We've come a long way since the days of flying home from Sydney Airport with a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts on our laps. These days, Melbourne has a wealth of proper doughnut shops making rings fresh every day. Whether you like them yeasted or cakey, glazed or filled, there's somewhere in Melbourne doing it. Here are our favourites.

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All Day Donuts

Cafe

These not-too-sweet doughnuts weigh in on the large side, so you may only have room for one. We suggest ordering the classic Don Homer, a vibrant pink ring Mr Simpson would surely drool over.

12 Edward Street, Brunswick

American Doughnut Kitchen

Shop

Melbourne’s first doughnut shop still has it. Find the vintage bus at the Queen Victoria market and you’ll soon know why it’s been rolling since 1950.

Queen Victoria Market Queen Street, Melbourne

Doughboys Doughnuts

Shop

This shop can fairly lay claim to starting Melbourne's doughnut renaissance, back when it was a pop-up at the Mercat Cross Hotel. Over the years it's built up at least 30 recipes and around 10 are available on a given day. Now with locations in Fitzroy and Brunswick.

535 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

Cafe

How's this for dedication? Prior to opening, owner Anthony Ivey stacked on six kilos in 16 days eating as many of the USA's best doughnuts as he could find, all in the name of, uh “research”. In addition to the usual yeasted variety, this is one of the few spots in town serving crullers and cake doughnuts.

12 Sutherland Street, Melbourne

Moon Cruller

Cafe

Crullers aren't technically doughnuts, but they're too similar not to go in here. Imagine a doughnut crossed with French choux pastry: the result is twisty and crispy on the outside, and not at all what you’d expect on the inside.

50 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Bistro Morgan Bakehouse

Shop

This bakery made its name with doughnuts, but now sells a full range of goods, from sourdough bread to flaky croissants.

190 High Street, Windsor

Lukumades

Cafe

This spot pairs traditional Greek loukoumades (fried, dangerously moreish balls of dough) with unorthodox toppings such as crushed Oreo, white chocolate and Nutella. The franchise has four locations in Melbourne (Carlton, West Melbourne, Windsor and Roxburgh Park), or you can order online here.

83 Peel Street, West Melbourne

Rustica South Yarra

Cafe

This chain of bakeries has locations in South Yarra, Maribyrnong and the CBD, all equally good for picking up a fresh doughnut or cronut, perhaps flavoured with lime, coconut and marshmallow.

501 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Easey's

Restaurant

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this rooftop burger bar does a cracking doughnut – Easey’s specialises in all things deep-fried. These ones are made to order and are the perfect tack-on to a burger meal, whether you have the stomach room for it or not. Order here.

48 Easey Street, Collingwood

Dandee Donuts

Shop

This Dandenong Markets fixture is unmistakable: you could spot the distinctive gold-and-purple van from a mile away. It’s all about piping hot jam doughnuts here, dusted with silly amounts of sugar.

Dandenong Market Shop VN01, 40 Cleeland St, Dandenong

The Oakleigh Doughnut Co

Shop

Greek-influenced doughnuts in one of Melbourne's Hellenic strongholds.

36 Portman Street, Oakleigh

Candied Bakery

Cafe

Wear your stretchy pants and pair a red-velvet doughnut with an apple-pie shake.

81a Hudsons Road, Spotswood

Baker D. Chirico

Cafe

Fluffy, light and elegant Italian-style doughnuts are just one of this bakery's many highlights.

178 Faraday Street, Carlton

Tivoli Road Bakery

Restaurant

Staples at this renowned bakery include lemon custard, rhubarb and salted caramel.

3 Tivoli Road, South Yarra