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16 Atlanta Shops and Pop-Ups for Top-Notch Bagels

The best bets for bagels in Atlanta; everyone has opinions

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People have opinions about bagels...a lot of opinions. These opinions range from which shops make the best bagels in Atlanta (and if that’s even possible here) or whether a bagel sandwich should be open- or closed-faced to New York- versus Montreal-style bagels. But, all bagel connoisseurs can agree upon their love for the boiled and baked bread ring. Atlanta’s bagel scene is finally growing beyond just a few scattered spots around town, and now includes beloved institutions that have been around for decades, neighborhood bakeries and cafes, and even pop-ups dedicated to nothing but the humble bagel.

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Sunny's Bagel & Deli

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New York-style bagels, arepas, and empanadas? That’s what this Venezuelan spot in Kennesaw is serving on its menu. While regulars swear by the arepas here, there’s equal praise served up for the bagels at Sunny’s, too. Bagel favors here range from sesame, asiago, and egg to cinnamon raisin, jalapeno, and everything. Bagels can come with schmear or as a sandwich.

101 Bagel Cafe

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With locations near the Galleria in Cobb County and in Duluth (and three more metro Atlanta locations in the works,) 101 Bagel Cafe has become a popular spot for bagels and bagel sandwiches over the years. The New York-style water bagels from this shop come topped with schmear, hummus, or even peanut butter. But it’s the bagel sandwiches here that bring folks in, including a corned beef reuben, turkey, bacon, and cheese bagel melt, and an egg and cheese bagel done five ways.

Dear Friend, Bagels @ Spiller Park Coffee

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Spiller Park Coffee owner Dale Donchey started making bagels over a decade ago. Now, Donchey has turned his love for baking bagels into a thriving pop-up called Dear Friend, Bagels, with his sights set on eventually opening a dedicated shop and deli in Atlanta. Folks can catch Donchey popping up with bagels at all three Spiller Park locations at Ponce City Market, in Toco Hills, and at his latest location on Marietta Boulevard. The latter will become home base for the bagel operation, which includes flavors like everything, cinnamon sugar, and sumac poppyseed topped with dill or sorghum labneh and sides of sumac pickles. Follow on Instagram for details.

Bagelicious

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Bagelicious has been serving up deli classics for over 30 years now. And for many New York transplants, the food and bagels are a taste of home. There are plenty of fresh bagels to choose from at Bagelicious topped with lox, whitefish salad, tomatoes and onions, and caper and scallion schmear. Don’t expect to find fancy bagel flavors. Bagelicious keeps it old school. Make sure to also try the knishes, matzah ball soup, and meaty pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, too. Kosher items available.

Clive Provisions — Bagel Hotline

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An online provisions company with a “Bagel Hotline”? That’s right. Located in Reynoldstown, Clive Provisions owner Mae Stewart loves to bake New York-style bagels and typically bakes up fresh batches every week for local delivery to in-town Atlanta residents. Stewart’s bagels have become so popular she now has a dedicated hotline for folks to order via email. Order some Everything Bagel seasoning, too. In-town Atlanta delivery only.

Beeline Bagels

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Keep an eye out for this bagel cart around Inman Park. Owned by Niki Hetchkop, who received a grant from the Jewish Federation of Atlanta allowing her to lease commercial kitchen space, the Beeline Bagel cart typically serves New York-style bagels on Fridays and Sundays near the Eastside Beltline. Expect traditional bagel flavors from this cart, including everything, sesame, poppy seed, and salt bagels served with schmears like plain, scallion, strawberry, and honey smash. Follow on Instagram or the Beeline Bagels website for updates.

Bagel Boys Cafe - Perimeter

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With locations in Sandy Springs and Alpharetta, Bagel Boys serves fresh-baked bagels in traditional flavors, including everything, sesame, egg, and cinnamon raisin. But the shop does offer some fun flavors, like banana nut, jalapeno cheddar, and chocolate chip. Top a bagel here with everything from schmear, lox, and onions and tomatoes to Nutella and peanut butter. The menu also features hot and cold deli sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Emerald City Bagels

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This mother-daughter team first began popping up at farmers markets before the duo opened their popular East Atlanta Village bagel shop in 2018. Slow fermented and boiled, Emerald City  serves a variety of fresh, New York-style bagels daily, which often sell out before noon. Expect flavors ranging from everything, rosemary sea salt, and garlic to pretzel, jalapeno cheddar, and poppy seed. Top bagels here with whitefish, smoked salmon, and a variety of schmears. Bagel sandwiches are also available. Keep an eye out for specials. Want those bagels delivered? Hit up the bagel fairy.

The Kosher Gourmet

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Kosher Gourmet butcher shop and market is a staple in the Toco Hills community, and it carries a variety of bagels in traditional flavors, including egg, everything, onion, poppy seed, and pumpernickel. Purchase single bagels or bagels by the half and whole dozen here, along with schmears and toppings. Pick up a kosher deli sandwich for later or some fresh-baked challah, too.

The General Muir

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The General Muir combines a Jewish deli with a bakery and keeps its bagel sandwiches on the menu prix fixe with a plain bagel and set toppings, including smoked salmon with avocado, grapefruit, and dill schmear and smoked trout salad with pickled onions. For those looking to DIY their bagel, flavors choices include everything, sesame, salt, and poppy seed with a variety of toppings, such as lox, gravlax, and scallion caper schmear. A second location is open in Sandy Springs. 

Evergreen Butcher + Baker

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This Kirkwood butcher shop and bakery offers sourdough bagels baked fresh daily at the counter, alongside its various breads, pastries, and other baked goods. Keep an eye on Instagram for specials and holiday offerings here, too.

Goldbergs Fine Foods - Toco Hills

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With seven locations throughout the metro area, the name Goldbergs Fine Foods is well known in Atlanta (there’s two locations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, too.) Sporting a full-service restaurant on one side and a bagel counter on the other, expect bagels here boiled and baked in the traditional way. Goldbergs also keeps its flavors traditional, which include everything, rye, onion, egg, and cinnamon raisin, with bagels topped with lox and schmear, smoked salmon, and even chipotle-avocado cream cheese. There’s a huge selection of breakfast specials at the restaurant as well as giant black and white cookies for purchase by the cash register.

Chef Terry Koval struck bagel gold when he opened B-Side bakery and cafe next door to his Decatur restaurant the Deer and the Dove. This is where to head for Montreal-style bagels. These bagels are first boiled in molasses and then wood-fired in an oven. Expect flavors like sea salt, benne seed, everything, and brown sugar and raisin here and a variety of toppings, including roasted garlic and chive schmear, smoked white fish, hummus, pimento cheese, and pastrami.

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery & Deli

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The bagels at Brooklyn Bagels are kettle boiled before baking, giving bagels here a crispy, blistered crust which helps retain a soft, fluffy inside. Look for traditional bagel flavors, along with a few fun choices on the menu, like rainbow, French toast, bacon cheddar, and chocolate chip. The creative bagel sandwiches and combos from this shop are hard to beat. There’s now a location open at Ansley Mall in Piedmont Heights.

BB's Bagels

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BB’s Bagels (Bronx Bagels) includes a very loyal fanbase of folks living in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The bagels from this shop are New York-style and are hand-rolled before being kettle boiled and baked. Flavors at BB’s range from the traditional, like egg, everything, onion, and garlic, to cranberry, French toast, and chocolate chip. There’s even bialy on the weekends. Top bagels here with a variety of schmears, including olive pimento, horseradish bacon, sun-dried tomato, and strawberry, along with tuna or chicken salad and lox. Beyond bagels, BB’s also serves egg platters, breakfast burritos, chicken sandwiches, and burgers. Make sure to read up on BB’s “Sixteen Commandments”, which include no whining, no custom orders, and no free bagel slicing.

The Bagel Hole

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Located on Peachtree Parkway in Cumming, the Bagel Hole opened during the first summer of the pandemic, but it’s been doing brisk business ever since and has become the source for tried-and-true New York-style bagels and bagel sandwiches in the area. Expect traditional bagel flavors here as well as bialy on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The shop offers schmears, including jalapeno cheddar, chive scallion, and pimento cheddar, as well as whitefish and chicken salads for topping. Try the Hole’y Pastrami sandwich on a choice of bagels made with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing.

Sunny's Bagel & Deli

New York-style bagels, arepas, and empanadas? That’s what this Venezuelan spot in Kennesaw is serving on its menu. While regulars swear by the arepas here, there’s equal praise served up for the bagels at Sunny’s, too. Bagel favors here range from sesame, asiago, and egg to cinnamon raisin, jalapeno, and everything. Bagels can come with schmear or as a sandwich.

101 Bagel Cafe

With locations near the Galleria in Cobb County and in Duluth (and three more metro Atlanta locations in the works,) 101 Bagel Cafe has become a popular spot for bagels and bagel sandwiches over the years. The New York-style water bagels from this shop come topped with schmear, hummus, or even peanut butter. But it’s the bagel sandwiches here that bring folks in, including a corned beef reuben, turkey, bacon, and cheese bagel melt, and an egg and cheese bagel done five ways.

Dear Friend, Bagels @ Spiller Park Coffee

Spiller Park Coffee owner Dale Donchey started making bagels over a decade ago. Now, Donchey has turned his love for baking bagels into a thriving pop-up called Dear Friend, Bagels, with his sights set on eventually opening a dedicated shop and deli in Atlanta. Folks can catch Donchey popping up with bagels at all three Spiller Park locations at Ponce City Market, in Toco Hills, and at his latest location on Marietta Boulevard. The latter will become home base for the bagel operation, which includes flavors like everything, cinnamon sugar, and sumac poppyseed topped with dill or sorghum labneh and sides of sumac pickles. Follow on Instagram for details.

Bagelicious

Bagelicious has been serving up deli classics for over 30 years now. And for many New York transplants, the food and bagels are a taste of home. There are plenty of fresh bagels to choose from at Bagelicious topped with lox, whitefish salad, tomatoes and onions, and caper and scallion schmear. Don’t expect to find fancy bagel flavors. Bagelicious keeps it old school. Make sure to also try the knishes, matzah ball soup, and meaty pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, too. Kosher items available.

Clive Provisions — Bagel Hotline

An online provisions company with a “Bagel Hotline”? That’s right. Located in Reynoldstown, Clive Provisions owner Mae Stewart loves to bake New York-style bagels and typically bakes up fresh batches every week for local delivery to in-town Atlanta residents. Stewart’s bagels have become so popular she now has a dedicated hotline for folks to order via email. Order some Everything Bagel seasoning, too. In-town Atlanta delivery only.

Beeline Bagels

Keep an eye out for this bagel cart around Inman Park. Owned by Niki Hetchkop, who received a grant from the Jewish Federation of Atlanta allowing her to lease commercial kitchen space, the Beeline Bagel cart typically serves New York-style bagels on Fridays and Sundays near the Eastside Beltline. Expect traditional bagel flavors from this cart, including everything, sesame, poppy seed, and salt bagels served with schmears like plain, scallion, strawberry, and honey smash. Follow on Instagram or the Beeline Bagels website for updates.

Bagel Boys Cafe - Perimeter

With locations in Sandy Springs and Alpharetta, Bagel Boys serves fresh-baked bagels in traditional flavors, including everything, sesame, egg, and cinnamon raisin. But the shop does offer some fun flavors, like banana nut, jalapeno cheddar, and chocolate chip. Top a bagel here with everything from schmear, lox, and onions and tomatoes to Nutella and peanut butter. The menu also features hot and cold deli sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Emerald City Bagels

This mother-daughter team first began popping up at farmers markets before the duo opened their popular East Atlanta Village bagel shop in 2018. Slow fermented and boiled, Emerald City  serves a variety of fresh, New York-style bagels daily, which often sell out before noon. Expect flavors ranging from everything, rosemary sea salt, and garlic to pretzel, jalapeno cheddar, and poppy seed. Top bagels here with whitefish, smoked salmon, and a variety of schmears. Bagel sandwiches are also available. Keep an eye out for specials. Want those bagels delivered? Hit up the bagel fairy.

The Kosher Gourmet

Kosher Gourmet butcher shop and market is a staple in the Toco Hills community, and it carries a variety of bagels in traditional flavors, including egg, everything, onion, poppy seed, and pumpernickel. Purchase single bagels or bagels by the half and whole dozen here, along with schmears and toppings. Pick up a kosher deli sandwich for later or some fresh-baked challah, too.

The General Muir

The General Muir combines a Jewish deli with a bakery and keeps its bagel sandwiches on the menu prix fixe with a plain bagel and set toppings, including smoked salmon with avocado, grapefruit, and dill schmear and smoked trout salad with pickled onions. For those looking to DIY their bagel, flavors choices include everything, sesame, salt, and poppy seed with a variety of toppings, such as lox, gravlax, and scallion caper schmear. A second location is open in Sandy Springs. 

Evergreen Butcher + Baker

This Kirkwood butcher shop and bakery offers sourdough bagels baked fresh daily at the counter, alongside its various breads, pastries, and other baked goods. Keep an eye on Instagram for specials and holiday offerings here, too.

Goldbergs Fine Foods - Toco Hills

With seven locations throughout the metro area, the name Goldbergs Fine Foods is well known in Atlanta (there’s two locations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, too.) Sporting a full-service restaurant on one side and a bagel counter on the other, expect bagels here boiled and baked in the traditional way. Goldbergs also keeps its flavors traditional, which include everything, rye, onion, egg, and cinnamon raisin, with bagels topped with lox and schmear, smoked salmon, and even chipotle-avocado cream cheese. There’s a huge selection of breakfast specials at the restaurant as well as giant black and white cookies for purchase by the cash register.

B-Side

Chef Terry Koval struck bagel gold when he opened B-Side bakery and cafe next door to his Decatur restaurant the Deer and the Dove. This is where to head for Montreal-style bagels. These bagels are first boiled in molasses and then wood-fired in an oven. Expect flavors like sea salt, benne seed, everything, and brown sugar and raisin here and a variety of toppings, including roasted garlic and chive schmear, smoked white fish, hummus, pimento cheese, and pastrami.

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery & Deli

The bagels at Brooklyn Bagels are kettle boiled before baking, giving bagels here a crispy, blistered crust which helps retain a soft, fluffy inside. Look for traditional bagel flavors, along with a few fun choices on the menu, like rainbow, French toast, bacon cheddar, and chocolate chip. The creative bagel sandwiches and combos from this shop are hard to beat. There’s now a location open at Ansley Mall in Piedmont Heights.

BB's Bagels

BB’s Bagels (Bronx Bagels) includes a very loyal fanbase of folks living in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The bagels from this shop are New York-style and are hand-rolled before being kettle boiled and baked. Flavors at BB’s range from the traditional, like egg, everything, onion, and garlic, to cranberry, French toast, and chocolate chip. There’s even bialy on the weekends. Top bagels here with a variety of schmears, including olive pimento, horseradish bacon, sun-dried tomato, and strawberry, along with tuna or chicken salad and lox. Beyond bagels, BB’s also serves egg platters, breakfast burritos, chicken sandwiches, and burgers. Make sure to read up on BB’s “Sixteen Commandments”, which include no whining, no custom orders, and no free bagel slicing.

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The Bagel Hole

Located on Peachtree Parkway in Cumming, the Bagel Hole opened during the first summer of the pandemic, but it’s been doing brisk business ever since and has become the source for tried-and-true New York-style bagels and bagel sandwiches in the area. Expect traditional bagel flavors here as well as bialy on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The shop offers schmears, including jalapeno cheddar, chive scallion, and pimento cheddar, as well as whitefish and chicken salads for topping. Try the Hole’y Pastrami sandwich on a choice of bagels made with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing.

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