When someone thinks about where the best bagels are, Los Angeles may not be the first city to come to mind. Well, we’re here to change that. One must not underestimate the power of a West Coast bagel shop! Who’s to say that Los Angeles can’t compete with the NYC bagel scene? From classic combinations to unique twists, these bakeries are here to prove that you don’t have to fly those angel wings to the Big Apple for a great bready bite.
So, sink your teeth into the best LA bagels below – that will surely give the East Coast a run for its money!
Don’t let the name fool you, this spot is right here in L.A. – and has been here for 65 years. Contrary to popular belief, traditional bagels do not need to be made with New York water. The beloved founder of Brooklyn Bagel Bakery, Seymour Friedman, strongly believed that a real bagel could be made anywhere. What matters most is the care and ingredients you put in a bagel – like properly boiling them before baking. You can feel that very love and attention to detail in every bite.
🥯Site: Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
📍Location: 2223 West Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057
Like most places in L.A., you can always expect a line at Courage Bagels – but we can assure you that they’re worth the wait. They offer yummy and doughy Montreal-style bagels topped with the freshest ingredients. Our favorite is their Simply Delicious – which features cream cheese, hand-sliced smoked salmon, capers, lemon, and pepper, sprinkled atop olive oil – and you must have it on a burnt everything bagel. (Yes, burnt. Don’t knock it until you try it.) If you can’t take our word for it, then you’d be happy to know that East Coasters turned West Coasters have deemed this spot to be the real deal.
🥯Site: Courage Bagels Website
📍Location: 777 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Chances are you’ve seen the Yeastie Boys Bagel truck driving around town. Many come for their bagels but certainly stay for their sandwiches. Their most popular breakfast sandwich is the Game Over, featuring scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, fresh tomato, and a delicious jalapeño cream cheese in between a perfectly Yeastie Boy Bagel. Wash it down with their fresh orange juice and your morning is good to go.
📍Location: Their trucks can be found around West Hollywood, Silverlake, etc. Be sure to check out their website above for the exact location.
At Hank’s Bagels, you can really indulge in some endless bagel bliss. Whatever you’re looking for in the carb world, they offer the best of both – from classic chewy favorites to tantalizing twists like their pizza or pretzel bagels – they have your cravings covered.
🥯Site: Hank’s Website
- Burbank: 4315 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505
- Sherman Oaks: 13545 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
- Calabasas: 23655 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302
Modern Bread & Bagel offers delicious chewy bagels… without gluten. This may come as a shock to all the bagel connoisseurs out there, but yes, a bagel can exist without gluten and still be equally delicious. Get their egg bagel sammie, and you won’t be disappointed!
🥯Site: Modern Bread & Bagel Website
📍Location: 6256 CA-27 #1200, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Jason Maury Kaplan moved to Los Angeles and asked himself, “Where are the bagels?” So he took matters (and dough) into his own hands and brought the flavors he loved in on the East Coast to the West. We recommend Maury’s classic Bagel & Lox topped with cream cheese, lox, red onion, and capers. For you vegans out there, Maury’s has your back with their I’m Vegan option – featuring vegan spread, fresh dill cucumber, tomato, pickled red onion, and served open face. As Jason puts it, bagels are literally his middle name.
🥯Site: Maury’s Bagels Website
📍Location: 2829 Bellevue Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
The story of Bagel Nosh Deli is a familiar one. Back in 1978 Pam and Jack left NYC for Los Angeles – but they decided to bring a piece of the East Coast to California through their bagels. The rest is history, and for decades, Angelenos have flocked to Bagel Nosh for their delicious New York-style bagels. They offer your usual classics to unusual like the viral rainbow bagel that adds a bit of fun to every bite.
🥯Site: Bagel Nosh Deli
📍Location: 1629 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403