Melbourne has a pretty strong donut game and vegan donuts are joining the party all the time. As an act of community service, you understand, I’ve tracked down most of the vegan donuts Melbourne has to offer, sampled a good deal of them, and now present them here in one big listing.
I’ll continue to update this list as more vegan donuts join in, so please leave a comment and let me know if I’ve either missed something, or if you hear of a new vegan donut. Because you know there will plenty of vegans who will travel for donuts. Share this around– share that vegan donut love.
The first photo up the top there is of the cinnamon donuts that were being sold at the Vege2go stall at World Vegan Day in 2014. I don’t know if they still make donuts, but I thought the photo was a nice introduction of donutty goodness.
Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop
151 Union Road, Ascot Vale
Established in 2010, Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop is an all-vegan and allergy friendly bakery as well as being a long time Melbourne vegan favourite. Their doughnuts are ‘bronuts’, made from a brioche batter and flavours (of all baked goods) rotate daily. Shown in the photo below, starting from top right are the Golden Rough (chocolate and coconut), Cookies and Cream, Cinnamon Sugar, Snickers (chocolate custard filled bronut with peanut butter glaze, dulce sin leche drizzle and sprinkled with chopped peanuts– my favourite everrr) and the Bronut Holes with vanilla glaze. The bronuts are $5.00 to $5.50 each and the bronut holes are $1.50 each. Mister Nice Guy’s also make gluten free Petite Baked Donuts (not shown here) for $3.50 each.
Preston Market Hot Jam Donuts van
Located at Preston Market during market days (Wed-Sat)
Boy was it a happy day when my vegan friend told me these donuts at Preston Market are vegan! There’s nothing quite like a hot jam donut from a van, they really do have a taste and character all of their own. You know what I mean, that jam donut van taste that no other non-van donuts have. I think the appeal includes the experience of stuffing your face and getting sugar all over yourself then making a bigger mess when you try to find a spare tissue to clean your hands. Or vacuum the car, take your pick, because really who waits until they get home to eat them? My congratulations if that applies to you, I’m not that disciplined so I join the hoardes walking around with sugar in their hair. The Hot Doughnuts van also sell a plain vanilla glazed donut for $2.20. A box of six jam donuts is $4.90 and a bakers dozen box is $8.50. One of my top picks for Melbourne vegan donuts.
La Panella in Preston and Loving Hut Northcote (can also be found at Mantra Lounge opposite Melbourne Uni)
La Panella Bakery: 465 High Street, Preston
Loving Hut Northcote: 377 High Street, Northcote
La Panella Bakery https://www.facebook.com/La-Panella-Bakery-111109138950836/
Loving Hut Northcote https://www.facebook.com/LovingHutNorthcoteAu/
Loving Hut Northcote and La Panella have a family connection, so the donuts are the same at both. Above you can see the plain sugar dusted jam donut and the two (chocolate and pink iced) jam filled donuts. Not shown is the custard donut. Everything sold at Loving Hut Northcote is 100% vegan, while La Panella Bakery has some vegetarian items, though the vegan items are clearly marked. These donuts are one of the cheaper options in Melbourne and a large size too, heavy on the jam.
Smith & Daughters
175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
My apologies for the blergh photo. It was taken back in the days before I had a low-light camera lens. But please believe me when I tell you these Spanish quince donuts are incredibly delicious. Lovely soft pillow balls of quincey jammed goodness. It doesn’t matter if you’re too stuffed for dessert, get them anyway!
Smith & Deli
111 Moor Street, Fitzroy
I wish I had more photos of the Smith & Deli donuts as they’ve had so many flavours. I’ve had cardamom spiced donuts, plain cinnamon ring donuts, donuts with a raspberry glaze and more. Shown here is a pumpkin spice custard donut which is probably my favourite of everything I’ve tried. Different flavours every time I visit!
Churros Spanish Donuts van at the Queen Victoria Market
Open during market trading hours
Parked on Peel Street by the #55 West Coburg tram stop, these churros are made from animal-free ingredients and dusted with plenty of icing (powdered) sugar. Seven churros cost $6.00, or they’re $1.00 each. A family business started in 1976, you’ll find the van operating during market trading hours.
Current Melbourne locations (they’re also in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney):
5 Degraves Street, Melbourne CBD
377 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Topshop Melbourne CBD in the Emporium Shopping Centre (you have to go in to Topshop) *need to confirm if this outlet is still open
178 Chapel Street, Windsor
Highpoint Shopping Centre in the Fresh Food Market, Maribyrnong
Doughnut Time offer a few vegan doughnuts on the current menu. There’s the Vegan Fox (chocolate glaze topped with freeze-dried strawberries and crushed pistachios), A Matcha Made in Heaven (matcha green tea glaze, freeze-dried raspberry powder and vegan sprinkles), Sia Later (red velvet), the plain jam donut and The Morrissey (chocolate glazed with peanut butter cookie dough chunks– this was initially a special but I think it’s made it to the regular rotation, judging from some photos I’ve seen on Instagram). Past vegan doughnuts, which can stage a return at any time, include Pump Up The Jam (raspberry plum jam-filled and dusted with cinnamon sugar), the You Go, Glen Coco! (not sure of the flavours as the website doesn’t mention it), Rough Around the Edges (chocolate and coconut glazes, topped with shaved toasted coconut), and the Blue Ivy (jam filled). Each doughnut is $6 each and you’ll see quite a few people around holding the cute boxes.
10 Sutherland Street, Melbourne CBD
Raw vegan doughnuts make a stand too, thanks to Raw Trader. Shown above on the lefthand side of the photo are the apple crumble (at the front), lemon chia and chocolate mocha. There are other flavours made too, keep an eye on Raw Trader’s Facebook and Instagram pages to keep updated.
Crumbs Organic Bake House
170 Union Road, Ascot Vale
Another favourite with many a vegan is Crumbs Organic Bake House in Ascot Vale (the North Melbourne bakery recently closed). The filled donuts are all sourdough, with a jam filling or my favourite, the lemon curd filling. I’ve also had a lamington donut. Crumbs also sell glazed ring donuts. Crumbs products are also sold at various stores and stalls around town.
The Village Bakery
38 Grantham Street, Brunswick
This was a very happy discovery. I was waiting for the tram right outside and anticipated zero vegan options, as this was the case a long while ago. Consider my joy at being told the jam donut and the cinnamon ring donut are definitely vegan. These are delicious donuts, though on the day I went back to take photos the cinnamon donut had sold out.
Various locations (roaming food cart/stalls)
Growing up, loukoumathes (Greek donuts also known as honey puffs) were a yearly favourite from the local church festival. When I became vegan, they were off my eating list because the donuts are dunked in honey after they’re cooked (plus I think they also had dairy milk). I could always have made my own with a sweetener alternative, but the experience of buying the donuts and standing around eating them (or taking them back home then sharing with family standing around the kitchen bench) was a big part of my childhood memories. So when I heard that there was a loukoumathes stall at World Vegan Day and then at the Vegan Brew & Food Fest, I was over the moon. The donuts from St. Gerry’s have the same texture and lovely dougheyness as the loukoumathes of my youth. St. Gerry’s offer a few vegan flavours: raspberry jam, cinnamon sugar and maple walnut.
The Donut Shop
130 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
The Donut Shop usually have a couple of options. I’ve tried the brown sugar toasted almond and the strawberry glaze. I haven’t been on a day when they’ve had other flavours, but these two have been good!
383 Smith Street Collingwood and 25/519 Riversdale Road Camberwell
Trang Bakery have a vegan jam filled donut and one sold as ‘nutella’ (though truthfully when I tried it twice, it was more a plain dark chocolate flavour than hazelnut). They’re quite cheap too, around $2 and freshly made when you order.
Thanks to @caleybell for providing this photo of the Trang nutella donut!
Taki’s Balls serve up Greek donuts with a variety of toppings, though only the plain sugar donuts are vegan. Still great though! Taki’s Balls are at different markets and events around town.
Lekker Lekker Snackbar
Lekker Lekker was another happy discovery (well, I haven’t actually tried it yet) because I used to live in Amsterdam and loved the yearly stalls popping up that sold oliebollen (yes, that translates to oil/oily balls). It was quite a treat to head down to the nearest oliebollen cart and watch them being made. I haven’t had oliebollen since about 2003 so the very next chance I get, I will be sure to check out Lekker Lekker.
UPDATES! Here are some comments I’ve received about other places in Melbourne serving vegan donuts. Thank you for the tips!
Lucinda says “The Crimson Bear in Williamstown had a couple of raw vegan donut options last time I was in”.
I’ve had a few comments suggesting the donuts at the MCG but I don’t know where they’re from sorry (as in, the supplier).
Rory says “there’s a pop-up on Chapel St next to KFC that has an option”.
Andy says “there’s a Doughnut Time cart (maybe the one that was at the MYER Emporium) at one of the exits from Melbourne Central out to Swanston St.”
Anthony says “There’s a little bakery in Briar Hill (near Eltham) that a Chinese couple run. They do all the traditional, cheap Aussie bakery fare, including doughnuts. Most stuff is not vegan but their jam- and iced-doughnuts are vegan. Warning: almost too jammy! I go for ring doughnuts usually. Super cheap! $1 / $1.80 for small / large sizes.”
Mich Leanne says “Saw donuts at Wombat vegan cafe in Dromana the other day 🙂 ”
And I think that’s about it! Unfortunately there only seems to be the two gluten free options in all of that (Mister Nice Guy’s and Raw Trader though I am guessing the raw donut options at The Crimson Bear in Williamstown are gluten free). I know that some of the gluten free shops sell vegan jam filled donuts, but well years ago I tried one and it was like a sponge soaked in oil and I felt really sick afterwards. Plus this listing is more about places that sell donuts, not really what you find in a packet. Speaking of packets though, the churros at Costco are I believe vegan (they were a couple years ago) and the Nana’s Choc Filled Churros in the supermarket freezer section are vegan too, and sometimes on sale for half the price.