3 Must Visit Doughnut Shops in Tokyo

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  • Doughnuts are the perfect dessert, whether it’s after a meal or as a snack. Whether you are wandering around Tokyo as a tourist or taking a lunch break from work, these doughnut shops are perfect places to drop by. Not only do these doughnuts taste delicious, but they are also adorable and aesthetically pleasing, making them perfect for gifts or for colourful posts on social media.

    1. hocus pocus

    hocus pocus is an extremely unique doughnut shop that opened in Nagatacho, and is known as a shop that provides “magical” doughnuts. The reason why hocus pocus’ doughnuts are considered to be “magical” is because all of their doughnuts feature either unique textures or flavors, available only at this shop. hocus pocus is located two minutes away, walking distance from Nagatacho Station. Upon arriving at the shop, you will be greeted by a very chic and minimalist shop.

    Doughnut shops usually focus on one type of doughnut, either fried, baked, or steamed. hocus pocus, however, utilizes each baking method in order to explore the possibilities of the doughnuts’ textures and flavors. The most popular doughnut at hocus pocus is their Orange doughnut. Their Orange doughnut is made by infusing cointreau, a French orange based liqueur, and caramelized oranges into the dough and topping it with icing. This doughnut is made by steaming the dough, resulting in an extremely soft and fluffy doughnut.

    Another one of hocus pocus’ popular items is the Franboise doughnut. The reason behind this doughnut’s popularity lies in its extremely unique texture. This doughnut has popping candy (pretty much similar to pop rocks if you are familiar with those) sprinkled on top, which creates an interesting texture experience when combined with the texture of the doughnut itself. The cute appearance of the doughnut itself also adds to its popularity.

    hocus pocus also offers a range of coffees to choose from as they have partnered up with Little Nap COFFEE STAND, a coffee shop located in Yoyogi Hachiman that offers hand dripped coffee made from coffee beans roasted in-house. I personally cannot eat things that are sweet without a nice hot cup of black coffee, so the addition of delicious coffee options is a very big plus.

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    2. HIGUMA Doughnuts

    HIGUMA Doughnuts, Omotesando location

    HIGUMA Doughnuts is a doughnut specialty shop that focuses on providing fried doughnuts featuring ingredients made in Hokkaido. HIGUMA Doughnuts was started as an attempt to spread the “goodness” of Hokkaido in Tokyo by creating sweets that are made mostly from ingredients that Hokkaido is known for such as flour, milk, butter, and sugar. The doughnuts from HIGUMA Doughnuts do not use any kind of preservatives or additives and are fried using a non-trans fat oil.

    Even though HIGUMA Doughnuts is a doughnut shop, they also sell sausages and hamburgers, which also feature meat from Hokkaido. The meat used is extremely fresh and has not been previously frozen.

    HIGUMA Doughnuts constantly offers a wide range of doughnuts, one of which is a seasonal menu that comes and goes depending on what ingredients are in season. The most popular staple item on the menu is the Plain (220 yen). The Plain is literally the ideal doughnut: a fluffy yet squishy textured doughnut with a not overbearing sweetness that accentuates the flavor of the flour from Hokkaido.
    The other crowd favorite is the Chocolate Dippin’ (300 yen), a doughnut dipped in a blend of chocolate from the French chocolate company Valrhona and Hokkaido whipped cream.

    HIGUMA Doughnuts, Gakugei Daigaku location

    Apart from the doughnuts, as mentioned earlier, HIGUMA Doughnuts offers a hamburger plate and a sausage plate, both featuring fresh meat from Hokkaido. And for alcohol lovers out there, HIGUMA Doughnuts also has a choice of beer and sangria. Who says beer doesn’t go with doughnuts? HIGUMA Doughnuts also has a range of merchandise, so if you fall in love with their doughnuts as much as other people have, you can show your love with a stylish t-shirt or a mug featuring their symbol – a bear.

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    3. haritts

    harrits is a doughnut shop that is located in a quiet residential area near Yoyogiuehara Station. While the exterior of the shop is of a traditional Japanese home, once you enter, you will find that it is the doughnut and coffee shop haritts. haritts began as a wagon selling doughnuts and coffee back in 2004. The name haritts comes from the combination of the names of the sisters that run the shop. While the interior of the shop is not too large, with only a few counter seats and three tables, the comfort and coziness make you want to stay for a long time.

    Don’t let the small size of the shop put you off though, because haritts offers a large range of flavors for their doughnuts, ranging from plain and cream cheese to white cranberry. The doughnuts at haritts are extremely fluffy, with a texture almost akin to a soft loaf of bread. This is due to the fact that one of the sisters that runs the place previously worked at a bakery, and they wanted to emulate the texture of certain kinds of sweet breads. The doughnuts at haritts are so soft that if you hold them once, your fingerprint will get imprinted into the doughnut’s surface. The two most popular are the plain and the cream cheese. Even though the two look the same on the exterior, the cream cheese doughnut has chunks of cream cheese folded into the dough. The doughnuts at haritts are also extremely affordable, with the plain one costing a mere 150 yen.

    Another cute little anecdote about haritts is that each of the doughnuts comes in an envelope-esque wrapping paper with a handmade stamp, showing which flavour the doughnut you bought is.

    The out-of-this-world fluffiness of the doughnuts at haritts is something you cannot experience elsewhere so don’t miss a chance to visit if you can!

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    I hope this article leads to at least one person visiting these doughnut shops in Tokyo as they are most definitely worth trying if you have even a bit of a sweet tooth. If you are ambitious, the three shops are close enough that you could most definitely visit all three in a day…. Is three doughnuts a day too many? I guess we won’t know until we try.

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