Easily one of man’s finer creations, these hole-y pastries can get any bad day back on track. Oozing hot jam, dusted in sugar or smothered with Nutella, here are some top spots to cover every craving.
Along with some of the best light brunch and lunch in the CBD, Rustica Canteen is home to an array of over-the-top pastries. Glass cabinets are loaded with pillow-light croissants and delicate tarts, but make a beeline for the brioche doughnuts. Flavours change daily.
Shortstop Coffee & Donuts
Shortstop Coffee & Donuts offer just a handful of daily variations and an even smaller number of seats. But that doesn’t stop the queues come afternoon-treat time. Classic vanilla bean or Earl Grey and rose doughnuts always hit the sweet spot, or try a filled apple pie.
American Doughnut Kitchen at Queen Victoria Market
It isn’t hard to spot this original 1950s doughnut van in Queen Victoria Market’s shuffling crowd. Follow your nose and you’ll spot the winding lines leading to these piping hot goodies. Join the queue, gather your change and do-nut underestimate how much you’ll love these hot jam explosions.
Brisbane cult-favourite Doughnut Time has won many hearts in Melbourne. Look out for the neon-lit sign at this hole-in-the-wall along Degraves Street. Bright, sugar-crammed flavours regularly rotate (the chocolate-coated ‘Flinders treat’ was a hit), with specials during events throughout the year. The ‘Veruca Salt’ with salted-caramel filling and cinnamon sugar is a 3pm winner.
Baker D. Chirico
Pick up some of the best freshly-baked bread in Melbourne with a custard-bursting bombolone from Baker D. Chirico in Carlton. Filled with speckled vanilla custard and flecked with subtle citrus, it’s best enjoyed with your favourite coffee on the weekend.
A baking haven in North Melbourne, decadent cakes, freshly-made savoury sandwiches and (of course) doughnuts will tempt you at Beatrix. While we highly doubt you can fit in everything in this bakehouse, the ‘cinnabomb’ doughnuts are a non-negotiable.
Vegans do-nut fear – Raw Trader is here. This entire café specialises in organic, raw, vegan, paleo treats – and the list goes on. Desserts rotate regularly, so pop down to Sutherland Street for the latest offerings. Your tummy and tastebuds will like them a hole lot.
Who loves doughnuts? Who loves doughnuts within walking distance? Who loves doughnuts within walking distance of their office at 3pm? Doughboy Doughnuts ticks all three on Bourke Street. Fruity plum or crumbly French toast doughnuts are the hole-y winners.
Gazi’s famous Nutella loukoumades can complete with the top doughnut dogs in Melbourne. Crispy on the outside, they’re covered with nuts, honey and Nutella. The final touch is a serve of Greek coffee ice-cream to cut through the sweetness.