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Tokyo's best doughnuts

Where you can find the city's tastiest doughnuts, from classic sugar glazed to Cronuts

By Kaila Imada
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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 and gluten-free rice flour.

Tokyo's best doughnuts

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Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee

Shopping Bakeries 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.

Floresta doughnuts
Floresta doughnuts
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Floresta Nature Donuts

Restaurants Bakeries 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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Dominique Ansel Bakery Omotesando

Shopping Omotesando

If there's one thing to order at Dominque Ansel, it's the famed Cronut – a hybrid between a croissant and a doughnut which has exploded with immense popularity. Head over to the Omotesando branch of this NYC-born bakeshop for Japan-exclusive Cronuts and other artisanal sweets which line up like little pieces of art along the ground-floor bar, but do consider going on a work day – there are still queues on the weekends.

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Restaurants Bakeries 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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Haritts Donuts

Restaurants Cafés 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 10 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.

Doughnut Plant Kichijoji Central Kitchen

Shopping Bakeries Kichijoji

NYC-born Doughnut Plant has been churning out all-natural, delicious doughnuts since 1994, and first set foot in Tokyo a full decade ago. Known for its innovative offerings like crème brûlée doughnuts and jelly-filled squares, the Plant caters to honest and unpretentious sugar-lovers, and is unafraid to go its own way in terms of flavours and business models. Take this Kichijoji shop: open only between 8pm and midnight (to ensure that customers get their hands on the freshest product), it sells three kinds of doughnuts, namely vanilla bean, chocolate and organic sugar.

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Arnolds Kichijoji

Restaurants Cafés Kichijoji

Try Arnolds, Finland's favourite doughnut franchise, which opened its first Japan branch in 2013. The Kichijoji shop has been doing a brisk trade so far, though you shouldn't have to queue for too long to get your hands on Arnolds specialities like heart-shaped strawberry flavour doughnuts. Though they come heavily glazed, these treats aren't quite as sweet as they look – though they're large enough that you probably wouldn't want to eat more than one in a single sitting. 

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Hara Donuts

Restaurants Bakeries 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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Bryant Coffee

Restaurants Cafés Suidobashi

Who doesn't love the combo of coffee and giant doughnuts? The sister store of Dumbo in Azabu-Juban, Bryant serves up delectable sweet carb delights alongside dark roast coffee from famed Kyoto bean purveyors Arabica in quiet and homely Shoinjinja-mae. The Instagrammable dessert-craze has apparently reached the suburbs already...

Agnes' Portuguese Bake Shop

Restaurants Cafés Asakusa

Famed for its fried-to-order malasada doughnuts, this mom-and-pop bakery hails from the Hawaiian island of Oahu and has now taken on Tokyo, setting up shop in Asakusa after initiating its Japan invasion over in Kansai last year. Sprinkle some sugar or cinnamon on your oh-so-irresistible carb bomb and wash it all down with a cup of Hawaiian coffee.

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Nico Donuts

Shopping Bakeries 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.

Have a coffee with that doughnut

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