Tali's Bagels & Schmear


Shalom and Aloha! If you're a bagel enthusiast and appreciate the delectable goodness of a New York-style bagel, then get ready for a culinary adventure in the heart of Honolulu. Tali's Bagels & Schmear is a hidden gem, lovingly crafted by a local and a New Yorker with a passion for the art of bagel-making.


The journey of Tali's Bagels & Schmear began when the island's only Jewish bagel shop closed during the lockdown. Feeling a void in their hearts and taste buds, the talented duo behind Tali's decided to embark on a personal quest to recreate the nostalgic taste of New York bagels. After countless trials in their home kitchen, they finally perfected the traditional method of boiling and baking, resulting in bagels that boast a crispy exterior and an extra chewy interior - exactly how Talia's ancestors did it.


In November 2021, Tali's Bagels & Schmear introduced their delightful bagel flights on Instagram, quickly gaining a loyal following. By January 2022, their passion and dedication led them to secure a commercial kitchen space and make their mark in the local farmers market scene. Today, their freshly baked bagels and innovative schmears are available at four different locations throughout the week, inviting both locals and visitors alike to experience the true taste of New York.


What sets Tali's Bagels & Schmear apart from the rest is not only their authentic bagels but also their dedication to crafting the perfect schmear. "Schmear" is the Yiddish word for spread, and at Tali's, it refers to the luscious cream cheese that tops their bagels. But this is no ordinary cream cheese – all of their schmears are made entirely from scratch. From using whole milk to create their creamy traditional cream cheese to crafting flavorful vegan options from tofu, every step is slow and deliberate, ensuring the highest quality.


The commitment to in-house preparation goes beyond schmears - Tali's Bagels & Schmear takes pride in doing everything from scratch. Yes, you read that right; they even smoke their own fish and create their own lox. Their dedication to maintaining a Kosher-style process means that all of their bagels are vegan, and over 30% of their schmears are vegan-friendly, ensuring that everyone can find something to savor when visiting.


The mission of Tali's Bagels & Schmear is both noble and ambitious. On one hand, they aim to bring comfort food to the Jewish community of Hawaii, providing them with an authentic taste of home. On the other hand, they strive to introduce the local community to the world of Jewish cuisine, giving them the opportunity to indulge in a bagel experience unlike any other on Oahu.


Their passion for tradition is undeniable, but what makes Tali's truly unique is their fusion of flavors inspired by local dishes. By sourcing ingredients locally, from flour to produce and even packaging, they showcase their commitment to supporting the community while creating a delightful blend of cultures on your plate. When you visit Tali's Bagels & Schmear, you're guaranteed to savor something you've never tried before - a blend of New York authenticity with a touch of Hawaiian inspiration.


One step into Tali's Bagels & Schmear, and you'll immediately feel the warmth of their welcoming atmosphere. Their passion for their craft and their love for their customers shine through every aspect of the experience. Whether you're a die-hard bagel aficionado or simply curious to explore the world of bagels and schmears, Tali's is the place to be.

So, if you're ready to embark on a culinary journey that combines the taste of New York with the spirit of Hawaii, Tali's Bagels & Schmear awaits you with open arms. From their perfectly boiled and baked bagels to their house-made schmears that burst with flavor, every bite is a delightful adventure. Experience the genuine taste of New York-style bagels right here in Honolulu – a place that has quickly become the heart of Jewish comfort food in the Aloha State.

We invite you to explore the rich culture and flavors that Tali's Bagels & Schmear has to offer. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach; leave with a satisfied heart and a craving for more. Embrace the fusion of tradition and innovation, as Tali's brings you the best of both worlds in a single, heavenly bite.


Visit Tali's Bagels & Schmear today and indulge in the taste of New York, crafted with the love of Hawaii. It's a culinary experience that promises to leave you with unforgettable memories and a strong desire to return for more. Shalom and Aloha - where tradition meets innovation, and bagels meet schmears. We'll see you there!