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Five of Melbourne’s best doughnuts

Krispy Kreme

Two of Krispy Kreme’s latest creations

Krispy Kreme

Melbourne – and by extension, Sydney – is going through a doughnut craze at the moment. Everywhere I turn, fluffy, round piles of cream-filled doughnuts beg me to come closer, to just give them a try. I blame Krispy Kreme. Their arrival in Australia in 2003 (in Penrith, NSW of all places!) created lines so long it was like they were giving it away for free. Now, the hype around Krispy Kreme has died down, but they still have pretty good doughnuts as long as you get them fresh in the store and never from 7-eleven. In recognition of the ones that started the hype, Krispy Kreme makes it to my list of the top five best doughnuts in Melbourne.

Melbourne CBD stores include 55 Swanton St, and 607 Collins St.

Sydney-siders – the CBD location in Central Station is temporarily closed, but there are other branches in Mascot, Auburn and in the airport.

Doughnut time

Doughnut Time

Doughnut Time

Doughnut Time has some of the most creative flavours out there, with names to match. Some examples include I Pika Choose You, a Nutella-filled glazed Pokeball doughnut, Ya Bacon Me Crazy (bacon and doughnut, my two favourite foods in one), and Back for S’More. Piggy-backing off the TopShop craze by opening stores within TopShop was a stroke of marketing genius.

Melbourne CBD stores include 5 Degraves St, and inside the Emporium Shopping Centre at 287 Lonsdale St

The Sydney CBD stores are in World Square on 680 George St, inside QVB on 455 George St, and underneath TopShop on 45 Market St.


Bronuts @ Brioche by Philip

Brioche by Philip

They aren’t technically doughnuts, but hey, if they’re this delicious, who cares? Brioche by Philip makes his doughnuts out of – you guessed it – brioche dough. Philip doesn’t get too creative with his toppings and fillings, but the classic custard filling is one of my favourites. He also prides himself on having some of the best sourdough in Melbourne, but I beg to differ.

Melbourne CBD locations include 99 Queen St, 114 Russell St, and 555 Bourke St.

Sorry Sydneysiders, no delicious bronuts for you.

Doughboy 2



It’s both a blessing and a curse that my office is so close to Doughboys. It’s a blessing because if I feel like a sweet treat, or want to offer a pick me up at one of my meetings, it’s a quick excursion with guaranteed crowd-pleasing results; curse because the temptation is killing me… The caramel is one of my favourites – who can say no to a good sea salt and caramel glaze? – but with this many flavours and only that many calories I’m willing to sacrifice, it will be a long time before I determine my all time favourite.

Melbourne location at 535 Bourke St. Sorry Sydneysiders, again this is not for you..

Short Stop 2

Short Stop

Short Stop

Paying homage at Short Stop is a must for any doughnut fan. As you enter the minimalist store, you are confronted with a little glass box that protectively covers their menu of the day. Flavours change around all the time at Short Stop so it’s a bit like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. Go a little bit further into the store and you’ll see racks upon racks of sugary, glazed, stuffed goodness. How could you resist? My absolute favourite is the Australian Honey and Sea Salt Cruller, a beautifully light taste sensation when the large salt crystals melt into the Australian honey glaze in your mouth. They also specialise in cake doughnuts that have more of a cake-like texture.

The Melbourne CBD location is in 12 Sutherland St. Sydney-siders don’t miss out – they have just opened a store in Barangaroo at Shop 3, 23 Barangaroo Avenue.

Here’s a little secret: they deliver! Head to their website for more information.

This post was inspired by the Discover Challenge: The Poetry of List-Making.

10 comments on “Five of Melbourne’s best doughnuts

  1. philipcambodia
    August 24, 2016

    You can get a pretty good doughnut from street carts, or from sellers on bicycles, here. About 25 US cents. What’s one sell for in Australia now?

    • Penne Cole
      August 25, 2016

      25 cents! I’m so jealous. The cheapest doughnut on the list would be from Krispy Kreme at $3.50. But I guess that’s what you have to pay for “brand name” doughnuts…

      • philipcambodia
        August 26, 2016

        I remember when Krispy Kreme arrived in Bangkok…a queue for miles…

      • Penne Cole
        August 26, 2016

        That’s a queue I definitely won’t be joining!

  2. Frank Prem
    August 30, 2016

    That’s some mighty fine research, Penne.



    • Penne Cole
      August 30, 2016

      Haha gotta take one for the team every now and then, Frank!

  3. Earthy Tales
    November 7, 2016

    Yum!! Melb is the best for doughnuts at the moment haha

  4. Lifestyle By Lily
    November 16, 2016

    Love all of the pop up donut places I have seen recently, so many in South Yarra right now!


    • Penne Cole
      November 17, 2016

      Lucky you! Not so lucky if you’re on a diet… lol

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