Fellow fried dough friends and doughnut lovers of Vancouver: whether you live here, are near or are visiting, we have done all the research to bring you this epic and exhaustive guide of the Best Doughnuts in Vancouver. Be sure to grab the MAP below for ease of reference — AND save it to your Google Maps. Let’s go.
If you’ve ever made homemade doughnuts out of your own kitchen, you may agree that the wake of oily mess left behind negates the novelty and deliciousness of their freshness and immediacy and therefore they’re much better left to other people’s labor. So then, whether you want Beignets or Bavarians, Zeppole or Paczki, Fritters or Old Fashioneds, or just a plain old Sugar Raised, here is where you should go in Vancouver to eat the best doughnuts.
What: Unparalleled excellent sweets and treats including homemade small-batch ice cream and cream-filled doughnuts Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Why: Without a doubt the finest quality and most delicious doughnuts in Vancouver. You’re only getting one variety of doughnut but you won’t care.
2. Donut Nook
What: Family owned, old-school spot serving up fresh hot doughnuts and dollar coffee Mondays through Fridays 5:30 a.m. and Saturdays & Sundays at 6:00 a.m.
Where: West Minnehaha.
Why: Great donuts. All varieties. Time travel — you’ll be stepping straight into the 70’s (not self-conscioualy or hipsterfully 70s, but really 1970s) complete with a half-U-shaped counter, built-in vinyl stools, hanging spider plants, a corduroy sofa, and a small reading library.
3. Mr. Maple
What: Bright, no-nonsense doughnut shop offering all of the classics plus fun colorful options.
Where: North Hazel Dell.
Why: The doughnuts here are light and soft, not oily in the least. Friendly employees and reasonable prices. Open 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 7 days per week.
4. Bleu Door Bakery
What: Breakfast and brunch cafe with a to-go window/counter adjacent that serves made-to-order beignets on Saturdays and Sundays only.
Where: North Downtown.
Why: Screaming hot and fresh beignets served with lemon curd if you wish.
5. Angel’s Donuts & Ice Cream
What: Full-scale doughnut operation also offering ice cream which is transitioning to homemade ice cream soon. Open 5:00 a.m. to midnight 7 days per week.
Where: East Vancouver just off 164th.
Why: Lots of fruit flavored varieties, famous maple bars, all the classics, and the unreal “pies” which are like an old fashioned buttermilk bar shaped circularly, filled with jam. A must. Also the friendliest doughnut staff in town.
What: Small neighborhood doughnut spot with solid freshly made classics that also serves ice cream.
Where: Fourth Plain, Orchards.
Why: Apple filled bear claw with crumb topping. Serves two.
7. Mercado Latina
What: Mexican Market with groceries, doughnuts, baked goods, meat and pupusas.
Where: Fourth Plain.
Why: The doughnuts here are a little heftier and drier but not in a bad way, just in a different way. Chocolate raised.
8. Dulce Tentacion Bakery
What: Mexican bakery with all manner of baked sweets and fried breads and doughnuts.
Where: Fourth Plain.
Why: Churros, but get them fresh. The plain raised sugar donuts are also solid and they’re open 8:00 a.m. to 9 :00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
9. Veracruz Bay Bakery
What: Modest and very friendly family bakery and Mexican “restaurant” with fresh plain, barely sugared doughnuts.
Where: Fourth Plain.
Why: They only make one type of doughnut, irregularly shaped and large, but it’s pretty sweet if you get it fresh. More like a roll to dip into coffee or hot chocolate than a really sweet doughnut.
10. Dot Donuts
What: Small doughnut operation with spirited doughnut flavors and names and serving Stumptown Coffee.
Where: East Vancouver on 164th.
Why: Pumpkin old fashioned (pictured top right, below). Jimmy Buffett (below, top center).
Bonus: Seasonal & Special Donuts
11. Rally Pizza
What: Lively, friendly and colorful neighborhood pizza and frozen custard restaurant serving up seasonal fried dough things such as Zeppole, Paczki, Churros (coming soon) and whatever else pastry queen Shan feels like whipping up.
Why: Co-owner and pastry/dessert Chef Shan Wickham is a wizard of sweets.
12. Donut Express at Vancouver Farmer’s Market
What: Doughnut tent shelling out tiny and freshly mixed and fried doughnuts in several flavors including coconut, chai, cinnamon sugar, lemon topped.
Where: Esther Short Park.
Why: Pip-like diminutive doughnuts are the perfect companion on your weekly Farmer’s Market stroll.
13. Happy Hour Donuts at Amaro’s Table
What: Elegant and upscale-ish Amaro bar and restaurant with well-rounded lunch, dinner and happy hour menus. The biggest selection of Amaros in the greater Portland Metropolitan area. At happy hour: a great no-nonsense $5 classic-burger style cheeseburger; fresh soft pretzel and beer cheese fondue; fish and chips; famous mac and cheese. And HOT ricotta donuts with caramel sauce.
Where: In the heart of downtown Vancouver on Main Street across the street from the Wacky McWeiner hot dog truck.
Why: Freshly fried ricotta donut “holes” sprinked lightly with powdered sugar and served with caramel sauce.