By Brittany Tiplady
For West Coast Canadian 90s kids, donuts serve up some serious childhood nostalgia. Tim Hortons trips before hockey, Long John’s served with elementary school hot lunches, boxes of Krispy Kreme at a birthday party. You get the jist. Today, donuts are somewhat of a cultural currency. The beloved pastry continues to be elevated and topped with unique, showstopping ingredients that are as delicious in real life as it looks on Instagram. Hungry yet? Browse the list below to find some local favourites to indulge in.
1655 Como Lake, Avenue, Coquitlam
Because, you can never eat too many carbs in our opinion, after dinner try the Graffe. It’s an Italian made-to-order style doughnut drizzled with hot caramel.
110-12240 Second Avenue, Richmond
Located in the heart of Steveston’s idyllic village, Outpost Mini Donut Company lives up to its name, serving up gourmet mini donuts; delightfully fresh and coated in sugar or topped with vanilla bean or maple icing. Classic and seasonal flavours include salted caramel, blueberry, lemon, boston cream, and coconut.
Parq Vancouver, 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Parq is one of Vancouver’s hottest spots right now for a classy, elegant night out. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your food. At the end of your meal at The Victor, order the Crème Brûlée Doughnuts: a sensationally sweet treat, topped with cotton candy, to cap off the night.
Downtown: 534 West Pender, Vancouver
Mount Pleasant: 2190 Main Street, Vancouver
Kitsilano: 3040 West Broadway, Vancouver
Oh, Cartems! How you’ve grown. What was once a tiny donut shop in the Downtown Eastside, is now a booming company, pioneering the donut and coffee shop culture in Vancouver. Their inclusive lineup of goodies is stunning: almost all flavours come in a gluten free and/or vegan option so everyone can enjoy! Cartems releases new seasonal donuts or feature donuts regularly but their core lineup is just as exciting! A must try: The Earl Grey Donut (available in a gluten free and vegan option as well); bursting with the classic Earl Grey flavour in an Earl Grey glaze and topped with rose petals.
Mount Pleasant: 2902 Main Street, Vancouver
Kitsilano: 2198 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Downtown: 689 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Another Vancouver staple that keeps on expanding! This donut shop, paired alongside 49th Parallel Cafe is always bustling; expect a lineup at any time of day, and one that’s worth the wait. There are many fan favourites at Lucky’s but the Lemon Meringue Bismarck is one of the stars. Bite into a torched meringue, pillowy donut and sweet lemon filling.
1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Lee’s has been serving up classic donuts, notably their honey dip recipe, since 1979! Next time you’re exploring Granville Island stop by and try a Vancouver classic.
1025 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
Hey gluten-free readers, we’ve got you covered! Cloud 9 Bakery is just a 10 minute walk from the New Westminster SkyTrain station. Cloud 9 serves up a vast selection of g-free goodies, but Saturday’s are not to be missed. Donut Saturday’s at Cloud 9 feature cinnamon sugar donut holes, a freshly baked selection of vanilla and chocolate donuts with a variety of icings and glaze. Check out our in-depth feature on Cloud 9 here.
4373 Gallant Avenue, Deep Cove, North Vancouver
Deep Cove’s coveted cafe is the spot for a pre or post hike treat. On your next visit to Quarry Rock, stop into Honey’s for one of their famous donuts (before prepared for a line!) and live like the Deep Cove locals do.
110-19255 Fraser Hwy, Surrey
Black Tiger Coffee is new to Cloverdale, but has already garnered quite the Instagram following largely due to to their mouth-watering donut selection! Check out feature on Black Tiger Coffee to learn more about their menu.