[Melbourne] The number of cafes and bakeries in Melbourne is on a different scale compared to Singapore.
Everywhere you go, there is bound to be something in the area that stands out, from All Day Donuts, Shortstop Coffee & Donuts, Daniel’s Donuts, The Oakleigh Doughnut Company, American Doughnut Kitchen, Candied Bakery, to Bistro Morgan.
The Doughboys Doughnuts happens to stand out – in visual attraction and size, and all the inventive flavours made from scratch.
Even if you are not a sweets person, one look at these doughnuts and you may instantly feel drawn towards them.
Located in Melbourne’s Central Business District, Doughboys Doughnuts was one of the first few doughnut places to come up with inventive flavour combinations.
Some interesting flavours they offered in the past included the Apple Cider, French Toast and even a Lamington Doughnut.
Like most cafes in Melbourne, the interior is simple and classy.
You will be greeted by displays of doughnuts upon entering. Even on a weekday, there many locals buying the doughnuts to-go.
There is no specific menu for their doughnuts, but there is a display section near the cashier for you to see the available flavours for the day.
The doughnuts are carefully arranged and placed on a marble top which I found very chio – in today’s terms, instagrammable.
The flavours of the doughnuts rotate occasionally, so you will only know what flavours are available upon reaching.
The size of some doughnuts are really unbelievable. My first thought was how to fit that into my mouth?
One of the biggest struggles here is picking which flavour to try. I really wanted to try every single one because of how pretty they looked. Be prepared to say goodbye to your diet.
The cheapest doughnut costs AUD4.50 (SGD4.20) and can go up to AUD7.50 (SGD7) a piece, depending on which flavour you decide on.
Here are the flavours we tried out. From Top Left (Clockwise direction): Maple Glazed (AUD5, SGD 4.65), Banoffee Pie (AUD7, SGD6.50), Cookies and Crème (AUD6, SGD5.60), Lemon Cheesecake Meringue (AUD7.50, SGD7), PLB (AUD5.50, SGD5.10) and Sticky Caramel (AUD5.50, SGD5.10).
The most expensive doughnut was the Lemon Cheesecake Meringue (AUD7.50, SGD7) and was the biggest doughnut I have ever seen in my life. Almost like a cheeseburger.
It was a cream cheese stuffed doughnut, topped with lemon curd and toasted meringue. Visually, it looked like a cheesecake sitting on top a doughnut.
Visually, the doughnuts here all scream diabetes.
But, to my surprise, they weren’t overly sweet (compared to how they look). They were just perfect in terms of sweetness
The sourness of the lemon curd balanced the flavours nicely, hence you won’t get the ‘jelat’ (rich) feel from eating this. It was very refreshing actually.
The doughnut itself was slightly dense compared to other doughnuts. A bit more and it could pass off as bread.
Some doughnuts are too oily after frying, but the doughnuts here at Doughboys don’t leave an oily sensation in your mouth after eating.
The PLB Doughnut (AUD5.50, SGD5.10) was another one of my favourites. PLB is a lemon curd stuffed doughnut with a blueberry glaze dusted with pistachio.
I really enjoyed the blueberry glaze for this one, bursting with berry flavours and I love how the glaze cracks when biting into the doughnut.
Coupled with the fragrant pistachio, the combination of flavours was amazing.
Indoor seating is limited in this place, which is probably why most locals grab their doughnuts and go.
If you are not in a hurry, I would suggest grabbing a coffee and a doughnut while you’re here. The outdoor seating is a perfect place to do some people-watching or to take in some fresh Melbourne air.
535 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: 7am – 4:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Google Maps – Doughboys Doughnuts
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* Written by DFD’s Café Correspondent @__sy_g. Songyu is a food and travel blogger whose hobby is uncovering hidden hipster cafes. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.