The BayBuzz team have been munching on donuts – yes, it’s a hard job, but we’ve taken the hit in order to make our list of ten best donuts in the Bay. In no particular order, here are our picks:
1 Churros from Mamacita. Whether you’re at the Napier or Havelock North Mexican restaurant, save some space for dipping these goodies in gooey chocolate sauce at the end of the meal.
2 Follow your nose (honestly, the aroma lingers up and down the block) and support a new local business by popping into Stuffed next time you’re on Hastings Street. The Banoffee filled donut is big, bold and beautiful.
3 Napier icon Donut Robot is a must-visit. Grab a generous BAG of hot ‘nuts from Steve the Donut Man, and enjoy a side serving of his signature charm.
4 We’re not recommending you do all the Tennyson Street delicacies in a single mission. But you’re going to need to tick off a classic chocolate injectable from Mr D.
5 There’s usually a fruit-filled option at Little Black Bird in Hastings’ Market street too. Snug on the corner couch, icing sugar all over your grinning face. How good.
6 Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, Mr D’s new ‘Vaccinator’ – coconut, lime and palm sugar might be the one. Plus the fruit makes it healthy.
7 Hastings donut-lovers rightfully rave about Mama’s on Omahu Road. Our favourite: Choc-Cherry.
8 Another Hawke’s Bay classic, Ya Bon’s custard-filled donuts. Find them all around the region, from Cupple in Hastings to Tenku in Waipukurau, Ajuna in Napier and loads of spots in between.
9 Little Frimley Kitchen’s donuts are sensational. Hard to pick, but we’re in agreement here on the raspberry white chocolate.
10 And finally, we’ve gobbled a few versions of the old-school long cream donut from bakeries about the place. Te Mata Bakehouse takes the cake.