The honest bagel is so versatile, it can be a comforting on-the-go breakfast, a nutritious lunch, or even a dessert. Whether you’re on the search for a New York-style bagel or a localised bagel stuffed with pork floss and mochi, Hong Kong’s bagel offering is on a steady and very welcome rise. Read on for our list of stores and cafés serving up the best bagels in Hong Kong.
Bagels Alley — Central
This café/bakery named for its location tucked into the side of a towering office building just off Queen’s Road Central doesn’t have perfectly round, picture-perfect bagels, but it really doesn’t matter because these are the real deal.
While not the most fluffy, the flavour and density of the bagels themselves are what you expect from a New York-style bagel. What we really like is the variety of bagel spreads, from onion and chive cream cheese or spicy cheddar cream cheese, to hummus or Nutella and peanut butter. You can go the simple route and get one of the four signature bagels with a healthy swipe of creamy spread, or get one of the bagel sandwiches like the Pastrami Bomb exploding with pastrami, pickles, Swiss cheese, and arugula.
Shop A1, G/F, Haleson Building, 1 Jubilee St, Central | +852 9793 8401
Schragels Bagels — Central, Sheung Wan
We dare say that if you want the most authentic New York bagels in Hong Kong, you’ll find them at Schragels. The bagel recipe was passed down from owner Rebecca Schrage’s grandparents, who operated Jewish delis in 1950s New York. Freshly kettle-boiled and stone-baked every morning, this bagel store supplies bagels to restaurants and hotels in Hong Kong and Macau, and can be found in Citysuper, Elephant Grounds, The Peninsula Hong Kong, and more. They also serve all-day breakfast and latkes at their Sheung Wan location.
Central: 37 Graham St | +852 9730 6727
Sheung Wan: 104 Jervois St | +852 9667 3709
Levain Bakery — Quarry Bay, Wan Chai, Discovery Bay
Levain Bakery is following the true sourdough way, making breads and pastries that don’t take shortcuts throughout the fermentation process. They use 100% levain to leaven their bread, which results in a moister crumb and more complex flavour than doughs risen with dry yeast. They are one of the few places in town offering honest sourdough bagels that are truly good for your gut, and also serve delicious, thoughtful desserts and artisanal coffee at all three of their locations.
Quarry Bay: Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Novum East, 856 King’s Rd | +852 3482 1172
Wan Chai: Shop A, G/F, No. 138-144 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai | +852 2708 8112
Discovery Bay: Shop G63, G/F, DB Plaza (Block C) | +852 2726 4922
Blendit — Prince Edward
Blendit boasts the most health-minded bagels in Hong Kong with their “superfood” New York-style bagels that are packed with superfood powders. They offer more than 20 unique bagel flavours, including spirulina, curry, blueberry, mixed berry, and coriander. Besides sweet and savoury bagels and bagel sandwiches, the bagel shop also offers fruit smoothies and their own superfood powder mixes. You can find Blendit bagels at their Prince Edward store, as well as at N.O.T. Coffee (locations in Causeway Bay and Central).
73 Lai Chi Kok Rd, Prince Edward | +852 5334 0188
R&R Bagels — Central, North Point, Wan Chai
R&R Bagels serves a huge spread of bagel sandwiches (and coffee from local specialty coffee shop Blend & Grind!) to office crowds from their three locations on Hong Kong Island. While some breakfast sandwiches are only available until 11am on weekdays or 12:30pm on weekends, the majority are available all day long. You can order bagels, as well as salads, soups, and pastries online 24 hours in advance for delivery or pick-up, perfect for catering a big office breakfast or Sunday family brunch. R&R also makes their own luscious bagel spreads, from fresh strawberry cream cheese to tangy, salty sun-dried tomato cream cheese.
Central: 28 Li Yuen St W, Central | +852 2178 5168
North Point: 1/F, City Garden Block 1, 233 Electric Rd | +852 2995 3563
Wan Chai: G/F, 17 Burrows St | +852 6998 5614
Indigo Coffee — Sheung Wan
On the scene since 2022, this adorable coffee shop near the hipster neighbourhood that is Po Hing Fong serves up build-your-own bagels where you can choose from three bagel flavours, sweet and salty toppings, and cream cheese spreads. Take your pick from their adorably illustrated menus (we recommend the salted caramel latte on the caffeine side of things, and the trusty blueberry cream cheese bagel or CLT [chicken breast, lettuce, tomato] if you don’t have time to craft your own). We really like this bagel spot for simple, consistently high quality bagels on a lazy weekend roam.
1A Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan | +852 9433 1749
Bforbagel by 404 LOT FINE — Mong Kok
Bforbagel does small batches of handmade bagels with artisanal flavours like peanut butter chocolate, black tea grapefruit passionfruit cheese, or black sesame salted egg yolk mochi. They offer group purchasing from various pop-up locations, so you can get a big, cost-effective batch of bagels, freeze for up to a month, and reheat them at home. (Watch their Instagram for announcements of when ordering windows open.) This is our favourite bagel spot for creative bagel flavours that change nearly every season!
G/F, New Man Lee Building, 10 Soy St, Mong Kok | email@example.com
Morty’s — Central, Wan Chai
Everyone’s favourite New York delicatessan collaborates with Schragels, taking their bagels as a blank slate and pairing them with their amazing smoked meats to make perfect breakfast bagels, ranging from HK$75 to HK$90. These are available only at their Central location from 8am to 10:30am. All meats are prepped, smoked, and cured in-house over a 45-day aging process. Besides bagels, Morty’s also does mean reubens and pastrami sandwiches.
Central: Shop 2-14, LG/F, 1 Connaught Place | +852 3665 0900
Wan Chai: 8-10 Wing Fung St | +852 3665 0890
Bagel Gogo — Hung Hom
Bagel Gogo has taken the much-loved bagel and put a completely unique local twist on it. Each bagel is viewed through the lens of Asian flavours, with such combos as the chicken chop with pineapple or black sugar mochi, pork floss, and taro. The bagel base itself is denser than traditionally done to create a more stable base for the plethora of other ingredients. Manned by just two employees, expect to wait a bit longer for your bagel, but we can guarantee you won’t be bored with the result.
35 Sung Chi St, Hung Hom | +852 6644 5731
Monsoon Bagel — Online
One of many online bagel shops in Hong Kong, but our pick for quality, is Monsoon Bagel. On top of classic flavours like everything and cheddar cheese, they also offer fun flavours like earl grey tea and tangerine and pistachio cheese. (You have to try the fruit sandwich bagels inspired by fluffy Japanese fruit sandies!) As an online store, they funnel money that would normally go toward rent to experimenting on offerings such as the ChaTra mini bagels. Monsoon also sells yummy scones, croffles, and cakes.
Header image credits: Morty’s