Best Ugly Bagels : : Wellington Eats

Finally. After some sad Sunday mornings and lost coffee breaks, Al Brown has given Wellington his brain child, a piece of bagel heaven: Best Ugly Bagels. Bagels have become the answer to everything these days. There’s no denying that a good sesame bagel with some avo and tomato can ward off the feeling of impending doom orbiting any late assignment or early morning meeting. Lucky for Wellingtonians, we now have our very own bagel joint on Swan Lane.



Photography by Maddie Chatterly


After a few years in the bagel capital, Montreal, Al couldn't leave without bringing the taste of authentic wood fired bagels to NZ. He doesn't cut back on authenticity, having trained his team about where it all began, across the globe, before opening the first of his wildly successful bagel chain in Auckland. You can’t fault the place on design, taste and certainly not customer service. Al served me my ‘Mean Joe Green’ himself.



Photography by Maddie Chatterly


Best Ugly Bagels, the first in Wellington, is industrial, cool, and I’ll be damned if you can find a better bagel anywhere in the city. The menu board hanging precariously above the counter offers everything from a simple jam bagel to something more elaborate, along the lines of cheese and pickle. Best Ugly is home to a team of hard-working, food loving, easy-on-the-eye (bonus!) bagel connoisseurs, some straight from the OG Best Ugly in Auckland.



Photography by Maddie Chatterly


It’s sweet and simple and they have a charming way of making everyone feel like a favourite customer. You can expect your bagel straight from the woodfired oven, made with expertise and even a little love. Just off Cuba, this is your bagel heaven. You’ll find a few very satisfied students, some rushed businessmen and yes if you’re lucky, you might find Al Brown himself, washing the windows.



Photography by Maddie Chatterly

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