The first of June is to sugar addicts what the Grand Finals are for AFL fans, the Australian Open is to tennis fans and the State of the Union is to rugby fans… combined. June 1 is International Doughnut Day. Just in case you’ve only recently heard of this very real and not made up holiday, I’ve compiled a list of where you can find the very best doughnuts in Melbourne.
The Best Donuts in Melbourne
Short Stop Coffee and Donuts
If I was forced to choose a worldwide best doughnut, Short Stop Coffee and Donuts’ Australian Honey and Sea Salt Cruller would make the top three. Just thinking about this doughnut, which is crispy on the outside and light as a cloud on the inside, makes my mouth water. It’s glazed with local honey and organic milk and topped with fine flakes of salt. Salted honey might just be the new salted caramel.
I can’t visit without getting the cruller, but I try to branch out from time to time, and have also fallen in love with their Earl Grey and Rose Cake doughnut and Maple Walnut and Brown Butter Raised doughnut. They make everything on-site, so you’re guaranteed ‘fresh out of the oven’ aromas.
Donut want to leave your house? They deliver!
Doughboys Doughnuts has a storefront in the CBD where you can watch their creative team of pastry chefs whip up the newest creation. They dip, glaze, ice, fill, dust & double dip every day, and their passion shows in their ever-changing list of donuts. Will you try the French Toast, Banoffee Pie or Hazelnut Truffle? If you love a filled doughnut, maybe you’ll love the Matcha Pop doughsie, filled with raspberry creme and topped with white chocolate glaze and matcha popcorn like I did.
Or maybe an Apple Pie filled with apple spice and brown sugar compote and topped with dark vanilla bean glaze, caramel and pie crust will be the perfect Autumn snack.
Donut want to leave your house? They deliver!
Their Facebook About Us claims that their doughnuts are the tastiest in the world. I haven’t tried every donut in the world (yet), but I will say that I love stopping at this shop for a cheeky donut to eat on the train after an evening out.
The bright, colorful doughnuts at Dashing Donuts aren’t your typical ring of fried dough. These are Italian style doughnuts, whose dense texture is created using an age-old Italian recipe.
When you’re exhausted from a full day of shopping at Chadstone, stop by their shop on the lower level and choose your favorite. I’m partial to the Tim Tam Slam—a beautiful marriage of artisan Italian dough and Aussie culture. Whichever flavor you choose, it’s sure to be Instagrammable!
The American Doughnut Kitchen
Queen Vic Market
Nothing says America like a red, white and blue van enticing people with sugary, jam-filled doughnuts. I had actually never tried a hot jam doughnut until I moved to Melbourne but, oh wow, I’ll be looking for them everywhere I go now!
The American Doughnut Kitchen has been serving up Melbourne’s favorite hot jam doughnuts since 1950 and it’s not uncommon for their cash-only truck to have a long line. All those who wait are rewarded with ADK’s iconic hot jam doughnut made using a safely-guarded German recipe that’s remained unchanged in the company’s 68 year history.
At $1.20 per doughnut, you can afford to grab a few!
The mascot of this shop is The Fonz, so you know it’s cool. Their super light, fluffy doughnuts are great at anytime of day, but their opening hours keep them up late. And their location on Chapel Street begs for a post-pub stop! Try the cookies ‘n’ creme… it’s my favorite!
As Fonzie would say, “Aaaaaaay!” Go get one now!
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
As an American, I’d be remiss if I left this staple off the list. Light and fluffy, no one would blame you if you inhaled an entire six-pack in one sitting. They melt in your mouth and the sheer sugar count will keep you going all day!
Young people are the future, and the future is now. At just 15 years old, Morgan Hipworth began baking doughnuts before and after school, which he and his mom would deliver to shops around town for sale on the weekends. In 2016, he sold 10,000 doughnuts in just 8 days. He found his passion, and he’s running with it.
Today, Morgan is 17 years old and has opened a storefront in Windsor. Far from just being the face of the company that bears his name, he takes an active role in all aspects of the business. From baking to product creation and invoicing to rostering, he’s accomplished more in his 17 years than many do in their entire career.
His motto, “Seriously Good Doughnuts” is more than just a catchphrase. It’s a description of his signature handmade brioche doughnuts, filled with everything from chocolate-hazelnut to Byron Bay peanut butter banana cream, each is delicious.
All Day Donuts
You never know when a doughnut craving is going to hit, so All Day Doughnuts has you covered. I stopped in on my way to brunch one day and picked up a doughnut covered in hundreds and thousands. I’m a sucker for anything colorful.
All Day Donuts creates fresh treats in classic and creative flavors. Their Lemon Curd and Marshmallow and Lemon Yogurt Poppy doughnuts look like winners to me!
Nuts About Tella
I love a good success story, and the doughnut community is full of them! I remember visiting Nuts About Tella in 2016 when it was a pop up shop in Melbourne Central. Now, they’ve got their own shop in Brunswick East and is much beloved in the sweet tooth community.
If you’re a fan of Nutella, this should be your first stop, since the team behind Nuts About Tella created this shop just for you. Take it easy with a Nutella-filled doughnut or kick it up a notch with their Tella Burger, Nutella and your choice of toppings sandwiched between two Nutella- filled doughnuts. For the nuttiest Nutella fans out there, the stack of four Nutella-filled doughnuts, known as the Leaning Tella of Pisa is a challenge for you.
Tella Balls Dessert Bar
CBD – Inside Melbourne Central
I first visited Tella Balls Dessert Bar in Sydney, when I was on my mission to visit as much as possible of Australia in one week. With stops at lovely places like this, I didn’t get too far! Tella Balls Dessert Bar has recently expanded to Melbourne and have taken up residence in Melbourne Central.
Try their signature brioche doughnut ball on top of a shake or on its own, or try something out of the ordinary with their doughnut chips.
South Melbourne Market
La Lapa is located inside the South Melbourne Market, which is open Wednesdays and Friday – Sunday, so you’ll have to plan accordingly to taste these delicious delicacies. When I first moved to Melbourne, La Lapa’s doughnuts were the first I tried and two years later, I’m still just as in love with them. I haven’t tried a bad flavor yet, but my favorite is a strawberry iced doughnut filled with strawberry creme. Pair it with a cup of their famous coffee.
At 3 for $10, these doughnuts are a deal you can’t pass up!
South Melbourne – Find them at Miss Noble’s
Levain Doughnuts is a wholesale company that specializes in handmade sourdough doughnuts using locally sourced ingredients. I tried the Mars Bar doughnut at Miss Noble’s in South Melbourne and the experience couldn’t have been better. Sarah and the team greet everyone with a smile, and I like to think of it as the neighborhood Cheers- where everybody knows your name. I paired my Mars Bar doughnut with a Mörk hot chocolate, which was the perfect balance of sweet and sweet… just the way I like it! The doughnut is glazed and filled with a salted caramel filling, which was one of the best fillings I’ve tried. I’d love to try the rest of their line, creative with an Australian flair. Flavors include Anzac Caramel and Honey, Lamington, and Ceylon Cinnamon among others. Stop into Miss Noble’s or watch for Levain Doughnuts at markets and festivals around Melbourne.
Nóstimo & Co
So Nóstimo & Co isn’t technically a doughnut shop. It’s not even non-technically a doughnut shop. But they use doughnuts in their doughnut burger, and that’s earned them a spot on the list. Doughnuts are delivered daily and their chocolate iced doughnut with colorful hundreds and thousands become the bun for a double patty, double cheese burger with streaky bacon. It’s a lot to take in, and I was skeptical… but I LOVED it. Now, I’m wondering why all burgers don’t come topped with chocolate icing. Who needs ketchup? Give me chocolate any day!
RIP Doughnut Time
The expeditious demise of the most creatively decorated doughnuts in town is a warning to everyone. Pay your staff and your bills. Perhaps sugar-brain is responsible for the owners failing to remember these two important aspects of business ownership. Alas, Doughnut Time is no more. Here’s a quick photo memorial of some of their most beautiful doughnuts.
I hope this post has been drool-inducing and has helped you plan your International Doughnut Day. I can’t wait to hear how you spend it!
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