Food & Drink

Fave 5 Brisbane Doughnuts

By Sophia McMeekin
26th May 2015

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Brisbane is in the midst of a doughnut renaissance. Deep fried doughballs, while never far from our hearts, have only recently found their rightful place in the limelight and are now showing up all over the shop.

Some of the best Brisbane doughnuts have gone mobile, with new food trucks spruiking these round delights popping up all over, while others are busy being sugar-dusted in the best Brisbane bakeries.

Here are five of our fave Brisbane doughnuts.

Bake Plant Based

West End

A vegan bakery specialising in handmade doughnuts, Bake are based on the Sunshine Coast, but you can catch them and their fluffy, chewy doughies at the Boundary Street Markets every Friday night from 4pm. With flavours like Boston cream, banoffee pie, apple pie, and pistachio butter and cherry jelly on the menu, in this case vegan does not mean less moreish. Made using locally sourced and organic ingredients, this doughnuts are pretty much good for you, so we’ll take a box, thanks.

Doughnut Time

Fortitude Valley

A hole in the wall selling nothing but doughnuts is the stuff of fat-kid dreams, and those dreams have been made real with the arrival of Doughnut Time. Topped with peanut butter, popcorn, bacon, or cracked candy, these doughies are devilishly good. Doughnut Time have recently added a food truck to their doughnut spruiking repertoire, The Doughnut Time Van, so now they’re near impossible to avoid. Shame.

Nodo Donuts


Nodo Donuts are gluten-free, hence the cute moniker, but what they lack in wheat they make up for in flavah. Baked, not fried, Nodo count themselves among the world’s friendliest doughnuts, and are so damn wholesome you could crack one for breakfast. You can find them at Dovetail on Overend, Press, The Single Guys, and other fine Brisbane cafes. Good news for doughie fans: Nodo have their first bricks-and-mortar store opening in Newstead come August!

The Doughnut Bar


A doughnut food truck from the pastry legends behind Chocolate Komberry Co. Dishing up artisan-baked, hand-dipped doughnuts out of their cute and kitsch Kombi, The Doughnut Bar is an already iconic new Brisbane food truck, with flavours like the Hershey Half Melt, Milo, and Tim Tam Slam.



One of Brisbane best bakeries, Brewbakers are also home to some cracking sourdough doughnuts. Simple flavours like jam and—call us crazy—PLAIN CINNAMON, are what our doughnut dreams are made of. If we could get a very large version of these and use them as sugar-coated pillows, we would.

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Image credits: Ariana Gillrie

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