Across from Ewha University lies a small, but extremely popular bagel shop, Queens Bagel. The name and the bagels are inspired by Utopia Bagels in Queens, New York. When you walk in, you are greeted by an assortment of cream cheese options and shiny bagels. By the time my friend and I got there, there were only two options left out of their normal diverse selection for bagels.
Usually when I am greeted with a ton of options, I get overwhelmed and don’t know what to choose. Especially if it is a place I have never been to. So, I opted for the apple cinnamon cream cheese, because I love apple cinnamon, with a whole wheat bagel.
I am not the biggest cream cheese fan and I wish that I knew how much they were going to pack in-between the bagel before I asked them to spread it for me. At Queens Bagel, you have the option to either receive a cup and spread it yourself or have them spread it for you. I originally was going to spread it myself, but I ran into two problems: they didn’t have a seating area and there was no place that I could just sit down or put the cup down to be able to spread it.
For the bagel itself, it was delicious. It wasn’t the best bagel I have ever eaten, but it was different from what I have had. The cream cheese was okay. Again, I am not the biggest fan of cream cheese, but I was able to tolerate it. The only issue I had was that with every bite, there would be so much cream cheese that I couldn’t truly enjoy it or the bagel. I couldn’t even finish the first half of the bagel because it was too much.
The place is really cheap. It is about $4 for a bagel and they are also open really early in the morning during the week, which isn’t a common practice in Korea, so it is really convenient for all of the college students who need breakfast in the morning as they are off to class. But, they are closed on Sundays.
I wouldn’t necessary come back to this place and I honestly believe that it is overrated, but it is convenient for those who go to Ewha Women’s University and it is also great for those who really love cream cheese. If you would like to go, their details are below.
The are open Monday through Friday at 7:30 am to 8 pm and Saturday at 11 am to 5 pm. They are closed on Sundays and holidays.