Just a little schmear: The best bagels in Edmonton

Nothing quite says brunch like a bagel with lox and a schmear (spread). This bread product has been around for hundreds of years and originated in Poland in the early 17th Century. Whether you prefer the Montreal‐style (smaller and crunchier) or the New York‐style (puffy and moist crust) of bagels, you can enjoy your bagels any way you like.

Hendrickson Bagels

14-52 Brentwood Blvd, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 2H6

This company has been a staple in the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market for more than 12 years. As their name suggests, their focus is on bagels, and pretty yummy ones at that. With 15 varieties, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes. They also sell cream cheeses and homemade spreads to accompany your bagels. My favs are blueberry and cheddar jalapeño bagels.

The Great Canadian Bagel

10450 42 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6X4

They serve doughier, chewier bagels that are neither Montreal of New York-style. They come in a variety of flavours but my favourite thing to get here is pizza bagels, preferably one of their daily varieties.

Bonton Bakery

8720 149 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5R 1B6

Hand-made daily, their fresh bagels are available in two sizes: mini and large. Their cheese bagel makes the perfect bookend for a savoury sandwich, while the sesame bagel is great with a variety of cream cheeses.

New York Bagel Cafe

8430 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4B4

This cute brunch spot serves up all breakfasts with a variety of bagel flavours. Try a classic breakfast with an everything bagel, or eggs benny on pumpernickel. It’s an unassuming little restaurant with simple furniture and even simpler decor, but the food is worth dropping by.

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