There can’t be anything much better than deep fried dough. Oh wait, now there’s bacon included. Time for the Vancouver donut bucket list to commence, our list of all the amazing donuts in Vancouver that you’ve got to try at least once (or 5 times, just to be sure).
This ain’t no simple list of the best donuts in town, this list is for the diehard donut fans who gotta try em’ all:
1. Earl Grey donut at Cartems Donuterie
Exactly as it sounds, this tasty cake donut from Cartems Donuterie is infused with an organic earl grey tea, topped with earl grey glaze and a sprinkling of rose petals! While it doesn’t taste too much like the tea, the Earl Grey Donut is impressive because of the rose petals. The Earl Grey Donut also comes in vegan and gluten-free options, so its perfect for everybody. If you’re not a fan, you can also try other unique flavours at Cartems Donuterie such as salted caramel and Canadian whisky bacon.
2. $4 giant donut from Lee’s Donuts
Lee’s Donuts has been a staple of Granville Island for years (27!) and its a great place to get a donut when you don’t want to deal with those fussy craft donuts that have been exploding in popularity recently. If you’re looking for a great deal for your donut-craving needs, you’ve got to get an apple fritter from Lee’s. Sometimes as big as a dinner plate, other times bigger than your hand, the apple fritter donut is big enough to substitute as your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
3. Frissant donut
It’s a croissant… It’s a fritter… it’s a Frissant! Vancouver’s version of the cronut, the Frissant is part croissant, part fritter, and all delicious. Currently only available at the Swiss Bakery on East 3rd Avenue (off Main Street), the Frissant comes in a variety of flavours that include coconut, egg nog, salted caramel, lemon mojito, and cookies n’ cream. When the frissant was first introduced, there was lineups out the door to get one, now that the buzz has died down a little you can usually get a frissant without the wait. The best time to get a Frissant is between 8:30-11:30am Monday-Saturday
4. Honey Donuts in Deep Cove
These donuts are usually found in all the guide books as a must-try foodie item in Vancouver. Honey’s donuts are good, but definitely full of lots of oil. If you planning on eating a whole one to yourself, make sure to do a Quarry Rock hike beforehand. People often wait in huge lineups to cram one of these sweet treats into their mouth. Choose between Honey, Maple & Chocolate.
5. Harmony Donuts
Our personal fave, Harmony Donuts is listed as the best donuts in Vancouver on our website. Harmony Donuts is run by an eccentric guy who sets his own hours and makes homemade, delicious donuts out of his shop that’s crammed full of memorabilia. These are the kind of donuts where it doesn’t feel bad to eat more than just one. In fact, why not eat all 12! Oh yeah, because your stomach will hate you.