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Celebrate National Doughnut Day by visiting one (or all four) of these drool worthy destinations

Let’s face it; most of us don’t need any encouragement to eat a doughnut. But today is as good a time as any to treat yourself – it’s National Doughnut Day in the US, a holiday which dates back to 1938.

Time to celebrate: National Donut Day is here..
Time to celebrate: National Donught Day is here.. Image by Getty Images

The day commemorates the “Doughnut Dollies” of The Salvation Army, who made doughnuts for soldiers serving overseas. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up four places around the world where doughnut-making is treated as an art form.

London: Bread Ahead

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Roll up at the Bread Ahead stall in London’s Borough Market, and you’ll likely be bumping elbows with eager Instagrammers looking to get their fix of these photogenic delights. The caramel custard doughnut bursting with a chunk of salted honeycomb is a thing of beauty.

Still hungry? Head to the Doughnut Hatch at Bird for an ice cream doughnut sandwich or, even better, the doughnut bacon butty.

Dublin: Aungier Danger

Queues this morning at @arnottsdublin day 3 and we’re open

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When Aungier Danger opened in early 2016, it was met with long lines, eager customers and a ready-made buzz. Now with two locations, on Aungier Street and in Arnotts department store, there’s no shortage of killer doughnuts like the Dublin Death Trap, teeming with vanilla custard and topped with double chocolate.

Still hungry? If you’re a doughnut traditionalist, you can’t beat the old-school classics at The Rolling Donut  on O’Connell  Street.

Brooklyn: Dough

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They’ve won a firm place in the hearts of New Yorkers, and Dough is still impressing with a gorgeous array of doughnuts. Chef Fany Gerson,  set out to craft an iconic version of this classic treat.  You can find them in Manhattan as well as their original Brooklyn location, and at Smorgasburg at the Brooklyn Flea market.

Still hungry? Pick up a batch of tiny doughnuts made before your eyes at Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market.

Austin: Gourdoughs

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and this is certainly the case at Gourdoughs. Sure, you could keep things simple with a sugar and cinnamon affair… but why bother when you could get a Fat Elvis, doused in peanut butter icing, grilled bananas, bacon and honey? Long live The King, indeed.

Still hungry? Pick up a Voodoo Doughnut,  covered in Cap ‘N Crunch or Froot Loops.