Mendel Glick opened the very first Glick’s Bakery in 1968. Reviving an old European method for boiled bagels, the Polish-born Holocaust survivor’s kosher bakery soon became a household name. More than 50 years – and multiple Melbourne locations – later, Glick’s bagels and challah are staples in Jewish households around Australia.

If you find yourself on Carlisle Street on a Friday morning (the eve of Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest), it’s not uncommon to see a line out the door with punters coming by the stock up on supplies. Keep an eye out for special treats on Jewish holidays – the chocolate-covered honey cake that’s appeared around Jewish New Year is a must.

As for the year-round options, its renowned bagels come in sweet and savoury varieties and can be tweaked with different toppings and spreads. The everything bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers is a standout. Along with your challah, don’t forget to pick up some egg dip for an ideal weekend morning breakfast.

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Updated: October 10th, 2023

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