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From a simple cinnamon ring to an artisanal sourdough doughnut, our love of this humble pastry runs deep. Here’s where to find the tastiest doughnuts in town. Grab a takeaway if you're within 10km or order an online delivery.
Shortstop Coffee and Donuts
Laneway staple Shortstop Coffee and Donuts is the perfect quick hit. Their doughnuts come in cake, raised and cruller varieties. Order a classic vanilla bean, coffee crème caramel or Earl Grey and rose doughnut. You can also pre-order to avoid disappointment - and they deliver up to 20kms from their store. No one wants to miss out on a honey and sea salt cruller, right?
Brioche by Philip
At renowned French bakery, Brioche by Philip, the doughnuts are something special. In fact, they’re bronuts. Brioche doughnuts. You can get these soft, sweet wonders in simple flavours like cinnamon or dark chocolate. Or try specials like tiramisu, lamington and matcha glaze. Open for takeaway, or check when they're delivering to a suburb near you.
Doughboys Doughnuts on Bourke Street is the perfect quick-hit every lockdown weary Melburnian needs. Their epic raised doughnuts come in a home-delivered 6-pack, with lush flavours like Boston cream, lemon meringue and maple long john. Load up on sweet carby goodness, add on a cute bouquet and enjoy.
It started as a Greek doughnut truck. Then Lukumades graduated to a permanent shop opposite the Queen Victoria Market. Go for the classic honey and cinnamon, or try new takes on an old favourite, like Nutella or crushed Oreo cookies. The white chocolate and matcha is also pretty special. Open for takeaway and delivery on all the apps.
Baker D. Chirico
Baker D. Chirico is a Melbourne cult favourite. For their take on a doughnut, try the bomboloni. These fat, round pastries are filled with speckled vanilla custard and flecked with subtle citrus. They’re sugar-dusted and garnished with tendrils of lemon zest. Perfectly enjoyed with your favourite coffee on the weekend. Open for takeaway.
American Doughnut Kitchen at QVM
This family business has been around for decades. It does iconic, nostalgic, hot jam doughnuts exactly the way they should be. In normal times you'd follow the queue at the Queen Victoria Market to find the American Doughnut Kitchen van. For now though, you can order a bag of hot raspberry and plum jam doughies online.
Rustica is known for famous sourdough and over-the-top pastries. Glass cabinets are loaded with pillow-light croissants and delicate tarts. They do a fabulous brioche doughnut, with flavours changing daily. Keep an eye out for the lemon meringue doughnut. It’s piped full of tart lemon cream and topped with a torched meringue. Get the good stuff delivered up to 20km from their store.
The gleaming pink neon says ‘Eat, sleep, Daniel’s, repeat’. This is a mantra we can get on board with! There’s over 40 fantastical flavours to choose from. That includes vegan and gluten-free options. The most popular is the New Zealand-style fresh cream and jam. It's sliced down the middle and piped with that luscious filling and a dollop of jam. Order delivery via Uber Eats.
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