There’s no denying that donuts (or doughnuts) are one of the best-loved comfort foods out there. Whether you like a classic jam-filled version, a Greek loukoumades or a fancy artisan creation, donuts are hard to resist.
So if you’ve got a sweet tooth and are looking for the best donuts in Sydney, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve sampled the top donuts across the Harbour City and have put together a rundown of the 15 best donuts that Sydney has to offer. Yep. It was a tough assignment, but someone had to do it!
Let’s get started, we have a lot of ground to cover.
Location: 324 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Ph: 0451 542 703
If you’re in the Darlinghurst area, then you can’t leave without sampling Don’t Doughnuts on Victoria Street.
These more-ish donuts are a delicious hybrid of buttery brioche and sourdough, giving them a mouthwatering texture that is to die for.
Flavours include Macadamia Caramel Glaze, Dulcey, and their hugely popular Chocolate Fon-Don’t, to name a few. There are also brave flavour combinations such as Vegemite Butterscotch. I know. It may sound weird, but don’t knock it till you try it.
Don’t Doughnuts also whip up a brand new limited donut every single week.
Location: 35 New Canterbury Rd, Petersham, NSW 2049 Ph: 0499 519 838
Sweet Belem is a Portuguese bakery located in Petersham, Sydney and is a destination to cross off the list for any donut lover.
Sweet Belem donuts have a soft and pillowy texture and there are a variety of different flavours. It’s famous for its Dulce de Leche, Vanilla, Nutella, Crème Brûlée, and Custard-Filled donuts that are all finished with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Top Tip: In addition to donuts, Sweet Belem makes some of the best Portuguese Tarts this side of Lisbon.
Location: 13 Beattie St, Balmain, NSW 2041
Taking indulgence to a whole new level for the plant-based community is Nutie Donuts, situated in Balmain, Sydney. Nutie Donuts are entirely vegan and are mostly gluten free, too.
These donuts have a moist and fluffy cake-like texture that melts in the mouth. It’s great to find somewhere that gives allergy sufferers and plant-based dieters a luxurious donut that gives standard donuts a run for their money.
From vegan chocolate, to shiny vegan meringue made from aquafaba, these donuts are truly a delight for the tastebuds.
Location: 72 Pyrmont Bridge Road (Corner of Chester Street), Camperdown, NSW 2050 Ph: 0403 837 898
Despite the irony of their name, Grumpy Donuts are sure to put a smile on your face. Set up by a couple, Grumpy Donuts is named after their two Brussels Griffon dogs and their grumpy faces.
These days you can make delicious donuts in an Air Fryer and greatly reduce your fat intake. For more information and prices, click here.
These beautiful handcrafted donuts come in a variety of different shapes and flavours, from apple fritters, to classic ring donuts, and filled donuts packed with luxurious cream fillings.
You can either order a box of these delicious donuts online or visit their store, which also serves tea and coffee.
Location: Legion House, 161 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW 2000
If you’re a big coffee lover, there’s no better place for a pitstop of coffee and donuts than Pablo and Rusty’s cafe.
Pablo and Rusty’s serves a variety of breakfast foods and baked goodies to have alongside your coffee, including cakes, croissants, and donuts.
They are also dedicated to serving sustainable coffee and donate 1% of all sales to organisations focused on making a positive impact on the environment.
Their Nutella donut, which comes topped with Froot Loops, is definitely worth a try if you’re in the area.
Wondering where else to get great coffee in Sydney? See here
Location: Shop 3/23 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, NSW 2000 Ph: 0499 366 883
Shortstop Coffee & Donuts is a donut store that originated in Melbourne, before setting up shop in Barangaroo, Sydney.
From filled donuts, to crullers to cake ring donuts, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone’s taste at great donut shop.
They also provide a donut delivery service. You can sign up to their subscription service known as ‘The Donut Tasters Club’ to be in with the chance of trying their new flavours first.
Location: 524A King Street, Newtown, NSW 2042
Comeco Foods is the creation of foodie Yu Ozone, who wanted to create an exciting vegan alternative that anyone could get on board with, irrespective of their food allergies and intolerances.
Comeco Foods offers a large range of sourdough donuts that are all made from organic and locally sourced ingredients. These donuts are fried to order and are filled with a variety of different fillings. These include custards such as Matcha and Mocha Coffee, as well as Passionfruit Curd.
Location: 604-606 Crown St Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9698 6643 See Website for Further Locations
Kürtősh Surry Hills offers a variety of baked goods, pastries and loaves that are inspired by hearty home baking and are perfect for sharing with family and friends.
While they don’t serve traditional donuts, they offer a variety of different spiral pastries known as kürtőskalács that are similar and nothing short of heavenly.
They also introduce new pastry items regularly, meaning that their menu changes quite frequently, so you are bound to find an option perfect for you.
Kurtosh has also expanded over the border into Victoria. And whilst we’re on the subject, here are our top Doughnut Shops in Melbourne
Location: 34A Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW 2016
Donut Papi is a Filipino-inspired gourmet donut store that’s name was named for the rapper Drake’s Instagram handle, Champagne Papi.
With numerous glazed and filled donuts to choose from, they offer a range of exciting flavours including Purple Yam and Pandan donuts, Matcha, and Jam filled donuts, to name a few.
If you fancy making your own donuts at home, you’ll find it a lot easier if you have an Electric Stand Mixer with a Dough Hook attachment. For more information and prices, click here.
Donut Papi also allows you to order your donuts online for delivery, so you never have to miss out if you’re in Sydney but you’re not in the area.
Location: Shop 1/105 Regent St, Redfern, NSW 2016 Ph: (02) 9698 8598
Milk Bar by Cafe Ish is a restaurant that specialises in American cuisine. From whopping burger stacks covered in cheese to beautiful donuts, this is a treat you’re not going to want to miss out on.
With several donuts covered with Chocolate or a Sweet Glaze, you can’t go wrong with Milk Bar.
Milk Bar allows you to order six donuts for $25, so whether you’re feeling like treating yourself to an indulgent treat or want to get your friends together, you won’t regret it.
Editor’s Note: Sadly, we’ve heard that Milk Bar by Cafe Ish has closed.
Location: 37 Oxford St, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 Ph: (02) 9388 0119
The Cook and Baker is a cafe in Sydney that is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat when you’re on the go.
They offer numerous sweet treats and desserts, from cakes, to energy balls, to donuts that are to die for. You are sure to find something that takes your fancy.
Whether you prefer Vanilla Custard, Nutella, or Jam donuts, this is a place to check out.
Location: 73 Military Road, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
If you’re in the Neutral Bay area and are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, then The Chef & The Barista is the perfect place to check out.
This cafe is a great little eatery to enjoy a large range of hot beverages including coffee and tea, as well as their famous donuts that are injected with Nutella.
If you’re a big fan of Nutella, it doesn’t get much more indulgent than this!
And whilst you are up in Neutral Bay, why not check out our Best Restaurants in North Sydney?
Location: 281 Darling St, Balmain, NSW 2041 Ph: 0458 011 404
Bertoni Cassalinga is a cafe run by two brothers (Bert and Tony) and is known for its service, coffee and food.
This cafe offers a number of different foods, including fresh salads, pastas, and sweet treats. Keeping in line with the Nutella theme, Bertoni Cassalinga also offers delicious donuts with an Italian twist that will have your mouth watering.
For more fabulous Italian fare, see our Best Italian Restaurants in Sydney
Location: 1 Station St, Petersham, NSW 2049 Ph: (02) 9568 4644
If you’re a fan of filled donuts, then The Pig & Pastry is the place to visit. Situated in Petersham, Sydney, this cafe offers a vast menu that changes regularly, including their wide assortment of fresh donuts.
The Pig & Pastry is the perfect midday destination for a pick-me-up, serving freshly roasted coffee that works to compliment the freshly made baked goods including breads, brioche, cakes, and donuts.
From Jam, to Pistachio, to Fresh Berries, and Lemon Curd, this donut destination isn’t one to miss off your list.
This part of town is a really up and coming foodie area with some excellent drinking places. See our post on the Best Wine Bars in Sydney for some recommendations
Location: Shop 19, 200 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9262 4660
Last, but by no means least, is Devon Cafe. Located in Barangaroo, this cafe serves a huge selection of foods, from breakfasts to lunches – to some of the best donuts in Sydney.
Devon Cafe’s “Cronies” flavours include more creative combos such as Pork Floss and Salted-Caramel Popcorn. There are also fruity flavours such as Passionfruit and Coconut. Then there’s the Black Sesame and Red Bean, so you can expect a wide variation to choose from.
In addition to this, they also offer numerous hot beverages to enjoy with your donuts, whether you decide to eat in or take your donuts home with you.
If you can’t get enough of these flavour combinations, see our guide to the Best Asian Restaurants in Sydney
So, there you have the 15 best places to eat donuts in Sydney! Enjoy.
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