When we think of doughnuts, our options will always include Dunkin, Krispy Kreme and House of Donuts. But donuts are no longer simple donuts in our vocabulary. Sure it started as simple as “doughnuts are deep fried from a flour dough, typically either ring-shaped or a number of shapes without a hole, often filled.” From simple toppings and fillings, they have evolved to bigger, more elaborate sweet snacks and we’re here for innovation and creativity especially when it comes to a staple food that we grew up eating and savoring. This fancy doughnut trend has a caveat though: they’re expensive.
Imagine spending more than SR 10 for a piece of donut. We definitely balked at it but we couldn’t also stop ourselves from being curious. How come this donut is so expensive? What made them rack up this price tag? What made them unique and complex? Is there evn something different to them? These questions made us spend over SR 200 for a box of doughnuts last year. We know right, curiosity have killed our wallets a dozen or more times in the past. Fine, until now.
Here’s the list of fancy doughnut shops in Riyadh:
1. GLAZE DONUT BOUTIQUE
This fancy shmancy donut shop has quirky donuts that’s the size of a palm. One can be quite hefty and filling already. We’re smitten with the looks and the names of these high-rising doughnuts that on our first purchase, we spent more than SR 200 for a box. They’re fluffy and delicious and of course, sweet and decadent but OMG a piece starts at SR 12. Most of their filled and topped donuts go for SR 18 each! Pricey yeah. That’s already 2-3 pieces in other doughnut shops. Their savory ones even go as high as SR 25 a piece! These doughnuts have a bread-like consistency. They’re puffy; a bit crisp on the outside and bubbly in the inside. Some kinds have a cake-like batter which is denser. Either way, one Glaze doughnut is meant to be shared.
My favorite is Beach Bum which has a soft bread and not-so-sweet custard cream filling; it has a crust of caramelized sugar which provides texture and crunch. Reina’s fave is the OG which is basically that: their original simplest donut. The store is now accepting customized donuts but it needs 36 hours notice.
Glaze Donut Boutique
Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 MN
Hours: 7:00 AM – 12:00 MN
3. CAPTAIN HANSON
Hours: 9:00 AM – 12:00 MN
These donut stores are also available in delivery apps in Riyadh. You can check them at Jahez, Hunger Station, etc.