Below is a list of the top and leading Bagel Shops in Wellington. To help you find the best Bagel Shops located near you in Wellington we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Wellington’s Best Bagel Shops:
The top rated Bagel Shops in Wellington are:
- Best Ugly Bagels – Canadian-inspired bagels
- Wholly Bagels & Pizza – a taste of the traditional bagels of New Yorkers
- Zaida’s – classic bagel recipe from Poland
- Pickle & Pie – has an all-day bagel menu
- Common Ground Cafe – NZ’s favourite bread filled with healthy ingredients
Best Ugly Bagels
Best Ugly Bagels is patterned after the wood-fired bagels seen on the streets of Montreal in the 80s. The unique aroma delivered by the wood-fired oven and the handmade goodness in every bagel inspired Al to bring this wonderful treat to New Zealand. To obtain that exact flavour and texture, Al and his team underwent intensive bagel-making training from the world’s best-tasting bagel makers in Saint Viateur, Montreal. The Wellington-based bagel shop has veggie and classic bagels. Vege bagels can either be served with tomato, avocado and basil, the white rabbit, jelly tip, or the Swiss melt.
Vege Bagels: Swiss Melt, Jelly Tip, White Rabbit, Tab, Classics: Yodi, Tuna Melt, Boss Hog, King Salmon, Mean Joe Green
“Super tasty bagel with a generous slathering of their homemade hazelnut/chocolate spread. The coffee was really good and came quickly. I’ll definitely be stopping by the next time I go through Wellington airport.” –Clinton van Zyl
Wholly Bagels & Pizza
Wholly Bagels & Pizza utilizes the bagel-making techniques of New Yorkers. Their American bagel-inspired menu means bagels freshly prepared from a luscious combination of salt, water, yeast, brown sugar, and flour. Freshly baked bagels are served at Wholly Bagels & Pizza and they are proud of their artificial flavourings and preservative-free bagels. Try the cream cheese bagel served with coffee for breakfast or explore the gourmet section featuring the Wellingtonian bagel filled with roast beef, onion marmalade, pate, tomato, and spinach and the Big Schnitz bagel with chicken schnitzel, tomato, red onion, lettuce, salsa, relish, cheese, and mayonnaise.
Naked Bagels: Plain | Onion | Everything | Tomato Basil Jalapeno Cheddar | Rock Salt | Nine Grain Cinnamon Raisin | Poppy | Chocolate Chip Wholemeal | Blueberry | Sesame, Mini Bagel, Gourmet Bagels: Big Schnitz, Wellingtonian, Reuben, Woodstock, Salmon, Pilgrim, Peacemaker, Wholly Guacamole, Classic Bagels, Breakfast Bagels
“I personally love the veggie on rock salt bagel. Bummed that they don’t have a central city location anymore. I reckon they’re better than Best Ugly.” –Kim Sheehan
Zaida’s started its operations in the 80s, pioneering the art of bagel-making which is now considered the favourite snack of New Zealanders. Its name was inspired by the first bagel maker in the family, Charlie Chait, also fondly called Zaida by his grandchildren who was originally from Poland. He was already baking bagels as early as 1920 and has passed his well-kept recipe to his family. Bagels at Zaida’s have that unique texture and chewy goodness that keeps diners craving for more. These handmade bagels are boiled first before being baked in the oven to achieve that perfect harmony of texture and taste.
Bagels: Mini, Large, Artisan Bread
“Relaxed ambience good food and friendly/welcoming staffs… What more do you need!!” –Niraj Shrestha
Pickle & Pie
Pickle & Pie lets diners enjoy bagels throughout the day with their mouth-watering menu highlighting the freshest ingredients in the country. The capital city-based deli shop specializes in NYC-inspired bagels prepared and baked to perfection by its resident chef, Tim Tracey. They operate from Mondays to Sundays with varied timings. It is a 7 am to 8:30 pm operation from Mondays to Fridays, while Saturday operations are from 8 am to 8:30 in the evening. On Sundays, they are open from 8 am until 4 pm only. The breakfast and lunch bagel menu named everything seed bagels can be a choice between lox salmon paired with capers, cream cheese, pickles, and dill or avocado mixed with caramelized onion, beetroot hummus, rocket, and walnut zaatar.
Breakfast: ‘Everything’ Seed Bagels, Deli sandwiches: Lox Salmon Bagel, Avocado & Beetroot Hummus Bagel
“Excellent service and inviting food with seasonal twist-love the outdoor seating with a green view. Coffee is a little on the light side for those liking a more intense brew.” –Sarah Clark
Common Ground Cafe
Common Ground Cafe is a popular hotspot for friends, families, coworkers who want to enjoy their favourite meals over a good chat. The eatery is located at the Moorefield Road of Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand serving an irresistible breakfast and brunch menu made from the finest local ingredients. Its ideal location attracts a long line of customers during rush hours willing to battle the long lines just to have a taste of their bagel menu. A favourite item on the menu is the avocado on a toasted bagel and the salmon bagel. The avocado on toasted bagel fuses healthy items like the avocado, lemon, feta cheese and dried chilli flakes with a perfectly baked bagel.
Avocado on Toasted Bagel, Salmon Bagel
“We’ve visited a few times now, trying counter food and the cooked menu and every time the food has been excellent. Great coffee, and particularly love the scones, salmon bagel, and the vegetarian cooked breakfast. Always friendly service as well – so nice to have a cafe of this calibre in Johnsonville!” –Cathi Napp