Here’s where to find the best bagels in Singapore
As bagels date back to Jewish communities in Poland in the 17th century, the pasty delight has become increasingly popular outside of Europe – thanks to large Jewish populations in North American states like New York and California.
The bagel itself has a distinct flavor, satisfying chew, and a slightly crispy exterior, making it the perfect container for softer textured ingredients. The most classic pairing is “lox and a schmear,” which includes the addition of salmon fillets in brine and cream cheese. Slices of tomatoes, cucumbers and capers are also typical accompaniments.
In recent years, an influx of local establishments has offered the versatile bread in a multitude of shapes and flavors, so read on for our roundup of Singapore’s best bagels.
Bagel house for two men
Two Men Bagel House has been in the bagel business for a long time. The brand was founded in 2014 and has three outlets to date. It owes its cult to spinning, hand rolling, slow fermentation and daily baking of its bagels. Menus differ by location, with highlights including the classic option of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and dill (S $ 5 ++); Novena’s exclusive ‘Bobow’s which features two fried eggs, bacon and guacamole (S $ 12 ++); and “Cheetos”, a Tanjong Pagar exclusive with two types of ham and cheese (S $ 12 ++). Be sure to plan your visit accordingly, as bagels can sell out as early as noon.
Two Men Bagel House, 103 Irrawaddy Road Royal Square @ Novena # 01-04 Singapore 329566, +65 6251 6601
New York Bagel Factory
NYC Bagel Factory offers authentic New York-style bagels baked every day in Singapore. They’re dense, chewy, and feature a slightly crunchy exterior, thanks to the use of high-quality ingredients, such as protein-rich wheat flour and brown sugar. Choose from six flavors (think whole wheat, blueberry, and cinnamon raisin) and be sure to pair it with the brand’s own cream cheese.
NYC Bagel Factory, 7 Buroh Lane, Commonwealth Capital, Singapore 618291
Baker & Cook
The artisan bakery chain Baker & Cook offers a wide range of freshly baked breads, and their bagels are no exception. Choose from the range of plain, onion and blueberry flavors and enjoy your choice with a side of cream cheese and jam. Brand founder Dan Brettschneider also has a baking school, perfect for those who want to learn more about the bread they are slicing. Bagels are available at all points of sale.
Baker & Cook, 30C Loewen Road Singapore 248839, +65 6251 1098
Local restaurant chain Wild Honey is known for its generous all-day breakfasts. Start your morning with an order of “I Love New York,” which includes a hand-rolled sesame bagel, smoked salmon, caramelized onions and scrambled eggs with sturgeon. If that’s not enough for you, head to the Scotts Square store for the New York smoked fish and bagel platter. The three tier portion includes generous portions of smoked salmon and salmon pastrami; hand-rolled sesame bagels; two types of cream cheese, and more.
Wild Honey, # 03-01, 6 Scotts Square 6 Scotts Rd Singapore 228209, +65 6636 1816
Sesame & Bagels
Sesame & Bagels is a central kitchen offering hand-rolled bagels made from scratch. Savor variations such as sea salt and pepper, blueberry and onion (S $ 2.50 each), and enjoy with your choice of schmear (think cream cheese with salmon and avocado and with feta). Other highlights include the soft homemade milk bread (S $ 6) and the zesty carrot bread (S $ 16). The property only takes bulk orders of at least 50 bagels, but don’t worry, it is also possible to share the order with others.
Can you call yourself a sandwich lover if you’ve never been to Sarnies? We think no, but that’s not all Telok Ayer Street has to offer. Bagels are also part of the business here, each made on site and generously topped with classic toppings like bologna with basil pesto or smoked salmon and cream cheese. Pair it with one of the establishment’s famous cuppas, made with freshly roasted blends or single-origin beans, and you’re done.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068601, +65 8284 2146
It’s not every day you’ll come across a nasi lemak bagel sandwich, but if it’s not unorthodox what you want, the local Able Bagel “bagelry” will have you covered. The above-mentioned bagel is a cheeky take on the local classic, featuring ikan notes, sambal chili, a fried egg and a juicy fried chicken cutlet sandwiched between a deliciously flavored Lemak coconut bagel. If you like the classics, you’ll love the Love you Lox !, a hearty layered sandwich with cured salmon, shallots, red onions and capers. Otherwise, order a box of bagels – flavors range from Cinnamon Raisin to Furikake – and you’ll have breakfast sorted for a week.
ONALU Bagel Haus
This bagel house is popular with SMU students for a reason, and it’s not just because it’s located right on campus. The latest bagel house to join the scene has become known for its expansive hearty sandwich menu, which includes Deviled Spam (a culpable marriage of spam, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, and mashed stuffed eggs), as well as the Bogogi Beef (a Korean-inspired meal consisting of Bulgogi beef, sunny side up and Korean coleslaw). Vegetarians are not left out either; Porter’s Belly and Jam & Nutty are great options for any afternoon lunch.
ONALU Bagel Haús, 60 Stamford Rd # 01-11 Singapore 178900, +65 8268 5900
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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.