Ballarat Bagel Experience

There’s a new eatery in Ballarat that’s starting to gain a lot of attention. Bagel Junction in Main Road has been operating for less than a year, but owner Ciara Parisi and her team have already attracted a line-up of loyal regulars, with new customers arriving daily. Not bad for someone with little previous experience in hospitality. Ciara says her driving motivation is to “give people an ambient experience”.

Most of the menu items are American style food with the signature chips being a waffle/ruffle style, reminiscent of the famous Belgian waffle. “I want to present a full flavour sensation” says Ciara “and we also offer vegetarian and vegan options with two types of a gluten free range”, she added. The décor of Bagel Junction is a “back to the future” experience with more than a cursory nod to the fifties and sixties, but the coffee is very much 2017 and can hold its own with the best of them. There is also an interesting range of shakes such as Apple Crumble, Mexican Vanilla, Choc Peanut Butter and a Cold Drip Spritz. For something different for your next function, Bagel Junction also caters.

This place is run by a close knit and loyal team including Ciara’s two sons who help out when not at school. Somehow Ciara manages to integrate her many local and overseas community commitments – some in Africa – with family and running a busy café. The food scene in Ballarat has exploded over the past few years and Bagel Junction has added to the mix of new and different.  Located at 30 Main Road, Ballarat, you can follow them on Facebook.

Mica Grange