Doughnuts (or donuts) are essentially a sweet snack of fried dough. Across the world there are different varieties, including the classic cinnamon ring doughnuts, glazed doughnuts, round doughnuts with fillings, and long Spanish doughnuts dipped in chocolate. With so many possible shapes and sizes, where can you find the best doughnuts in Melbourne?
American Doughnut Kitchen - Queen Victoria Markets (Queen St)
Starting from the heart of Melbourne CBD, Queen Victoria Markets itself has two doughnut vans. On one side is the American Doughnut Kitchen, which is a family business that has run from the same van since the 1950s. The doughnuts are fluffy and round, with a bright red raspberry filling, sprinkled generously with granulated sugar. Fans argue that Olympic Donuts, a jam doughnut store outside Footscray station, is an equally matched competitor.
On the other side of the markets is the Spanish type doughnuts, also known as churros. Churros are long strands of dough, piped with a star-shaped nozzle, and are served either plain with icing sugar, or with chocolate dipping sauces.
Chocolateria San Churro - multiple branches including stores in QV (Swanston), and Lygon St
Whilst this franchise is not highly regarded as top quality churros, the churros trend in Melbourne CBD really took off with with the opening of various branches of San Churro. Aside from churros and white, milk, dark dipping sauces, San Churro also serves a variety of hot chocolates, truffles and desserts.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts - multiple in CBD and Melbourne Airport
Coming from a region without Krispy Kreme branches, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are commonly the "souvenirs" friends bring back after a trip interstate. Ah, the slight crunch of the ice-glazed doughnut, with a soft bite. Or choose from one of the many flavours - cheesecake, blueberry filled, cinnamon apple and more.
Now that we've started on the doughnut hunt throughout Melbourne, tell us about your favourite doughnut stores.
Now that is a good question. I love the italian donuts at the Queen Vic Market. They are yummy, fattening but highly edible.
Then, theres the organic donuts @ the South Melbourne Market. They are a pretty good snack when you've had a busy morning doing the market shopping.:)
Its the exercise you have to do afterwards that makes that yummy donut look a little less tasty and an apple or mandarine look tasty. (the trick is to have one donut, not 3 and then you dont have to go for a big exercise session.) The other aspect of that is if you are a busy shopper, you might not even feel the donut add anything. You might have already worked if off shopping.
Sorry, have to disagree with writer - Churros in the van at Vic Market are ok, but served plain. Churros at San Churro are served with bowls of real melted chocolate to dip in to (not sauce as described) and are to die for. No competition. Some stores are better than others but they are the reason people even know what a churros is now. QV probably have the best ones in Melbourne