Dumbo Doughnuts in Tokyo an unmissable treat

Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee, which has shops in Tokyo and Yokohama, boasts a revolving roster of quirky flavors. AARON KIDD/STARS AND STRIPES
Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee, which has shops in Tokyo and Yokohama, boasts a revolving roster of quirky flavors. AARON KIDD/STARS AND STRIPES

Dumbo Doughnuts in Tokyo an unmissable treat

by Aaron Kidd
Stars and Stripes

I’ve become an absolute fiend for a bright-pink, sweet-and-sour doughnut baked by a tiny backstreet shop in Tokyo’s Azabujuban district.

The Framboise from Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee is so good, I’m willing to put up with the sometimes-rude, disinterested college kids working the counter. It’s so good, I’m OK with strangers staring as I slather my face in raspberry glaze while working my way through this massive, messy confection.

Dumbo opened in 2016, calling itself a specialty cafe where folks can enjoy New York-style artisanal doughnuts with coffee brewed from a one-of-a-kind espresso machine. A second location popped up later in Yokohama.

I’m unclear on what makes Dumbo’s doughnuts so “New York,” but the shop’s website says they’re handmade with a secret dough that makes them crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle. They’re too pretty to dunk in your coffee. Customers have been known to balance them atop the shop’s pink paper cups for photo ops.

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