Whether you’re on the prowl for a simple classic glazed donut or a magnificent artisanal creation (think tea infused, sprinkled with bacon, and coconut cream-filled varieties), here are the spots that serve the best, and most drool-worthy, donuts in Vancouver.
Thanks to overwhelming popularity Cartems Donuterie now has two locations in the city. The company, which began as a pop-up, sources their ingredients locally and offers a variety of mouthwatering creations. Handmade on-site daily, Cartems’ enticing flavours include old-school classics (vanilla bean), decadent delights (triple chocolate threat), tea infused (Earl Grey), and a rotating selection of vegan gluten-free varieties. They’re also known for their “stuffies,” like the London Fog or Apple Pie varieties.
Address: 534 West Pender Street
Address: 2190 Main Street
Run by 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, Lucky’s Doughnuts turns out deliciously varied handcrafted donuts, including fantastically fluffy yeast-raised classics, traditional French crullers, and maple glazed fritters. Made from scratch, glazed with chocolate, sprinkled in granulated sugar, Lucky’s doughy rings of goodness come in array of flavours. The Coconut cream filled Bismarck, topped with Swiss meringue and toasted ribbon coconut is highly recommended.
Address: 2902 Main Street
Address: 2198 West 4th Avenue
This Granville Island Public Market fixture has been serving satisfied customers for nearly 40 years. All donuts are made on the premises and are comprised of fresh, high quality ingredients, including trans fat-free frying shortening, whole eggs, and real raspberry jam. Some tasty signature specialties include Lee’s famous Honey Dip donut and the incredibly indulgent Maple Bacon donut. For those who want to sample a variety, order a bag of different flavoured donut holes.
Address: Inside Granville Island Public Market, 1689 Johnston Street
This 24-hour joint is a default spot for those craving all manner of food stuffs. Just as popular as Duffin’s fried chicken, Vietnamese eats, and tortas sub sandwiches is the East Van locale’s assortment of vibrantly-coloured and lightly sprinkled yeast donuts.
Address: 1391 41st Avenue East
Those with a serious sweet tooth will feel the sugar rush over in North Van as they sink their teeth into one of Harmony’s cake-style donuts. Topped with either sprinkles, shaved coconut or crushed peanuts, these gimmick-free guilty pleasures are best savoured warm.
Address: 2945 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
No trip to Deep Cove is complete without a visit to Honey Doughnuts & Goodies to pick up a few golden, ultra-dense doughies. With a crunchy shell and a cakey interior these fried dough rings of amazingness come dipped in honey, maple, chocolate, or maple bacon.
Address: 4373 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
With no brick-and-mortar store, Mollie Minis is no stranger to the Vancouver food market scene. The pink stand traces around the city and serves adorable bite-sized donuts. Bought either by the bag or bucket full these doughy and delicious offerings are cooked right before your eyes, and are served hot with a light dusting of sugar. Apart from being fantastically fresh and fluffy, Mollie’s minis are the ideal treat to share or savour all on your own.