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Looking for the perfect breakfast? There’s nothing better than a warm, toasted bagel. Here's where you can find the best ones in Hong Kong

Whether you’re a die-hard New York bagel fan, a Montreal wood-fired baked bagel buff, or if you prefer Taiwan’s sweeter, creative bagel flavours, Hong Kong’s selection of the doughnut-shaped carb will keep you satisfied no matter which type of bagel you prefer. 

From dessert bagels that will make you reminisce about your childhood days, to all-American bagels with flavoured cream cheese spreads, we list out the best places to find a quality bagel in Hong Kong. 

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Schragels

Opened by Rebecca Schrage in 2014, Schragels has been the leading New York-style bagel supplier in Hong Kong since its opening. All bagels are handmade, kettle boiled and stone-baked each morning to ensure freshness. 

While Schragels has long been supplying the city with fresh bagels at places such as City Super, Elephant Grounds, Feather and Bone, Grand Hyatt and The Peninsula, alongside its small takeaway only shop in Sheung Wan, they finally opened a larger cafe in Central in summer 2020, making their bagels even more accessible.

Try one of their signature bagel flavours which includes plain, poppy seed, sesame, onion, everything, cinnamon raisin and a miniature junior-sized plain bagel for your little one. For schmears, choose from one of their three options: plain cream cheese, honey and pecan or scallion schmear. If you’re looking for something more filling, try one of their bagel sandwiches such as the beef pastrami and sauerkraut SchReuben; the smoked salmon and scallion schmear Loxy Lady; or go for one of their all-day-breakfast choices such as the Egg Schalad, which comes with their house-made egg salad, tomato, cucumber and chives. 

Schragels, G/F, 37 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong; schragels.com

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R&R Bagels

Frustrated by Hong Kong’s lack of ‘proper’ bagel shops, two bagel enthusiasts decided to open up R&R Bagels to show Hong Kongers how bagels should be done. Although the shop has been taken over by Foodpreneur Jonny Rees, the quality of R&R Bagels’ delicious bagels remain. 

Bagel flavours include plain, vegan, sesame, wholegrain, poppy, cinnamon raisin, onion, salt, garlic and the good ol’ everything bagel. For cream cheese spreads, they have six savoury options for you to choose from: plain cream cheese, low-fat plain, lox, vegetable, sundried tomato, and scallion, as well as two sweet spreads, pecan maple and fresh strawberry. 

If you’ve got time to spare, find a seat at their cosy cafe and order one of their bagel sandwiches. From the breakfast options such as the maple bacon and egg; smashed avocado and egg and the English breakfast, to the all-day bagels including the bacon jam BLT—which comprises of a nice sweet and savoury blend from R&R’s well-known bacon jam. Feeling adventurous? You can also build your own bagel by choosing your choice of bagel and fillings. 

R&R Bagels, G/F, 28 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong; 1/F Devon House, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; 1/F, 28 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; randrbagels.com

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Mono Lab

Mono Lab has been one of the trendiest cafes in Central lately all thanks to their picturesque, experimental bagel flavours. From their very own pretzel and bagel creation, the bagzel, to the Apollo strawberry chocolate bagel that will take you back to your childhood days, follow their Instagram for the latest flavour drops to stay in-the-know about their bagel offerings. 

Mono Lab, 7/F, 31-33 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong; instagram.com/monolab.hk

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29 Coffee Co

Located in Ngau Tau Kok, 29 Coffee Co is a small independent cafe that specialises in bagel sandwiches and coffees. While their selection of bagel flavours may be more limited, their sandwiches are highly rated among regular cafe hoppers. For avocado lovers, you’d love the avocado and cheese or the avocado egg smash bagel.

Need a bit more protein? Go for the tuna melt bagel or the smoked salmon cream cheese sandwich instead. They’ve also got a wide range of pastries to choose from such as scones with clotted cream and jam, muffins and other freshly baked pastries. 

29 Coffee Co, Shop D, G/F, 29 Tai Yip Street, Ngau Tau Kok, Hong Kong, +852 6898 8685; instagram.com/29coffee

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Bagels Alley

Tucked away in Central’s Jubilee Street next to an artsy bagel mural, Bagels Alley’s range of bagel sandwiches will ensure you’ll be able to try something new every day of the week. The most popular sandwich is undoubtedly the pastrami bomb, which comes with a stack of beef pastrami, a layer of mustard, as well as gherkin, tomatoes, swiss cheese, rocket and cream cheese.

Vegetarians can try the avocado salsa, packed with sliced avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa sauce and cream cheese; the vegan hummus/ spicy hummus veggie bagel; and the avocado and egg bagel. You can also choose to customise your sandwich further by adding in your choice of filling.

Bagels Alley, Shop A1, G/F, Haleson Building, 1 Jubilee Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9793 8401; instagram.com/bagelsalley

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BforBagel by 404 Lot Fine

The newly opened B For Bagel is a cafe opened by 404 Lot Fine, a bespoke cake service company in Hong Kong. Serving all-day breakfast dishes, as well as the Instagram-famous Taiwanese mochi bagels, B For Bagel has perfected the recipe for over thirty bagel flavours and offers two to three flavour options in-store each day. Previously, they’ve whipped up flavours such as black sesame and meat floss bagel, a low-sugar stuffed brown sugar purple sweet potato filling bagel, as well as Korean spicy sauce with pork bagel. 

B For Bagel, G/F, 10 Soy Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong; instagram.com/bforbagel_404lotfine

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Crunch N' Munch Bakery And Cafe

Crunch N' Munch may not be a proper sit-down restaurant, but this grab-and-go spot in Sai Kung makes bagel and sandwiches jam-packed with the most mouthwatering fillings.

Create the bagel of your dreams by first choosing your desired bagel from their list flavours: original, wholewheat/ sesame, poppy seed, pumpernickel, everything bagel, cheese and onion as well as cinnamon & raisin, followed by all the fillings you can imagine. They’ve even got a tofu and mushroom stir fry filling, as well as a vegan ratatouille if you’re trying to go for something a little healthier. 

Crunch N' Munch, Shop 1, G/F, Ko Fu House, 58-72 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 9316 8701

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Monkey Floatie

If Monkey Floatie’s adorable illustration of a monkey floating in a bagel isn’t enough to draw you in, perhaps their creative, homemade sourdough bagels may do the trick. Bagels are made to order through their Instagram page, with a rotating selection of flavours available. 

A minimum order of three bagels are required each time, but with the number of unique flavours available, you’d most likely end up ordering more anyway. For flavours, choose from the popular honey lemon cheesy; a coffee-inspired dirty; spicy cheesy and an orange dirty, order one of each and keep some in the freezer for an easy morning breakfast. 

Find out more about Monkey Floatie on Instagram

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Bagel Life

Looking for a healthier bagel option? Bagel Life is an Instagram bakery that uses zero artificial colours, preservations, butter and artificial sugars in their dough, making their bagels a healthier alternative. While they do offer Western-style bagels, their Taiwanese-style mochi filling bagels are the reason why customers keep coming back to Bagel Life. 

Get out of your comfort zone by trying one of the popular Taiwanese-style bagels such as the mochi with chocolate bagel, blueberries with cream cheese, seaweed with pork floss, or mochi with oreo. 

Find out more about Bagel Life on Instagram

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Miam Bakery

Sai Ying Pun’s Miam Bakery changes up their menu slightly every week, but their most sought after pastries and baked goods remain a staple. Each week, they offer at least two bagel flavours such as purple sweet potato, everything bagel, plain, parmesan cheese as well as lesser seen flavours like cranberry cream cheese, and miso and white sesame. 

Follow their Instagram for weekly flavour announcements, and make sure to get there bright and early if you’re thinking of getting their cinnamon buns, muffins, or other pastries fresh out of the oven. Planning to order one of everything? Remember to bring cash or drop by an ATM before you go, as Miam doesn't accept electronic payments. 

Miam Bakery, 73 Third St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣; instagram.com/miam_bakery_hk

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Coco Espresso

Local coffee chain Coco Espresso not only makes a fine cup of coffee, but their bagel sandwiches are also one of the best in town. While their Kowloon Bay and Quarry Bay branches are grab-and-go drinks-only cafes suited for office workers in the area, their remaining four branches in Central, Sheung Wan and Wan Chai offer all day breakfasts, bagel sandwiches, salads and more. 

For bagels, the blueberry bagel with cream cheese, or the cinnamon bagel with honey and butter are perfect if you’re trying to have a lighter meal, but their selection of savoury bagel sandwiches is where they truly shine. Try Coco Espresso’s sandwiches such as the beef pastrami and pickle bagel, smoked salmon and onion lox bagel, chicken and guacamole bagel or the bacon and egg bagel next time you’re feeling peckish. If you’re still hungry after, treat yourself to a cheeky affogato to end the meal on a caffeinated note. 

Locations in Kowloon Bay, Quarry Bay, Central, Sheung Wan and Wan Chai; cocobarista.com

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Blendit

Blendit is a health store that sells zero-waste bulk superfood powders, health items and of course, their signature Blendit bagels. Their bagels are slow proofed at low temperatures, then kettle boiled to give the bagels the famous chewy texture. Afterwards, they're placed on bagel boards to allow the bottom to rise, and finally stone baked to give each bun its light golden glow.

The store’s online site allows you to order all sorts of New York-style as well as superfood bagels. From the classic everything bagel, to a spicy jalapeño bagel, and even chia seeds or hojicha flavoured ones, there are sixteen bagel flavours for you to choose from. For spreads, Blendit offers six different options: plain cream cheese, onion and chive cream cheese, honey and pecan cream cheese, hummus, spicy hummus and black truffle cream cheese. 

Blendit, G/F, 73 Lai Chi Kok Road, Prince Edward, Hong Kong; instagram.com/blendithk

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Wakey Wakey Bakery

Using simply flour, yeast, sugar salt, honey and olive oil as the base recipe for their bagels, Wakey Wakey is an Instagram shop that specialises in bagels. All orders are hand-rolled and baked in small batches to ensure the quality of the bagels. 

With twelve different flavours on the menu, mix and match your favourite ones to get to a dozen or half a dozen for a discount. Try the double cheese bagel, made with UK cheddar and mozzarella; the sea salt double chocolate bagel, infused with 75% Valrhona cocoa and Swiss milk chocolate; the pizza bagel, which comes with bits of jalapeño, cheddar and salami; or the sweet blueberry bagel, made with USA organic blueberries. 

Discover Wakey Wakey Bakery on Instagram

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