Where To Find The Best Bagels In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a top-notch bagel town complete with Montreal-style bagels, New York-style bagels and more.

A good bagel is easy to find in Philadelphia, thanks to a fresh batch of bakeries and bagel shops turning out nosh-worthy goods.

The loop‑shaped bagel — the word means “bracelet” in German — is arguably the most famous food with Jewish origins in America, and has become a solid standard on bread menus all across the country.

Bagel purists will probably opt for the traditional plain water bagels, made by briefly boiling rings of risen dough, then draining, cooling and baking quickly to achieve that crusty golden exterior. These days, though, varieties other than the classic New York-style give bagel lovers tons of tasty options.

There’s something about the filling, doughy rounds that’s broadly appealing no matter the occasion — whether as a midnight snack after a long night, as a grab-and-go bite on a daily commute or as a full spread at a leisurely brunch.

Though New York bagels may claim fame, in the last year or so, Philly’s bagel scene has a significantly improved thanks to the additions of bagel specialists like Knead Bagels, High Street on Market, Philly Style Bagels and Chestnut Street Philly Bagels.

Here’s our guide to the best bagels in Philadelphia.

Spread Bagelry

Wood-fired Montreal-style bagels fill the menu at Spread Bagelry, a staple for breakfast and brunch in Rittenhouse. Enjoy egg sandwiches, lunch-meat sandwiches and classic bagels and spreads. Take note: On the weekends, Spread is BYOB.

Spread Bagelry

Where:Spread Bagelry, 262 S. 20th Street

www.spread-bagelry.com

South Street Philly Bagels

Fill up on New York-style bagels (boiled and then baked) at South Street Philly Bagels, a family-owned bagel bakery. Choose from more than 20 kinds of bagels including French toast, veggie, everything and egg and cream cheeses that range from plain to jalapeño cream cheese.

South Street Philly Bagels

Where:South Street Philly Bagels, 613 S. 3rd Street

www.southstphillybagel.com

Knead Bagels

Owned by a husband-and-wife team, Knead Bagels deals in classic bagels and spreads and breakfast sammies, in addition to non-traditional bagels. Bonus: It's right across from Washington Square. Bagel picnic? Yes, please.

Knead Bagels

Where:Knead Bagels, 725 Walnut Street

kneadbagels.com

Philly Style Bagels

Formerly operating as a pop-up at Pizzeria Beddia, Philly Style Bagels will open a permanent brick-and-mortar shop in Fishtown in January 2016. The bagel-makers call on a non-traditional process, boiling the bagels in a mixture of water, beer and malted flavor.

Philly Style Bagels

Where:Philly Style Bagels, 1451 E. Columbia Avenue

phillystylebagels.com

Kermit's Bake Shoppe

Available only on the weekends, the doughy bagels at Kermit's Bake Shoppe come in six varieties with four types of spreads available — plain, scallion, jalapeño jam and salmon dill.

Kermit's Bake Shoppe

Where:Kermit's Bake Shoppe, 2204 Washington Avenue

kermitsbakeshoppe.com

High Street On Market

High Street on Market is known for its delicious, well, everything, and its bagels don't disappoint. The Old City spot plates four types of bagels during breakfast — plain, poppy, sesame and everything.

High Street On Market

Where:High Street on Market, 308 Market Street

www.highstreetonmarket.com

Chestnut Street Philly Bagels

Offering the same top-notch New York-style bagels as its sister store, South Street Philly Bagels, Chestnut Street Philly Bagels plates egg sandwiches, deli sandwiches and bagels topped with cream cheese.

Chestnut Street Philly Bagels

Where:Chestnut Street Philly Bagels, 1705 Chestnut Street

www.chestnutbagels.com

New York Bagel Bakery

New York Bagel Bakery guarantees New York-style bagels with no frills (read: no egg sandwiches). Visit this bagel bakery, located just off of City Avenue, for more than a dozen types of bagels including all of the classics — eggs, wheat, everything, onion, plain, poppy and more.

New York Bagel Bakery

Where:New York Bagel Bakery, 7555 Haverford Avenue

nybagelsinphilly.com

Four Worlds Bakery

A West Philly staple, Four Worlds Bakery specializes in just four types of bagels and does them well. Stop by for plain, poppy, sesame and everything bagels topped with cream cheese.

Four Worlds Bakery

Where:Four Worlds Bakery, 4634 Woodland Avenue

www.fourworldsbakery.com

Le Bus Bakery

It's easy to get your hands on a bagel from Le Bus Bakery, which has multiple locations (Rittenhouse, King of Prussia, the airport and Rosemont) in the area. All bagels are baked in-house in the morning and come in flavors like apple cherry walnut, onion and more.

Le Bus Bakery

Where:LeBus Bakery, 129 S. 18th Street

www.lebusbakery.com

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Known for its giant portions, Famous 4th Street Delicatessen's bagels come served with everything from cream cheese (in a number of flavors) to lox and whitefish salad to lunch meats.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Where:Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, 700 S. 4th Street

www.famous4thstreetdelicatessen.com

Metropolitan Bakery

Metropolitan Bakery dishes fresh bagels daily at its Rittenhouse, Reading Terminal, University City, Free Library and Chestnut Hill shops. Choose from three perfectly made varieties — plain, seeded and multi-grain. Bagels come topped with your choice of house-made cream cheese, eggs, bacon and more.

Metropolitan Bakery

Where:Metropolitan Bakery, 262 S. 19th Street

www.metropolitanbakery.com

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