Although the Last Frontier is known the world over for its sourdough, bagel lovers aren’t left out in the cold in the Alaska. It’s important to start off your day right in Alaska, and the state’s many bagel shops can help you do just that. From your favorite breakfast sandwiches on a bagel, to bacon bagels that are to die for, here are just 10 of the state’s excellent bagel shops.
Often considered hands-down to be the best bagel shop in Alaska, Alaska Bagel Restaurant has been a staple of the Anchorage culinary scene for more than 20 years. If you can’t get enough of their breakfast bagels for your morning meal, go back for more at lunch.
Another Anchorage favorite, The Bagel Factory features both traditional bagels and creative concoctions that walk a bit off the beaten bagel track. Enjoy an old-school pumpernickel bagel one day and switch off to a spinach-parmesan bagel the next. For a classic Alaskan experience, be sure to have your bagel with plenty of locally-smoked salmon.
With its roots in a pop-up tent at the Homer Farmers Market, The Bagel Shop got its start when co-owner Gabe Chapin was making midnight bagels as a part of his courtship ritual to woo the lovely Mikela Arumburu. The magic worked its wonders, and the two are now making bagels together in Homer’s iconic boatyard district.
Lulu’s Bread & Bagels has been enchanting Fairbanks residents and visitors since the year 2005. Stop in for a hot cup of Kaladi Bros. coffee with the bagel of your choice. Each artisan bagel and other baked creation is hand-fashioned and crafted with natural yeast.
Created using tried-and-true artisan methods that allow no room for shortcuts, the bagels at this small-town shop are so good the next town over demanded their own version. You can now find an Everything Bagels in nearby Kenai. Everything Bagels may be the new kid on Alaska’s bagel block but they’re more than holding their own with the established players.
Fortunate Fairbanks residents and visitors can find locally owned Sunrise Bagel and Espresso at seven separate locations. You know they’re doing something right when relatively small Fairbanks has seven of them. Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to get dressed to get your morning bagel and coffee—just jump in your vehicle in your pajamas and go to their drive-up window.
Hate that feeling when you’re craving a breakfast sandwich made with a bagel and your favorite breakfast joint has just switched over to their lunch menu? You can get a bagel sandwich or any other breakfast item all day long and Tinker’s Rainforest Deli.
Enjoy hand-crafted bagels made fresh every day at dawn using traditional methods and with the good name of this nationally renowned baking company behind every bite. With a great selection ranging from blueberry bagels to scrumptious bacon bagels, making it a great choice for groups of people with diverse preferences.
As the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan is the ideal location for enjoying a bagel smothered with Alaskan smoked salmon and creamed cheese. Sweet Mermaids serves this up perfectly in a cozy environment that makes you feel warm no matter what the crazy Ketchikan weather is doing.
Lemon Rose Bakery in Skagway has been treating the community of Skagway as well as its many cruise ship visitors to expertly crafted baked goods since 2005. Unlike many businesses in this tourist town, this little bakery is open all year round, giving locals the chance to have it all to themselves.