Top Doughnut Shops In Toronto (And What To Order)

Treat yourself to a donut
Treat yourself to a donut | © Danielle Margherite
Alicia Joy

Canadians love doughnuts, perhaps even more than our American neighbors (move over, Homer). We boast the most doughnut shops per capita than any other nation on earth. Take advantage of it! We highlight the 10 best places to get a real sweet deal in Toronto.

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Little Nicky’s Coffee (The By-the-Dozen Doughnut)

Little Nicky’s mini doughnuts are an original take on the classic pastry. They’re certainly the focal point for many diners at this cozy coffee house, although the other homemade desserts and freshly brewed coffee are delicious, too.

Amazing Doughnuts are light, fluffy, and decadent. This boutique bakeshop is one of just a handful that claim the kitchen and products are completely nut and sesame seed free. It’s also certified Kosher. With accolades like these, it’s obvious Amazing Doughnuts takes the utmost care to ensure you’re going to enjoy a worry-free doughnut experience there.

The Steady Café and Bar (The Brunch Doughnut)

The Steady is a Miami-inspired bar and brunch spot. With award-winning vegan and gluten-free options, it’s no wonder this place is popular with the pastry connoisseur and health nut alike. Except for special events, this café is only open for brunch on the weekends, so be sure to stop in then and take your brunch experience to the next level.

Glory Hole Doughnuts (The Quirky Doughnut)

Glory Hole makes doughnuts with fresh, premium ingredients by hand each day (love is the secret ingredient). The eccentric interior and friendly staff make up for the shop’s small size. The wide variety of interesting flavors draws a crowd, and selling out is a possibility. In addition to a bakery-style sale, Glory Hole Doughnuts provides custom catering and large bulk orders.

Pancho’s Bakery (The Latin Doughnut)

While Pancho’s Bakery is mainly famous for churros, it also offers a variety of Mexican sweetbreads and desserts, including the Latin version of the doughnut: the dona (plural: donas, you know, in case you want to order a few). Made right in front of your eyes, this simpler take on the traditional snack is a homestyle fried dough pastry, dusted with sugar, cinnamon, or other toppings. Get back to the doughnut’s roots with this classic Mexican snack.

Tori’s Bakeshop (The Eco Doughnut)

Tori’s carries organic and vegan options for the health conscious and eco-aware, including a gluten-free vanilla doughnut made from rice, bean, and arrowroot flours. The bakeshop is determined to be eco-friendly, and is very conscious of not only where its ingredients come from, but how much waste the company produces on the whole.

Jelly Modern (The Gourmet Doughnut)

The Doughnut Hatch

This bakery and café has set its sights on creating the most delicious doughnut ‘anyone in Canada has ever tasted.’ Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Jelly Modern is a welcome addition to Toronto’s landscape. All doughnuts are made with organic and locally sourced ingredients. The delicious variety of flavors and toppings tempt judicious and casual doughnut fans alike.

SanRemo Bakery (Your Grandpa’s Doughnut)

This family owned bakery prides itself on great coffee, delicious food, and exceptional service. You know you’re getting a good cup o’ joe when you stop in at SanRemo, and now you know you can have an afternoon pick-me-up with your favorite comfort food, too. The bakery offers catering and large orders for pickup; order at least 24 hours in advance.

The Rolling Pin (The Prize-Winning Doughnut)

One thing’s for sure: you won’t be stopping by The Rolling Pin for an old-fashioned glazed. With flavors like tiramisu and blueberry cheesecake, it’s no wonder this bakeshop has been winning awards. The rotating menu and creative flavors will keep you coming back for more

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