10 Most Insta-Worthy Bagels in New Jersey


Bagels: it’s a Jersey staple. Who knew that bread with a hole, first boiled, then baked, could have such a profound impact on the New Jersey food scene? (Spoiler alert: if you’re a purist, then look away – this article and its bagels may not be for you.) The state has been graced with every imaginable rendition of this breakfast staple, from bagels that are cereal-encrusted and chocolate-dipped to oddball cream cheese flavors and delightfully overstuffed bagel sandwiches. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bagel with Cannoli Cream Cheese Stuffed with Crumb Cake, anyone?

10 Wacky Bagels in NJ That Will Round Out Your Insta Feed

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O’Bagel via @obagel_family

1. O’Bagel 
With four locations, you are sure to get your picturesque O’Bagel somewhere in Jersey. Located in Hoboken, Stirling, and two in Basking Ridge, you will get a bagel that overflows with whatever filling your heart desires, whether it’s cream cheese, eggs, or basically anything else. There are special bagel sandwiches depending on the occasion, varying from stuffing corned beef in a bagel for St. Paddy’s or fried chicken for National Pancake Day.
Various locations, please see here

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2. The Bagel Nook
If you are looking for a “WTF” type of bagel to post to your Instagram, look no further than The Bagel Nook in Freehold. There are wacky bagel flavors to fit every palate including snacky faves like Oreo, Doritos, Flaming Hot Cheetos and Coco Puffs, among others. Pair your bagel with creative cream cheese flavors like M&M Chocolate Chip, Blazin Hot Ranch, Smores, Ghost Pepper, Espresso Fudge, and many more. There’s an Easter cream cheese, too, which basically looks like unicorn poop, but hey, what a time to be alive! We’re not really sure how any of this is even breakfast, but what we do know is that all your homies will be swarming this bagel shop once you post that obligatory Sunday morning breakfast pic.
51 Village Center Dr., Freehold, NJ 07728

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Bagel University via @bagel_university

3. Bagel University
Are you game to try inventive cream cheeses? Bagel University in Vineland understands and gives you plenty of cream cheese options to choose. There are 14 everyday cream cheese flavors, but if you really want to take one for the team – try their special cream cheese of the week, which changes every week. There are also tons of bagel sandwiches named after the biggest universities in the country. Grab a University of Miami, Penn State or UC Berkley sandwich to start your day off right.
1406 S. Main Rd., Vineland, NJ 08360

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Rosko’s Bagels and Waffles via @samlopez143

4. Rosko’s Bagels and Waffles
Swirls on swirls on swirls! Rosko’s Bagels and Waffles in Jackson offers a variety of colorful bagels on the menu. Wouldn’t your child love to eat a bagel that looks like a rainbow or a candy cane? (Okay, who are we kidding, we mean you.) The unique colors and shapes of their bagels make this bagel shop a step above others. You can also get your bagel, waffle or anything else on the menu dipped in chocolate, which would make this breakfast food just a little sweeter in our book.
740 Brewers Bridge Rd., Jackson, NJ 08527

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5. Hot Bagels and More
What other bagel place has five locations near Atlantic City? Only this one, and the options at Hot Bagels and More will make everyone in your family happy. Serving up classic bagels, this bagel titan offers unique cream cheeses like Oreo, Apple Cinnamon, and Bacon Cheddar Horseradish. You can also get other types of bagels like Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Orange, Trail Mix, and more.
Various locations, please see here

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Goldberg’s Famous Bagels via

6. Goldberg’s Famous Bagels
Whether you are trying to be healthy with your bagels or not, Goldberg’s Famous Bagels in Ringwood and Pompton Lakes has you covered. With low-fat cream cheeses and classic bagels that will make everyone happy, you can’t go wrong with this bagel joint.
Various locations, please see here

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Joe’s Bagel and Grill via @boozyfoodiesnj

7. Joe’s Bagel and Grill
If you want a different cream cheese on your bagel each day of the week, Joe’s Bagel and Grill in Long Branch, Point Pleasant, Neptune and Belmar might be the place for you. Choose from a variety of cream cheeses that will give your standard bagel a bit of a twist each morning. Whether you want to schmear your Tye-Dye bagel with Maple Bacon, Pumpkin, or Chocolate Chip cream cheese, your taste buds will get quick pick-me-up each morning.
Various locations, please see here

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Knot Just Bagels via @knotjustbagels

8. Knot Just Bagels
When it comes to bagels, Knot Just Bagels in Woodbridge knows where it’s at. A recent addition made it to the menu, the Confetti Bagel – and it’s just like what it sounds. Next birthday breakfast, anyone? Of course, you won’t go wrong with classic eats like Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, Super Cinnamon Raisin, and Strawberry. Load it up with your favorite cream cheese or sandwich combination to get your perfect morning fuel.
Main Street Shopping Center, 10 Main St., Woodbridge, NJ 07095

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Hot Bagels Brooklyn’s Finest via @hotbagelsbksfinest

9. Hot Bagels Brooklyn’s Finest
At this Red Bank spot, you will find bagels that are perfect for your Instagram feed. Hot Bagels Brooklyn’s Finest doesn’t skimp on the cream cheese, which literally cannot be contained within your bagel or sandwich combination. This bagel place is also one of a very few places in Jersey that has Nutella cream cheese, just saying.
368 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ 07701

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Victoria’s Bagel Bistro via @victoriasbagelbistro

10. Victoria’s Bagel Bistro
Get your phone out and ready to ‘gram this bagel spot in Mt. Laurel. Between psychedelic tye-dye bagels and a smorgasbord of cream cheeses on the menu, you will have one seriously good-looking bagel on Instagram. Victoria’s Bagel Bistro offers a new bagel and cream cheese flavor each week, so you can be sure to spice up your morning routine with something different.
3131 NJ-38, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Which NJ bagel shops have you tried? Let us know in the comments!


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Kristen loves living in northern New Jersey and getting to see the NYC skyline everyday. One of her favorite New Jersey staples is Surf Taco, which she enjoys when she goes down the shore. If you can't find her on the beach, you can most likely find her in a bowling alley (especially Lodi Lanes), or writing.