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It’s been 10 years and it’s with a heavy heart – and unencumbered arteries – that we are still lamenting the loss of Krispy Kreme. Where do we turn now for our insatiable doughnut cravings?
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If we could choose a slogan for Buttery Factory, it would unquestionably be, “Go big or go home”. No other doughnut shop in town even comes close to cranking up the crazy, the decadent and the Instragrammable as much as this bubblegum-coloured little shop. We’re counting matcha-glazed doughnuts ($35) topped with matcha KitKats and crumbled cookies, pandan-glazed doughnuts ($35) with soft, spongy pandan-cake chunks and strawberry, chocolate-glazed doughnuts ($35) with toasted marshmallow and crushed Oreos… the selection is heart-attack-inducing. This is not your everyday doughnut for a quick fix. This is the treat-yourself doughnut you prepare for. You don’t just get a simple doughnut here – you get a fully loaded sweet bomb of a dessert. Hot tip: they also cater for parties and make custom doughnut birthday cakes!
Buttery Factory’s shop is currently under renovation, but you can order via their Facebook page or WhatsApp 6120 8626
J.CO Donuts & Coffee
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With three locations across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, Indonesian import J.CO makes the indulgence of doughnuts an incredibly friendly affair for our wallets. Clocking in at just $15 per doughnut, the range spans sugar-glazed doughnuts, to chocolate-dusted doughnuts, to more cheekily monikered options like the Alcapone, a toasted-almond number, and the aptly named Avocado DiCaprio, topped with avocado and chocolate crunch. Oh, and they also do cream-filled cronut versions of their doughnuts! Pair your luxurious sweet treat with a speciality iced cappuccino and you’re good to beat the summer heat.
Mongkok: 585 Nathan Road, 2952 2121
Tseung Kwan O: Shop B15, B1/F, Commercial Development, Central Heights, 9 Tong Tak Street, 2328 6511
Wanchai: 55 Hennessy Road, 6982 8282
The Mandarin Cake Shop
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The doughnut options to be had at The Mandarin Cake Shop are slim, but they’re as magnificently crafted as they come. Choose between plain ($22) and strawberry jam ($28) and feel like the fanciest pants around when you bite into one of these high-end doughnuts.
M/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2825 4008
Marks & Spencer
For the budget doughnut lover, there is good, ol’ Marks & Sparks, with their bakery churning out dependable favourites. They’ve got chocolate sprinkles ($12), pink sprinkles ($12), rainbow sprinkles ($12) and sugar-coated doughnuts ($10). Can’t go wrong with this grab ‘n’ go!
Various locations around Hong Kong
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New kid on the block NINETYs is already making a name for itself for serving up quality brew and café grub. The signature dessert, doughnut toast ($98), combines the indulgence of syrupy French toast with a doughnut and some sesame ice cream, dusted with crushed nuts and cookie crumbs for crunch.
222 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, 2369 0118
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Popular bakery chain Queen Sophie is mostly famous for its egg tarts, but that’s not the only pastry trick this queen has up her sleeves. The doughnuts ($10), dubbed “lucky pastries”, are more rustic looking than others on the market, a little more akin to a cronut than a traditional doughnut, and come in a variety of flavours: caramel, raspberry, passion fruit, cinnamon and blueberry. The crisp outer shell gives way to layers of buttery, flaky pastry, and the incredibly affordable price point is an unhealthy enabler in allowing us to indulge in several of these sugary babies at a time…
Kowloon City: 24 Hau Wong Road, 2683 1811
Sheung Wan: 2–24 Jervois Street, 2269 0278
Tsueng Kwan O: Shop 107, 1/F, East Point City, 8 Chung Wa Road, no phone
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Pastry chef extraordinaire Gregoire Michaud has recently entered the doughnut ring with the introduction of these extraordinary doughnuts at Bakehouse. We adore Chef Michaud’s croissants and cookies, so we can only imagine how delightful these cream-filled beauties are.
Related: Bakehouse SOHO Opens!
14 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai
And here’s where we like to go for our standard, run-of-the-mill sugar-coated doughnuts ($9.50). No frills and fanfare at Yamazaki – just a fluffy doughnut when we get hit by the munchies. When we’re feeling a little more chi-chi, we go for the chocolate-glazed doughnuts ($10.50) or rainbow-sprinkled doughnuts ($10.50) too.
Various locations around Hong Kong
You may have noticed that this is a fairly meagre list, which begs the question: what’s up with that, Hong Kong? Why can’t we have more doughnuts in this town?
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