Sugar High: Where to Get the Best Doughnuts in Melbourne
By Stacey Roberts, ellaslist
Oh little round rings of sugary yeast joy, blessed donut, you are divine.
And when you need to get the best of the best? Why, look no further than these Melbourne hotspots to get your candied fix.
All Day Donuts, Brunswick
We can't talk about donuts in Melbourne without talking about All Day Donuts in Edward St, Brunswick, the donuts that finally convinced me after 20-odd years that I actually do like donuts after all - when they're done right, which Raph and his pals absolutely do.
Every day is a jumble of new flavours alongside old favourites like the OG Glaze and the pink sprinkled Don Homer. If you can get it, go the Iced Vovo or the lemon cheesecake, and check out their specials - this year they had Easter egg shaped donuts filled with salted caramel, cute bunnies, and orange-flavoured flower shapes for Mother's Day.
The donuts are erved alongside great coffee and locally-produced soft drinks it's a great spot for a mid-morning pickup or afternoon treat.
Find them: 12 Edward St, Brunswick
Doughboys Doughnuts, CBD
Behind the fancy, fancy names (blueberry glazed pistachio praline filled with lemon curd perhaps?) lies super-tasty discs of glory at this popular spot.
Recent choices have included Macadamia Shake, Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Milk Chocolate Cheesecake, and Roasted Chestnut, and if any of them are to go by, you'll never be let down with boring doughnuts at Doughboys.
If you're not in the CBD, you can head to one of the cafes that sell them too!
Find them: 535 Bourke St, Melbourne
Candied Bakery, Spotswood
Next-level dougnuts are yours, all yours at this mini-Momofuku Milk Bar in Melbourne's inner west.
Changing flavours like Fairy Bread, Salted Caramel Crumble, S'more, Lemon Slice, Marshmallow and Apple Sourdough await in the "Australian bakery with an American twist", and checking out the cabinet each day is a super-fun surprise - you might want to stop by on your way home from Scienceworks, I know I do!
Find them: 81a Hudsons Rd, Spotswood
American Doughnut Kitchen, Queen Victoria Market
Be part of history when you grab a hot jam doughnut at this favourite market stop, which has been serving out hot fried balls of doughy goodness filled with sweet raspberry jam sine 1950.
All of their ingredients are sourced from Australia and the doughnuts are entirely Australian owned and made by this second generation family business.
Five of these sugary treats are $5.50 which makes them an incredibly affordable treat and absolutely unmissable on those frosty winter browsing sessions.
Find them: Queen St in Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Smith & Deli, Fitzroy
If you're on the hunt for vegan doughnuts in Melbourne, Smith & Deli have some of the best. So crisp and crunchy on the outside, with an unbelievably light and pillowy interior.
No need to miss out on the goodies nonvegans take for granted any more - feast on flavours like raspberry mandarin glaze, dulce de leche, coffee with hazelnut praline, spiced quince, bubble gum, marshmallow, blackberry custard cream-filled, apricot and cardamom, chocolate custard with grapefruit sugar dusting, and everyone's favourite cinnamon sugar.
Take a huge appetite or a bag to take your haul home in - one is just never enough.
Find them: 111 Moor St, Fitzroy
Shortstop Coffee and Donuts, CBD
There's nothing short about the lines of people wanting to get their hands on one of these babies!
Shortstop offers the perfect combination of coffee and doughnuts. Choose from their range of yeast-raised doughnuts, cake doughnuts and French crullers made with a choux pastry base. Classic flavours include the Earl Grey and Rose cake doughnut and the Australian Honey and Sea Salt cruller and go wild with flavours such as Eggnog and Candied Pecan.
Find them: 12 Sutherland Street, Melbourne
Where do you head when you need a sugary fix?