Bistro Morgan, Melbourne
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The head chef and founder is 16-year-old Morgan Hipworth, who personally makes more than 1000 of these out-of-this-world creations every weekend (when he isn’t at school).
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Gluten-free diners rejoice – Nodo stands for “no dough” and these doughnuts are made using a naturally gluten-free house-mixed flour (organic brown- and white-rice flours, almond meal and potato starch). They’re also baked, not fried.
Grumpy Donuts, Sydney
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The menu changes regularly but what doesn’t change is the awesome flavour and Instagram-worthiness of everything that comes out of the Grumpy Donuts kitchen (think brown-butter icing with toasted brioche crumb). Sydneysiders can order online or visit the Camperdown shop. Photo by Alana Dimou
Famous Berry Donut Van, Berry, NSW
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For 55 years and counting, The Famous Berry Donut Van has been serving classic cinnamon doughnuts that people drive for hours to taste.
Doughnut Time, various locations
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What started as a hole-in-the-wall operation in Brisbane in 2015 is now taking over Australia with doughnuts that would appease Homer Simpson-level connoisseurs. There are currently 20 locations nationwide, turning out handmade doughnuts such It’s Always a Gay Time, with a milk-chocolate glaze, crushed biscuits, caramelised crêpes and honeycomb custard.
Doughboys Doughnuts, Melbourne
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In addition to the flagship store on Bourke Street, Doughboys Doughnuts delivers its delicious creations to a long list of cafés across Melbourne and they’ll also take orders for home delivery to select suburbs. Repeat: doughnuts delivered, to your door.
The Italian Donut Co. By Lena Lu, Perth
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The specialty is small batches of bomboloni (handmade Italian doughnuts), filled and topped with all sorts of goodies, such as Nutella and honeycomb, lemon curd and salted caramel with Italian custard. Find them at many of Perth’s growers’ markets and an upcoming retail store.
Doughheads, Newcastle, NSW
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It’s the city’s prime spot for doughnuts of all shapes, sizes and flavours – we’re partial to the doughnut holes with a pot of warm Nutella on the side.
Shortstop Coffee & Donuts, Sydney and Melbourne
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A rotating menu of flavours – from the simple (classic jam) to the sophisticated (burnt caramel, fennel and sea salt) – makes Shortstop the pastry connoisseurs’ spot of choice. Don’t leave without a stash of the maple, walnut and brown butter.
Ruby G's Canteen and Bakery, Darwin
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Among the many delicious baked goods and more traditional doughnuts is a genius doughnut-like hybrid: the Crozel (Nutella plus croissant plus pretzel). The next big thing?
All Day Donuts, Melbourne
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The pastry chef at All Day Donuts churns out five varieties of doughnuts every day. Past hits include milkberry rubble, lemon poppy seed and lamington (the holes are filled with jam!). (Image: https://www.instagram.com/alldaydonuts)
The Doughnut Bar, Brisbane
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There’s a vast menu of quirky flavours and shapes (doughnut ice-cream cone, anyone?), all baked by The Doughnut Bar’s small team. At the moment, we can’t go past the hand-cut “doughnut fries”.
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At Bombolini, they do one thing and they do it well: handmade Italian doughnuts filled with a variety of custards and jams.
Lady Hester, Hobart
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Specialising in sourdough doughnuts with Middle Eastern-inspired fillings, Lady Hester is all about grown-up treats. You won’t find pink glaze here: think along the lines of dark chocolate, pistachio and pomegranate or orange curd and cardamom meringue.
Mary Street Bakery, Perth
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The bakery has a few locations around Perth and serves breakfast, lunch, coffee – and a rotating selection of exquisite doughnuts, such as salted caramel. (Image: https://www.instagram.com/mary_street_bakery)
Gourmet Glaze Holy Doughnut Co, Adelaide
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The sweet menu has 19 different flavours, including apple cinnamon pie and island Flake ring, and there are multiple stores around Adelaide. (Image: Gourmet Glaze Doughnuts Facebook)
Glazed and Confused, Perth
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They’re handmade in small batches with flavours that change regularly. The goods are delivered to various locations around Perth so follow the company on Instagram to find out where they’ll be popping up next.
Please Say Please, Adelaide
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The Get Stuffed bomboloni doughnuts at Please Say Please are filled with an ever-changing selection of flavours that includes lemon curd, custard and Nutella. (Image Please Say Please Facebook)
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People line up for the café’s Brewnuts, an amazing and ever-changing take on the cronut that’s either covered with a tasty topping like chocolate crumble or injected with something wonderful such as coconut cream and pistachio.