Doughnuts are having a moment—and that’s totally fine by us. Whether you like them dusted with sugar, oozing with chocolate custard or stuffed with cream, there’s something for everyone in this doughnut lovin’ city of ours. We’ve rounded up the top 18 places to get the best doughnuts in Auckland. Dough-not delay, try one today!
Little & FridayPonsonby
The number one spot is, of course, reserved for Little & Friday’s signature doughnuts. These decadent morsels are the cream of the crop—literally. We’re talking giant doughnuts encrusted with icing sugar and oozing with creamy fillings. We often find ourselves tossing up between our two faves—order the classic cream donut with crème diplomat and raspberry coulis or try the delectable banana and caramel combo? #lifechoices.
Leave your diet at door at this eatery. Al has a strong doughnut game and they’re not for the health conscious. There’s an array of flavours to choose from including Nutella, lemon meringue, Crunchie, smores and raspberry white chocolate. Our favourite is Al’s Deli Snickers-inspired doughnut. Picture doughy goodness stuffed with peanut cream and coated with dark chocolate truffle and chopped peanuts. If that’s not enough, it comes with a syringe for you to inject your own salted caramel. Cheat meals don’t get much better than this.
Little Sister CafeHenderson
These guys take the cake (or should we say doughnut?) for the best cream to dough ratio. Seriously, the doughnuts at Little Sister Cafe are absolutely bursting with cream. They’re also filled with a generous dollop (or two) of jam and coated in icing sugar. Keep your Tinder dates away because there’s a high chance you’ll end up with cream on your face and icing sugar on your nose. Don’t say we didn’t warn you—you’re going to find some of the best doughnuts in Auckland.
Your parents’ nags of “don’t play with your food” can be ignored at this Auckland café. Here, the practice is encouraged, as they serve their signature doughnuts alongside a vintage syringe packed with your filling of choice. All hands are on deck as you IYO (translation: “inject your own”) doughnut with either caramel, berry, chocolate or custard filling. Oh, and it’s totally okay to lick your fingers clean at Foxtrot Parlour.
Lil’ OrbitsAround Auckland
This mobile doughnut stand has been bringing pleasure to festival punters and market goers alike since waaaay back. Lil’ Orbits serve mini doughnuts in a glorious fashion—warm, sugar coated, cheap and hella delicious. The best part? You can order them by the bucket load. The only thing better than a doughnut is multiple doughnuts.
Devonport Stone Oven Bakery & CaféDevonport
Sweetening up the North Shore is Devonport Stone Oven Bakery & Café. Their generously sized doughnuts are rolled in icing sugar and loaded with either custard or cream. Work your way through fluffy mouthfuls of bliss to reach the creamy custard in the middle. Be sure to have multiple napkins at the ready because things are bound to get messy.
Bluebells CakeryHillsborough & Eden Terrace & Takapuna
When it comes to doughnuts, Bluebells Cakery keeps things old school. Think long, doughy delights filled with cream and dusted with sugar. The classic cream doughnut will remind you of trips to the bakery on your way home from school. They taste just as good as they did when you were eight years old—if not better. Grab a traditional raspberry jam doughnut or stay #ontrend with salted caramel. They’re available from their Hillsborough café from Friday to Sunday or at their Eden Terrace café on Friday and Saturday.
MexicoBritomart, Takapuna, Ponsonby & Ellerslie
Mexicans also do a tasty take on the doughnut. Mexico restaurant has perfected churros for you hungry amigos. They’re spiced with cinnamon and served with chocolate and rosemary crema dipping sauce (which is arguably the best part). No matter how many tacos you’ve got through, there’s always room for churros.
The Baker’s CottageKingsland
Last but not least on our hunt for the best doughnuts in Auckland, when you’re short on dough (the monetary kind) and want some dough (the doughnut kind), head to this humble Kingsland bakery. The Baker’s Cottage serves up all the Kiwi classics on the cheap. Your standard cream doughnut will set you back just $2.40—leaving you with change for a sausage roll and a lolly slice.
Mt Eden newbie, Olly, is all about three things: art, coffee and doughnuts—pretty sweet combo, huh? Adorned with murals and artworks, the café has a hella strong doughnut game. Here you’ll find your classic sugar and cinnamon d’nut as well as other delights finished with a thick spread of icing. There’s no shortage of flavours with matcha green tea, strawberry and cookies and cream all up for grabs.
Rosebank Coffee & KitchenAvondale
One thing’s for certain, Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen don’t do sweet treats by halves. We’re talking s’mores tarts (!), Italian-style carrot cake, salted caramel slice and—of course—doughnuts! They have two delights available for the taking. Their cream option is packed with diplomat cream and raspberry compote, while their sugar-dusted number is dipped in brown butter before being rolled in cinnamon-spiced sugar with a hint of salt—yum!
Hello Friends + AlliesEpsom
When it comes to doughnuts, Hello Friends + Allies has an exceptional cream-to-dough ratio. These scrumptious morsels are absolutely bursting with silky cream. They’re also filled with a generous dollop of jam and coated in icing sugar. Eat with caution—there’s a high chance you’ll end up with cream on your face and icing sugar on your nose.
Scratch BakersAuckland City
For an inner-city doughnut fix, look no further than the creative folk at Scratch Bakers. They’re known for creating a doughnut-of-the-week, with previous creations including almond butter with raspberry, hokey pokey with macadamia brittle crunch as well as peanut butter jelly. Is your mouth watering yet?
Miss ClawdyWynyard Quarter
The French do a tasty take on the humble doughnut. Miss Clawdy has perfected French-esque beignet doughnuts for your eating pleasure. You can opt to have ‘em plain or with a vanilla custard, fruit compote or chocolate filling. They’re freshly cooked to order and dusted with icing sugar. P.S. Their key lime pie with torched meringue is also mouth-wateringly delish.
K Road’s Bestie café and is sure to become your, err, bestie. The hip café serves up ricotta doughnuts (yes, plural) in exception style. You’ll be served five (five!) doughy balls fried to perfection and dusted with cinnamon sugar. The best part? These are then served with white chocolate whip, perfect for dipping the morsels of happiness. We can confirm, they’re as amazing as they sound!
The Mustard KitchenMorningside
Perched on a corner in Morningside, The Mustard Kitchen has a reputation for the best pies in Auckland. But today we’re talking doughnuts and the café is equally pro at baking these. They have four options: cinnamon sugar, chocolate ganache-filled or jam with cream (available in both long or round form). The latter is brimming with fresh, fluffy cream and dusted with icing sugar. Have napkins at the ready coz things are bound to get messy!
If you’re a bit like us and have a massive sweet tooth on ya, you won’t be able to resist the deliciousness that is Miss Moonshine’s Orleans-style doughnuts. You’ll be served three morsels dusted with chunks of hokey pokey and cinnamon-spiced cream. What’s more, this dessert also comes with a jug of salted caramel for you to drizzle over to your heart’s content.
Also an Auckland newcomer, Billy is all about dem doughnuts. Their cabinet is brimming with chewy and sweet homemade d’nuts. Here you’ll stumble upon classic sugar-coated doughnuts as well as iced deliciousness. We’re particularly fond of their chocolate bad boy with choc icing and drizzle as well as a stick of Kit Kat on the top. There’s no such thing as too much chocolate, right?
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