Best Donuts in Christchurch

From sprinkles to custard, Lyttelton to Wigram, Christchurch has plenty to offer in the donut scene.

Row of donuts from Grizzly Baked Goods.

Whether you prefer glazed, filled with cream, or plain and simple, there’s something to suit every sweet tooth. To make the hunt for the perfect donut easier, we have gathered a selection of our favourite picks. You’ll find flavours inspired by both New Zealand and abroad, along with a variety of toppings that will leave you buying with your eyes. 

Woman about to tuck into a donut from Caffeine Laboratory

The Caffeine Laboratory

1 New Regent Street, Christchurch City, Christchurch

Created from brioche dough, The Caffeine Laboratory is not shy at perfecting the hand-crafted, circular sweet treat. The dough is made on a Friday, left to rise multiple times and then deep fried for a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Renowned for freshness and simplicity, The Caffeine Laboratory constantly change their donut fillings and flavors. In house specials such as pistachio, mascarpone cheese and oreo are crowd favourites—all crafted with a perfect balance of savoury and sweet. As these are hand-made, no donut is the same; making the sugary-hit seem all the more special.

Donuts on display at Panadero Filipino Bakery

Panadero Filipino Bakery

Shop 7, 388 Riccarton Road, Christchurch, 8041

Tucked down an alleyway in Church Corner Mall, Panadero Filipino Bakery is no short of a hidden gem. With a nod to bakeries in the Philippines, Panadero has an array of delicious donuts glistening in the cabinet. A popular choice is the eye-catching Ube Mousse donut which is made with purple yams, a traditional Filipino ingredient. You’ll find flavours like salted caramel and mango cream daily, while the donut of the month is forever changing. To top it off, the precise presentation makes them look almost too good to eat.

Rows of chocolate covered donuts from The Donut Destination.

Original Foods Baking Co—The Donut Destination

8 Stark Drive, Wigram, Christchurch

Warning: the donuts at Original Foods Baking Co’s onsite café, The Donut Destination, are dangerously good, making Wigram’s bustling industrial area well worth a sweet visit. The light-filled cafe is attached to the commercial bakery so you know your donuts haven’t travelled far. For those short on time, it’s hard to look past the six dollar coffee and donut combo. Flavours include classic pink sprinkle ring donuts, daily filled donut specials and best-sellers like Chocolate/Caramel and Chocolate/Raspberry. All of which look oh-so-good in the cabinet. Rest assured, you’ve got to be quick around here. 

Grizzly Baked Goods donuts on display on counter top at The Welder.

Grizzly Baked Goods

The Welder, 22 Welles Street, Christchurch 33 Buchan Street, Christchurch And Christchurch Farmers’ Market on Saturdays

Grizzly has become a household name around Christchurch, for everything from sourdoughs to hot cross buns—don’t discount them for a delicious donut either. Made from an enriched bombolini-style dough with a sourdough base, the donuts have a light-as-air finish and are packed with flavour. The most popular donuts are Vanilla Cheesecake and Lemon Curd, which is made with freshly squeezed lemon juice! Grizzly also has seasonal donut flavours that change approximately monthly, so frequent visits are a must to ensure you get to try all the flavours on offer. 

Donut on a plate from Glamour Cake.

Glamour Cake

8 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton, 8082

It’s not hard to be wowed by Glamour Cake’s huge array of donuts which cover the counter at the Lyttelton Bakery on Norwich Quay. Each donut is creatively decorated with a range of toppings, sauce-filled syringes, brandy snaps, marshmallows and more. Glamour Cake’s donuts taste as impressive as they look, taking this simple treat to a whole new level. Selected daily flavours are available every day of the week, with the full range ready to go for the weekend rush. If you’re a chocolate lover, you won’t want to miss trying the wide range of chocolate bar inspired flavours. Regularly selling out before eleven each day, the early bird catches the worm. 

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