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Apr 10, 2009 10:22 AM

Bagels in Vancouver

Someone was looking for good bagels in Vancouver. Here's my recs:

1) Solly's
This is my favourite bagel shop in Vancouver because not only are their bagels good, but they also make decent sandwiches with them. Their cinnamon rolls and the poppy/salt encrusted "twists" are great too, especially when they're still warm from the oven. Last time I visited the Kits location about a year ago they seemed to be going downhill, so your mileage may vary.

2) Siegel's
I've only been a couple of times, and while I thought they did a good bagel, it never quite grabbed the way Solly's did.

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  1. I'll second Siegel's. I have never visited Solly's, but every time I fly in to Vancouver I'll grab a few Siegel's and always find them delicious.

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    1. re: raidar

      I prefer Siegels -- better chew to the dough, and they freeze better. They also have rock salt and rosemary bagels which are the alpha and omega of bagel as far as I am concerned :-). Another plus: they are open 24-7, and they seem to bake around the clock, at least the popular ones like sesame. I have gone at the weirdest times and been presented with a bag of still warms.

      1. re: grayelf

        Whoa. Rock salt and rosemary? That's a killer combination. Might have to ride the bike over there...

        I should add, I'm a big fan of Solly's, but mostly because I've had friends work there in the past so I've sampled a good amount of their offerings. Their bagels were consistently good.

        1. re: peter.v

          Hey peter, if you do go, call first because they don't seem to bake the RS'n'R all day like they do the "regular" flavours. They also have them at the GIsle Siegel's but same caveat.

    2. siegels is great..........the smoked salmon bagel with dill cream cheese, capers, and red onion.....or the montreal smoked meat, you wouldnt believe the stack of meat you get on it

      1. Thanks so much for the post! My friend is still looking; I've forwarded the link to this thread to her.

        1. Has anyone tried the Mont Royal bagels that Whole Foods is "importing" from Victoria? They were my favourites when I lived on the Island but I'm wondering how they travel. The cinnamon dip was incredible...better than a donut

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          1. re: islandgirl

            They have a store in N.Van :

            Mount Royal Bagel Factory
            701 Queensbury Avenue
            North Vancouver, BC V7L 3V9
            Tel: 604-904-1116

            Not sure if it is the same company as Victoria. I like there sesame and poppy seed; havent tried any others.

            1. re: Philx

              Separate owners. The NV people bought the naming rights, recipes and the ilk from the Victoria one.

              I've never tried the ones from Victoria, but the ones from North Vancouver are good if you like a softer bagel than what I typically find at Solly's and Siegel's.

          2. Seigels over Solly's by a mile.
            Solly's has more of a bread consistancy than an authentic Montreal style bagel feel. They both seem to be popular but my son and wife won't even eat Solly's.
            Siegels oven is wood fired and they're open 24 hours a day which is kind of nice when you're coming home late.
            Mount Royal in Victoria is good as well though I haven't tried the ones from North Vancouver. I think they should be the same.

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            1. re: marko65

              I find Mount Royal closest a true Montreal bagel (as presented by St. Viateur bagel).

              1. re: kinnickinnik

                Yeah great bagels. I've only had the Victoria ones. Do you know if the shop in Vancouver is the same?

                1. re: marko65

                  I've only had the N.Vancouver ones. Best if they're fresh from the bakery, or freshly delivered to the store. Good to know the Victoria ones are good too :-)