Hi friends, welcome back! Full disclaimer, this post will cause hunger 😉 Jon and I went on our first ever food tour this past weekend with Underground Donut Tour. They invited us to attend their Brooklyn donut tour but they also have tours in Manhattan, London, Dublin, Vancouver, Portland, Boston, Chicago, Philly, Miami, Nashville and New Orleans. The tour includes donuts at four different bakeries and a history of the area along the way. Jon and I were very excited because we have watched so many food tours on Youtube, but had never been on a food tour ourselves. We also looked forward to learning more about Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
We met our guide Justin at Doughnut Plant and we ended up being the only ones on the tour. He started the tour with a brief history of the donut in NYC and then we each got to choose a donut to try. We picked a Brooklyn Blackout and Dulce de Leche. Jon and I have been to Doughnut Plant before, but we never tried these flavors. The Tres Leches was one of our favorites of the day. It was simple, but delicious! The Brooklyn Blackout tasted like a light chocolate cake and was very scrumptious.
We then walked over to our next stop in Greenpoint and Justin explained the history of the neighborhoods along the way. Brooklyn was a manufacturing area and a dangerous place to live in the 70s and 80s. After 9/11 the area was rezoned to residential and ever since then it’s been on the rise and a hip place to live. A lot of the industrial buildings have been converted into hotels or apartments and are very desirable places to live, especially with the unbeatable views of Manhattan. It’s also a popular spot to live because it’s less expensive than Manhattan, but only one subway stop away on the L train.
Our second stop of the day was at a Polish bakery in Greenpoint called Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery. We learned that Greenpoint has the highest percent of Polish people in NYC. This bakery is entirely vegan and has gluten free donuts. These donuts tasted more like chocolate cake and were very dense and rich. I was surprised that they were cold, but they were delicious!
Our third stop of the day was at Moe’s Doughs. They had so many delicious donuts that it was hard to choose! Our guide recommended the French Crueller and this was also one of our favorites of the day. It was so light and just melted in our mouths. We also got the Snicker’s because it just looked too irresistible. It was delicious too, but sometimes the classics just can’t be beat.
Our final stop of the day was at the famous Peter Pan donuts. This spot has been here since the 1950s and the donuts are only $1.75. This bakery is also featured in the movie Spider-Man: No Way Home. Zendaya’s character Mary Jane works here, but it looks a little different than the movie because a photographer took pictures of the bakery and then the bakery was reconstructed at the Marvel studio in Atlanta. We tried the Apple Fritter and it was delicious! We saw a s’mores one we thought about trying but our sugar levels were maxed out! (If you’re wondering, we each ate about a quarter of each donut and took the rest home)
We had such a great time on this Underground Donut Tour! Our guide was excellent and made the tour so seamless and fun. I’d highly recommend checking this tour out if you’re looking for something sweet and fun! It was a nice bonus that we had the tour to ourselves 🙂 Have you ever gone on a food tour?