Sleiman Azizi

Higuma Doughnuts, Omotesando

The best doughnuts in Tokyo

Sleiman Azizi
Sleiman Azizi   - 3 min read

After coming across a mention of their store by chance, I've had Higuma Doughnuts on my radar for many a month now. The owner had lived in Canada for a few years and his story about returning to Japan to open up a doughnut store using ingredients reflective of Hokkaido roots was a compelling one. I knew I had to visit.

Interestingly, Higuma Doughnuts two stores aren't in Hokkaido but in central Tokyo. The main store can be found in Gakugei-daigaku, in Meguro City Ward while the second, in Omotesando, is actually a collaboration with Coffee Wrights. The store's open design layout, floor-to-ceiling windows and simple but extremely contemporary ambience, really becomes the perfect little backstreet spot to enjoy good coffee and fresh doughnuts.

Sun drenched morning interior
Sun drenched morning interior

Arriving just prior to the store's 11am opening time, my family and I found ourselves in a short queue before entering. The morning sun at this time of the day is quite lovely and the shower of light it cast throughout the store this visit left us feeling buoyant. Nice work mother nature, we were off to a good start.

Along with some coffee, we ordered the plain, the chocolate (real chocolate, by the way), and the roasted soybean powdered kinako doughnuts. The raspberry-filled doughnuts that I had been eagerly anticipating, were, alas, not available that morning but no fear, the other choices were enough to make up for it.

My favourite plain doughnut
My favourite plain doughnut

Now, I must say this about the doughnuts - they are completely and utterly understated in their quality. I cannot consider them to be junk food, not in the slightest. Doughnuts will leave a sweet aftertaste that is often cheap and nasty. But not Higuma. No way. I cannot consider them to be junk food, not in the slightest. Subdued, gentle and full of depth, I love them. I seriously do.

Morning doughnuts at Higuma, Omotesando
Morning doughnuts at Higuma, Omotesando

If you are like most visitors to Tokyo and end up in Omotesando, do yourself a favour and drop by Higuma Doughnuts. The good start to your day is guaranteed to only get better.

Getting there

Take the Chiyoda, Ginza or Hanzomon lines to Omotesando Station. The store is a 4-minute stroll from the A2 Exit.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

I'm a Japanese Permanent Resident with close to 600 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books inspired by traditional Japanese styles.I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, so if you've anything to say about Japan's never ending capital - or just Japan in general - don't b...