The Best Bagels In Miami
photo credit: Zak The Baker's bagel with nova / Photo by Emily Schindler
Whether you’re brutally hungover or just finished a 60-minute, 8am spin class, a bagel is always a good call. And though we’re certainly no New York when it comes to the sheer quantity of our bagel selection, we’ve got some really wonderful options in our backyard. You’ll find those and more on this guide, which we hope comes in handy the next time you’re in dire need of bread and cream cheese in the morning.
There aren’t many bagels in town that make us want to get the word “bagel” tattooed on our forehead. But El Bagel is the exception. It is the best bagel experience in Miami. This is thanks to the always-fresh bagels—which are soft and chewy—but also the stuff they put between the bagels, like roasted jalapenos, thick bacon from Proper Sausage, and sweet guava marmalade. There is a reason they sell out nearly every day of the week—at both the original MiMo location and the newer Coconut Grove El Bagel.
LNB Grovestand operates from a quiet parking lot in West Kendall on Saturday and Sunday. And on Sundays, they do make a turmeric everything bagel with scallion cream cheese that is worth traveling for, no matter how far from West Kendall you may be. The turmeric gives them a golden color and (obviously) a subtle turmeric flavor. But these are also just pitch-perfect bagels: a light, bubbly crisp on the outside that gives way to a soft, chewy interior. It pairs beautifully with the rainbow smoothies (made with local tropical fruits) they also make here. There are no tables where you can eat, so take it to the nearby Camp Matecumbe Children’s Park for a bagel picnic.
This Wynwood bakery is incapable of baking something that’s not delicious. Hand them your shoe and it will emerge 30 minutes later, golden brown and fragrant. Zak the Baker didn’t always make bagels, but when they finally put them on the menu, we knew it was going to be a home run. We were right. You can tell months of development went into making these bagels from both the bubbly crust and perfectly distributed seasoning. The result is yet another Miami bagel worthy of, at the very least, a neck tattoo.
We really like this little Surfside deli. Josh’s has great things like spicy tuna latkes and an excellent pastrami sandwich, but they make some tasty bagels too. You can order one with a cured salmon platter or as a side with your lobster omelette. The bagels are simple but really good, and will definitely satisfy any and all bagel cravings you’ve been having lately.
Kendall outsiders may be surprised the area has some solid bagel options. But before croquetas took over, bagels were as common in this part of Dade as Michael Kors bags in TJ Maxx. Bagel Express is old-school. And bagels here strike a good balance between soft and chewy, the lox schmear is smooth and savory, and the coffee is always hot.
Bagel Cove is in Aventura, and it’s a classic spot that's also proof that there are other things in Aventura besides a mall. We like the bagels here. They’re nothing too fancy, but they’re fresh and if you get a fish platter on the side, it’ll come on a fish-shaped plate. Isn’t that cute?
This simple breakfast spot is the kind of place you can come with your family on the weekend and everyone will find something they like on the big menu. One thing we usually go for is the everything bagel with nova spread. They do not skimp on the nova—or the cream cheese. It all bursts out of the center hole like a volcano, which makes for a slightly messy yet satisfying bagel experience. It also comes with an orange wedge. We love a surprise orange wedge.