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“About as good as you'll get anywhere”
Review of Lee's Donuts

Lee's Donuts
Ranked #2 of 72 Bakeries in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Croatian
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Dining options: Takeout
Neighbourhood: Granville Island & Fairview
Description: Proud purveyor of Vancouver’s favourite Honey Dip and classic donut recipes! Located in the Granville Island Public Market Since 1979
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Scratch made doughnuts that are seriously as good and fresh as you will find anywhere. This is a must if you happen to be at Granville Island. My wife made the remark that it was the best doughnut she's had in her life.

2  Thank dpezz
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

My partner and “discovered” Lee’s Donuts while wandering through the Granville Island markets this past summer. Little did we know that this place is such a fixture in Vancouver, having been in existence since 1979 and, in that span of nearly 40 years, remaining a family-owned and operated business. Apparently this place has amassed a large following with the locals – many knowing exactly when some of their favourites (like the honey dip) are scheduled to come out of the fryer. After trying the donuts on offer at Lee’s, we now recognize why this place has become famous. Each and every one of the donuts we tried were soft, moist, fluffy and not too sweet. Best of all donuts like the raspberry-filled use REAL raspberry jam as opposed to processed stuff. It’s hard to elevate something as commonplace as a donut without making ridiculous trendy flavours, but the folks at Lee’s have managed to do so by following a simple formula: Hand-made + Fresh ingredients = Divinity. Seriously, you can literally TASTE the freshness of these donuts in comparison to, say, the merely reheated donuts at a large chain like Time Hortons. Remember, sometimes simple is best!

FOOD: 5/5
SERVICE: 5/5
VALUE: 5/5
RECOMMENDATION: Lee’s Donuts is very much a Vancouver institution. For them to be in business nearly four decades you know they’ve got to be doing something right. I’d say this is a “must stop at” location when visiting the Granville Island market.

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2  Thank PookyCake
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Expensive but the best doughnuts I have had in Vancouver. Very well known locally for a good reason. An excellent way to cheat on a diet.

2  Thank KathrynST
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Lee's has a stand in the Granville island market, and is worth seeking out while you spend the day there. Their honey dipped donut is everything a donut should ever be. Light, fluffy, not too sweet. Melted in your mouth. It is a must try!

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2  Thank jennb2003
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Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Wondered through the market and stumbled upon this great donut and crepe place. Had the ham egg and cheese crepe for breakfast followed by a donut. Would recommend.

2  Thank sirspaka
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