Someone once said, “it’s always a good day for a doughnut,” and we wholeheartedly agree. In their humble origins, doughnuts were simply fried and coated in sugar, but fast forward to 2021, and many a cafe are pumping out house made doughnuts that boast bold new flavours, new dough-making techniques and an all new type of sweet sensation.
Ready to smash down some sweet doughies? We’ve rounded up 10 of Perth's best doughnuts.
Servicing the coolest cafes around Perth and creating some of the highest production value doughnut porn around town, Top Dup's glazed or sugared doughnut bombs are exploding with inspired gooey, creamy, syrupy, custardy combinations. There's Blueberry and Lemon, Maple Syrup and Candied Bacon, New York Cheesecake, Marble Mud Cake and Sprinkle Bomb (to name a few), not to mention their awesome croughies (that's a croissant doughnut for those playing at home). Doughnut voyeurs can check their site for locations and latest creations.
Mary St Bakery
A nice point of difference with the doughnuts from the iconic Mary St Bakery is that they aren’t sickly sweet, but spongy, buttery and gorgeous. Treat yourself to a Passionfruit Curd, Lemon Maple Pecan, Rose Water and Pistachio, gooey Salted Caramel-filled doughnut or a traditional cinnamon sugar with the rest of the cool kids. Then leave, put on a wig and sunglasses, and go back in and order another one—then repeat.
Occupying one of the booths at the famous Freo Markets, Levi’s select doughnut menu is simple and done very well, according to the hoards of customers looking to bag one of their delicious offerings. There are three flavours to choose from; the Traditional Style (with cinnamon sugar), the Blackberry Jam Filled and the Real Dark Chocolate Filled.
The Boston Cream Doughnut—a brioche doughnut filled with vanilla bean pastry cream and Valrhona chocolate glaze is the pick of the bunch at gorgeous Highgate Bakery, Chu. One look at the glossy lake of dark chocolate glaze upon a doughnut pillow with a cheeky spill of custardy looking vanilla cream oozing out will have ordering one before you know what you've done. Crispy, light, chocolaty, custardy and buttery, Chu's doughnuts are pretty much perfect.
Award winning patisserie, Chopin, is famous for its Polish doughnuts, also known as Paczki. These glazed doughnuts are made from sweet dough and filled with tart homemade plum jam. I’ve seen friendships broken fighting over one of these delectable pastries (though I am very petty and that doughnut was clearly MINE).
If you prefer your doughnuts loaded with goodies, you'll want to get yourself to MOP immediately. The doughy, brioche-style balls of goodness are all made on premises (hence the name) and flavoured with delicious fillings like Oreo, Ferrero Rocher and Snickers.
Lawleys Bakery Cafe
Eat your feelings with a Glazed Custard Doughnut from Lawleys Bakery. You’ll be buzzing like a bee after you have consumed its gooey heart of custard. Would I sell my soul for a Glazed Custard Doughnut from Lawleys? No, probably not. Sell my mum and grandma? Sure would. Some of the best doughnuts in Perth, right here.
tbsp. do a heap of doughnuts so you can go every single day and never get bored! Flavours range from the relatively safe blueberry and chocolate crumb to the crazy delicious raspberry and yuzu with matcha crumb but you'll have to head in store to see what's on offer on any given day. And if you like these, you should also swing by the second venue by the same owners, Forklore, which serves up equally good baked goods.
East Victoria Park
For tasty litte dough balls overflowing with next-level toppings, you can't beat Donut Worry. The East Victoria Park bakery is dishing up the best Greek-style doughnuts in Perth in flavours like Biscoff, Bueno and Bee Happy. And honestly, it's not hard to keep everyone happy, with a bunch of vegan-friendly options too.
General Public Food Co
Scarborough And Inglewood
While the sourdough pizza is the star attraction at General Public, we just can’t seem to get past the doughnuts. You see the baked goods are all made with sourdough too and once you try them, there’s no going back. Soft and fluffy with an awe-inspiring chew—the baker’s here have seriously got it going on.
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Image credit: Louise Coghill