Donut or doughnut? It doesn’t matter, as long as they resemble fresh, homemade grease-dipped works of art. Whether you like to keep things vanilla, or you’re down for donuts dressed like an Oreo-fudge sundae, there’s something out there for everyone. Here’s our list of the best donuts in the city, vegan options included.
Glory Hole Doughnuts
Location: 1596 Queen St W
Glory Hole Doughnuts has been serving up fresh, handmade donuts since 2012. Their menu changes seasonally to utilize as many local products as possible. Donuts are available in yeast, cake, or vegan form, and this season’s flavours include hibiscus, banana hazelnut, and lemon thyme cream.
Emma’s Country Kitchen
Location: 810 St Clair Ave W
Emma’s is not just a popular brunch spot — it’s also known for serving up delicious baked goods, most famously their biscuits and donuts. One look at this restaurant’s Instagram account will leave you salivating for a bite.
Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co.
Location: 1277 Bloor St W
Through Being Cool is a vegan bakery serving up delicious vegan treats. Donuts, cinnamon rolls, tarts, cookies, and more baked goods are yours for the taking. This spot also serves savoury delights, like tempeh sandwiches and tofu ricotta and spinach stuffed pasta shells.
Location: 713 Danforth Ave
Von Doughnuts will put anything and everything on a donut. This hot dough spot offers different donuts daily, so check their website to see what day of the week has your favourite. Von’s also accepts and encourages advanced orders to ensure that they have your most preferred menu item hot and ready to go.
Jelly Modern Doughnuts
Location: 376 college street
Jelly Modern’s vision is to “create the best doughnut anyone in Canada has ever tasted,” if that’s not convincing enough to try this place out then I don’t know what is. Jelly Modern prides itself in reducing their carbon footprint through the use of eco-friendly materials and methods. They also focus on serving preservative-free donuts and using as many local ingredients as possible. If you’re not feeling a dessert, try their savoury donut sandwiches.
Location: 2590 Yonge St
Uncle Betty’s famous donuts are made inhouse daily. This spot likes to keep it simple with classic cinnamon or powdered sugar, however, special brunch donuts are available on the weekends. Past brunch donuts have included donut ice cream sandwiches and cookies and cream donuts, just to give you an idea.
Location: 2188 Queen St E
Tori’s Bakeshop is an organic, all-natural donut location that serves up donuts of all sorts, including gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free. Treats are baked fresh daily and among their most desirable donut offerings is their party cupcakes, which come with a mini donut on top.
Location: 356 College St & 156 Cumberland Ave
Caplansky’s maple bacon donuts are a must-try this summer. These sweet and salty donuts are “studded” with beef bacon and drizzled with real maple syrup — that’s enough to satisfy any Canadian appetite.
Location: 735 Bloor St W
Apiecalypse Now is as fun as it gets. With menu items like “The Toronto Island” and “The White Walker,” along with their “fancy donuts,” you’re set up to have a grand ol’ time eating delicious deep-fried vegan treats. Not limited to donuts, you will also find mouth-watering pies, cookies, and other baked goods.
Location: 96 Tecumseth St
Try Beast’s questionably-named Beastnuts. These donuts look so delicious you might find yourself reaching for one on your computer screen. Take a long lunch this afternoon and treat yoself.
The Rolling Pin
Location: 1970 Avenue Rd
The Rolling Pin provides an elegant touch to your traditional desserts. Their menu includes gourmet donuts, wedding cakes, cupcakes, macarons, pies, and cookies, so finding something to suit your fancy won’t be difficult. Everything on the menu is served in an artful design, so you may feel like your donut is too pretty to bite into (don’t worry, the feeling will pass in two seconds).
Little Nicky’s Coffee
Location: 375 Queen St W
Last but not least we have Nicky’s Coffee. Known for serving up a hardy cup of joe, Little Nicky’s services extends to freshly made donuts. Pair a cinnamon sugar donut with a fresh coffee, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
Feature image courtesy Glory Hole Doughnuts via Facebook.