Sometimes, you just crave baked/fried, chewy, gooey goodness in the shape of a circle with a hole inside… yup. You want a doughnut. While Hong Kong may not be known for its doughnuts (we no longer even have a Krispy Kreme!), if you know where to find it, we do have some hidden gems. So whether you are craving one filled with creamy goodness or just a regular glazed doughnut (cruller people, you are also represented among The HK HUB staff), here is the list of our favourite doughnut spots in Hong Kong!
Nuts Donut Shop — Central
Nuts Donut Shop was founded by your neighbourhood “nuts” guy, Matt Ibarra, an architect by training but a home chef by heart. Since the pandemic and the birth of his child, he decided to follow his passion and thus founded one of our favourite doughnut shops in Hong Kong! Priding themselves to be the FIRST true doughnut shop in the city, they hand roll the dough and cut each one individually – no two will be the same! Nuts offers yeast doughnuts as well as denser cake doughnuts. And with an option to do custom doughnuts, along with flavours ranging from salted caramel iced and chocolate custard-filled to innovations like blueberry basil and bourbon, all your tastes will be satisfied!
UG/F, 21 Elgin St, Central (entrance off Peel Street) | +852 9065 2873
Hole Foods — Central
Another home bakery that has blown up is Hole Foods. Starting from their Instagram store, where their weekly drops would sell out in minutes, they now have their very own physical location. Their handmade doughnuts are still pre-order only, and you will find a new signature doughnut flavour every weekend. For an idea of price, their original glazed donut is HK$35, while special flavours go over HK$40. Some past favourites have included lemon glazed, maple bacon & maple glaze, boston cream, and matcha custard. Also, you have to try their doughnut holes, the perfect little bite-sized goodies that also ensure there is no wastage!
No. 203, 2/F, Conwell House, 34-38 Stanley St, Central | +852 9684 7770
J.Co Donuts & Coffee — Central, Mong Kok, Wan Chai
Everyone knows that the best accompaniment to doughnuts is coffee, and no one does it better than the Asian franchise, J.Co. The Indonesian-born brand now has locations across Singapore, Philippines, and Hong Kong! For just HK$16, you can try a doughnut from their wide flavour selection: tiramisu, oreology, heaven berry and yin & yang. AND, they also have the Instagram famous cronut – combining our two favourite goodies – croissants and doughnuts. And don’t miss out on their coffees whether you’re looking for a regular latte or something sweet like their Frappes. A treat for all!
Central: Shop B, G/F, Haleson Building, No. 1 Jubilee St
Mong Kok: Shop 1 & 2, Righteous Building, 585 Nathan Rd
Wan Chai: Shop 1 & Shop 2 Ground Floor 55, Hennessy Rd | +852 6982 8282
Dough Bros — Multiple locations
You’ve probably already tried their pizzas, as they do after all make the best handrolled sourdough pizzas in town. But to top that, Dough Bros offer another indulgence – doughnuts! They don’t have the traditional hole but their freshly made doughnuts are filled – with happiness and satisfaction – just as you will be when you try it. They have recently expanded their original fillings, which were jam, custard and Nutella, to also include apricot, blueberry and apple pie, available from HK$38. If you are wanting to try them all, as we usually do, you can order a six or dozen pack!
Bakehouse — Multiple locations
Reminiscent of neighbourhood coffee and bakery shops in Europe, Bakehouse was founded by acclaimed baker, Grégoire Michaud. Combining his Swiss upbringing with his love for Hong Kong, he opened the first shop in Wan Chai and has expanded since, serving fresh sourdough, fine pastries, and friendly smiles! Sourcing the best ingredients from Australia and France, they are best known for their sourdough egg tarts, but you also have to try their doughnuts! Filled with the best Chocolate Hazelnut, Vanilla Custard, Raspberry Jam, and Matcha Cream for HK$38, you can’t go wrong with Bakehouse.
Cookie Vission — Tai Hang
Our favourite shop for cookies of absolutely gigantic proportions and unmatched creativity in flavour, Cookie Vission also makes doughnuts. Some are available at their Tai Hang bakery, but we recommend pre-ordering online if you have your eye on a particular flavour. Their mainstay offering consists of glazed doughnuts, doughnut holes, and old fashioned doughnuts (for the uninitiated, these are delightful cake doughnuts with ridges that allow glaze to pool and cool) from HK$30. They also have special flavours you won’t see at other bakeries like yuzu cheesecake and banana passionfruit from HK$45 each.
Shop D, 6 Wun Sha St, Tai Hang | +852 5545 5655
Pane e Latte — Stanley
A lazy day watching the sea, reading a book, sipping coffee and enjoying a doughnut… what could be better! To make this dream come true, head over the Pane e Latte in Stanley. Inspired by a traditional Italian bakery, they provide high quality baked goods, where you can enjoy everything from breakfast to aperitivo. You won’t find the traditional doughnuts with the hole in the middle, instead you will get an even more decadent dessert: the sweet bombolini, an Italian filled doughnut. While flavours change on a daily basis, you can usually find vanilla, lemon curd, and hazelnut giandjuja filled bombolinis from HK$38.
25 Stanley Market Rd, Stanley | +852 2337 7221
The Baker & The Bottleman — Wan Chai
British bakery The Baker & The Bottleman handcrafts a selection of glazed doughnuts made from soft brioche dough and crullers ranging from HK$20 to HK$30. They’re made fresh daily, and like everything at The Baker & The Bottleman, the doughnuts are made with locally grown ingredients. The cruller made with choux pastry and dusted with cinnamon sugar is an absolute must-try. Pair it with a coffee, loose leaf tea, or natural wine (only available at nighttime)!
Shops G14 & G15, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Rd East, Wan Chai | +852 2386 8933 (WhatsApp)
Tai O Bakery — Tai O
For a local take on the doughnut dessert, head to Tai O and find this hole in the wall shop which you won’t have any issues locating because there will always be a long line! Having been around for over 30 years, Tai O Bakery (大澳餅店) are now well-known for their golden brown sugar donuts or “sa yong” (沙翁), which cost HK$14 each. This crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, light and fluffy as a cloud, dessert is pulled fresh out of the fryer and covered in granulated sugar – absolute perfection! It might be a hike to get there, but definitely worth the travel.
66 Kat Hing St, Tai O | +852 2985 8621
Buttery Factory — Online
If you are looking to celebrate, but with artisanal doughnuts, Buttery Factory is your go-to! Not only do they have some truly incredible options on the menu, this doughnut shop also do custom doughnuts for your birthday, Christmas or truly any celebration. Their Christmas Donut tree is to die for, and can even be customized if you’re looking for a special theme such as Iron Man or Barbie. And in terms of the doughnuts itself, they are decadent and packed with flavour. Some favourites include the matcha glazed doughnuts with Kit-Kat toppings, the lemon earl grey and the chocolate pretzel. Same-day delivery is available from HK$50.
Order by calling +852 6696 3866 or through Instagram
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