Donuts. Nobody hates a donut and if they do, they aren’t worth knowing anyway. Probably the most important food in our economy, shown by the fact that when referencing any country town the quality of the bakery is point number 1, and every bakery lives or dies by its donuts. Case closed. Donuts are King.
Possibly a little known fact is that the first Friday in June is International Donut Day (or doughnut for the purists). Falling slightly behind Christmas and miles ahead of Valentines Day as THE most important holiday of the calendar year, this is a great occasion to celebrate our favourite food and to also give praise to the fabulous makers of these delicious round delights….the bakeries. The supermarkets. The franchise mega bakers who produced donuts so addictive, they filled overhead lockers on all flights to Adelaide for a decade.
Our man on the ground has done the miles, eaten the good, the bad (no such thing) and the ugly to come up with a list of some of the top Donuts in our fair state. Feel free to give strong feedback advocating for places we should visit and try out. Scoring a donut is tough, and unlike some things, size doesn’t matter…..but it sort of does if it is too small.
Side note – this isn’t some insta worthy, heart attack inducing list of ridiculous donut creations where one simply adds a kit kat to a round ball of dough. The traditional choccie donut is our weapon of choice, but we will mention a spot if they also offer the enhanced variety of insta donuts!
Banana Boogie Bakery
With two locations, Belair and North Plympton, it’s easier than ever to get to this absolute belter of a prize winning bakery. Known well for their vanilla slice + exceptional pies and pasties, the donuts should also never be overlooked. We picked up a few at Easter time and they were sensational, including the ‘hot cross donut’ filled with your choice of custard or cinnamon cream.
Royal Copenhagen, Brighton
You know Royal Copenhagen for it’s ice cream, but did you know they do donuts too? We went to try their Donut Snack Boxes & holy heck, THEY.WERE.DELICIOUS! They come with several choices of toppings, including Mars Bar & Kinder. If you’re feeling guilty, grab the strawberries & cream topping, cause you know…fruit. Their Facebook page will have you drooling on your phone screen, so stop scrolling & go grab some. Now.
If your a local Southerner you probably already know about this little gem! But for those of you who only think the south has good beaches and nice wineries, we’re here to tell you it’s also the place to find the most delicious donuts!! Bradley’s Bakery has two stores once at Christie’s Beach (which has just undergone a bit of a facelift) as well as a second store at Moana. These donuts are huge…. way bigger than your average donut and the perfect balance of perfect doughy heaven and delicious chocolate toppings, plus who can’t go past the sprinkles! They also do a brilliant coffee to go with your donut treat #yourwelcome
Heading out to the slightly fancy Eastern suburbs means a slightly fancier bakery. As part of my daily commute, it is quite difficult to drive past Jenny’s without popping in for a treat. The donuts here are fantastic. Exquisite even. Absolutely hit the spot every single time, but what I love is the choice of a traditional choccie donut, or the huge selection of other types. The glazed is definitely on my hit list for next time. You can also order online from their website…*adds 10 donuts to cart. Order HERE
Doughnut World Delivery Boxes
Ok – not going to lie…. we have had about three of these boxes in the past year. They not only look super impressive, you have to admit – receiving one of these is pretty fun. and we just keep on going back to them. It is as easy as jumping on line to order, they get delivered, and the receiver will have their socks blown off every time. Offering beautiful fresh product this bright creative and high quality delivery will turn all of the heads at the party or in the office. It’s a great fun gift that is just a few clicks away! Order HERE
Hungry Homer Donut Kits
Donuts are more than just bakery visits here in Adelaide! Think outside the (donut) box – how epic is this Adelaide business offering DIY donut baking and decorating kits? It’s all sustainably package AND they donate a meal for every five kits sold. We LOVE that. Make donuts with serious bling at your next party, event, girl hang, date night or gift a kit as a beautiful creative experience. Order HERE PS did we mention it’s a local Adelaide start up? #ichoosesa
What a fantastic find this little gem was. Tucked away inside the fab Plant4 at Bowden, Cakeboy donuts is now one of my absolute fave donut places in town. You can also buy them at the IGA next door, but when Plant4 is open, pop into their stall where they bake their donuts fresh every day! That is good and all but how do they taste? Glad you asked. Incredible. I may or may not have grabbed myself a 4 pack of these delights, with my fave being the ‘Homer’, an absolute carbon copy of the most famous donut in the world, Homer’s. Can’t wait to head back here and try some more of their huge range.
Port Elliot Bakery
Having traveled to Victor for most of my life, this spot has always been a highlight on any visit. Sadly the rest of the universe has since discovered that secret so generally it will be busier than an Aldi special buys aisle on a Saturday morning. However if you are brave enough to tackle the crowds, you will not be disappointed. Insta famous for their ‘Donut of the Month’ (think your fave musician doing a duet with your other fave musician….but replace musicians with donuts and any other dessert), they do a cracking choccie donut.
Lobethal is famous for their giant donuts, almost as large as your child’s head and available in chocolate & sprinkle, glazed and jam & cream! Watch your kids eyes light up (like they have never seen a donut before) as they lay in to it. Perfect for sharing, because they really are novelty sized. To ensure you are not disappointed, drop them a quick call and pre-order one as they do sell out quickly!
Not a lot of choice out in the far north, so Salisbury Bakery was the recomendaiton to us to cover our northern friends. Look we will be frank here, it is no Port Elliot of Lobethal Bakery and maybe even that is a tad generous, but there is no such thing as a bad donut. Just.
Growing up, hitting up the Becks Bakehouse at either Melrose Park or down at Port Noarlunga was a common sight. One of those places that you know you can trust when it comes to getting a cracking donut (or pie…..and apparently they sell bread! Who knew). Highly recommended and if the amount of tradie customers is an indication of how good a bakery is (which it is…tried and tested method!), then this is a belter. The Donuts here are top shelf. Absolute Modra-Tier of donuts.
These fabulous donuts are a slight alternative to the usual donut fare, catering to those who firstly, love a hot cinnamon donut, but also want the following……Gluten free, Wheat free, Yeast free, Nut free, Vegan, Diary free, egg free! The best thing is that they taste fantastic! They have a really varied range of flavours to try as well so make sure you pick a bunch from their selection (Make sure you pick outside your comfort zone…you won’t be disappointed!). Although they don’t have a permanent shop, you can find where they will be by following them on insta here!