Philly’s 5 Best Bagel Joints
By Caroline Russock | June 2, 2016
Credit: Photo courtesy of NY Bagel Cafe & Deli
There’s certainly a time and a place for a serious sit-down breakfast, but when it comes to grab-and-go, nothing beats a really great bagel. From Montreal-style wood-fired beauties to uniquely Philly takes, here’s a look at where to find the best bagels around.
While you could certainly go the traditional route with a plain or garlic, Knead’s menu of nontraditional bagels is just too enticing to pass up. Look for unusual combos like black sesame bagels with sweet potato curry cream cheese and lavender bagels with vanilla-honey cream cheese.
725 Walnut St.; 267-519-9920
Philly Style Bagels
Transitioning from a monthly pop-up to a full fledged baking operation, this two-man bagel bakery has a tendency to sell out early on the weekends. These handcrafted bagels (pictured above) get their unique flavor from a boil in Yards beer and pair particularly well with house-cured salmon and cream cheese.
1451 E. Columbia Ave.; no phone
Chestnut Street Philly Bagels
A good bagel was hard to come by in Center City before this spot opened a little over a year ago. Enjoy the beautiful, freshly baked treats on their own or as part of a breakfast sandwich (including one made with Nutella, bananas and honey)
1705 Chestnut St.; 215-299-9920
Philly’s only Montreal-style shop specializes in honey-water dipped, wood-fired bagels (pictured above). It also
does sandwiches particularly well — look out for brisket and pastrami specials. A second location is opening soon in University City.
262 S. 20th St.; 215-545-0626
NY Bagel Cafe & Deli
This no-nonsense bagel bakery located right on City Line Avenue and in Media does a booming business with textbook versions of plain, poppy, sesame and salt. But don’t miss other options like rainbow bagels, fresh pastries, salads and the many different lunch sandwiches available on the fresh baked bagels.
4514 B City Line Ave; 484-434-8961 ;
1015 E. Baltimore Pike; 610-565-8555