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Find bagels at these 16 shops in Nashville

We’re rolling out the knead-to-know info for a good breakfast.

Proper Bagel

It’s only Proper to stack it up. | Photo by @proper_bagel

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We may not boast the number of bagel shops that New York City does, but Music City has its gems. If you’re looking to get that crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, cream-cheese-smothered, perfectly-golden fix — keep drooling er, we mean reading.

Proper Bagel

It’s no surprise that Proper Bagel made the list. The owners are from New York and even fly smoked fish in directly from Brooklyn. Pro tip: Try a bialy when you visit — it’s Proper’s specialty.

Nicky’s Coal Fired Bagel Shop

Nicky’s Coal Fired might be on your radar for pizza nights, but it also has a bagel shop open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you can get out of bed in time, you won’t regret it. Check out the menu to see what’s offered.

H&S Bagels

This shop prides itself on delivering a true New York bagel to Nashvillians using hand-rolled dough, family recipes, and NYC water. Fun fact: Owner Hector Sanchez could hand-roll 520 bagels in 45 minutes back when he made bagels in New Jersey.

Mr. Aaron’s Goods

Pro tip: Mr. Aaron’s sells out daily. You can preorder a variety of bagels and schmears on the website for next day pickup at TKO Restaurant (4202 Gallatin Pk.) or Saturday delivery to guarantee you get what you’re craving.

Golden baked plain bagels line a silver tray on a cooling rack.

Cheesy bagels baked by Big Ben’s | Photo by @bigbensbagels_nashville

Big Ben’s Bagels

If you’ve never had a jalapeno cheddar bagel, Big Ben’s has you covered. You can order one — along with plenty of options — for pickup from Citizens Kitchen in East Nashville, or place a $12+ order for Sunday morning delivery.


Get hand-rolled bagels served fresh daily at Bagelshop’s Donelson digs. The shop is open seven days a week and offers bagels, schmears, sandwiches + coffee. Bonus: Remote work is made easy with free parking and plenty of outlets.

Star Bagel

Star Bagel serves up an extensive menu of bagels, smoothies, bakery items, and more. Located in Sylvan Park, this spot has tons of bagel flavors and signature sandwiches to mix and match.

Crieve Hall Bagel

You’ll understand why this mom-and-pop shop gets rave reviews after you try a fresh sourdough bagel. Pro tip: Guests in town? Order in bulk with half dozen and baker’s dozen options.

Mitchell Deli

A bagel sandwich with lots of veggies from Mitchell Deli. | Photo by @mitchelldeli

Mitchell Deli

Mitchell Deli specializes in sandwiches, so you know the bagel sandwiches are worth the trip. Even though the breakfast bar closes at 11 a.m., bagels are available all day. Order ahead or grab a seat at one of the East Nashville spot’s many tables.

Elegy Coffee

Build your own breakfast sandwich at this coffee shop with locations downtown, East Nashville, and Germantown. Plain, everything, and jalapeno and cheddar bagels are available + Elegy has options to accommodate vegan and vegetarian diets.

Sam and Zoe’s

Find this quaint cafe in Berry Hill offering a variety of ways to eat a bagel that pair well with a cup of joe. A couple of standout items include the Breakfast Burger on a bagel — loaded with veggie sausage and spicy mustard — and the Cheese Bagel.

Jersey Oven

Jersey Oven will transport you from Mt. Juliet to bagel shops of the Northeast. Expect hand-rolled boiled bagels and plenty of sandwiches to order, like the specialty pork roll with egg and cheese grilled on a bagel.

Someone holding half of a bagel breakfast sandwich with egg and bacon over a silver tray with a coffee sitting nearby.

Pair your sammy with a latte with housemade syrups at Benji’s.

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Benji’s Bagel & Coffee House

Venture to West Nashville — and stay awhile if you want to WFH. Pro tip: There’s a parking lot behind the building and plenty of tables to work from. We ordered The Rise & Shine sandwich with chili crunch cream cheese, fried egg, cheddar, and bacon.

51st Deli

Breakfast is served all day at this deli, which has locations in The Nations and West End. Our pick: The “Beta-Feta” sandwich — egg, tomato, avocado, and feta on an everything bagel.

All or Nothing Bagels

Find these sourdough wood-fired bagels for pick up out of All or Nothing’s dreamy Airstream at 1102 Riverside Dr. If you’re not sure what to order, just know that the gravlax is house-cured and hand-sliced + the schmears are homemade.

Tower Market and Deli

You’ve got nearly 10 options of curated breakfast bagel delights at this East Nashville spot. We’re eyeing the Tower Bagel Supreme with lox, cream cheese, tomato, capers, and red onions. Bonus: Tower Deli also serves Bongo Java coffee.

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