After perfecting its recipes at its first shop in Chiang Mai, a highly acclaimed “handcrafted donut” cafe has found a sweet spot in Phrom Phong.
It will take another two months for the coffee shop to be fully set up, but freshly baked “handcrafted” donuts are already being served at The Donut Cafe, a cozy, cotton candy-colored joint.
Donut crazes are cyclical – perhaps torus – so we only hope this signifies the return of a round-shaped pastry fetish, years after their rainbow sprinkles lost their luster. And healthier: these vegan donuts are on par – if not better – than their full-cream forebears.
The donut base itself stands out with its extremely soft, chewy, nearly grease-free texture, but the flavors take things up a notch.
Sink your teeth into the original glazed donuts (THB65) or classic cinnamon (THB65). For an extra punch, go for the lemon poppy (THB75), which are drizzled with fresh lemon juice and zest, or raspberry chocolate (THB75), featuring homemade raspberry puree and dark cocoa to cut through the sweetness. For something richer, try the peanut butter chocolate (THB75) or crunchy, chocolate toasted almond (THB75).
Chiang Mai’s coffee beans are the highlight here, with options of medium and dark roast, along with dairy-free options of almond milk, oat milk, and soy milk (starting at THB75 for a cappuccino or americano). Try them in a dirty latte (THB85), an aesthetically pleasing double shot of espresso in cold milk.
The Donut Cafe’s Bangkok branch is located on Soi Phrom Mitr, a short ride up Soi Sukhumvit 39 from BTS Phrom Phong. It’s open 10am to 6pm every day except Monday.
The Donut Cafe
Soi Phrom Mitr, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
BTS Phrom Phong
10am-6pm, daily (except Monday)