Your Guide to Toronto’s Bagel Shops

Bagels are the optimal canvas for a variety of heavenly toppings, including the classic lox and cream cheese and the bacon-egg-cheese breakfast vibe, or even on their own, warm out of the oven and slathered in butter. These Toronto spots are the best destinations to get your bagel fix, and many of them bake theirs daily in-house – so make sure to go early for a fresh, piping hot bagel (or a dozen to tote home!)

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Schmaltz Appetizing

This small, Jewish-style spot on Dupont whips up beautifully house-cured lox, creamy whitefish salad and chopped liver, to be paired with scallion or horseradish infused cream cheeses and piled high on top of chewy bagels. You can also take home smoked and cured fish in bulk, or have them cater your next lunchtime shindig.


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What a Bagel

Anyone who has ever walked by one of What a Bagel’s Toronto locations knows just how intoxicating the smell of their doughy, freshly-baked bagels is. Choose from a variety of cheeses, veggies and proteins to create a custom bagel sandwich, or nibble on one of their sweet rolls and pastries. 


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Primrose Bagel

What started as a mobile popup across the city is now about to open its first storefront at St. Clair and Oakwood, to a crowd of eager Toronto fans who have become hooked on these bagels. They’re hand-rolled and malt-boiled for that coveted fluffy interior, while maintaining a sturdy outer layer that then gets dusted with seeds, spices or oats and can be topped with cream cheeses, smoked fish or sweet spreads. 


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Gryfe’s Bagels

This tiny, cash-only shop in North York has been open since the 50s and bakes some of the most distinctly wonderful bagels you’ll probably every try. Gryfe’s light, slightly-sweet bagels define a category of their own, and the store produces over 1,000 of them daily. Go early to grab some fresh out of the oven and pick up spreads, eggs and juice to tote home for brunch, or find them sold at several retailers across the city.


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The Bagel House

Looking for the best Montreal-style bagels in the city? Go no further than The Bagel House, where the dense, chewy bagels can be enjoyed by the dozen. Their famous bagel breakfast sandwiches are a must-try, topped with fried egg, melty cheese and bacon, sausage or turkey.


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Nu Bugel

Fired in a wood burning oven, the bagels at Nu Bugel are available in seven flavours including: plain, poppy, sesame, onion, everything, coconut and whole wheat. They also have an extensive selection of bagel sandwiches with combinations like lox and cream cheese or spicy black bean hummus with avocado. Nu Bugel is the perfect place to grab breakfast in the bustling Kensington Market.

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