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Whether you spell it donut or doughnut, these deep fried bullseyes are taking over Melbourne. From unassuming vans serving warm golden baubles oozing red jam filling, to hole-in-the-wall stores glazing novelty donuts topped with cornflakes, pistachios, and meringue, Melbourne’s treats are iced, sugared and ready for consumption. These stores offer a trip down memory lane to a time when you used to pick up a pink iced donut from your local bakery after school – with a gourmet upgrade to please your discerning adult self. This is your guide to the best in Melbourne, and ‘donut’ let anyone tell you that these treats aren’t healthy – we like to think of them as nourishment for the soul.
Over-achiever and Melbourne restaurateur Raph Rashid is responsible for Beatbox Kitchen, Taco Truck, Juanita Peaches and Edward Street’s All Day Donuts. With a rotating menu including Chocolate Crackle to Caramel Cookie, Lamington, Banana Cheesecake with Raspberry Glaze and Pistachio, Peach Pie, Jaffa, and Lime Brulée you’re sure to try a new flavour offering each time you visit, and it’s anyone’s guess just what combination they’ll come up with next. Wash down those delicious donuts – because let’s be honest you cant just have one – order a Seven Seeds coffee.
Known for reinventing classic flavours and desserts such as Peanut Butter and Jelly, Bombe Alaska, Key Lime Pie, Mint Slice and Maple Bacon, Doughboys champion familiar combinations with surprising twists. Hand-dipped daily, Doughboys Donuts can be found at their permanent residence on Bourke Street as well as in cafes including Top Paddock and Kettle Black – and with an Instagram following of 56.9k, these donuts are quick to sell out. Owner Walter McKenzie takes pride in ensuring that every component is made in-house and supports local farms by sourcing free range eggs from Gippsland and butter from Warrnambool.
Taking inspiration from New York’s Momofuku, Candied Bakery is a carb-loading mecca in Spotswood with breads, croissants, pastries and pies on offer as well gourmet donuts. The bakers here aren’t afraid to experiment with combinations and sticky glazes, and a few of the best flavours seen in their cabinet include Pavlova, Honey Joy, Fairy Bread, Raspberry meringue and choc liquorice. Drop by, pick up a loaf of bread and a finger-licking donut to go.