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The city’s ultimate doughnuts

We’re now officially in the golden age of doughnuts (move over, cupcakes!). When it comes to the sweet, fried dough confectionery, Jozi has it covered, satisfying both classic and eccentric tastes. From delicious stuffed doughnuts, to those glazed like a creme brûlée or sporting some impressive sparkles, here is our guide to some of the city’s unrivalled doughnuts.

1. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme, voted best doughnut shop, has been keeping doughnut lovers happy since the first store opened in North Carolina in the USA in July 1937. And since it opened in Rosebank a year or so ago… we have, we admit, been happy!

Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature original glazed doughnut. They offer signature doughnuts that vary between their international franchises. SA is lucky to have a decadent gourmet range and limited edition flavours that change constantly like the milk tart flavour and peppermint crisp flavour. Do yourself a favour and try their Romany Creams doughnut offering and a cup of delicious coffee.

Click here to locate a Krispy Kreme near you.


2. Belles Patisserie

Voted the best patisserie in the city, Belles prides itself in creating fresh, wholesome, sweet and savoury food. They make a range of gourmet, extravagant, totally indulgent doughnuts. Flavours include strawberry and pistachio, coffee and custard, lemon custard and nutty chocolate.  And if a gourmet doughnut just won’t cut it, why not try the doughnut delight freakshake with caramel sauce, topped with a doughnut and a macaron.

Blubird Shopping Centre, Corner Athol Oaklands Road and Fort Street, Birnam, Johannesburg


3. Dope Donuts 

If you’re all for delicious, artisan doughnuts that are deep-fried to perfection and delivered to your door step, Dope Donuts is definitely for you. You have a choice of  twelve different life-size doughnuts on their website, including the Dope Donut (their signature mint glaze and peppermint crisp doughnut); Queen of the Sugar Age (chunky chocolate and a selection of sweets); Crumbs (Oreo shards); Double Dipped (half-white half-dark chocolate and studded with nuts); and Shaken not Stirred (dark chocolate clustered with Smarties). Get a box of 12, of at least three different flavours, for R240.


4. XO patisserie 

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People from all over Joburg are crazy for hand-made doughnuts from this relatively small place with a big reputation. XO Patisserie in Melville, Johannesburg, is one of the few bakeries in South Africa where you can find a local version of the cronut, the popular croissant or doughnut hybrid. When you eat a cronut you get the best of both – croissant-type pastry fried in oil, rolled in sugar, filled with cream and topped with glaze. XO also serves the ultimate freakshakes.

Shop 127, 27Boxes Mall, 76 4th Avenue, Melville


5. Farro Restaurant (Illovo)

When local’s heard that the owners of Kramerville Bakery had closed shop, many were disappointed. However, Joburgers will be pleased to hear that Chef Alex Windebank and his wife Eloise are still producing some of the city’s unrivaled doughnuts, only this time – it’s at their new fine-dining restaurant in Illovo. Chocolate orange & vanilla custard doughnuts… Yum!

Thrupps Illovo Centre, 204 Oxford Road, Illovo

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