Melbourne's nutella craze leading to a temporary nutella shortage. Once I tried more than one I found myself on a mission to taste all Coburg's doughnuts. I never found a nutella doughnut I didn't love. (Though it is different story in the city.) I tried them at eight establishments. More than I expected to find. It is time to stop searching.
I have eaten them in the mall, on a park bench, in cafes, at home, in arcades. My black jacket has seen enough icing sugar. They are messy but oh so good. Here is my round up, starting with my favourites:
427 Sydney Road
Crystal Bakery is a cheap high street bakery the is your place for soft white bread and cute doughnuts with sprinkles. It comes top of my list. It was here I first tasted the nutella doughnuts. It was indecently early in the morning and they were so fresh and pillowy with a generous ooze that I fell in love. I have had them from Crystal Bakery since and they are still soft and delicious though never quite as sublime (or as early in the day) as the first time. They are also ridiculously cheap at $2. They always have heaps at the start of the day but I have been there later in the day and found that they are sold out.
Candy Ink Cafe
53 Moreland Road
Another favourite is the Candy Ink doughnut. This is a quirky cafe that offers coffee and tattoos. Sylvia and I had one after lunch the other day. She got nutella all over her face and couldn't finish it. Mine was heated which just encouraged the ooze and made them amazing. Really loved these and also love their nutella doughnut artwork.
O'Heas Bakery and Deli
203-205 O'Hea Street
Dat Thanh Bakery
389 Sydney Road
The Pie Place
Walkers Arcade, 471 Sydney Road
The Pie Place is a hole in the wall bakery in Walkers Arcade that, as the name suggests, specialises in pies. It is not a great photo but believe me they are one of the good nutella doughnuts. I confess that I was a bit emotional when I had this one as I discovered that my favourite hairdresser has left the salon where I have been going. [Which is significant as it has taken me about eight years to finally find a favourite hairdresser so I don't come across them often.]
Trivelli Cake Shop
369 Sydney Road
Trivelli is an old fashioned family run Italian pasticceria with a faded shop front. They offer cannoli impressive decorated cakes and gelati. These were the first doughnuts that I encountered that had crystalised sugar rather than icing sugar on the outside. I prefer the icing sugar but enjoyed the doughnuts. Tivelli gets bonus points for having the option of small or large doughnuts.
Fergusson Plarre Bakehouse
495 Sydney Road
Coburg North Village, 180 Gaffney Street
Hangar is your bog standard food hall cafe that is part of the "Coburg North Village" shopping centre around the new Coles supermarket. This was my least favourite nutella doughnut. It is just not my sort of cafe, service was a bit slower than I expected and the exterior of the doughnut was more chewy and fried than others I have tasted. As with Fergusson Plarre, eaten in isolation I would have loved it but it pales in comparison. Which just shows how spoilt we are in Coburg to have so many good nutella doughnuts that I can be so picky!
So there you have it. Coburg really has been inundated with nutella doughnuts in all sorts of establishments. Even with my love of them, I haven't been able to cover every cafe/bakery that sells them. So the next time you walk into any bakery or cafe in Coburg, look around and don't be surprised if you see a nutella doughnut tempting you!