Doughnuts are by no means a rarity in these parts—you can find a doughnut shop at just about every corner of the Metro, and their typically affordable price point makes them accessible enough to enjoy anytime the craving hits. But beyond the bigger chains and restaurants are smaller, under-the-radar players whose great-tasting doughnuts are worth highlighting, too. Looking to treat yourself this weekend? Change it up from your go-to and give these underrated doughnut sellers a try.
You can get drool-worthy doughnuts in Metro Manila from these underrated shops:
1. Rogue Doughnuts
Would you try doughnuts flavored with patis? Yup, it exists—and you can get it from online shop Rogue Doughnuts! Created in collaboration with renowned pastry chef Miko Aspiras, their doughnuts have a sourdough base and the dough, glazes, and fillings are made in-house using local ingredients. Aside from the Patis Honey-Glazed (P95), their doughnuts also come in other fun flavors like Choco Hazel-Butternut (P125), Lemon Salt Meringue (P125), and 64% Mindanao Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs (P95). Go ahead, hit up their website for orders.
For orders, check out Rogue Doughnuts’ website.
Pasig-based online seller Gloria’s makes Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts—a style of cake doughnuts that originates from Ohio, and that has a slightly-crackly exterior and soft and light interior. They come in varieties like the Sugar Glazed (P360/box of six, P550/box of 12), Oreo Heaven (P450/box of six, P850/box of 12), Sweet Mango (starts at P180/box of two), and the totally picturesque Strawberry Dream (starts at P350/box of two). You can send them a message for orders.
For orders, send a message to Gloria’s Facebook page.
3. 17R Bakehouse
Beyond their winning nut butters and pillowy buns, 17R Bakehouse also makes totally drool-worthy doughnuts with a sourdough base, from scratch, every day! You can enjoy its slightly tangy flavor whether you go for the Original Glazed (P360/box of eight), Coconut Tamarind (P480/box of six), Strawberry Pomelo (P480/box of six), Hazelnut Cocoa (P480/box of six), or Mascarpone Crumble (P480/box of six) variants. You can send them a message to try them for yourself.
For orders, send a message to 17R Bakehouse’s Facebook page.
Sourdough doughnuts get a whimsical spin at Numnut. Their handmade doughnuts (P270/box of four assorted flavors, P360/box of six assorted flavors) come in nostalgic flavors like Cereal Milk, Kooky & Cream, and Maple Bacon, though you can also go for the basic glazed O.G. (P215/box of four, P275/box of six). They take orders from Mondays to Wednesdays, for pickup or delivery on Saturdays and Sundays; just send them a message to place an order.
For orders, send a message to Numnut’s Facebook page.
5. Baker on East
A slightly enriched milk-bread base makes for fluffy doughnuts with a welcome chewiness at Baker on East. They’re known for their playful fillings that change up monthly—some of the flavors they’ve come up with recently are the Pineapple + Tonka Bean, Chamomile + Strawberry Lychee, Gala Apple + Miso Caramel, and Peanut Butter + Juniper Jelly! Baker on East releases their order forms at 5 p.m. on Sundays, so give their Instagram page a follow.
For more information, check out Baker on East’s Instagram page.
6. Manbuns Pastries
You can get all sorts of baked treats (we’ll leave it to you to decide if they resemble their namesake) from this cheekily-named online seller—and that includes their golden, gleaming doughnuts! Purists can go for the Sugar-Glazed Doughnut (P175/six pieces), but they’ve also got other must-try flavors like the Creme Brulee, Nutella, Cinnamon, Maple Bacon, and Ensaymada that you can get for P300 for a six-piece assorted box. Just fill out their order form to get your fix.
7. Catabolic Café
You probably know Catabolic Café for their Chicken and Waffles and great cups of joe, but don’t pass on their doughnuts! You’ll be spoiled for choice as they’ve got everything from Beignets (P150/box of 12 plain, P200/box of 12 with chocolate dip), to filled doughnuts like the Nutella (starts at P280/box of four) and Cheese (starts at P240/box of four), to the more elaborate premium flavors like the Tres Leches (P600/box of six) and S’Mores (P540/box of six! You can send them a message by 6 p.m. at least a day in advance (or two days in advance for the Tres Leches doughnut) to try them yourself.
For orders, send a message to Catabolic Café’s Facebook page.
8. Buns & Bros
Though primarily a burger shop, Buns & Bros also makes swoon-worthy doughnuts that are made fresh every day. You can go for solo doughnuts like the Boston Cream (P95), Latik (P85), or Creme Brulee (P95)—or go all-out with the Birthday Donut Cake (P700), which features five Classic Birthday Cake and Chocolate Birthday Cake doughnuts stacked together; you can add candles or a 150-character message too, if you'd like. You can hit up their website to place an order.
For orders, visit Buns & Bros’ website.
9. Needletail Coffee
Pasig-based purveyor Needletail Coffee is your one-stop shop for cold-brew coffee, sourdough bread, and what they call their Sourdoughnuts. They’ve got glazed variants like the Cinnamon Sugar Raised (P70), Vanilla Bean Glaze (P75), or Strawberry Milkshake Glaze with Sprinkles (P80)—but if you’d like a sweet surprise, you can also try the filled doughnuts like the Chocolate Hazelnut (P85), Lemon Meringue (P80), and Creme Brulee (P90). You can send them a message for orders.
For orders, send a message to Needletail Coffee’s Instagram page.
10. The Donut Girl
Made with “love and magic” according to their Facebook bio, The Donut Girl’s doughnuts (P180/bento box, P330/half-dozen, P600/dozen) are of the ring-shaped doughnut-sandwich sort that you’ll want to sink your teeth into. You’re in for a treat whether you like it on the fruity or decadent side of the spectrum, as these come in flavors like Strawberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Oreo Cheesecake, Lotus Biscoff, and Nutella! You can head over to their order form to try them for yourself.Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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