Can you find a good bagel in Pittsburgh?

A list of the best places (not chains) to find a real bagel in Pittsburgh

Bagel lovers and Brooklynites will tell you that a good bagel is hard to find in Pittsburgh. In the 1980s, the Squirrel Hill neighborhood was home to both Bageland and Bagel Nosh. There was a time when bountiful options existed for bagels in the ‘Burgh. The time of bagel options has come to an end.

These days, it is a lot harder to find a real bagel in Pittsburgh. Bagels have been growing in popularity outside of Western Pennsylvania, and New York Magazine declared 2015 the “Year of the Bagel.” But this breakfast bread of choice has been struggling in Pittsburgh. Some have blamed the war on carbs…

While we are not sure of the reason for the decline, based on our research, we know there is still a demand for a respectable bagel in this part of the world.

Where to find the best bagels in Pittsburgh

For those in search of a better bagel, here are all the Pittsburgh (and near Pittsburgh) bagel bakers. Know of another bagel spot that should be on the list? Let us know on Twitter @verylocalpgh.

Pigeon Bagels

Our research concludes that Pigeon Bagels currently offers the best bagel in the ‘Burgh. Pigeon has been selling bagels at farmers markets and popups. They will be opening a storefront in Squirrel Hill later this year.

All of Pittsburgh is anxiously awaiting their storefront, but with 20+ retail locations, you can most likely score a Pigeon bagel at your independent neighborhood coffee shop.

Check the Pigeon Bagels Instagram or website to find where they are popping up this week.


Social: @pigeon.bagels on Instagram 

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Beaver Bagel Co

Yep, there is a bagel baker in Beaver County. Located in the town of Bridgewater, the Beaver Bagel Company has been baking bagels since 2015. We don’t know much about them, but we are already planning a bagel field trip (for research purposes).


Social: Facebook & @BeaverBagelCo on Instagram

Beaver Bagel Co.
$ $$$
Getting there
208 Bridge St, Beaver, PA 15009, USA
Opening Hours
Mon-Tue Closed
Wed-Fri 6am–2pm
Sat-Sun 7am–2pm
More Info

Bagel Factory

This is likely Pittsburgh’s oldest bagel bakery. There are Bagel Factory locations in Squirrel Hill and Oakland. (The Shadyside location closed last year.)  They don’t seem to have any online presence, but we know they exist and bake bagels.

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The Bagel Factory
$ $$$
Getting there
5885 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, USA
Opening Hours
Mon 6am–2pm
Tue-Sat 6am–3pm
Sun 7am–2pm
More Info