It’s hard to pinpoint one particular factor to the perfect donut, which is why we’ve rounded up some of the best bakeries in Singapore so you can decide for yourself.
Donuts don’t get enough credit in the dessert world, especially when cakes, macarons, and tarts have become the go-to sweet treat. But there’s plenty to love about these fluffy, sugar-coated morsels. Maybe it’s the way your teeth sinks into the warm, melt-in-your-mouth pillows, as the smooth, velvety cream threatens to ooze out. Or perhaps it’s the addictive rush from the deep-fried rings that you can’t get enough of.
Local icy desserts like chendol and ice kacang might be popular in this infernal heat, but our love for donuts – stuffed or not – have remained, and they’re best had at these bakeries in Singapore. We’re talking a spectrum of flavours too, from local-approved ones like Milo Dinosaur and Ondeh Ondeh, to the good ol’ chocolate fudge and strawberry jelly. If you’re a fan of mochi, Japanese chain Mister Donut and Korean bakery Donas8 have also landed in Singapore to offer their versions of the popular afternoon snack, albeit in a chewier form. Canadian favourite Tim Hortons also recently made Singapore home, with its very first outlet at Vivocity offering its world-famous donuts and Timbits.
If you’ve been craving these freshly-made pillows and rings of joy, here’s where to get some.
For a guide to the best donuts and bombolonis in KL, head here.
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13 bakeries for the best donuts and bombolonis in Singapore today:
Homegrown brand, The Fat Kid Bakery, made waves on social media last year with their fluffy sourdough bombolonis. Armed with a two-year-old sourdough starter, the doughnuts go through a lengthy fermentation process of 72 hours for optimal flavour development and a tall soft crumb, before the donuts are generously stuffed with fillings like Roasted Hazelnut, Earl Grey Milk Tea, Citrus and Sea Salt Maple. The pillowy bombolinis are available in boxes of four, eight, 10, and 12.
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
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39 Amoy St, Singapore 069865
The stuffed donuts at Doughnut Shack are one of the most reliable ones around if you’re craving something sweet. Apart from regular-sized bombolonis, they’ve got an assorted range of mini doughnuts that are too good to pass up: who doesn’t love the idea of popping the fluffy treats into their mouths whole anyway? The Nutella flavour bombos are a crowd favourite, but we recommend getting the Horlicks Dinosaur Cream and Creme Brûlée flavours too.
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm daily (closed on Mondays)
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151 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208526
You won’t have to travel far for the bite-sized goodness that are Timbits anymore, now that Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons has opened its first Singapore location at Vivocity. Besides sandwiches and cakes, it’ll also offer its signature Timbits and ring donuts, all freshly made and dipped in store. Expect three flavours of Timbits – Classic Glaze, Cinnamon Sugar, and Birthday Cake – as well as six kinds of donuts, including Yuzu Lemon Cream, Boston Cream, Strawberry Belgian White Chocolate, Maple Salted Caramel, Belgian Dark Chocolate, and Classic.
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1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-207 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
If you love the ice cream at Creamier, you’ll enjoy their donuts just as much. The ice cream chain’s new range of donuts are handmade and freshly baked every day, and come in unique flavours like laksa, and sea salt gula Melaka, which is inspired by one of Creamier’s bestselling ice cream flavours, the donut is topped with coconut flakes. There will also be two seasonal donuts for the festive season, a s’mores donut, which has a chocolate glaze and torched marshmallow meringue, and a chocolate peppermint candy crush donut, which has peppermint candy cane pieces sprinkled on a dark chocolate glaze.
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131 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, #01-02, Singapore 310131
From the one Michelin-starred Burnt Ends comes Burnt Ends Bakery, the bread and pastry wing of the restaurant. While diners can get the assorted box of five donuts here (a fixed flavour wheel of Vanilla Cream, Nutella, Pandan, Milo Dinosaur and Lemon Meringue) to try, we find most going back for the Milo Dinosaur time and time again. After all, no one can resist a brioche donut packed with milo cream, milo biscuit and a dusting of milo powder.
Opening hours: 8am – 4pm (Thursday to Sunday)
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7 Dempsey Rd, #01-01, Singapore 249671
If you’ve not heard of Haritts, can you even call yourself a donuts fan? The famed Japanese-style stuffed donuts that made waves in Tokyo and Taiwan have landed in Singapore, serving up the same chewy and pillowy treats as they do in their other queue-worthy outposts. Here, only small batches of donuts are made each time, which sees popular flavours such as matcha, yuzu, and pistachio. Pre-orders sell quickly online, and even faster at the store in Havelock Road, so move fast.
Opening hours: 10.30am – 5pm (closed Monday and Saturday)
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2 Havelock Rd, #01-08, Singapore 059763
South Korea is known for being the birthplace of many amazing desserts, one of them being the chapssal doughnut. If you can’t find the time to fly down, you can still satisfy your cravings for the chewy treat at Donas8, which specialises in Korean mochi donuts. Three types of donuts are available here – Chewy Donut, Bombolini, and Twisted Donut – and each are made with glutinous rice flour. If you can’t decide on a flavour, get ’em all, or hit up the Strawberry Bombolini ($5.50), which is packed with a satisfying strawberry cream filling. Meanwhile, the twisted doughnuts (known as kkwabaegi) here are topped with cream and come in a variety of flavours, such as Tiramisu, Biscoff, Strawberry, and Caramel.
Opening hours: 10am–10pm daily
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1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World, #B1-K122, Singapore 237994
It didn’t take long for Mister Donut to open another outlet in Singapore. Shortly after its opening at Bishan’s Junction 8, the popular Japanese chain announced that it’ll bring its kawaii donuts to Velocity @ Novena Square too. Highlights here include the Pon De Ring, which features eight dough balls shaped into a circle, as well as the ridged French Cruller doughnuts, and traditional yeast doughnuts in flavours such as Honey Dip and Sugar Raised, all of which are perfect with a cup of coffee.
Opening hours: 11am to 8:30pm daily
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9 Bishan Place, #02-27A, Junction 8, Singapore 579837
Masterchef Singapore Runner-up Genevieve Lee first started Sourbombe Bakery as a home business last year. A whirlwind of orders later – Sourbombe Bakery has finally found itself a physical home in Park Mall, just across Dhoby Ghaut station. It isn’t even the Masterchef moniker that has won the hearts of diners around the island either; the fluffy, flavoursome bombolinis are pretty addictive. Nine sourbombe flavours available at any time, complete with six signatures, and three limited-edition ones that are set to rotate quarterly.
Opening hours: 10.30am – 5.30pm
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9 Penang Rd, #02-03, Singapore 238459
Like Sourbombe Bakery, Puffs And Peaks Bakery also made the transition to a hybrid store model after gaining success from their online store. The mother and daughter duo behind the brand now churns out some of the best stuffed donuts in limited quantities from a humble bakery-cafe in Tampines, so be sure to swing by early to join the queue. Our favourites from the cloud-like stuffed donuts selection include the Blackcurrant Peanut Butter, Matcha and Taro. Fair warning: the menu changes frequently, so these flavours aren’t available all the time.
Opening hours: 10.30am – 5pm (closed Monday – Wednesday)
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866A Tampines Street 83, #03-03 Central Community Complex, Singapore 521866
Housed along the bustling Telok Ayer in Singapore’s CBD, City Donut is best known for donuts with a Singaporean twist. This means that you can expect flavours such as Pandan Ondeh-Ondeh, which sees a delicious gula melaka coconut filling, as well as Orh Nee and Pulut Hitam, both of which taste just like the traditional desserts that’s named after.
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (closed on Sunday)
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2 McCallum St, Singapore 069043
If you’re more of a purist, and prefer your doughnuts done the old-school way, Delish Hotel Pillow Donuts still makes its sugar ring donuts the traditional way, and is fried to perfection before being generously coated with icing sugar. Stuffed donuts here are also popular, and bestsellers include the Durian Pengat and Caramel Kaya.
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
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60 Springside Walk, #01-10, Singapore 786020
Foodies would know just how long the queues were when San Franciso bakery Mr Holmes Bakehouse first opened in Singapore at Pacific Plaza. Now, the popular bakery has also opened at Raffles Place’s MYP Centre and 1 Rochester Park, offering favourites such as the Black Sesame Donut and tangy Key Lime Donut.
Opening hours: 8am – 8pm daily
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1 Rochester Park #01-01 Rochester Commons, Singapore 139212