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Best Donuts in Vancouver

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Delicious Vancouver donuts, the best in Vancouver

Sometimes your sweet tooth wants some carbs and that’s when donuts are your perfect pick. Yet, if you’re going to cheat on your diet and pluck up those calories, you may as well do it for something worth it. As Dr. Leslie Tay of the ieatishootipost blog in Singapore likes to say, “don’t waste your calories on yucky food”.

Here are five places you can indulge yourself with the best donuts in Vancouver:

1) Cartems Donuterie: Cartems is without a doubt, hands down, the best donut Vancouver has to offer. It’s a cool donut shop in Gastown at 534 West Pender. The small nook is nestled between some shops.

The Donuterie is known for their unique flavors like the infamous Canadian Whiskey bacon or the one I’ll be trying next time, “triple chocolate threat”.

The ingredients at Cartems are source as locally as possible among other things. Beyond their upbeat logo is also a friendly person happy to strike up a conversation and make you feel welcome as you enjoy your cup of coffee and savor the $3 donut in their small but brightly colored shop.

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/cartems-donuterie-downtown-vancouver

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/cartems-donuterie-vancouver-4

Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

The infamous Cartems’ Canadian Whiskey Bacon. I think this is what I got the last time I went. Picture from Cartems Donuterie

Cartems Donuterie indoors

A view inside Cartems Donuterie. This shop is typically busy with events.

Cartems Donuterie Vancouver exterior.

Taking a look outside Cartems Donuterie. It’s a small and unassuming shop with good donuts. Photo from Google Maps

Address: 534 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V3

 

2) Lee’s Donuts: It seems like a really unassuming store by an exit at Granville Island market but don’t be mistaken, these donuts are easily the best in Vancouver.

You have your typical honey dip, chocolate, and maple glaze – the staples. Although there are also more flavors like honey dew, Bavarian cream, or  dutch chocolate. Fancy! I think once I even tried their maple, bacon doughnut about two or three years back? Anyways, the point is that Lee’s Donuts have been esteemed as a fine donuts establishment for a long time, well before Cartems and Lucky’s came about (as great as they are).

There may be the occasional times you end up get a room-temp donut though if you come in the peak periods, the donuts are typically freshly fried and incredibly delicious. Service is typically good.

Lee's Donuts at Granville Island is Vancouver's number 2 best donuts.

Lee’s Donuts as displayed at Granville Island. Picture from Lee’s Donuts.

Lee's Donut in Granville Island Market sign

Lee’s Donuts is located in Granville Island right by the second entrance to the Granville Island Market. Picture from Lee’s Donuts

Delicious Vancouver donuts, the best in Vancouver

Enter here for delicious donuts!

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/lees-donuts-granville-island-vancouver

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/lees-donuts-of-granville-island-vancouver

Address: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

 

3) Lucky’s Donuts: Lucky’s Donut is a product of 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters which is also on our list for the best cafe in Vancouver. The donuts ring in at about $3.50, much like Cartems. They have a coffee and donut combo running at $5 for 12 oz of freshly brewed caffeine with any doughnut of your choice.

Once again liken to Cartems Donuterie, Lucky’s Donuts are infamous for their unique and extravagant flavors such as Creme Brûlée, salted caramel, PB&J, or how about apple bacon fitter?

Lucky Donuts once again emphasizes on natural ingredients for donuts that are freshly made throughout the day. Who could complain with that? They found their start on twitter in June 2012 after years of intent and months of construction as noted on their website to build out the artistic location where Lucky’s Donuts is right now on Main St.

Their coffee aren’t that bad either, so we hear 😉

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/forty-ninth-parallel-cafe-luckys-doughnuts-mount-pleasant-vancouver

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/luckys-doughnuts-vancouver-2

Lucky Donuts at Vancouver BC specialty donuts

How’s this for themed donuts? Delicious Sakura donuts only at Lucky’s Donuts in Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver donuts tray

Glorious donuts at Lucky’s Donuts. How about starting your day with one and a freshly brewed cup of 49th parallel coffee only $5.

Lucky's Donuts Exterior in Vancouver BC

Outside Lucky’s Donuts store in Vancouver, BC. Can you believe this use to be a laundromat? Courtesy of Google Earth.

Address: 2902 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5T 0C1

 

4) Duffin’s Donut: In Vancouver, there aren’t many places you go for a late night supper. That is unless it’s Duffin Donuts.

Duffin’s Donuts is a unique establishment in Vancouver that serves donuts along with Chinese food, Mexican food, and a host of other cuisines on their diverse menu…24 hours! Their menu may even be as international as Vancouver. To imagine they offer this 24 hours, round the clock is quite an achievement, well deserving of our top 5 list for the best donuts in Vancouver.

While the donuts are good, they aren’t the fancy types like Cartems or Lucky’s. You may as well grab your bubble tea and Chinese take out while you venture to this shop at the cross roads of Knight and 41st Street. The exterior and shop itself may have seen better days, but the heart and soul (the food) is still on par.

If you can’t decide between Chinese food or donuts, then your pick is Duffin’s Donuts because you never know when you might want fried chicken, donuts, hot tortas, and bubble tea in one go!

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/duffins-donuts-kensington-vancouver

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/duffins-donuts-vancouver

Duffin's Donuts Sprinkled Vancouver Donuts

Ohhh Sprinkles! Delicious Vancouver donuts at Duffin’s Donuts by 41st and Knight street

Fried Chicken at Duffin's Donuts in Vancouver

If you’re going to grab some donuts, you may as well do it right with some fried chicken?

Duffin's Donuts in Vancouver

Duffin’s Donuts – A Vancouver establishment inclusive of the rain clouds. Truly Vancouver.

Address: 1391 E 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5W 3R9

 

5) Outpost’s Mini Donuts: Outpost’s Mini donuts is out of the way at Stevenson but while you’re there, grab some fish n chips from Pajo’s or pizza from Steveston Pizza Co.

Outpost’s Mini Donuts will allow you to reminiscence the hot summer nights at the PNE when Vancouver’s weather wasn’t so depressing. It’s the bite you go for when you want to remember what Vancouver can be like. No, in reality, we listed Outpost’s Mini Donuts because they had bacon in their mini donuts! That’s a plus by any standards (though it isn’t kosher)

Outpost’s donuts puts a unique twist to the traditional mini donuts you see at carnivals and events. The cake donuts come in seasonal flavors (which at the moment includes Lemon, Bluberry, Boston Cream, Raspberry Chocolate, and Coconut). The prices here are much easier to digest; it’s only $7.50 for a baker’s dozen (13) and $4.75 for half a dozen.

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/outpost-mini-donut-co-steveston-richmond

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/outpost-mini-donut-company-richmond

Outpost Mini Donuts in Stevenson BC

Outpost Mini Donuts are known for their unique flavors to the traditional cake-based mini donuts. Photo from Outpost Mini Donuts

Outpost Mini Donuts cinnamon donuts are the 5th best donuts in Vancouver

Outpost Mini Donuts Traditional cinnamon sugar mini donuts in Vancouver

Exterior of Outpost Mini Donuts as Vancouver best donuts

Outpost Mini Donuts are located in Stevenson, right by the Fisherman’s Wharf. See the mini donuts here.

Address: 12240 Second Ave #110, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8

 

There you have it, the best donuts in Vancouver as rated on VancityAsks.com. It’s pretty much a consensus that these are the best donuts in Vancouver (#1-4 namely).

As far as fancy donuts goes you don’t have many choices in Vancouver. Thankfully there’s Tim’s and you know we like giving away Tim Hortons gift cards on this website because we enjoy Tim Horton’s so much (how can you not? It’s like a Canadian staple especially if you grew up in the East). Their donuts are not half that bad also.

Share your feedback or suggestions in the comments bellow!

 

Random Fact – Ever wondered why Baker’s Dozen was 13? Where did it come from?

Here’s your answer: “King Henry III was so irked by the problem that he implemented a new law to standardize the weight of a loaf—selling puny loaves could result in beatings or jail time. Since bakers wanted to stay on the right side of the law, one common trick was to give 13 loaves to any customer buying a dozen”

http://mentalfloss.com/article/32259/why-bakers-dozen-13

Looks like Subways could learn a thing or two. Never really liked Subways myself anyways.

 

It’s a donut, but it’s not:

Here are two stores that you may be interested in trying out if you’re looking for Vancouver’s best donuts. They aren’t really donuts so we couldn’t put them on the list but they fit the bill:

Swiss Bakery – Hands down the best cronut in Vancouver. It was initially the brainchild of a New York baker, Dominique Ansel back in 2013. It’s what happens if a donut and a constant had a child; you got the best of the fluffy, buttery texture of a croissant with the sweet-tooth toppings of a doughnut. The name cronut is actually even trademarked by dominique so Swiss Bakery calls theirs a frissant. I care not the name so long as it’s good.

Swiss Bakery Frissiant as Vancouver best donuts.

Chocolate heart shape frissant which is basically Vancouver’s version of a donut+crossiant breeding.

Address – 143 E 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1C7

 

Chewy Junior – Ah Chewy Junior. You see this store all over Singapore at City Hall Raffles shopping center and most other major shopping centers. It’s pretty much like a chewy donut but better. You have the crisp crunch on the outside with a chewy center (not like under cook dough but uniquely satisfying) typically with a creamed filling. It’s great if you’re looking for a doughnut with a little more bite. Not really a donut but still deliciously hits the spot. Thankfully it has made it’s way around to Vancouver at 508 West Cordova Street right outside Waterfront station to your left.

Chewy Junior Cream Puff

It looks way better in person BTW. Give Chewy Junior a visit at 508 W Cordova.

Address – 508 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B

 

 

 

 

Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver

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Don Francesco's Italian Restaurant Vancouver BC spaghetti and meatballs

Vancouver has no shortage of Italian restaurants to savor authentic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, to cannoli. Unfortunately with the multitude of choices, knowing which ones to visit can be tough. You can’t go wrong with most Italian Restaurants in Vancouver although there are those gems that are absolutely a top 5 MUST-try as far as Italian Restaurants in Vancouver are concerned.

We encourage you to share your own recommendations in the comments bellow about your favourite Italian food in Vancouver!  We’ll be updating the list accordingly.

It’ll be great to have the community’s opinion on which Italian restaurants in Vancouver are numbered by your count!

 

Here are the top 5 Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver (Three are popular favourites and 2 are up and coming for you hipsters! We know you’re out there!)

1) Nook: Nook is an authentic Italian restaurant in Vancouver. Customary to any good food, there’s a wait but it’s well worth it. Well-deserved 4.5 star ratings across on Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Zomato. Pasta is made from scratch and fresh ingredients are always used in the kitchen. Nook’s customers know they are getting the best Italian food available in Vancity. What’s interesting is Nook doesn’t take reservations so get there early. Don’t miss a visit the Nook for great Italian food in Vancouver.

“It was so good we had to go back and try something else! Service was friendly, prices were very fair and the food was amazing!” – Shauna P. (Trip Advisor)

Freshly made pasta at Nook Restaurant in Vancouver, BC

Freshly made pasta at Nook Restaurant Vancouver.

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d1468777-Reviews-Nook-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelphttp://www.yelp.ca/biz/nook-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/nook-west-end-vancouver

Address: 781 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6

 

2) Lupo: Lupo is a must-try in Vancouver if you’re seeking good Italian food. The restaurant is uniquely set in a heritage house near Smithe Street and Burrard easily accessible downtown. The food has their fans on edge with the carefully crafted Italian cuisine being served up (with a friendly service). Reviewers are closing in 5 stars for Lupo as a Vancouver Italian restaurant. If you’re giving Lupo a visit make sure to go for their freshly made pasta. One of the best Italian restaurants in Vancouver that you absolutely have to savour downtown.

“Right up there with some of the best Italian restaurants I have tried. Pasta dishes were fresh, with creative combinations of ingredients.” – comingforthesun (Trip Advisor)

Lupo Vancouver Italian Restaurant Google maps

It’s a homely Vancouver Italian Restaurant both in looks, experience, and taste. Lupo Vancouver street view on Google Maps

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d710524-Reviews-Lupo_Restaurant-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelphttp://www.yelp.ca/biz/lupo-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/lupo-yaletown-vancouver

Address: 869 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R7

 

3) Ask for Luigi: Infamously the hole in the wall for Vancouver’s Italian cuisine, Ask for Luigi is a small dining area packed with tables that delivers on its name. The Italian food at Ask for Luigi is as familial as their name. (Closely set, cooking for friends and family with quality ingredients, decisively and thoughtfully put together). It seems as with most good Italian restaurants in Vancouver, Ask for Luigi does not accept advance reservations and is typically packed with a waitlist around. It’s located around Gastown towards East Hastings.

“Visited Ask for Luigi on 23rd August. Don’t be fooled by the location. We knew that they didn’t take bookings and being a little jet lagged we thought we would get there when it opened at 5.30. It didn’t seem like a great part of town but at 5.30pm there were already queues around the block and a waitlist. We were lucky enough to get in however. Service was exceptional. Relaxed, efficient, warm and the food was amazing. The style is quite rustic and the dining room quite small but it works perfectly. We loved it.” – hotski7 (Trip Advisor)

Ask for Luigi Vancouver pasta

Ask for Luigi Vancouver Italian Food. Spaghetti. Picture courtesy of Ask for Luigi

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d5562584-Reviews-Ask_for_Luigi-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelphttp://www.yelp.ca/biz/ask-for-luigi-vancouver?osq=Al+Porto

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/ask-for-luigi-downtown-eastside-vancouver

Address: 305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4

 

4) Al Porto Ristorante: Arguably one of the iconic, authentic Italian restaurant in Vancouver; this Italian ristorante is located right by waterfront station. The Italian restaurant which was established since 1978 provides indoor and outdoor seating with delicious, mouth-watering food. I’m a little bias, reminiscence of personal experience. This Vancouver Italian restaurant is almost an establishment with it’s existence since 1978 situated in an old brick building at 321 Walter Street (this is approximately 5 minutes walk from Waterfront) and right in front of the Gastown Clock. It’s very decorated in it’s interior as a true Vancouver Italian restaurant which seems to inspire an cozy, Italian family like experience. Prices at Al Porto are very reasonable for fine Italian food in Vancouver. The food and service is phenomenal; Al Porto also offers excellent wine pairing recommendations for their food upon request. Be warned, as with any good Italian food in Vancouver, the restaurant is always packed with hungry guests and their a refined palate for good Italian food.

“Visitor or local, you will enjoy Al Porto’s menu, ambience and value. Given its location in historic gastown and close to the cruise ship terminal, Al Porto attracts many tourists. As locals, my partner and I have been going to Al Porto for many years and we recommend it wholeheartedly.” – bryanmcgrath2015 (Trip Advisor)

Al Porto Ristorante Vancouver Italian food in Gastown

Delicious Italian food at Al Porto Ristorante in Vancouver BC. Gastown.

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d762961-Reviews-Al_Porto_Ristorante-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelphttp://www.yelp.ca/biz/al-porto-ristorante-italiano-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/al-porto-ristorante-gastown-vancouver

Address: 321 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8

 

5) Don Francesco Ristorante: If you’re looking for good rustic Italian cuisine with family-like service then Don Francesco is the place to go. This fine dining experience features top quality ingredients with “treasured” Sicilian family recipes coupled with fresh seafood. Don Francesco was opened by Francesco Alongi in 2002 with his experience in Italian food dating to 1975 (where he opened his first Italian restaurant in Vancouver – which had since closed). Today, Don Francesco is is located right across from Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard street in a small corner unit. They are known as a fine-dining Italian cuisine for romantic dinners along with their impeccable service. Prices are on the higher end even for fine Italian dining in downtown Vancouver. Known for their delicious Ceasar salad, lobster linguine, and  home-made deserts.

“The food was excellent! True Italian meal! The portions are huge but worth every bite! If you are looking for a good true Italian meal with a beautiful setting, this is the place to go! Will be back!” – Vantoptours M (Trip Advisor)

Don Francesco's Italian Restaurant Vancouver BC spaghetti and meatballs

Tastefully presented spaghetti and meatballs from Don Francesco’s Italian Restaurant Vancouver, BC.

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d684207-Reviews-Don_Francesco-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/francescos-ristorante-italia-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/francescos-ristorante-italia-downtown-vancouver

Address: 860 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X9

We haven’t quite made up our mind about the fifth recommendation of Italian restaurants to try in Vancouver so we’d like you to have the input.  Some further considerations are Yaletown L’Antipasto, Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria. There are too many wonderful Italian restaurants in Vancouver to choose from. Yaletown L’Antipasto is well known for authentic Italian food. Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca is also nestled in Yaletown, serving delicious Italian and Mediterranean food by Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro; they truly make phenomenal food including their home-made pasta with a fresh taste to their dishes. Italian Kitchen is part of the Glowbal group of restaurants and have been known for precisely cooked Italian food, professionally prepared for a delicious meal. Trattoria is another Vancouver favourite for Italian food once again by the Glowbal Group. All of these make excellent options for Italian restaurants in Vancouver.

 

Thanks for reading our suggestions of the top 5 must-try Italian restaurants in Vancouver. If you have any suggestions or disagreements, please share in the comments bellow.

Top 5 Best Italian Restaurants