Best donuts in Singapore
I grew up with a serious love for donuts — or doughnuts if you will — thanks to the bakery below my HDB block. These sugar-studded rounds were a treat for sitting through tuition classes or helping out with household chores, so it’s no surprise that come adulthood, passing by a local donut shop sends the reward centre of my brain firing in all happy directions.
Nowadays, donuts are returning to the spotlight in Singapore thanks to a growing number of local bakers, both on and offline. These are not your international franchises either, but homegrown donut specialty stores that push out ever-inventive flavours. From Singapore-inspired flavours such as Milo Dinosaur to unique takes on stuffed bombolinis with sourdough, here are some of the best donuts we’ve tried.
1. Burnt Ends Bakery
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Michelin-starred restaurant, Burnt Ends, has been having great success with its sister concept, the Burnt Ends Bakery, thanks to their Milo Dinosaur Doughnuts ($24 for six). Brioche doughnuts are filled with a silken Milo cream, then topped with a Milo biscuit for crunch. Though they were made for the Singapore Food Festival 2020 at first, the traction these received made them a permanent fixture on the Burnt Ends Bakery menu. They also sell other flavours, including Plain ($18 for six), Passionfruit Curd ($24 for six), Nutella ($24 for six) and Vanilla Cream ($24 for six). Do note that you have to order online, and that Burnt Ends Bakery does store pick-up or delivery only.
Address: 20 Teck Lim Road, Level 3, Singapore 088391
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 4pm
2. City Donut
Housed along Telok Ayer, City Donut is a relatively new cafe that specialises in doughnuts made with a local twist. Their bestseller is the Pandan Ondeh-Ondeh ($2.80), where fragrant pandan dough meets a sticky gula melaka glaze and coconut filling, though I personally am a big fan of the Orh Nee ($2.50), and the Pulut Hitam ($2.20), both of which taste so close to the desserts they nod to.
Check out our full review of City Donut.
Address: 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am to 5pm
City Donut is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Doughnut Shack
Amidst the Whampoa heartlands lies a takeaway-only doughnut shop with unique, and often experimental takes on the treat. Best known for their bombolinis (Italian for “stuffed doughnuts”), Doughnut Shack has flavours like Creme Brulee, Sesame Cream and Thai Milk Tea to look out for. They also have a house special: glazed doughnuts dipped in different sauces, from Brown Butter to Cinnamon Sugar. Their flavours rotate monthly, so be sure to check their Instagram for more details. Prices start at $2.50 each.
Check out our full review of Doughnut Shack.
Address: 87 Whampoa Drive, #01-887, Singapore 320087
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11am to 5pm or until sold out
Tel: 9109 6287
Doughnut Shack is not a halal-certified eatery.
Korio is famed for two things: grilled cheese sandwiches, and their Brooklyn-style brioche doughnuts. The small hole-in-the-wall cafe features a selection of flavours daily, all from $4.50. Our favourite has to be the Caramelised Biscuit ($5), with a creamy cookie butter glaze, though the Peanut Butter Jelly ($5) is a close second. Pop by the next time you’re in the CBD for a quick pick-me-up. They collect pre-orders on their website too and have delivery islandwide.
Check out our full review of Korio.
Address: 135 Amoy Street, #01-03, Far East Square, Singapore 049964
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm, Sat 9am to 3pm
Tel: 9771 6491
Korio is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Nassim Hill Bakery
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The Brioche Bombolinis ($13.50 for four) at Nassim Hill Bakery are a signature, and one bite is all it takes to know why. The dough is light as a feather and discernibly buttery, given that fine French Elle et Vire butter is used. The filling-to-bread ratio is, for a lack of a better word, gao gao too. Pick from their popular Kaya, with pandan coconut jam made in-house, or the ooey-gooey Chocolate, or mix and match both. You can pre-order them for takeaway or delivery here, or get them at the bakery itself as you enjoy their brunch fare, though head down early as they tend to sell out.
Address: 56 Tanglin Road, #01-03, Singapore 247964
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 8am to 10pm
Tel: 6835 1128
Nassim Hill Bakery is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Plain Vanilla
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Plain Vanilla has to be one of the OG cupcake bakeries in Singapore, but here’s a little known secret: they make great doughnuts too. Made with brioche and filled with custard, these are so coveted because they are made in limited quantities just three times a week, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flavours span Dark Chocolate Hazelnut, Vanilla Bean Malt, and rotating special options like Coconut Gula Melaka, Raspberry Rose, and Cinnamon Brown Sugar. A box of three is $13.50, and it’s best to order them online and pick-up in-store.
7. Harritt’s Donuts
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So low-key is this doughnut store that you wouldn’t know that Harritt’s Donuts is famous in its native Japan and in Taiwan too. Abroad, their bakes are limited to just three per customer given how quickly they sell out, and in Singapore, bakes are pretty limited daily. Head down to the Havelock outlet for a cup of coffee and to try their selection of stuffed or ring doughnuts, in flavours like Matcha, Cinnamon Currants, Earl Grey, and even Kaya. Expect fluffier, almost bun-like rounds that are generously-filled. Prices range from $1.90 to $3.20.
Address: 2 Havelock Road, #01-08, Havelock II, Singapore 059763
Opening hours: Wed-Fri, Sun 11:30am to 6pm
Harritt’s Donuts is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Common Man Stan
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The CBD offshoot of Common Man Coffee Roasters has a doughnut line-up that changes daily. Made in small batches, the doughnuts at Common Man Stan sees flavours like Choc Banana, Choc Cookie, Maple Bacon, and others rotate regularly, so if you work in the area, make this your daily doughnut destination. Prices go from $5 each.
Address: 11/12 Stanley Street, Singapore 068730
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 5:30pm
Tel: 6877 4855
Common Man Stan is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Bakes By NY
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Heartland Muslim-owned bakery Bakes By NY has been around since 2016, with addictive bombolinis as a signature. These stuffed goodies come in both mini and full sizes in boxes of five ($15), 12 ($30) and even trays of 50 ($120) for special occasions. Mix and match classic flavours like Nutella, the extra-chocolatey Nutella Chocolate Fudge, the sweet and salty Salted Caramel Cream, and the lush Cream Cheese in your box. They have announced a move to Bedok, so stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.
Address: 201E Tampines Street 23, #01-120, Singapore 527201
Bakes by NY is a halal-certified eatery.
Masterchef runner-up Genevieve Lee now fronts Sourbombe Bakery, where her own sourdough bombolini creations reign. This online-only bakery has one-of-a-kind fillings that play on hot food trends, like the Basque Burnt Cheesecake ($5.60) doughnut, and the Houjicha Caramel Crunch ($4.80). These are also made-to-order and fried in coconut oil so they are less greasy too. Fastest fingers first when their pre-orders open, though, as they can sell out as quickly as in 10 minutes.
Check out our full review of Sourbombe Bakery.
11. The Fat Kid Bakery
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Another home baker making sourdough bombolinis is the aptly-named The Fat Kid Bakery. Their menu is divided into their crowd favourites and their fruit series. The former has Chocolate and Earl Grey available, while the latter has more inventive options that range from the autumnal Brown Butter Apple Cinnamon to Blueberry Cheesecake, and the tart Summer Berries, as well as Calamansi. Sold in boxes of four, eight, 10, 12 or more upon request, these are priced at $4 each.
12. Doughter Bakery
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I used to only be able to find mochi doughnuts in Japan’s Mister Donut, but not anymore, because of Doughter Bakery. This all-mochi specialty home baker turns the QQ Japanese snack into an array of baked treats, from cookies to muffins to doughnuts. These chewy rings are sold in their bake boxes and monthly bake sales along with other Doughter Bakery items, in Chocolate Mocha, Sea Salt Chocolate and Chocolate Crispearls as their main offerings. Boxes go for $20, and you can often expect limited-edition flavours to pop up too.
13. Puffs And Peaks
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Puffs and Peaks is a doughnut-centric home baker that got so popular, they will soon be opening a physical store in the Tampines Central CC come November 2020. In the meantime, you can get your hands on their donut menu via their online store. Boxes of four are priced at $12.80, and menu options vary from month to month, spanning Vanilla Bean cream, Passionfruit curd, Dark Chocolate and so on.
14. Delish Hotel Pillow Donuts
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So soft and dense are these treats from Delish Hotel Pillow Donuts that they are very much like the goose down-packed cushions they’re named after. You get a mix of their Classic Sugar, Passionfruit Mango Curd, Matcha, Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache donuts in every box. They also have a brand-new Durian Pengat flavour that one reviewer simply described as “OMG” and “overwhelming”, so take note, durian fans. The goodies are all halal-certified, and are affordably priced. Boxes of eight Classic Sugar rings start at $12, with flavoured sets of ten or more doughnuts starting at $15. That’s just $1.50 each!
15. Nutcase Doughnuts
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Gourmet doughnuts at an affordable price point are the DNA of Nutcase Doughnuts, a local home baker. Their flavours lean towards the experimental, including the likes of Lavender Creme Brulee ($3), Black Sesame Praline ($2.50), Mango Kaffir Lime ($2.50) and more, with glazes made from scratch. The menu changes regularly, and you can only do pre-orders for the coming week. Delivery and self-collection options are available.
Trendy donuts in Singapore
Given how trendy doughnuts are in Singapore right now, do yourself a favour and get yourself a box from any of the stalls on this list. Be quick, they sell out fast.