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Nov 16, 2010 05:39 AM

Bagel Recommendations in Center City

I'll be running the Philly Marathon on Sunday and I've been keeping a clean diet for the last month or so. After the race I want to celebrate with, among other things, a great bagel with cream cheese.

Can anyone point me towards a good bagel shop within walking distance of the Art Museum?

Thanks for all your help.

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  1. i don't think there are any great bagel places by the art museum but on 19th and market is brueggers which a few people told me great things about lately...its walking distance from the race end just not art museum.

    1. There are a dearth of good bagels in Philly. Bruegger's is actually one of the better places, but your best bet is probably the Capogiro at 20th & Sansom--they bring in H&H bagels from New York. It's not super close to the museum, but walkable.

      Closer to the museum, Mugshots coffeeshop will have bagels, and maybe the new Rybread will have them (have not been there). Don't expect anything great, though.

      1. there used to be a decent bagel place in Fairmount - maybe 26th and Brown-ish? Been a while, don't know if it's still there.
        I did the marathon last year, good luck walking *anywhere* post race!

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        1. re: Bob Loblaw

          That bagel place is no longer there.
          We live in the Art Museum area and buy our bagels at Wegmans in New Jersey.
          There are many attractions right here, but sadly, not bagels.

          1. re: sylviag

            Sylviag - Rybread has great bagels by Philly standards. Not NY bagel level, but very good, and (I think) better than the old Redhouse Bagels. I've become addicted to the cinnamon raisin with a thick sugar crust on it. The multigrain one has lots of "birdseed" in it. I forget who their supplier is. I should mention that they also make their scones in-house. A favorite is their Breakfast scone -- cheddar, bacon and chives.

            1. re: croutonpiggy

              this is where bagel tastes divide, i guess. i'm pretty old-school; what you're describing sounds way too new-school for me. Multigrain? birdseed? sugar crust?

              1. re: croutonpiggy

                Do they sell bagels by the dozen? I thought it was an eat-in place.
                We'll be happy to try a new bagel source. And I love scones.

          2. I'd go to Manhattan Bagel, at 18th and Sansom, before I'd go to Bruegger's. Manhattan Bagel has denser, less sweet, more chewy bagels and interesting flavors; I've always found Bruegger's to be kind of a last resort.