When it comes to bagels, we learned that Virginians have strong opinions on which ones are the best. Luckily, there are plenty of bagel shops to choose from, depending on how you like ’em. Whether you want your bagel toasted and generously slathered with cream cheese or packed with savory fillings, there’s a bagel shop on the list for every preference. Virginia boasts quite a lineup of fantastic bagel spots that are a must-try, so browse the list and find one near you!
Nate’s Bagels – Richmond, VA
Our statewide bagel journey kicks off in Richmond with Nate’s Bagels. This local gem offers a variety of handcrafted bagels, each boasting a perfect balance of chewiness and crispness. From classic flavors to innovative combinations, Nate’s Bagels is a favorite among Richmond locals for its dedication to quality and taste. When it comes to sandwiches, we recommend the Ol’ Virginny. If you’re looking for a simple bagel & schmear combo, go with the rosemary sea salt bagel and top it with scallion cream cheese.
Bodo’s Bagels – Charlottesville, VA (Multiple locations)
Heading to Charlottesville, we find Bodo’s Bagels, a bagel institution that has been satisfying cravings for years. Known for their freshly baked bagels and a wide selection of spreads, Bodo’s is a go-to spot for bagel lovers in Charlottesville. Their bagels are boiled and baked to perfection, resulting in that signature chewy texture that bagel aficionados crave. We tried the salt bagel and it was delightfully salty. Don’t let the long lines scare you away, the line moves quickly.
Chewy’s Bagels – Richmond, VA
Chewy’s Bagels is another must-visit spot for bagel lovers in Richmond. Their sourdough bagels are known for their delicious chewiness (obviously) and range of flavors. Sourdough bagels are lighter than a traditional bagel but still deliver that hearty, chewy texture you expect to find in a bagel. It’s unique and we love it. Plus, they don’t skimp on the toppings and seasonings.
Brooklyn Bagel – Arlington, VA
Venturing up to Arlington, you’ll find Brooklyn Bagel, where you can experience the authentic taste of New York-style bagels right in Virginia. These hand-rolled, boiled, and baked bagels are made fresh daily and come in an array of flavors. Pair your bagel with a selection of cream cheeses, or enjoy one of their signature sandwiches named for classic NYC landmarks and neighborhoods.
Yorgo’s Bageldashery- Norfolk, VA
In Norfolk, Yorgo’s Bageldashery has been satisfying local bagel lovers for decades. Yorgo’s exclusively bakes with organic flour to create bagels that are crispy on the outside and delightfully chewy on the inside. Their extensive menu features a variety of toppings and spreads (including vegan options), making it easy to customize your bagel to perfection.
Cupertino’s – Henrico, VA
Cupertino’s is a hidden gem in Richmond’s west end. This no-frills, family-owned spot takes bagel-making seriously, offering a range of bagel flavors and spreads. Their dedication to quality and freshness shines through in every bite, making it a beloved local spot. You can also find Cupertino’s bagels served at local coffee shops like Lamplighter!
Bagel Baker – Virginia Beach, VA
Down by the coast in Virginia Beach, Bagel Baker has made a name for itself with its kettle-boiled, stone-baked bagels – and friendly service. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic bagel and cream cheese or a hearty bagel breakfast or lunch sandwich, Bagel Baker has you covered. They even offer frozen bagels by the half dozen so you can stock your own freezer and never be without a handcrafted bagel.
Sclafani’s – Winchester, VA
In Winchester, we find Sclafani’s, a bagel destination offering various flavors and styles. From the classic plain bagel to specialty options, Sclafani’s New York-style bagels have a devoted following in the area. Whether you love a classic cream cheese smear, prefer traditional lox and capers, or just want a hearty breakfast sandwich, Sclafani’s has something for everyone.
Cinnamon Bear – Harrisonburg, VA
Harrisonburg’s Cinnamon Bear isn’t just pastries. While they are famous for their sweet cinnamon rolls, don’t overlook their house-made bagel offerings. Bagels come in eight flavors and can be topped with cream cheese, butter, or jam, or piled with several savory sandwich fillings such as bacon, egg, and cheese. For a bakery that doesn’t specialize in bagels, Cinnamon Bear still has plenty for a bagel fan to choose from.
Janey’s Bread – Charlottesville, VA
Janey’s Bread is known for her artisanal bread loaves, but she also offers mouthwatering bagels. These sourdough bagels are handcrafted with care from locally milled flours and baked in a woodfired oven, resulting in a texture and flavor that will leave you craving more. You can snag Janey’s bagels at the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market.
Bagel Uprising – Alexandria, VA
In Alexandria, Bagel Uprising is redefining bagel perfection. Their bagels are boiled and baked in small batches for reliable flavor and quality. The result is a bagel that’s crispy on the outside and delightfully chewy on the inside, perfect for your favorite toppings and spreads. And if you ever made yourself a “pizza bagel” as a kid (who didn’t?), your nostalgia will love their lunch-time take on that classic.
Donnie D’s Bagels – Daleville, VA
In Daleville, Donnie D’s Bagels & Deli has become a local favorite for its delicious bagels and welcoming atmosphere. This New York-style deli sells freshly sliced meats and cheese alongside made-to-order breakfast and lunch items. All the traditional bagel options are on offer at Donnie D’s, and lunch sandwiches are served with a side of crispy bagel chips for a double dose of bagel deliciousness.
What’s your favorite bagel in Virginia? Did we miss any tasty spots? Leave us a comment below and let us know!