The space might look like a cross between a workshop and a factory, but Best Ugly Bagels is a retail space that sells quality bagels in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand. Focusing on taste and texture more than presentation, these bagels nevertheless would make a great gift for anyone who knows a little about bread and bakeries.
Founded by celebrity chef Al Brown, the Best Ugly Bagels was inspired by the local wood-fired bagel found in Montreal, Canada. Having spent two years in the city, it was enough to inspire him to open up his own bagel shop. Recreating "its distinctive crisp-on-the-outside-chewy-in-the-middle texture," as New Retail Blog puts it, Best Ugly Bagels boasts a custom-made stone oven to do the job. The results are rough bagels that look like they were made at home.