The Ten Best Bagels in Miami 2023

The Ten Best Bagels in Miami 2023
Bagels are a contentious subject — particularly in a city as rife with New York influence as Miami. Merely broaching the subject of the doughy breakfast staple can lead to a heated debate about the boiling process, a proper schmear, and whether it really is all about the water.And yes, you can find a great one in Miami. You just have to know where to look.

Though Miami doesn’t have New York water flowing from its taps, we do have our share of impressive bagel makers.

Get out your lox and cream cheese because Miami’s best bagels are listed below in alphabetical order.

Bagel Bar East

1990 NE 123rd St., North Miami

Bagel chips. Bialys. Mini bagels. Bagels by the dozen. Bagel Bar East has it all, and the discerning bagel clientele — AKA transplanted New Yorkers — go with it. This North Miami standby still hand rolls, boils, and bakes more than a dozen varieties daily, from rye, pumpernickel, and sesame to oat bran, asiago, and blueberry. Whether you spread smoked fish or cream cheese on your bagel or prefer it as a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese, this old-school spot does Miami proud.


The Bagel Club Miami is known for its bagel sandwiches.

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The Bagel Club Miami

2400 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Chewy, flavorful, and perfectly seasoned, the bagels at the Bagel Club Miami are best when turned into the stacked, thick sandwiches that elicit uncontrollable drooling when pictured on the restaurant’s Instagram feed. Be it a classic “BEC” (bacon, egg, and cheese) or a build-your-own, there’s something on the menu for any taste with schmears like smoked salmon, whitefish, avocado, and “Volcano” (a jalapeño-infused cream cheese).

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Charlotte Light is the one-woman baker behind Bagel Max Miami.

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Bagel Max Miami

1951 NW Seventh Ave., Miami

Philadelphia transplant Charlotte Light is the one-woman show behind Bagel Max Miami and began baking up her small-batch, hand-rolled bagels for sale at 7th Cafe. What began as a way to fill the void of bagel bakeries in her home neighborhood of North Miami Beach in late 2021 has since blossomed into a thriving pickup and delivery business from her Miami Beach home. Before embarking on a brick-and-mortar location, Light continues to increase her batches, keeping up with demand by crafting dozens of bagels for delivery and pickup orders. Made using several types of flour and wild yeast, they offer a sweet and bold flavor that is 100 percent Miami, available in varieties like sesame, poppy, onion, salt, and everything on regular or whole wheat. Don’t miss the chopped jalapeño and mild-cheddar version with tasty bits of each packed into every square inch of dough.

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Coral Bagels is a longtime favorite of Coconut Grove residents.

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Coral Bagels

2750 SW 26th Ave., Miami

Established in 1986, Coral Bagels is a casual breakfast and lunch restaurant that just so happens to offer some of the best bagels in Miami. A locals-only spot, this hidden gem started as a bagel shop and grew into its current status as the breakfast and lunch spot favorite for Groveites in the know. Today the menu serves up several classic American diner staples alongside a bagel lineup that includes flavors like egg, sesame, blueberry, cinnamon raisin, pumpernickel, and asiago. No matter which one you choose or how you choose to top it, you can’t go wrong with this longtime, family-run establishment.

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