Where to Find the Best Bagels in St. Louis

best bagels st louis

I am not a particularly braggy person, but neither am I unnecessarily humble. There are a great many things I am bad at. However, there is one thing that I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I excel at — eating bagels.

A bagel, to me, is a gift from the gods. Much like my favorite regional delicacy, the gooey butter cake, bagels were thought to be created by accident. This accident is proof of divinity, or at least of a universe that is not ambivalent towards humankind.

I’ve eaten… a lot of bagels. I’ve eaten more bagels than is strictly reasonable to announce to the internet, but suffice it to say, if there is a bagel option, I am going to take it.

That’s why today, I’m sharing my 5 best bagel places in St. Louis.

Map of the Best Bagels in St. Louis

Best Family-Run: Bagel Factory

Bagel Factory is at the top of my list for several reasons. First and foremost, the asiago bagel makes my eyes tear up and my head slowly shake, an absolute indicator of a banging bagel. With the jalapeno-cheddar cream cheese? Get out of here, that’s delicious.

Secondly, this place is just… good! Not only are the bagels, cream cheeses, salads, and other offerings so good, they’re affordable. At just about $15 for a baker’s dozen of fresh, homemade bagels, you can hardly find a more worthy use of your carb-money.

The owners, Mark and Tara, opened Bagel Factory in 1995 and bless them for that. Still staffed with themselves, their children, and a smattering of other workers described as “dedicated” and “caring” on the company website, this family-run place oozes friendliness in a way that feels comforting to just be in.

  • Address: 11256 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
  • Website: Bagel Factory

Best Atmosphere: Kitchen House

As a freelance writer, I am a coffee shop connoisseur. Kitchen House is a neighborhood joint that is focused on sustainable, local products, from their own Kitchen House Farm or other locally sourced products — there’s even a chicken in the back. (And yes, a giant chicken mural in the bathroom, too!)

But it’s not just the friendly staff, the comfortable space, and the good coffee that draws people back — it’s the bagels. These fresh, homemade bagels are so good that I immediately drag each one of my non-local friends to Kitchen House when they come to visit, refusing to allow them to consider ordering anything except the everything bagel with the homemade chives cream cheese.

This bagel… it’s… it’s… so good. With a soft, chewy texture and a good crisp outside when toasted, I cannot recommend this enough. Getting it toasted and fresh, cream cheese on the side, is the go-to order. Their Very Veggie Sandwich, stacked high on a toasted bagel, is a testament to how fresh and delicious all of their ingredients really are.

  • Address: 3149 Shenandoah Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
  • Website: Kitchen House

Best Non-Profit: Bridge Bread

There’s so many things I love about St. Louis, but one of them is definitely the community-focused way so many people here live their lives. Bridge Bread is an example of this.

A bakery that doubles as a non-profit, Bridge Bread was opened as a path for the STL unhoused community to find employment. All of the bakers, according to their website, are paid employees that are either currently or recently unhoused.

In addition to knowing that you’re supporting a business that supports our community, the bagels are incredibly good. They offer free, no minimum purchase delivery for most of the STL region, and the bagels are always fresh and delicious. Order today for fresh delivery tomorrow!

  • Address: 2639 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
  • Website: Bridge Bread

Best Store: Kohn’s Kosher

Looking for a kosher option? Look no further — Kohn’s Kosher is a bakery, deli, and grocery store. They even have a dining area.

There’s a commitment to serving people the very best options that is apparent in every aspect of Kohn’s. They not only offer an abundance of services, they actually offer online delivery all over the continental U.S. so people outside of the midwest can enjoy their fresh kosher options. It is the only independent kosher butcher in the STL area, as well.

Started by Bobbi Kohn and her husband, Simon, in 1963, the business has expanded and has been making and selling incredible products ever since.

Some of these best products are, of course, their bagels. With a rotating menu of fresh bagels and made in house cream cheese, there’s always a great option from their bakery to get a delicious breakfast.

  • Address: 11256 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
  • Website: Kohn’s Kosher

Best Food Truck: Dough Joe’s Artisanal Doughnuts, Bagels, and Coffee

If you haven’t noticed a common thread, there’s nothing I like more than an independently owned place that uses locally sourced ingredients. Dough Joe’s ticks both of those boxes, plus the most important one — it’s delicious.

Dough Joe’s, run by a man called Joe and his charming dog Zula, is a small place that offers unique doughnuts and incredible bagels, all made fresh and with ingredients from the Greater STL area. They also offer homemade dog treats, and this is where my head spins with how much I adore this place. They supplement their location with a food truck that makes its rounds around the city.

Listen, I’m not trying to tell you what to order — but they have this cranberry walnut bagel that, I swear, makes me think baked goods is what life is all about. To the people who do not or can not eat these bagels, I am so sorry. Your life, while likely fulfilling, just… is not as good as mine. I’m going to eat these bagels until I die.

  • Address: 2720 N 14th St, St. Louis, MO 63106
  • Website: Dough Joe’s