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10 best doughnuts in Tokyo

We took the sugar hit and seek out Tokyo's tastiest doughnuts, from classic sugar glazed to flaky cronuts

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada
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Time Out Tokyo Editors
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If you've been on the hunt through the city's best coffee shops and cafés for the tastiest doughnuts, you may have been looking in the wrong place. Here are a few specialist spots where you can embrace the sugary ring and try varieties from deep-fried delights covered in gourmet toppings to healthier options made from soy milk, millet powder and other organic ingredients.

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Tokyo's best doughnuts

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  • Azabu-Juban

Friends of airy, fluffy, New York-style doughnuts will want to stop by this Azabu-Juban shop, where around a dozen different kinds of sweet carb delights are available every day. From basic options like the cinnamon sugar to colourful creations such as the matcha cheese cream and the hot pink framboise, there's a doughnut for every taste here. Combine your choice with a cup of dark roast coffee from Kyoto bean purveyors Arabica.

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  • Harajuku

This light and airy café space situated behind the bustling streets of Omotesando and Harajuku is a mashup of two Tokyo institutions: Coffee Wrights and Higuma Doughnuts. Serving, well, coffee and doughnuts, we can’t think of a better combination to lift our spirits. We love a good latte from Coffee Wrights, and if you can’t decide on a doughnut flavour, opt for the six-piece set and take the rest of them home with you.

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Hidden away between busy Meiji-dori and Cat Street, Good Town makes American-sized but surprisingly healthy doughnuts, baked on the premises with all-domestic ingredients. Our favourites are the extra-rich Kyoto Uji matcha variety and the vegan doughnut, made with soy milk and avocado oil.

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  • Soshigaya-Okura

Floresta, which also goes under the tag name of 'Nature Doughnuts', is a growing contender on a national scale. With its main shop in Nara, the owners are a husband and wife team who wanted to make guilt-free doughnuts that they could feel good about giving to children, so the flour, eggs, salt and sugar used are all organic and domestically produced. Floresta avoids the large batch production that many other outlets use, and only makes doughnuts as needed, meaning that they may well be sold out if you don't get there early. 

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  • Harajuku

Collaboratively run by the folks behind Nozy Coffee and restaurant impresarios Tysons, this uber-hip roastery and café on Harajuku's Cat Street is one of the city's flashiest specialist coffee haunts. The cronut-like NY Rings are made from buttery croissant dough and sure to satisfy sugar addicts. Keep an eye out as they'll sometimes comes stuffed in different kinds of fillings such as anko (red bean paste) and butter.

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  • Nagatacho

This modern doughnut shop tucked away in Hirakawacho offers up beautifully crafted rings made with only the finest ingredients. Their doughnuts are unique as they are made with various techniques ranging from deep-fried and baked to steamed, giving each one a different texture. Pick from flavours including chocolate apricot, poppy seed and raspberry dusted with popping candies, and pair your choice with coffee brought in from Little Nap Coffee Stand for the perfect midday pick-me-up.

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  • Yoyogi-Uehara

Haritts is so hidden, it's a surprise they get any customers at all. Luckily, their reputation is wide spread, and you're likely to find their doughnuts – made with loving care and entirely delicious – sold out by the early afternoon. Our advice: get there as early as you can. It seats no more than about ten people at most and is largely known for its takeout treats, but pull up a little wooden chair, a fresh coffee and (in our opinion) one of the best doughnuts Tokyo has to offer. You'll be really glad you did.

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  • Meguro

The bakers at Hara Donuts pride themselves on using okara and soy milk from the Hara Tofu Shop out in Nara, and there's a craftsmanship to the enterprise that a bigger chain might lack. The Meguro store, a bus ride from Meguro Station, is a pleasing little place, the second storey of which houses a café. Climb the narrow stairs and you spill out into what looks like a refurbished barn. There's a narrow counter beneath the window, a two-seater table by a small balcony garden and a large dining table where you can sit back and enjoy your daily doughnut.

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  • Azabu-Juban

This tiny doughnut shop is located just a few minutes' walk from Azabu-Juban Station and offers up some pretty tasty treats that are also slightly healthier than your typical doughnut. Their dough uses ingredients like soy and millet powder and flavours include kinako soy bean powder and sesame milk. Get there early as this shop is takeaway only and their doughnuts sell out fast.

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  • Ueno

Hokkaido's Nakashibetsu Town is the birthplace of the Shiretoko Doughnut, named after the peninsula that's known as one of the most remote regions in all of Japan. Made with milk from that same region, these goodies are soft, sweet and cutesy, especially when made in the adorable panda shape sold at this Ueno location. Flavours range from milk and caramel to pumpkin and chocolate, so you might want to buy more than one while you're at it.

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