5 Recommended Donut Shops in Tokyo, From Healthy Selections to Instagrammable Bites!
Tokyo has its fair share of donuts, with a variety of donut shops specializing in everything from donuts made using healthy ingredients, to beautifully decorated, Instaworthy donuts. Read on to learn about some of the most popular donut shops in Tokyo.
Tokyo’s World of Donuts
Donuts have been a part of Japan’s food culture since the 1970s, when U.S. donut chains Mister Donut and Dunkin’ Donuts first arrived in the country. These days, donuts are so popular that they are not only available at donut shops, but are also sold casually at supermarkets and convenience stores everywhere. You’ll find many donut shops in Tokyo that offer various types of donuts, including baked donuts for health-conscious people, donuts that incorporate Japanese ingredients such as matcha green tea and azuki beans, and colorful donuts that are totally Instagram-worthy. So, without further ado, here are some of the hottest donut shops in Tokyo, including my personal recommendations!
Red bean paste-filled donuts (azuki bean donuts) are very popular in Japan.
floresta is a donut shop whose motto “Children can eat without worry” refers to their handmade donuts that are made with healthy and organic ingredients such as high-quality flour produced in Japan. Aside from their classic donuts, you can find many other types of donuts here such as animal-themed donuts or Japanese-inspired creations such as donuts that look like gyoza (fried dumplings).
floresta's signature donut is called "Nature Doughnut" (130 JPY (excl. tax)). This donut has a simple flavor, and is crispy on the outside while remaining light and fluffy on the inside. These donuts remind me of the ones made by my mother when I was young and are my go-to whenever I feel tired or in need of some cheering up.
Hara Donuts (Kichijoji)
Hara Donuts, inspired by the concept of "delicious and safe to eat," is a shop offering handmade donuts that are made with domestically-produced wheat, soy milk, and okara (a by-product from the tofu-making process). I recommend the "Hara Donut" (120 JPY), a healthy donut cooked with okara and soy milk. It has a lovely, chewy texture! The donuts are carefully made by hand, one by one, and each bite is packed with the delicious goodness of the high-quality ingredients. Eating these donuts is bound to make you feel good.
Hara makes and sells regular donuts, seasonal donuts, and donuts that use seasonal vegetables, so it's definitely a good idea to buy several so that you can experience the variety that the store has to offer.
Doughnut Plant Tokyo (Shirokanedai)
Born in New York, Doughnut Plant Tokyo is a donut shop that is obsessed with the use of natural ingredients. The shop is known to make donuts that only use seasonal and carefully selected ingredients from around the world, free from any type of synthetic coloring, preservatives, chemical seasonings, or artificial sweeteners. There are two types of donuts offered at this place: "Bakery Donuts", which use yeast and have a fluffy texture resembling bread dough, and "Cake Donuts", which are characterized by their moist, sponge cake-like texture.
While everything at this shop tastes delicious, the one donut you shouldn’t miss is the "Vanilla Bean" donut (280 JPY (excl. tax)). Using premium vanilla beans sourced from Tahiti, this donut has a luxurious taste that is contrary to its rather simple appearance. One bite of this donut and you'll be hooked on the enchanting vanilla aroma and crunchy glaze that covers the surface. This donut is truly a source of happiness for me, and it's impossible not to smile as I eat it.
All the donuts at this shop are egg-free, so vegetarians and those with allergies can eat here without worry.
Mister Donut, more popularly known as “MisDo” in Japan, is the undeniable leader of Japan’s donut scene, with approximately 1,000 stores scattered throughout the country. This chain offers everything from classic donuts, to original donuts developed jointly with famous pastry chefs, to donuts inspired by popular cartoon and anime characters! When I was a kid, I remember being shocked by the sheer variety of donuts that exist after seeing a full Mister Donut box in my grandma's house for the first time.
The prices at Mister Donut are quite reasonable, so a variety of customers stop in for different reasons, such as students grabbing a snack on their way home, or people buying several boxes to bring along to an event or party—because Mister Donut’s donuts taste even better when shared with other people.
Siretoco Donuts (Tokyo Station Keiyo Street Branch)
Siretoco Donuts is popular on social media for its adorable donuts featuring cute animal faces peeking out of the donut hole. The shop is originally from Shiretoko, Hokkaido, and makes delicious and healthy oven-baked donuts using fresh Hokkaido milk and homegrown Shiretoko honey. Since the donuts are not fried in oil, they have a moist and fluffy texture similar to that of chiffon cake.
When you visit, you should try the "TOKYO☆Ekisha" donut (420 JPY (incl. tax)) which is available only at the Tokyo Station Keiyo Street Branch. The donut is decorated like the red bricks walls of Tokyo Station and the head of a cute character named Kumagoron pops out of the donut hole with a station master's hat on its head. All the "TOKYO☆Ekisha" donuts are painted by hand, so they each have a different expression. This always makes it quite difficult for me to choose a donut from the lineup in the display case. Make sure to pick out the donut you like best!
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From simple, nostalgic donuts to beautiful, Instaworthy donuts, there are plenty of shops in Tokyo where you can eat a variety of unique donuts. Check out the city's various shops and enjoy eating and comparing their donuts!
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