CityMash.com - One thing is for sure, Vancouverites definitely have a sweet tooth. And when we get a sugary craving, no ordinary chocolate or candy will do. We need to seek out the city’s best and nothing says “best” better than a delicious donut.
Vancouver has taken the donut game up a few notches lately with unique flavours, handmade creations and funky cafes to enjoy your deep fried dough in without sacrificing on quality or ingredients. So where do we go when we need a donut or perhaps a dozen donuts? To one of Vancouver’s five best donut shops, of course!
Cartems has paved the way for Vancouver’s craft and artisan donut scene. Cartems prides themselves on using fresh, local ingredients that are organic, when possible. For example, their milk comes from Birchwood Dairy in Abbotsford or Avalon Dairy in Burnaby.
With three locations in Vancouver, a delicious Cartems donut is never too far away. Fans can’t get enough of the famous Earl Grey donut infused with organic earl grey tea, covered in an earl grey glaze and sprinkled with rose petals. Other favourites include Canadian Whisky Bason, London Fog Stuffie and Salted Caramel. Cartmes also offers vegan and gluten free options so everyone can enjoy a donut!
Lee’s Donuts has been a staple on Granville Island for almost 30 years. And three decades later, Vancouverites are still lining up to get a taste of Lee’s classic donut creations.
Fans love the simple fresh donuts and wide variety of flavours like jelly, honey dip and sugar glazed. But if you really feel like indulging, try one of Lee’s Donuts’ famous apple fritters. The $5 fritters are gigantic and can easily serve as breakfast for an entire family.
The most famous donuts on the North Shore are located all the way out in Deep Cove. It’s certainly quite a trek to Honey Doughnuts but we promise it’s worth it! The famous donuterie is often lined up outside the door as it’s the go-to spot after a long day of Deep Cove hiking, kayaking and adventuring.
Fans can’t get enough of the melt in your mouth donuts in honey, maple or chocolate. Honey’s only offers three flavours but that’s all they need. Their donuts are homemade from scratch and they don’t scrimp on the oil and sugar. So definitely make sure to get your hike in before heading to Honey’s Doughnuts.
Lucky’s Doughnuts are made fresh throughout the day and proudly served through 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. Because what goes better with a good cup of coffee than a delicious hand-crafted donut? Absolutely nothing!
Lucky’s is known for their innovative flavours and rotating monthly menu featuring donut options like PB&J, Lemon Meringue, Mango Bismarck and an Apple Bacon Fritter. If you’re more of a purist, Lucky’s also serves up classics like Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate Old Fashioned. Head to the 49th Parallel Cafe in Mount Pleasant or Kitsilano for your taste of Lucky’s Doughnuts.
Harmony Donut Shop
Some super donut fans have gone so far as to call Harmony Donut Shop home of the best donuts in Vancouver. Which tells us that it’s time to get back to North Van and try this eccentric and well praised donuterie.
At Harmony, you won’t find fancy flavours or high prices. You’ll only find fresh baked classic donuts with yummy glazes and sprinkles that are perfectly light and crisp. As well as the delicious donuts, fans can’t get enough of the friendly staff and interesting decor. Harmony’s has been around for almost 40 years and the original owners are often the people serving up the donuts. The inside of the donut shop is decked out in funky pop culture memorabilia to make your donut adventure even more exciting.
How badly do you need a donut right now? We can’t wait to get our hands on one. Which donut shop will you be trying next?