Best Bagels in Melbourne
Bagels have a murky history. Although they’re believed to be related to the kaak, a ring-shaped Arabic biscuit, most agree that bagels as we know them originated in Poland in the 16th century – a byproduct of the prominent Jewish population there.
A couple of hundred years later, they headed westward – first to the beigel shops of London, then onwards to the bakeries and delis of New York City. And that’s where these boiled, baked beauties really took off. But it took a little while for the NYC-style bagel (and its smaller and sweeter cousin, the Montreal-style bagel) to reach our shores in large quantities.
Here in Melbourne, we have Glick’s to thank for popularising the bagel. The family-run bakery chain has been a favourite of the city's Jewish community and bagel lovers alike for more than 40 years. But we’ve seen an explosion of excellent bagel-based businesses more recently – and they’re selling every style and topping imaginable.