We may not have the bagel fame of NYC, but South Florida knows a thing or two about crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside rounds of dough. From the institutions in Aventura and Boca to new-school deli counters in Wynwood and beyond, here’s where to eat your way through the city’s best bagels, one poppy seed at a time.
The 8 Best Bagels in Miami
1. Bagel Bar East
The Miami Shores mainstay might be a bit chaotic on weekend mornings, but we’ve done far crazier things than waking up a little extra early for a toasted Asiago bagel with veggie cream cheese. No matter which bagel you go for, you’re guaranteed pure satisfaction in the form of a warm and chewy piece of dough.
1990 NE 123rd St., North Miami; 305-895-7022 or bagelbareast.com
2. Mo’s Bagels & Deli
A true Miami classic, this old-school Jewish deli knows its bagels and lox. Our suggestion? Go for the nova platter with scallion cream cheese. Don’t forget a side of tuna and fried eggs. Make note: This place gets packed on the weekends. If there’s a line, munch on some rugelach while you wait.
2780 NE 187th St., Miami; 305-936-8555
3. Family Bagels Of Long Island
The name of this spot says it all: These bagels are as authentic as they come. From poppy to pumpernickel, they’re crispy on the outside, chewy inside. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get a bagel fresh out of the oven, because these bad boys are made around the clock.
Multiple locations; familybagelsli.com
4. Chesapeake Bagel Bakery
Don’t be fooled by the store’s unassuming exterior—the good stuff is inside. Brave the line out the door and you’ll walk away with a damn good bagel. We love the Nova-Nova: the bagel of your choice stuffed with nova, red onions, capers, tomato and plain cream cheese.
1531 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-202-0919 or thecbbakery.com
5. El Bagel
Did someone say portable dough shop? That’s right, El Bagel rides across Miami stocked with just-made chewy fresh bagels crammed with everything from smoked salmon to runny eggs to thick schmears—or, you know, all of the above. (And lucky us: A brick-and-mortar location is opening in Miami’s MiMo neighborhood within the next year.)
Roving location; instagram.com/elbagel
6. Flakowitz Deli
Serving bagel and lox platters for more than 50 years, Flakowitz is a Boynton Beach icon. This no-frills New York–style deli has even been visited by Food Network’s Guy Fieri, so you know it’s good. Go for the hand-sliced nova platter with everything bagels, scallion cream cheese and potato salad. And make sure to pick up a handful of raspberry and chocolate rugelach for the road.
7410 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-742-4144 or flakowitzofboynton.com
7. The Bagel Club Wynwood
Think of this recently opened gem as the ultimate two-for-one. By day, the Bagel Club slings warm and chewy house-made bagels with all the fixings (schmears, nova, fried eggs). When the sun goes down, the restaurant turns into a speakeasy. Don’t worry, though: Bagels are served from morning till the wee hours of the night.
2400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; instagram.com/thebagelclubmiami
8. Bagel Cove
You didn’t think we’d leave our favorite source of carbs off this list, did you? This Aventura staple is not only one of the city’s best bagel spots, but its prices clock in at some of the lowest in town. Oh, and did we mention it’s open 24 hours? A 3 a.m. everything bagel with chive cream cheese never tasted so good.
19003 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305-935-4029 or bagelcove.com