6 of Toronto’s Best Doughnut Shops
2188 Queen St E; torisbakeshop.ca
It’s easy to assume that if a doughnut tastes good it must be made with less than healthy ingredients, but that’s not always the case. Tori’s Bakeshop is proof that doughnuts can look good and taste good, all the while still being made with natural and organic ingredients. One of their classic flavours is an organic vanilla that resembles the iconic Homer Simpson doughnut. But, don’t let the sprinkles fool you. This perfectly round, pink glazed doughnut is vegan, and gluten-free. If you love cupcakes too, Tori’s Bakeshop also offers mini versions of their doughnuts topped on a cupcake, so you can enjoy both.
Glory Hole Doughnuts
1596 Queen St W; gloryholedoughnuts.com
There is something novel about Glory Hole. The painted window sign, bright orange trays, mismatched furniture and powder blue tiles suggest a retro vibe, but their doughnuts are far from old school. The shop creates three different types of doughnuts — yeast, cake, and vegan, that come in distinct flavours like Toast and Butter, Milk and Cookies and Peanut Butter & Jelly.
Jelly Modern Doughnuts
376 College St; jellymoderndoughnuts.com
It’s hard to pick just one doughnut when you visit Jelly Modern, so I suggest opting for the mini doughnuts to indulge in a few of the more popular flavours like S’mores, Maple Bacon, Crème Brulée or Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. The doughnut shop itself has a minimalist look with white walls and splashes of hot pink, while their doughnuts come in a hexagon shaped form, adding to the unique, contemporary style.
713 Danforth Ave; vondoughnuts.com
There is something exciting about watching a doughnut chef at work. When walking into Von Doughnuts, you might just witness one of the chefs hard at work sprinkling hand-picked potato chips on their Malt Vinegar doughnut. The shop has a few popular doughnuts on regular rotation, but the overall menu is based on the day of the week. Wander in on a Thursday and you’ll get to try their Caramel Apple Pie and Blueberry Lime. If you’re looking for something specific, visit their website for the daily menu and place an order in advance.
The Rolling Pin
1970 Avenue Rd; therollingpin.ca
The women behind The Rolling Pin, Vanessa and Isabelle, are trendsetters when it comes to innovative doughnuts in Toronto. If you’re looking for something original, try their “Injectable doughnuts” — doughnuts accompanied by a mini syringe filled with syrup flavours like salted caramel or espresso. And if you’re interested in making your own yeast doughnuts, The Rolling Pin offers hands-on classes where you can learn how to make doughnuts from scratch; and, of course, you’ll get to take your creations home with you.
374 Royal York Rd; sanremobakery.com
If you want to try their doughnuts, you’ll have to take a number. The line at Sanremo Bakery is a clear indication that the doughnuts are worth the wait. This Royal York bakery has been around for 20-plus years and although the doughnuts are not displayed at the forefront of their sweets counter, they are in high demand and usually sell out before noon. With over 25 flavours to choose from, you can walk in or place an order 24 hours in advance to avoid any disappointment.