6 Places To Find The Best Bagels In San Diego

Oh the perfect bagel — pillowy and soft with a thick spread of cream cheese…

There’s nothing like a piping-hot cup of Saturday morning coffee followed by a memorable bagel (particularly, when such an act is done outside in the warmth of the San Diego sun).

From coastal North County to bustling downtown, we’ve rounded up 6 spots to find the best bagels throughout the city.

Dive in and get your dough on!

1. PL Bagels

Pumpernickle, garlic, onion, sourdough — PL bagels in Point Loma is the place to make your savory bagel dreams come true. They boast creative options for cream cheese like garlic, bacon and basil. When you go, keep in mind that the signage on the building gets straight to the point and just reads “bagels”.

2. The Daily Bagel

Located in La Jolla, The Daily Bagel is a classic cafe known for its tuna melt bagel with lox, onions, capers and tomato. They also make a mean bagel sandwich with all the good veggie toppings. Oh, and they have coconut lattes, too.

3. Brooklyn Bagel Company

This New York style bagel company in downtown San Diego is famous for their made-from-scratch bites. If you’re looking to get crazy, you can experiment with options like “The Undisputed Best” which features a pile of hot pastrami atop cheddar cheese and an over-easy egg on the bagel of your choice.

4. BCB Cafe

BCB Cafe (Big City Bagel) in Hillcrest boils fresh rolled bagels every day in a 200-gallon kettle. You can opt for unique options like the chicken pesto melt bagel sandwich or go with a gooey and bubbled pepperoni pizza bagel. At the BCB, cheese is the big cheese.

5. Golden Bagel Café

Eat well and share the happiness — so goes the “golden cheers” one may find at Golden Bagel Café in El Cajon. Their bagels are baked fresh, Kosher approved, and come in 25 varieties. Plus, their spreads, like basil pesto on the savory side, and fig and goat cheese on the sweet side, are natural! They even offer topping options like almond butter and mascarpone.

6. 101 Bagels & Subs

Come for the GT Kombucha on tap and nitro cold brew and stay for the nacho cheese bagel at 101 Bagels in Oceanside. They also are known to carry fruity pebble marshmallow treats for dessert. And, Bill Murray has been sighted there.

Whether you’re looking for your weekend bagel fix or venturing out at sunrise to start the day, you can’t beat these 6 bagel stops!

Grab a pal, snag a coffee, and soak in the contentment that can only come from eating a perfectly executed bagel.

See you there!