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