the grilled halloumi with a scallion schmear, eggplant, tomato, basil and a fried egg on top.
Bobby’s Coffee & Bagels
Bobby’s Coffee & Bagels is only new on the scene but won’t be kept secret for long. Their bagels come both open and closed – try the open smashed avocado with feta, pickled chili, sumac and seeds. Or, if you’re strapped for time grab a bacon & egg or halloumi & egg bagel to go for only $8.
Brown Bagels specialises in making their bagels fresh and on the spot. For those with a sweet tooth, their blueberry cream cheese on a blueberry bagel is a must try. If you’re after more, try their spicy chicken with melted mozzarella, gherkin, lettuce and mayo.
Tucked away in Guests Lane, off Little Bourke Street, Schmucks Bagels do it differently. Rather than the traditional boiling method, Schmucks steam their buns. They offer a uniquely Aussie style bagel with swirls of Vegemite baked inside. For those with a bigger appetite try the Hippie Slicker, with grilled cauliflower, hummus and lemon-dressed watercress.
Five and Dime Bagels
For bagels made with local ingredients using traditional methods, head to Five and Dime Bagels in Melbourne’s CBD. A range of schmears are on offer, including a house made bacon jam with cream cheese. If you have a sweet tooth they also serve the classic PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) or a vegan cookies and cream. Find them at Katherine Place or on Collins Street.
Five Points Cafe
Ever wanted to try a Mexican inspired bagel? Five Points does the complex and the simple well. Their Mexican bagel includes pulled chicken, guacamole, grilled corn, red onion, melted cheese and hot sauce. For something a little less extravagant try any of their classic simple spreads.
Pair your bagel with delicious coffee at Manchester Press. They offer both open and closed bagels, including a classic NYC Ruben. Or, if you’re feeling colourful try their blueberry and lemon cheesecake rainbow bagel – yum!
Jungle Juice Bar
Tucked down one of Melbourne’s favourite lane ways, Centre Place, is hole in the wall bagel shop Jungle Juice Bar. They serve up classic New York style bagels alongside exotic and delicious coffee. For something unique try their McBagel, a take on the classic bacon and egg roll.