Go nuts for doughnuts
Cream-filled, glazed, sprinkled, sugar-coated, pillow or hole-in-middle, here's where Wellingtonians go for some of the best doughnuts
Sixes and Sevens
They’re not just a treat, they’re a lifestyle.
Doughnuts from city café Sixes and Sevens have a bit of a cult following, so you’ll need to be in early to get your hands on the goods. Doughnuts are an acceptable breakfast food, right?
If you’re the organised type, you can order assorted doughnut boxes from their website and share with your pals or workmates (or just keep them for yourself, no judgement).
Fresh, vegan, and full of flavour, Porno doughnuts are some of the best in the city. Flavours drop weekly on their Instagram, with inventive creations like tangelo sherbet, birthday cake, and tahini caramel available for delivery every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you’re not game to get a box branded ‘Porno’ delivered to the office, you can find their goodies at select cafés around the city - head to their Instagram for the latest spots.
Pillow doughnuts at Tomboy
21 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington
Why is this doughnut named after a soft furnishing? When you eat one, you’ll know.
Tomboy’s buttery brioche doughnuts are like giant fluffy pillows – that you can eat. To get your hands on a pillow, you’ll need to get to Tomboy’s Majoribanks Street café early – they sell out quickly.
August Eatery’s doughnuts are a good choice all year-round. Their flavours rotate regularly, but expect classics like cinnamon alongside more inventive varieties like strawberry and cream with marshmallow.
Their sweet treats are just as beautiful as their fit out, so you’ll have a killer backdrop to post your doughnuts to the ‘gram.
You’ll be saying TGIF – Fryday, that is – when you try these doughnuts.
Visit this Porirua food truck for epic flavours like ginger kiss, snickers cheesecake, banoffee cream, and lemon passionfruit glaze. Being on wheels means you’ll often find Fryday at events and markets around the region, the perfect excuse to try the doughnut of the week.
When they’ve got dough in their name, you know the doughnuts are good. Tiramisu, blueberry cream, orange and saffron, lemon and raspberry - the hardest part will be choosing a flavour. Head to their Upper Hutt or Wellington CBD café to try your pick, but you may have to plan a return visit just to be sure you've found your fave.
Little Dough Co
Small batch, handmade, organic ingredients, and did we mention delicious? You can find Little Dough’s little beauties at select cafés around the city, or order online for deliveries to Wellington suburbs Thursday – Saturday.
The small but mighty team at Little Dough Co spend the week coming up with fun flavours to satisfy their devoted following. Premium ingredients and a dash of creativity result in amazing combinations like matcha cream and strawberry ripple, and kawakawa white chocolate.
While you’ll find a range of baked goodness at the counter, Miramar locals know Nicolettas is all about the doughnuts.
This Italian bakery is worth the trip to the suburbs for delectable doughnuts in a range of flavours, including vegan options. Sit outside in the sun with a coffee and your choice of fried goodness, and contemplate one of life’s biggest questions – are you team glazed, or team filled?
Extravagance is always on the menu at Lower Hutt’s Fix Federation, particularly when it comes to their famous doughnuts. You’ll want to arrive hungry for these epic creations, with elevated versions of familiar favourites, like lolly cake, hot chocolate, and cookie dough. If you’re not feeling up for a whole doughnut meal, they have minis on the menu too – a great way to try a couple of flavours (or more).