I have fond memories from my childhood related to doughnuts. In the small town I grew up in, there was a doughnut shop we would visit on Sunday mornings before church. When I was really young, my go-to order was a sprinkle doughnut — a fan-favourite for most kids. As I matured, so did my taste buds and my favourite evolved to a maple frosted long john filled with vanilla creme. For the record, that’s still my all-time favourite doughnut if anyone is looking to treat me.
Now that I have kids, doughnuts have again become a family favourite. It’s not that I didn’t eat them when I was childless, it’s just a lot more fun going to get doughnuts with little ones who “ooh” and “ahh” over all the options and smile from ear to ear as they eat each sugary bite.
So with my two littles in tow, we’ve searched the city over the last several months in an effort to try doughnuts from all the local shops. This is a mission my kids have thoroughly enjoyed — helping mom with work has never been more fun! So without further ado, here’s our list of where to find the best doughnuts in Edmonton:
I had a major dilemma when I entered Destination Doughnuts: How do I decide which one to order with so many delicious options? And these aren’t tiny doughnuts where you can tell yourself “Well, I’ll order more than one so I can try a few flavours.” No, these doughnuts are quite large. And there’s just not a single one that doesn’t look incredible. Because of my aforementioned love of maple, I selected the Canadiana. It’s maple-glazed and did not disappoint. For my littles I selected a Classic Glazed. I’m not going to lie, I totally picked it based on what would be the least messy doughnut for them. And somehow they still made a mess. Ha! Other flavours that caught my eye included Mango Explosion, Salted Toffee, and White Chocolate Coconut. They’re also known for their Triple Play doughnut which has potato chips on top!
Where: 10548 124 Street, Edmonton
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm; Saturday 8 am – 3 pm; Sunday 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $3.80 / doughnut
If your tastebuds are looking for a party, Doughnut Party is exactly where you need to go. With flavours like Daddy Cool (triple chocolate + peppermint), Rhubarb Cardamom Rose Fritter, and Sugar Baby (cotton candy + coconut + shortbread + cherry), Doughnut Party offers a brand new twist on your morning doughnut run. Their flavours change on occasion, as well. During our visit we selected a simple Vanilla Dip (What can I say, I’m a traditionalist.) and a Pink Lemonade Twist. My kids loved the lemonade sugar coating their doughnut. It made me think back to my childhood days and eating pixie sticks or kool-aid powder. But I can’t deny that it was pretty tasty!
Where – 2 locations: 11980 – 104 Avenue, Edmonton | 9610 76 Avenue, Edmonton
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 8 am – 6 pm; Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $3.50 / doughnut
Ohana was my first donut (yes they spell it donut instead of doughnut) shop visit when I moved to Edmonton a few years ago. And they set the bar high for my Edmonton donut experience! I love the donuts here because they are made-to-order meaning when you bite into your donut, it’s still warm! The flavour options are simple: plain, vanilla dip, chocolate dip, or cinnamon sugar. You can also choose a variety of add-ons such as custard or cream fillings (cream fillings are for dine-in only as the cream melts inside the warm donut too quickly for take-out), sprinkles, Oreos, drizzles, and more. Ohana also offers featured flavours that change weekly. Friday – Sunday, you can also order a cronut: a croissant crossed with a donut. They sell out quickly, though, so you’ll want to get there early to get your cronut! Be sure to read former Edmonton City Editor, Jill Footz’s Ohana Donuterie review.
Where: 10347-80 Ave NW, Edmonton
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9 am – 8 pm; Sunday 10 am – 7 pm
Cost: $2.50 – $2.75 / donut; $4.00 / cronut
Bliss Baked Goods
Remember how I told you that my favourite doughnut is a maple long john? Bliss Baked Goods is my go-to for this doughnut in Edmonton. A friend introduced me to Bliss when she was on the hunt a few years ago for vegan donuts. She arrived at my house one morning with a vegan donut for herself and a maple long john for me. Bliss advertises as being dairy-free, nut-free, and Kosher and they even have a gluten-friendly menu. Plus, if you have someone in your family who doesn’t love doughnuts 1) check to see if they’re okay because who doesn’t love doughnuts?! and 2) you can order them one of the many other amazing pastries that Bliss offers including scones, cookies, muffins, and Nanaimo bars. Bliss Baked Goods is truly a pastry shop for all people!
Where: 10710-142nd Street, Edmonton
Hours: Monday – Thursday 7 am – 5:30 pm; Friday 7 am – 2 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm; Closed all Jewish Holy days and Sabbaths