The Best Donuts in Toronto
The best donuts in Toronto buck every health impulse in favour of deep fried, sugary deliciousness. Gluten-laden and calorie packed, the donut (or, doughnut) has it all, but do we heed the warnings? No. And while you can't call us pioneers exactly, as the Dutch invented the original donut and Americans made them fashionable, you could say our love of the donut has been a consuming passion.
A version of the sweet, fried dough exists in almost all cultures; so of course the most multicultural city in the world would raise the bar on the humble donut. Canada per capita consumes more donuts and has more donut shops than anywhere else on earth. Yeast, cake, ring, filled, holes, bits, twists, crullers, beignets, fritters, Dutchies, sprinkled, sugared, glazed and powdered - we eat them all.
Here is where to find the best donuts in Toronto.
Opened in 2012, Glory Hole in Parkdale is the creme de la creme of donuts in Toronto. Owner Ashley Jabot De Boinod whips up gorgeous yeast and cake donuts. Pb&j, bread and butter, coffee crisp, and fluffer nutter are fan favourites and sell out fast. More »
Danforth's Von Doughnuts is new on the scene, but it's already got a big following. Unique offerings include savoury cake donuts like dill pickle and jalapeno cheese, and sweet yeast concoctions like Cap N' Jack (Captain Crunch and Jack Daniels) and The Sappy Pig (maple dipped with bacon, chocolate and peanut butter). More »
Rachel Pellet and Heather Mee of Emma's Country Kitchen won the $10,000 in a Donut Showdown, setting themselves apart from the competition. Emma's Country Kitchen only has donuts Saturday and Sundays until they run out, but they are so darn good you'll get up early for a bite. More »
It used to feel a little illicit getting donuts from Rachelle Cadwell, baker and purveyor of Dough by Rachelle. Now you don't go to the backdoor of Beast - you can buy them there at brunch. Hit Sanagan's Meat Locker and Sam James locations, or follow her on Twitter for the up-to-the-minute flavours (margarita, brown butter bourbon, cherry coconut) and distributors. More »
Dubbed Canada's original gourmet donut shop, Calgary-based Jelly Modern Doughnuts opened in Hogtown in 2013 to great acclaim. They have cake donuts like red velvet, carrot cake and whoopee pie, hand-filled types like s'mores and skor and lemon curd, and they even have a gluten free donut. More »
Paulette's Donuts used to have their own shop in Leslieville, complete with fried chicken, but now you'll have to head to a Delica Kitchen to find the delectable variety. Otherwise where will you ever find flavours like rootbeer float, mango lassi, banana walnut dulce de leche and raspberry rose? More »
South Etobicoke institution SanRemo Bakery has been making pastry confections since 1969, but perhaps the most fantastic are their donuts. They focus on the classics - honey glazed, apple fritters, and chocolate dip. Luckily, for those who can't always make the trip to Etobicoke, these donuts can be found in several downtown cafes. More »
Through Being Cool has been tantalizing their Bloordale neighbourhood with decadent vegan treats, but the donuts really hit it out of the park. What's best? TCB helps send a message of love with donut-grams - come into the shop and for $25 bucks you can send a half-dozen dunkers by courier to your favourite sweetheart. More »