At Five Points we love to travel, and food experiences overseas are a great part of the traveller’s adventure. Back at home, we often search for foods we have sampled elsewhere and try to recreate the enjoyment of tucking into something that was lip-smackingly delicious and different. However, we struggled to find a great bagel back in Australia, and started longing for the day we could return and satiate our appetite. We salivated at the thought of a smoked salmon and cream cheese or a traditional Reuben from West Side, Manhattan. “Enough of the dreaming” we said, “let’s recreate the experience for Melburnians”. And so Five Points was born.
We then had to come up with a name. The bagel is inextricably linked with New York, but was first baked in Poland, so we wanted something that symbolised 19th century New York, and also recognised the immigrant’s struggle when landing in New York’s melting pot. Five Points, a neighbourhood in the central lower area of Manhattan, symbolised this better than anywhere at this time and was immortalised by Charles Dickens who wrote “What place is this, to which the squalid street conducts us? A kind of square of leprous houses, some of which are attainable only by crazy wooden stairs without. What lies behind this tottering flight of steps? Let us go on again, and plunge into the Five Points. This is the place; these narrow ways diverging to the right and left. Such lives as are led here, bear the same fruit as elsewhere. The coarse and bloated faces at the doors have counterparts at home and all the world over”. Five Points seemed to be a perfect naming fit to what we had in mind.
(Just in case you were wondering, yes, 19th century Five Points was the setting for the Martin Scorsese film “Gangs of New York” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 2003 including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis).
At Five Points, our focus has and will always be on providing outstanding bagels with the highest quality ingredients, and great coffee. That’s not to say our selection of teas isn’t wonderful, or our hot chocolate doesn’t hit the spot, (they both pass that test with flying colours), but our passion is bagels and coffee. So, if you’d like a memorable bagel and a coffee that has a flavour profile of toasted almonds, thick syrup and dark chocolate, you are not going to be disappointed.
Welcome to Five Points.