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5 and Dime Bagel

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by Gwen O'Toole-Luscombe (subscribe)
Gwen O’Toole is an accomplished writer focusing on travel, food, wine and events management. Follow her on Instagram @Gwennieo
Published May 27th 2015
A bit of the big apple in Melbourne
As an American living in Australia now for nearly 15 years, it's safe to say I've gotten used to not having typical American fare available at my everyday local grocery, and for the most part that's been okay. The one food I just haven't found a replacement for is a good 'ol traditional New York style bagel.

Sure, you have bagels in Australia, but they aren't the same, not by a long shot. No shiny boiled skin and soft, dense centre. I've been given several recommendations of different bakeries to try, all of whom claim to make New York style bagel and yeah, they're good, but something was just missing.

And then this happened.

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5 and Dime bagels offers a wide variety of freshly baked New York style bagels right in the CBD.

The tastiest bagel shop opened up in the Melbourne CBD and all ex-pat Americans (or anyone who has actually experienced a New York style bagel) can now get a real bagel that ticks all the boxes.

5 and Dime are located in The Archway, which is a small little precinct not too far from Flinders Station on Katherine Place. Head down that lane and you'll find smart little shops popping up to cater for the newly constructed office and residential areas currently in construction.

Made fresh on site, you can have a peek into the glassed in kitchen and see these delicious treats being made before your very eyes.

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Located on Katherine Place, 5 and Dime has only recently opened up in the Melbourne CBD.

Offering not just a variety of bagels, but also several types of delicious cream cheese spreads (because what's a bagel without the schmear?) you can satisfy both your sweet and savoury cravings in one visit.

And the best bit is that the flavoured spreads change with what's in season, so you're likely to be lucky enough to try something new each time you visit.

We tested out both a sweet and savoury option with the sesame seed bagel with an olive and zataar and the cinnamon and raisin bagel with a blood plum cream cheese and we were definitely in heaven.

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Sesame seed bagel with olive zataar spread.

The cream cheese portions are generous and the bagels are exactly as they should be, soft, a little doughy in consistency and delicious.

Be warned though, the range of flavours means you might want to grab a takeaway bag and bring them home, and at $2 a bagel (or a dozen for $11), seriously, how can you not?

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Cinnamon and raisin with a seasonal blood plum spread.

If bagels aren't really your thing, you can still grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the pastries on offer as well, including cheese danish, chocolate babka and more.

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Chocolate babka, yeah, enough said!

Five and Dime has the welcoming feel of an American style coffee shop inside, but we warned, once you know where it is, you might find yourself making excuses to be on Katherine Place a lot more frequently.
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Why? For New York style bagels in Melbourne
When: Monday- Friday 7am-3pm
Phone: (03) 9621 2128
Where: Melbourne CBD
Cost: Bagels start at $2 ea
Your Comment
I've never come across blood plums before; sounds nice in a danish though.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12481) 1637 days ago
Wow, what a concept. Wud love to see that in Sydney
by Rota (score: 2|708) 1635 days ago
I spent 22 years in the US and have been in Melbourne for 1.5 years. THE best bagels are New York Bagels! I buy them at a bread outlet in Preston Market.
by lmrei (score: 1|48) 1638 days ago
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