Baked, boiled, schmeared. What's not to love about these dense, chewy hoops that can carry you through the entire day? Whether you like a classic New York-style bagel with salmon and cream cheese, or the sweeter wood-fired version from Montreal, here's where to get your fix.

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Glick's Bakery

Cafe

The bagelry that started it all in Melbourne. This family-run chain has been a favourite of Melbourne’s Jewish community and bagel lovers alike for more than 40 years, offering affordable kosher baked goods, dips, salads and more.

330 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

Schmucks Bagels

Shop

Schmucks’ seeded grain, dark rye and sesame bagels may lean traditional, but the fillings sure don’t. Consider the Hippie Slicker – a seedy bagel with turmeric roasted cauliflower, tomato, hummus and lemon-dressed watercress.

Guests Lane (off Little Bourke Street), Melbourne

Poppy and Seed Bagelry

Cafe

Here, 18-hour boiled bagels come in eight different varieties: plain, sesame seed, poppy seed, all seeds, dark rye, blueberry, cinnamon raisin and gluten-free. Go for something simple – cream cheese or avocado filling or a housemade spread – or one of the more substantial “sandwich fillings”.

205 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

Mile End Bagels

Cafe

Montreal-style rings from a huge wood-fired oven. They aren’t radically different to the New York-style bagels commonly found in Melbourne. But the subtly denser, sweeter rings comfortably hold their own against the old-school.

14 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Baker Bleu

Shop

The finest sourdough in Melbourne? Attica and Cumulus Inc. certainly seem to think so. Baker Mike Russell – who also happens to make a stellar bagel – has worked in some of Sydney and Melbourne's most iconic bakeries. And the student has become the master.

119/121 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North

Huff Bagelry

Cafe

There are no airs or graces at this family-run operation. Its two cafes – in Carnegie and Mentone – each offer a fast, convenient place to grab a quality bagel with an Allpress coffee. It’s no surprise they were inspired by New York’s simple bagel shops.

13 Como Parade West, Mentone

Bagels Baby

Cafe

Classic lox, brisket and Gruyere, or a cannoli-inspired ricotta and strawberry number? At this reborn butcher's shop on a sunny Pascoe Vale corner, it's all about bagels, baby.

36 Derby St, Pascoe Vale

Stan's Deli and Sandwiches

Cafe

The team behind the slick white-and-green sandwich spot includes co-owners of Leonardo's Pizza Palace, and Frankie's Tortas and Tacos. Go for bagels smeared with whipped ricotta or filled with deli favourites.

248B Glenferrie Road, Malvern

Tuckshop by Comma

Cafe

From the duo behind Moorabin’s neighbourhood go-to Comma Food & Wine, this hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop offers not-so-classic bagels topped with luxe ingredients. Also, locally roasted Allpress coffee for a quick takeaway.

3 Tuck Street, Moorabbin

Bissel B Bagels

Cafe

The soft, fluffy bagels here are named after the Big Apple’s five boroughs. The New Yorker channels a pizza slice, with mozzarella, napoli, salami and basil. And the Brooklyn? It’s a hefty number loaded with pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, homemade pickle and horseradish mayo.

111 Bridge Road, Richmond

Matilda Mont Albert

Cafe

There are a variety of bagels to choose from at this French-leaning milk bar: egg and bacon, haloumi, and smoked salmon – alongside classic ham-and-cheese toasties and a baguette of the day.

15 Arcade Road, Mont Albert North

Five Points

Cafe

Like many cafes around town, this place gets its hoops from Glick's. But it manages to stand out thanks to a range of adventurous fillings. Think Peking duck, pulled pork, Nutella and more.

Shop 1 540 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Bowery to Williamsburg

Cafe

This homage to New York’s Bowery subway station is set up to transport you to an all-American destination, combining the industrial feel of a subway and the efficiency of an American canteen. First stop? An everything bagel with schmear, or filled with new-school combinations.

16 Oliver Lane, Melbourne