Best Donuts in Hamilton, Burlington and Beyond

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.

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Grandad’s Donuts – Voted best donuts in hamilton

574 James St N #1, Hamilton

This was a huge front-runner for our Facebook community. Grandad’s was voted the best donuts in Hhamilton. Clearly, our readers are smitten with the nostalgia that comes along with every order at Grandad’s. It’s got that ol’ orange and brown decor that reminds you of the 80’s, and the doughnuts 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 – Voted Best Doughnuts in Burlington

439 Brock Avenue, Burlington

You can’t miss the Sunshine Donuts building because they have a massive 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 donuts 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 them up at the store. Be warned, they always sell out!

Donut Monster

246 Locke Street South, Hamilton

Donut Monster’s yeast-risen dough is soft with a light chew. They were neck and neck for the title of best donuts in Hamilton. 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 doughnut 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!

Darling Donuts


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 Cinnamon Toast Crunch make 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 donuts in Burlington for allergy-friendly eaters. You can order online now for curbside pickup and delivery within the GTA.

Cupcakes and donuts together forever! Photo courtesy of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

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 for best donuts in Hamilton 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!

Sweet Paradise

419 Dundas Street East, Waterdown and 630 Stonechurch Road West, Hamilton

Sweet Paradise has been baking 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 suggest adding cannolis to your doughnut order. Because why not!?

Take a Drive to Get Great Doughnuts!

Beechwood Doughnuts

165 St Paul St, St. Catharines
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Located in St. Catharines, Beechwood Doughnuts was a top recommendation from those who are willing to drive for their doughnuts.

Bennett’s Apples and Cider

944 Garner Road East, Ancaster, Ontario
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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!

Paris Bakery

81 Grand River Street, Paris, Ontario
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Lady Glaze Doughnuts

46 Quebec Street, Guelph, Ontario

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