Baked or fried? Yeast or cake? Filled or ring? However you like them, we’ve got ’em! Our guide to the best doughnuts in Hamilton and Burlington, as voted on by our readers.
Never would I have guessed our community would be so passionate about the question “Who makes the best donuts in Hamilton and Burlington?”. We asked and they answered! Here is our list of where to find the best doughnuts, in order of popular vote by the Active Parents online community.
574 James St N #1, Hamilton
This was a huge front runner for our Facebook friends. Clearly our readers are smitten with the nostalgia that comes along with every donut order at Grandad’s. It’s got that ol’ orange and brown decor that reminds you of the 80’s, and the donuts are biggies. They’ve been around since 2007, and have served up the classics and even some special treats like the Justin Trudeau-NUT.
The Sunshine Doughnut Company
439 Brock Avenue, Burlington
You can’t miss Sunshine Donuts when you get close, they have a gigantic pink-iced doughnut on top of their white brick building. It’s made many an appearance on Instagram! Brought to you by the same team who brings you Son of a Peach Pizzeria, this doughnut shop brings you the best doughnuts in Burlington! Boasting flavour combos like pink champagne, Peanut Butter Banana Pie, and of course Birthday Cake, Sunshine has solidified itself as a staple in Burlington’s Downtown. Right now, while openings are still in the initial phases, you can order in advance and pick up at the store. Be warned, they always sell out!
246 Locke Street South, Hamilton
Donut Monster’s yeast-risen dough is soft with a light chew. They create unique seasonal glazes and garnishes in combinations you may have never seen on a doughnut before. My favourite flavours are the cheesecake brownie and of course their classic apple fritter (it’s massive!) Their donut menu is ever-evolving and they offer both vegan and traditional options. You can order ahead and pick up a box of your faves, plus some coffee and even milkshakes!
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Baked in Binbrook, Darling Donuts is the new kid on the block, and the baker, Alyssa, is bringing sweet treats in bite-sizes to everyone – even those living the gluten-free and vegan life! Flavours like Nutella Churro and CInnemon Toast Crunch makes these little darlings something to write home about. Pre-order by the dozen, and choose up to 4 different flavours.
Kelly’s Bake Shoppe
401 Brant Street, Burlington
Kelly’s is your go-to bakery when you’re looking for 100% plant-based, gluten-free, peanut-free peeps you love. The bakery is a staple for many, including the downtown Burlington community it calls home. Our audience ranked them the best doughnuts in Burlington for allergy-friendly eaters. You can order online now for curb-side pick up and delivery within the GTA.
The Donut Stop on Parkdale
617 Parkdale Ave N, Hamilton
Looking for that classic doughnut and coffee shop? The Donut Stop is it. Located at Parkdale Ave. and Brampton St., this fan fave bakes up all of your traditional treats like a Boston Cream and chocolate dip, with a big side of nostalgia! The red vinyl barstools will remind you of your childhood doughnut shop visits, and the coffee is pretty great we’re told!
419 Dundas Street East, Waterdown and 630 Stonechurch Road West, Hamilton
Sweet Paradise has been baking up delicious desserts and savoury treats for over 30 years. This bakery does more than just whip up some of the best doughnuts in Hamilton, it’s a full-service bakery and deli. Our readers suggesting adding cannolis to your doughnut order.
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Take a Drive to Get Great Doughnuts!
165 St Paul St, St. Catharines
Located in St. Catharines, Beechwood Doughnuts was a top recommendation from those who are willing to drive for
Bennett’s Apples and Cider
944 Garner Road East, Ancaster, Ontario
Honourable mention goes to Bennett’s Apples and Cider, they were a write-in vote for their apple cider doughnuts. A fall favourite, so make sure to visit them in September!