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Jakob Layman

17 Destinations for Supreme Bagel Satisfaction in LA

California is the new bagel capital of America

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A lineup of bagels from Layla Bagels.
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California has gone big on bagels in recent years, thanks in part to a glowing profile of several Los Angeles and San Francisco spots in the New York Times. Thankfully, Los Angeles is more than capable of living up to the hype, with trucks, shops, delis, and strip mall setups spread across the Southland serving fantastic bagels. While folks may eye-roll at the Courage Bagel lines or the weekend crowds at Yeastie Boys, there’s no denying that Los Angeles is suddenly a bagel city. Here are some of the best spots to try right now.

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Hank's Bagels

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Hank’s Bagels, which opened in Burbank in late 2019, is a mostly takeaway spot with hand-rolled bagels served with schmear or as sandwiches. Owner Trevor Faris has even expanded to Sherman Oaks and Calabasas, giving greater LA eaters even more choice.

Hank’s bagel sandwich in Burbank on a plastic tray with paper.
Hank’s Bagels
Farley Elliott

Bagel & Slice

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Bagel and Slice leans into the quality of its bakes for both its pizza and its bagels. Head over in the morning for egg sandwiches, lots of lox, and even gluten-free bagel options.

Smoked salmon topped bagel from Bagel and Slice.
Lox on a Bagel & Slice bagel
Wonho Frank Lee

Belle’s Bagels

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Belle’s Bagels is hands down one of the best bagel-makers in LA, and there are weekend crowds to prove it. Ownership turns out hundreds and hundreds of bagels per week, and soon they’ll be opening up a modern deli of sorts in the former Côté Est Bspace on York Boulevard in Highland Park.

Courage Bagels

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Is there a hotter bagel in Los Angeles right now than Courage in Virgil Village? The sorta-Montreal, sorta-California style fits perfectly with the modern bagel scene. Don’t be afraid if these are crispier and more burnished than the average bagel place; that’s a good thing.

Yeastie Boys Bagels

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The Yeastie Boys bagel truck is an LA behemoth, with multiple trucks and lots of clout — including a recent Taco Bell collaboration. Marrying Jewish grandmother flavors with overclocked egg and cheese preparations and rap lyrics, the place has become a street food staple for LA. Follow the truck on Instagram for the latest schedule.

Maury's

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There may be no better bagel stop anywhere in Los Angeles than Maury’s, though personal preference certainly has a role to play in such decisions. Stop in for a taste of Jason Kaplan’s wares, but know that on busy weekend mornings there will certainly be a wait at the tiny corner shop.

The Bagel Broker

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Beverly Boulevard option the Bagel Broker has been doing its thing for more than 30 years, which is plenty of time to establish a loyal following among the neighbors in the deeply Jewish community. The breakfast egg sandwiches are a particular hit with locals and commuters alike.

Sam's Bagels

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Sam’s is a staple Los Angeles shop, the kind of workaday option that diners in Santa Monica or Larchmont can rely on, day in and day out. They’ve got few frills, little social media presence, and none of the flash or hype — and that’s just fine by them.

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery

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Brooklyn Bagel Bakery is about as old-school as it gets. For generations, LA diners have lined up to score from the small shop in the Westlake area, even after a partial building collapse that left the business on the ropes. Today the small takeaway operation remains a hit with anyone looking for a simple bagel or more robust breakfast sandwich.

Hot Water Bagels

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This itinerant pop-up is the upstart new bagel operator of the bunch. With a focus on airy seeded bagels served with lox and other staples, this roving setup has everyone turning heads.

Pop’s Bagels

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Pop’s started as a catering operation and kept a stall at Smorgasburg in the Before Times. Now, the one-time pop-up bagel shop owned by Zach Liporace has gone legit, with a slew of locations across Brentwood, Culver City, Beverly Hills, and Fairfax.

Unity Bagels

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Unity is the pop-up bagel stand that could. The small farmers market upstart doesn’t have the legions of followers of some more recently-famous spots, but still turns out delightful combinations like the onion bagel Nemo sandwich with smoked salmon and chive cream cheese, and more.

Unity Bagels bagel with lox in Downtown LA
Unity Bagels
Farley Elliott

Jyan Isaac Bread

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Young bread baker Jyan Isaac has become a Westside phenomenon, so it’s no wonder that his crew’s push into the world of bagels has been well received. The Ocean Park Boulevard restaurant buzzes with life most weekend mornings, with customers lining up for quick-service bagels at the ready.

Layla Bagels

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Right next door to Jyan Isaac is Layla Bagels, an unaffiliated corner shop that sells coffee and bagel sandwiches mostly. The place draws its own heavy crowds almost daily, and with a focus on seasonal ingredients and light, slightly chewy bagels, it’s not hard to see why.

A close up shot of a seeded bagel with cucumbers and red onions and more.
Layla Bagels.
Jakob Layman

Lodge Bread Company

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Lodge Bread Co. certainly gets points for uniqueness, as the only true Jerusalem-style bagel bakery on this list. While it’s far from the only thing this multi-unit bakery serves, the long, crispy bagels are among the best items on the menu.

Hip Venice bakery Gjusta still seems to do just about everything well. That includes bagels, which come adorned with lox, sprouts, onions, and more. The hardest part is finding a place to sit before devouring the whole thing.

Boil & Bake

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Don’t be put off by the distance; Boil & Bake is worth the drive from Los Angeles. This Orange County operation has legions of fans who will happily line up outside the Costa Mesa strip mall space, ready for breakfast sandwiches and whatever else owner Carlos Perez has in mind.

A close overhead shot of red salmon and capers and onions and dill on a bagel inside of a paper container at restaurant Boil and Bake.
Boil and Bake
Jenn Tanaka

Hank's Bagels

Hank’s Bagels, which opened in Burbank in late 2019, is a mostly takeaway spot with hand-rolled bagels served with schmear or as sandwiches. Owner Trevor Faris has even expanded to Sherman Oaks and Calabasas, giving greater LA eaters even more choice.

Hank’s bagel sandwich in Burbank on a plastic tray with paper.
Hank’s Bagels
Farley Elliott

Bagel & Slice

Bagel and Slice leans into the quality of its bakes for both its pizza and its bagels. Head over in the morning for egg sandwiches, lots of lox, and even gluten-free bagel options.

Smoked salmon topped bagel from Bagel and Slice.
Lox on a Bagel & Slice bagel
Wonho Frank Lee

Belle’s Bagels

Belle’s Bagels is hands down one of the best bagel-makers in LA, and there are weekend crowds to prove it. Ownership turns out hundreds and hundreds of bagels per week, and soon they’ll be opening up a modern deli of sorts in the former Côté Est Bspace on York Boulevard in Highland Park.

Courage Bagels

Is there a hotter bagel in Los Angeles right now than Courage in Virgil Village? The sorta-Montreal, sorta-California style fits perfectly with the modern bagel scene. Don’t be afraid if these are crispier and more burnished than the average bagel place; that’s a good thing.

Yeastie Boys Bagels

The Yeastie Boys bagel truck is an LA behemoth, with multiple trucks and lots of clout — including a recent Taco Bell collaboration. Marrying Jewish grandmother flavors with overclocked egg and cheese preparations and rap lyrics, the place has become a street food staple for LA. Follow the truck on Instagram for the latest schedule.

Maury's

There may be no better bagel stop anywhere in Los Angeles than Maury’s, though personal preference certainly has a role to play in such decisions. Stop in for a taste of Jason Kaplan’s wares, but know that on busy weekend mornings there will certainly be a wait at the tiny corner shop.

The Bagel Broker

Beverly Boulevard option the Bagel Broker has been doing its thing for more than 30 years, which is plenty of time to establish a loyal following among the neighbors in the deeply Jewish community. The breakfast egg sandwiches are a particular hit with locals and commuters alike.

Sam's Bagels

Sam’s is a staple Los Angeles shop, the kind of workaday option that diners in Santa Monica or Larchmont can rely on, day in and day out. They’ve got few frills, little social media presence, and none of the flash or hype — and that’s just fine by them.

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery is about as old-school as it gets. For generations, LA diners have lined up to score from the small shop in the Westlake area, even after a partial building collapse that left the business on the ropes. Today the small takeaway operation remains a hit with anyone looking for a simple bagel or more robust breakfast sandwich.

Hot Water Bagels

This itinerant pop-up is the upstart new bagel operator of the bunch. With a focus on airy seeded bagels served with lox and other staples, this roving setup has everyone turning heads.

Pop’s Bagels

Pop’s started as a catering operation and kept a stall at Smorgasburg in the Before Times. Now, the one-time pop-up bagel shop owned by Zach Liporace has gone legit, with a slew of locations across Brentwood, Culver City, Beverly Hills, and Fairfax.

Unity Bagels

Unity is the pop-up bagel stand that could. The small farmers market upstart doesn’t have the legions of followers of some more recently-famous spots, but still turns out delightful combinations like the onion bagel Nemo sandwich with smoked salmon and chive cream cheese, and more.

Unity Bagels bagel with lox in Downtown LA
Unity Bagels
Farley Elliott

Jyan Isaac Bread

Young bread baker Jyan Isaac has become a Westside phenomenon, so it’s no wonder that his crew’s push into the world of bagels has been well received. The Ocean Park Boulevard restaurant buzzes with life most weekend mornings, with customers lining up for quick-service bagels at the ready.

Layla Bagels

Right next door to Jyan Isaac is Layla Bagels, an unaffiliated corner shop that sells coffee and bagel sandwiches mostly. The place draws its own heavy crowds almost daily, and with a focus on seasonal ingredients and light, slightly chewy bagels, it’s not hard to see why.

A close up shot of a seeded bagel with cucumbers and red onions and more.
Layla Bagels.
Jakob Layman

Lodge Bread Company

Lodge Bread Co. certainly gets points for uniqueness, as the only true Jerusalem-style bagel bakery on this list. While it’s far from the only thing this multi-unit bakery serves, the long, crispy bagels are among the best items on the menu.

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Gjusta

Hip Venice bakery Gjusta still seems to do just about everything well. That includes bagels, which come adorned with lox, sprouts, onions, and more. The hardest part is finding a place to sit before devouring the whole thing.

Boil & Bake

Don’t be put off by the distance; Boil & Bake is worth the drive from Los Angeles. This Orange County operation has legions of fans who will happily line up outside the Costa Mesa strip mall space, ready for breakfast sandwiches and whatever else owner Carlos Perez has in mind.

A close overhead shot of red salmon and capers and onions and dill on a bagel inside of a paper container at restaurant Boil and Bake.
Boil and Bake
Jenn Tanaka

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