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 a couple of 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.
Look, we’re going to be honest here: a lot of the bagels on this guide are fine. You will eat them and say, “Yup, that was a bagel. Nice.” Or something like that. There aren’t many that make us want to get the word “bagel” tattooed on our forehead. El Bagel, however, is the exception. It is the best bagel in Miami. This is thanks to both the bagel itself - which is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside - and 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. And if you see us walking around with a bagel face tattoo in the future, you’ll know why.
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 tasty, and will definitely satisfy any and all bagel cravings you’ve been having lately.
The Bagel Club is a Wynwood spot that is thankfully not actually a nightclub that serves bagels, which would either be a brilliant or terrifying concept. Instead, it’s a small spot that specializes in bagels. They’re pretty good here - chewy and well-seasoned. They can be turned into thick sandwiches if you’d like. They have versions with avocado, nova, tuna salad, whitefish, and a classic egg and cheese. There’s a little backyard seating area too, where you can sit down and have some alone time with your bagel.
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.
Bagel Cove is a little north in Aventura, but it’s a classic spot and is 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, chewy, and if you get a fish platter on the side, it’ll come on a fish-shaped plate. Isn’t that cute?
Toasted Bagelry has locations in Brickell and Coral Gables and it’s a fine choice for a quick grab-and-go bagel. The bagels are big enough to just enjoy with cream cheese, but if you want something a little more extravagant, you can pick one of their bagel sandwiches, which are named after different Miami neighborhoods. The Little Havana comes with steak and grilled onions. If that sounds like a little much (it is for us), then go with the Coral Way Bagel with nova lox and two egg whites.