Doughnut shop with a few outlets in the city. Offers a daily vegan earl grey doughnut, as well as rotating selection of other vegan flavors. Also has gluten free, coffee and tea. Upbeat atmosphere. Instagram: @cartemsdonuts. Previously named Cartems Donuterie. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-4:00pm. Closing times may vary when sell outs occur.

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65 Reviews

First Review by lovela5


Points +128

13 Nov 2023

The earl gray donut is everything

I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know… and I’m very judgemental when it comes to donuts because I’m use to my spot in Brooklyn. But this beautiful and tasty donut did the trick. I paired my donut with an oat cap.

Pros: Perfect earl gray taste, Visually beautiful donuts , Prices are great

Cons: Denser than I’d like a donut



Points +226

30 Sep 2023


We walked in not knowing if they had any vegan donuts, and saw none labeled in the case. Turns out they were almost ALL vegan! Only one was not and it was clearly labeled. So delicious.


Points +157

22 Sep 2023

The Earl Grey Donut Tho!

Loved the Earl Grey Donut and really enjoyed the chai latte w/oat milk.

Went here twice during my trip and staff was great.


Points +292

30 Aug 2023


The place was so cute the service was lovely and donuts were unreal

Pros: Tasty, Vibes, Friendly


Points +1017

08 Jun 2023

Just amazing

Apple fritters are fantastic!
So happy there’s two locations of cartems in Vancouver.


Points +22

02 Jun 2023

Great donuts!

All donuts in display were vegan except one. I got the smoked maple walnut and it was one of the best donuts I’ve had.

Pros: Lots of vegan options


Points +139

24 Dec 2022

Earl gray

Love the earl gray cake donut and citrus glazed one. Lots of vegan options!


Points +74

12 Nov 2022

Would give 5 stars if I could

Best donuts I’ve ever had. Found out about this place from a couple of vegan YouTuber bloggers and was so excited to find out it was a short walk from where we were staying. We stopped there twice during our visit. The donuts are so deliciously soft and not overly sweet. All flavors are present and not just fried sugar like some donuts can be. My non vegan husband agreed these are the best donuts he has ever had. Idk how often I’ll get to visit Vancouver but we will definitely come back every time we do!

Pros: Almost all the donuts are vegan, Indoor seating

Cons: Expensive


Points +896

27 Aug 2022

So good

Update Aug 26:
All donuts in the display were vegan except for the Earl Grey. Ordered an oat milk latte (they use Oatly). Donut was great but unfortunately the service was lacking this visit due to unfriendly front staff.

Cartems have mastered the vegan donut. They have multiple vegan options to choose from and the donuts are always fresh. Wish they offered a vegan filled donut... they may, but I’ve never seen one on my visits.

Updated from previous review on 2019-07-24

Pros: Plenty of vegan flavours, Friendly staff, Nice restaurant

Cons: Need filled vegan options - apple, custard, etc


20 Feb 2020

Hi! While we don't always have a vegan stuffed donut, we have one every second month! We have a rotating flavour, which alternates between a vegan option and non-vegan. Feel free to check out our Instagram to see when these flavours are announced!


Points +90

28 May 2022

So good!

Had the citrus glaze donut and it was amazing - light and fluffy!


Points +457

08 May 2022

Almost All Vegan Doughnuts!

Don’t believe the bio, the vegan doughnut isn’t a feature doughnut, almost the entire case is vegan (except for the London fog doughnut)

Pros: Almost all vegan doughnuts


Points +417

02 May 2022

Great donuts

Some of the best vegan donuts I’ve ever had.


Points +5694

09 Jan 2022


Note: I had these donuts pre Covid, back in November of 2019 and I just randomly thought about them and realized I never did a Happy Cow. This review if for a visit from a few years ago.

These were some of the first vegan donuts I had ever had, and I remember very clearly liking them, but not loving them. These were a pretty decent walk from our hotel, and I remember thinking that it wasn’t worth dealing with my tired and grumpy family members. The shop was very cute, and there were many options. I do remember the shop being busy, and the person behind the counter was a little impatient since I was new to the vegan scene and wanted to verify what was and what was not vegan. However, the donuts were pretty good, a little dry but since I am not a huge donut fan to begin, I always take my opinions with a grain of salt.

Overall, I haven’t been able to visit Vancouver since this visit due to Covid, but I am looking forward to trying these again because so much time as passed since then and I have more to compare them to as a older vegan.

Pros: lots of vegan options , cute shop

Cons: expensive


Points +313

23 Dec 2021

Good vegan selection

Great vegan donuts selection. Coffee is also very tasty. Yummy

Updated from previous review on 2021-12-23


Points +145

02 Sep 2021

quite nice

The donut I ordered was really sweet. It was a bit too much for me, even for a caramel one. It was expensive especially for how small it was. I was able to bring my own container, which is super great! I was happy to try it, but I would not go back.

Pros: I was able to bring my own container

Cons: Expensive, too sweet


Points +97

29 Aug 2021

Excited to try more!

I had the chocolate dipped donut - it was great! I was there on a Friday at 1:00pm and they only had 5 flavours left and I believe their hours were extended until 9:00pm which is unfortunate. Happy with the number of vegan options and can’t wait to try something more adventurous!

Pros: Almost completely vegan!, Good price!, Clean location.

Cons: Sell out early in day.


Points +349

25 Jul 2021

So many vegan options

Lots of vegan and gluten free doughnuts. Recommend the apple fritter, Earl grey, maple walnut crunch and chocolate doughnuts.


Points +303

07 Mar 2021

Great place

They have many different options. Vegan and vegan gluten free.

Really great donuts. You have to try the apple fritter.

You can also order special donuts

Updated from previous review on 2021-03-06

Pros: Vegan options , Gluten free options, Fresh

Cons: Sometimes limited supply, Expensive


Points +1526

06 Nov 2020

It's different, worth a try!

Had the double chocolate vegan doughnut, it was interesting. The ones we had were not puffy and round like your typical doughnut.
The texture was like a soft moist light fudge, not as chocolatey as I would have liked, it was a gentle chocolate experience rather than a rich one.

Not sweet enough to call it sinful, which means I would have like to have tried more. The rest of the other doughnuts were for work colleagues.

Went back there yesterday to see what else they got, only 4 doughnuts left at around 3pm, so if you want to try, go there early and see what you can nab!

Updated from previous review on 2020-11-05


Points +292

10 Mar 2020


We live in Northern BC and make a trip to cartems a compulsory part of every visit to Vancouver. The best vegan donuts I’ve had.


Points +35

06 Feb 2020

The best donuts

Just the best donuts. They're doing it well too, not clearly advertising what's vegan so that strict non-vegans buy them anyways. Kudos! Fooled all my coworkers. Try the filled donuts when they have vegan ones, delicious!


Points +94

06 Jan 2020

So many good donuts

They have a huge selection of delicious vegan donuts. The donuts themselves are very big, worth the price.


Points +418

02 Jan 2020

Best donuts ever!

This place is really good.
The vegan donuts are the best, so fluffy and sugary.
My favorita it’s the Lemon Glaze! Try it! ❤️

Pros: Friendly staff , Nice vibe


Points +85

11 Nov 2019


We had the vanilla glazed and the smoked maple walnut. Both were delicious and really satisfying. Would recommend the vanilla glazed ... Keep it simple!

Pros: Lots of vegan options


Points +310

06 Nov 2019

Reminds me of puffin’ fresh donuts in Oz

The donuts have a really nice and doughy texture, and are so soft as you take a bite! They weren’t overly sweet, so were well balanced and were a decent size too. They had lots of vegan options, though these were not all marked and we had to ask a staff member to advise us which ones were. They also make a good coffee!


Points +28

17 Oct 2019

Perfect donuts

I accidentally came to the street where it is located and I am so glad I did, I had two donuts and they were just perfection

Pros: Almost everything is vegan

Cons: No vegan options of milk (drinks)


18 Feb 2020

Hi! Thank you so much for your review! For next time you visit us, did you know that we actually have two options for non-dairy milk? We have both oat milk and house-made almond milk!?


Points +1772

10 Sep 2019

Supa nice

Almost all the doughnuts are vegan, they also offer some gluten free. Very fresh and light. A bit too sweet but hey oh it's a doughnut.

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