Whether you like them glazed and topped with sprinkles or sugared and oozing with jam there’s no beating a good doughnut.
Despite being a rising trend in cafes and bakeries it hasn’t yet reached the dizzying heights of the cupcake fad and a good doughnut can still be hard to find.
From the humble ring doughnut to gourmet versions stuffed full of fancy flavours, we’ve searched high and low to bring you ten of the very best spots to grab a delicious doughnut in Edinburgh.
Only open since April, Twelve Triangles are already making a huge impression on the Edinburgh café scene. Little sister to the cake heaven that is West Port’s Lovecrumbs, there was a buzz around this place before it was revealed they’d be specialising in doughnuts. Plump, perfectly formed and jam-packed with a choice of interesting fillings, their doughnuts are baked fresh with regularly changing flavours.
Expect such delicious concoctions as passionfruit ricotta, chocolate peanut butter and the old classic raspberry jam. The cute café on Brunswick Street is handy for Leithers and well worth the pilgrimage for everyone else – but be sure to get there early as these tasty treats are always snapped up quick.
90 Brunswick Street, EH7 5HT – more info
There was chaos on Edinburgh’s motorways when America’s most-loved doughnut shop opened up at Hermiston Gait in 2013, and the city’s need for a sugar fix shows no sign of slowing down as Scotland’s only Krispy Kreme is always busy. And no wonder when the doughnut menu has this many options. Opt for the classic glazed ring doughnut, or go for all sorts of indulgent toppings and fillings, from chocolate sprinkles to apple pie flavour. Get your doughnut fix on the go with the drive through or order inside and watch your treats being freshly made before your very eyes.
16 Lochside Avenue, EH12 9DJ – more info
The Pine Tree Bakery
The enticing smell of freshly baked bread and pastries makes this little bakery at Tollcross impossible to walk past. Most people come here for traditional Polish baked goods (made using only Polish flour) but it’s the doughnuts that keep bringing us back.
If you like your doughnuts to be the size of your face, this is the place to go. Glazed or sugared and filled with tempting flavours like jam, vanilla and custard, you won’t be able to resist picking up one of these enormous treats – or even two, as this bakery offers incredibly good value for money.
64 Home Street, EH3 9NA – more info
Southsiders can get their doughnut fix in this stylish American diner. Well-regarded for its tasty brunch options, the only way to finish things off is with one of their freshly baked ring doughnuts, topped with plenty of sugar and a hint of cinnamon. Perfect with a cup of strong, hot coffee to kick start your day.
15 Salisbury Place, EH9 1SL – more info
The Sicilian Pastry Shop
This family-run shop on Leith’s Albert Street have been making their mouth-watering pastries from the same premises since 1979, and they’ve got what they do down to a fine art. Beautiful and delicate, their wares are almost as good to look at as they are to eat. We thoroughly recommend the cartocci – a close brethren of the doughnut – filled with lightest and freshest custard cream.
14-16 Albert Street, EH7 5LG – more info
The Chocolate Tree
Doughnuts by any other name, the churros in this tiny Bruntsfield café are light, fresh and devilishly moreish. Made for devouring alongside one of their Spanish delicious hot chocolates, these hand-crafted treats are huge – big enough to fuel an afternoon of people watching, if you can nab a seat. Everyone else must have heard how good the churros are too.
123 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4EQ – more info
Storries Home Bakery
Stroll down Leith Walk in broad daylight and you’re likely to miss this little gem, but show up late at night or early in the morning and your eyes will be opened to the cakey wonders that lie inside. Providing the perfect late night munch for those heading home after a night out in town, it’s also a cheerful and welcoming spot to get your hands on sugary, sticky filled doughnuts.
279 Leith Walk, EH6 8PD – more info
Daniel’s Swiss Bakery
Good morning, we're ready again for your Sunday treat. Have a lovely day. pic.twitter.com/gCZxUwxtTj
— Daniel's SwissBakery (@Swissbakery_Edi) August 2, 2015
If you’re down at Ocean Terminal, make like JFK and head to this Swiss bakery to get your hands on ‘ein Berliner’. A traditional German doughnut stuffed with sweet raspberry jam, you can also sample their Vanilleberliner, filled with decadent vanilla custard. Everything is lovingly hand-crafted using only natural ingredients at this this husband-and-wife run establishment.
8 North Leith Sands, EH6 4ER – more info
Burger Meats Bun
Most people come here for the gourmet burgers, but it’s their secret weapon that draws us in – dunking doughnuts for dessert. Hot, sugary and fresh out of the fryer, these little morsels of joy come paired with a dipping sauce of the day – think sweet caramel, chocolate and vanilla flavours. What better way to finish an all-American feast than bite-sized doughnuts paired with one of their thick shakes?
1 Forth Street, EH1 3JX – more info
Crumbs of Portobello
Mini doughnut love! pic.twitter.com/MZDk3HUvFJ
— Crumbs of Portobello (@crumbsp) February 18, 2015
Forget fish and chips and ice cream, the only thing to eat when down by the seaside is a portion of hot mini doughnuts from this gourmet food truck on Portobello promenade. Made fresh to order and best eaten hot, these little cinnamon treats are melt in the mouth good – almost as good as the view from the waterfront you’ll enjoy whilst wolfing them down.
47 Figgate Lane, EH15 1HJ – more info
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