Stop at these top Calgary bagel shops

They’re low key, but Calgary is home to quite a few bagel shops, and good ones at that. Most serve a take on the Montreal- or European-style bagel, which is first boiled and then baked in a wood oven. These are some of the finest such spots.

Montreal Bagels

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103-8408 Elbow Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 1K7

Service is simple in this cafeteria-style bagel spot: Montreal Bagels sells four kinds of bagels baked in its wood-burning oven. Order individually or by the dozen. Top a single with butter, peanut butter or cream cheese or fill it with either lox or Montreal smoked meat. Now, leave the shop and find the nearest possible place in which to wolf that bagel down.

Redheads Japa Cafe

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105-638 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E2

This little downtown café serves fresh bagels daily, which it humbly describes as the best in the West and “maybe anywhere.” Indeed brag-worthy, these babies are boiled and baked in a wood-oven as they should be. Eight flavours include sesame, cinnamon-raisin and jalapeño.

Bagelino's

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809 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1Z5

Another boiled-and-baked purist, Bagelino’s serves eat-in or take-out bagels made from scratch and hand rolled. Its more exotic flavours include apple-cinnamon, sun-dried tomato and spinach with feta. Also choose from eight “bagelwiches” such as the pastrami-filled New Yorker and the ham-and-turkey Club Dijonaise.

Bell's Bookstore & Cafe

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1515 34 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2B1

This neighbourhood bookshop and café in Glenbrook serves its own locally roasted house-blend coffee as well as pastries, plus from-scratch soups and sandwiches. Bagels are also on the menu, including multigrain and gluten-free varieties. Choose from a variety of fillings.

Grumans Catering & Delicatessen

AB

This Jewish restaurant and deli in Beltline serves a selection of deli sandwiches that include Montreal smoked meat on rye and mains like chicken-pot pie as well as one lone bagel. But what a bagel it is! Gruman’s stellar bagel with cream cheese and lox is dressed with capers and red onion and paired with a light, green salad.

Myhre's Deli

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1411 11 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G7

A Montreal smoked meat shack, Myhre’s also serves a tres bon selection of other sandwiches including a roasted turkey and the grilled tuna and the grilled Reuben is a crowd pleaser. Also on the menu? You guessed it, bagel with lox. This one is topped with cream cheese, capers and BC smoked salmon.

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