There’s nothing like starting the day with a little sugar rush, right? In honor of National Donut Day, we’ve rounded up a list of the best donut shops in every state (plus D.C.). From off-the-wall artisan flavors to down-home classic styles, keep reading to get the scoop on the must-visit shops in your area.
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1. Alabama: The Heavenly Donut Company
Opened by a husband-wife duo in 2013, The Heavenly Donut Company has been serving up delicious bites at their brick-and-mortar store and two food trucks ever since. Try a classic maple glazed, a blueberry cake donut, or one of their rotating specials like a Nutella glazed donut.
4911 Cahaba River Rd., Ste. 105
2. Alaska: The Moose Is Loose
This hidden gem is well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in small-town Alaska. In addition to killer apple fritters and donuts, they’ve also got a sweet collection of kitschy Alaskan goods for your browsing pleasure (think moose pajamas and kids’ books).
44278 Sterling Hwy
3. Arizona: The Original Rainbow Donuts
Cherry fritters, anyone? This family-owned spot churns them out daily, along with classics like long johns, Boston creams and bear claws. If you’re feeling adventurous (or need a serious sugar fix), try the M&M-topped donut.
15834 N. Cave Creek Rd.
6245 E. Bell Rd. #115
4. Arkansas: Mark’s Do-Nut Shop
No frills needed: this sweet mom-and-pop shop in North Little Rock serves up deliciously fluffy donuts that locals rave about. The menu is small, but anything you get will be a home run.
4015 Camp Robinson Rd.
North Little Rock, AR
photo: Donut Bar via Yelp
5. California: Donut Bar
This is not your typical donut shop! Donut Bar is famous for their artisan donuts with a menu that changes daily. The flavors include crème Brulee, Nutella, Twix, red velvet and peaches and cream, just to name a few.
631 B St.
San Diego, CA
6. Colorado: The Donut House
It’ll only take one bite to fall in love with the handmade donuts at this Colorado hot spot. Try an old-fashioned blueberry donut or a peanut butter brownie (a raised donut topped with peanut butter and brownie chunks).
3124 S. Parker Rd.
5 additional locations in Denver, Parker, Castle Rock and East Aurora
7. Connecticut: Dixie Donuts
Locals rave about this Norwich gem, and we think you’ll be an instant fan, too. Chow down on a Boston cream, or try their specialty, inspired by Samoa Girl Scout cookies: a chocolate glazed donut topped with toasted coconut and caramel.
275 W. Town St.
photo: Janie G. via Yelp
8. Delaware: Fractured Prune
At Fractured Prune, you can customize your own donut. Choose from 19 glazes (everything from strawberry to mocha) and 13 toppings (crumbled bacon, chocolate chips, sprinkles…) to make the perfect sweet treat.
20214 Coastal Hwy
Rehoboth Beach, DE
9. Florida: Leon’s Donuts
Whether you’re into maple bacon or classic cake donuts, you’re sure to find something to love at Leon’s. Light and fluffy donuts with friendly service—what more could you ask for?
6246 E. Highway 98
Panama City, FL
photo: Sublime Doughnuts via Facebook
10. Georgia: Sublime Doughnuts
You’ll be wowed by all the options at Sublime Doughnuts. Just to name a few, there’s the A-town (a Boston cream in the shape of an A), a white chocolate peach fritter and a Butterfinger variety—and that’s only the beginning. For a picture-perfect birthday treat, you can order a custom message spelled out in doughnuts (sign us up!).
535 10th St. NW
North Druid Hills
2566 Briarcliff Rd. NE
11. Hawaii: Leonard’s Bakery
Whether you’re a local or just visiting, Leonard’s Bakery is well worth a visit. Their specialty is the malasada, a Portuguese doughnut without a hole, coated in sugar and sometimes filled with custard, chocolate or coconut.
933 Kapahulu Ave.
12. Idaho: Guru Donuts
Made with locally sourced ingredients, the donuts at this Boise spot are as tasty as they are inventive. The menu changes monthly, but highlights include the root beer float, the raspberry lemonade (it’s vegan!) and the Nutella chocolate chip.
928 W. Main St., Ste. 100
photo: Doughnut Vault via Facebook
13. Illinois: Doughnut Vault
Offering flavors from lemon poppy seed to root beer, Doughnut Vault has something for everyone. The tiny Franklin location is a grab-and-go spot for fritters and glazed donuts, while the Canal restaurant offers lots of seating and a selection of old-fashioned donuts. And don’t forget their van—give them a follow on Twitter to find out where they pop up.
111 N. Canal St.
401 N. Franklin St.
14. Indiana: Long’s Bakery
Since 1955, Long’s Bakery has been churning out drool-worthy doughnuts for super affordable prices. You can’t go wrong here, but locals love the chocolate glazed and the blueberry cake. Grab a dozen, and your day will definitely be off to a great start.
1453 N. Tremont St.
photo: Long’s Bakery via Facebook
15. Iowa: Ambrosia Donuts
Ambrosia Donuts is sure to be an instant hit with your crew, with their awesome selection of sweet treats. If you pick a Boston cream or long john, you can request the filling of your choice—yum!
106 SW State St., Ste. 101
16. Kansas: Varsity Donuts
Varsity Donuts started serving up fluffy donuts in Aggieville in 2011, and they’ve been a local favorite ever since. As you chow down on your donuts (try the blueberry opal or maple bacon), the littles can try out the ping pong table or play board games.
704 N. Manhattan Ave.
photo: Maggie V. via Yelp
17. Kentucky: North Lime Coffee & Donuts
Made daily from scratch, you can’t go wrong with any of the selections at North Lime Coffee & Donuts. Each location has a different Donut of the Day so you can try inventive flavors like chocolate chip pancake, blueberry lemonade and oreo cheesecake.
575 N. Limestone
3101 Clays Mill Rd.
1228 S. 7th St.
18. Louisiana: Cafe du Monde
Established in 1862, Cafe du Monde has been serving up beignets (French-style donuts served piping hot and covered in powdered sugar) to locals and tourists alike ever since. Pair your beignets with a cup of their dark-roast coffee, spiced with chicory (chocolate milk and orange juice is available for the younger set).
800 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA
8 additional locations in the New Orleans metropolitan area
photo: Angie W. via Yelp
19. Maine: The Holy Donut
At The Holy Donut, their secret ingredient is something you might not expect: fresh Maine potatoes. The mashed potatoes give the donuts a moist, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and once you’ve tried flavors like triple berry glaze, dark chocolate sea salt and fresh lemon, you’ll be an instant convert to the church of Holy Donut.
194 Park Ave.
7 Exchange St.
398 Rt 1
20. Maryland: Krumpe’s Do-nuts
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to this cozy spot in western Maryland. Lines snake out the door to snag some of their trademark treats, like the peanut butter iced twists, chocolate cream filled and cinnamon cake donuts, all of which are worth the wait.
912 Maryland Ave.
21. Massachusetts: Union Square Donuts
At Union Square Donuts, everything is made from scratch daily so you can be sure you’re getting the freshest and best quality. Try the maple bacon made with Vermont maple syrup and thick cut bacon, or go for an egg and cheese sandwich that uses donut dough instead of bread.
20 Bow St.
409 Harvard St.
100 Hanover St.
photo: New Palace Bakery
22. Michigan: New Palace Bakery
This Detroit spot offers pies, breads and cakes, but their signature item is the Polish pączki, a filled doughnut traditionally served on Fat Tuesday. At New Palace, you can get pączki all year long (phew!) with fillings ranging from raspberry to custard to caramel cream.
9833 Joseph Campau Street
23. Minnesota: Moon Donuts & Cafe
Locals rave about this Minnesota gem with an incredible selection of donuts, from apricot filled to maple bacon and plain glazed. After just one bite you’ll understand why—and then go back for more.
505 State Hwy 25
9 State Hwy 55
24. Mississippi: The Tatonut Shop
Located in historic Ocean Springs, the donuts at this sweet spot are made from potato flour, which helps them stay light and fluffy. Try the applesauce donut or the blueberry cake donut—delish!
1114 Government St.
Ocean Springs, MS
25. Missouri: The Donut Stop
Founded in 1953, The Donut Stop has been a south St. Louis favorite ever since. In addition to the classics like glazed donuts and long johns, they’ve got unique offerings like cinnamon globs (aka the cinnamon roll’s less refined cousin).
1101 Lemay Ferry Rd.
St. Louis, MO
3120 W. Clay Street
St. Charles, MO
photo: Matthew W. via Yelp
26. Montana: Granny’s Gourmet Donuts
Dollar donuts, anyone? At this amazing shop, you’ll find an amazing selection of donuts that won’t break the bank. Try a melt-in-your-mouth Boston cream or a filled donut topped with fresh strawberries.
3 Tai Ln.
27. Nebraska: The Donut Stop
In addition to serving up delicious eats, The Donut Stop is also a fun hangout spot—they’ve got board games, and customers are encouraged to stick around and play. You’ll love the low prices and delicious donuts, all served up with a smile.
1256 S. 13th St.
photo: Sandra E. via Yelp
28. Nevada: Pink Box Doughnuts
At Pink Box Doughnuts, you’ll find classic flavors like apple fritters and old-fashioned alongside inventive creations like the Fat Elvis (a chocolate-topped donut filled with banana and peanut butter) and the Unicorn (a pink velvet cake donut with lots of sprinkles). A perfect break from the Strip!
7531 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
10251 S. Eastern Ave.
3755 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
29. New Hampshire: Brothers Donuts
Get your donut fix at this top New Hampshire spot, which serves up huge donuts of all kinds, from buttercrunch to honey dip to blueberry fritters. Be sure to get there early, as they often sell out!
426 Central St.
30. New Jersey: Uncle Dood’s Donuts
At Uncle Dood’s Donuts, you’ll know you’re getting the best quality—the donuts are freshly made all day long, and iced and topped to order. Try the Vermont Swine (maple bacon), the Vanilla-O (vanilla icing and Oreo crumble) or the PBJ (filled with grape jelly and topped with peanut butter icing).
4 Robbins St.
Toms River, NJ
31. New Mexico: Whoo’s Donuts
This Santa Fe favorite is serving up seriously innovative donuts. There’s a chocolate toffee donut spiced with red chile and a blue corn blueberry lavender donut, plus more conventional flavors like lemon curd and berry jam filled varieties.
851 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM
photo: Doughnut Plant via Facebook
32. New York: Doughnut Plant
A New York staple, Doughnut Plant had its humble start in the basement of a Lower East Side tenement building in 1994. Now it’s home to tons of delicious creations like Doughseeds, doughnut holes that have a tasty filling inside. Try the vanilla bean doughnut filled with blackberry jam and you’ll become a forever fan.
Lower East Side
379 Grand St.
New York, NY
220 W. 23rd St.
New York, NY
245 Flatbush Ave.
Falchi Building, 31-00 47th Avenue
Long Island City, Queens
33. North Carolina: Duck Donuts
Hailing from North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Duck Donuts has become a cult favorite. The donuts are customizable and made to order—you get to choose your own combination of icing, toppings and drizzle, so the possibilities are endless. With buckets (!) of coffee available for adults, this place is a little slice of heaven.
1190 Duck Rd.
Additional locations in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
photo: Duck Donuts via Facebook
34. North Dakota: Sandy’s Donuts
With more than 80 types of donuts on offer, it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone at Sandy’s Donuts. Go for a cherry Bismarck, a s’mores long john or a lemon poppyseed old-fashioned.
301 Main Ave. W.
West Fargo, ND
300 Broadway N.
35. Ohio: Bill’s Donut Shop
A Centerville tradition since 1960, Bill’s Donut Shop is a must-visit spot with lots of local flavor. You can’t go wrong with a butter twist, or a sour cream, or a blueberry cake donut. Might as well get one of each!
268 N. Main St.
36. Oklahoma: Polar Donuts
After one bite, you’ll be hooked on the offerings at Polar Donuts. Some of the donuts have decidedly racy names (you’ll find out what we mean!), but we’re willing to distract the kiddos long enough to get our hands on the deliciousness.
1111 N. Meridian Ave., Ste. B
Oklahoma City, OK
photo: Blue Star Donuts via Facebook
37. Oregon: Blue Star Donuts
Boasting a brioche-style dough and freshly made glazes and fillings in a variety of interesting flavors, this shop is the stuff donut dreams are made of. The Portland-born gem is rapidly expanding, with new locations popping up in Southern California. Pay a visit to try a tasty seasonal donut (think matcha green tea and Mexican hot chocolate), and keep an eye out for the vegan options, too.
0672 #2 SW Gaines St.
Additional Portland-area locations in Downtown, North Portland, Southeast Portland, Northwest Portland and Beaverton
38. Pennsylvania: Yum Yum Bake Shops
Yum Yum puts chain donut shops to shame, with delicious varieties like Chocolate Thunder (chocolate filling and chocolate icing) and White Lightning (whipped cream filling). Their raised donuts are super light and airy so your whole crew will gobble them up in no time.
500 W. Street Rd.
1461 W. Broad St.
100 Bethlehem Pike
photo: Allie’s Donuts via Facebook
39. Rhode Island: Allie’s Donuts
This Rhode Island gem is totally worth the trip. The family-owned spot has been around since 1968, and for good reason, as the locals will tell you. Try anything with their whipped maple glaze, or you can never go wrong with a delicious sprinkle doughnut.
3661 Quaker Ln.
North Kingstown, RI
40. South Carolina: Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts
At Glazed, everything is made in-house, from the dough to the fillings to the glaze, and they don’t use artificial flavorings or food coloring. The result is a rotating selection of drool-worthy flavors like raspberry buttercream, far east peach and sweet corn & blueberry.
481 King St.
41. South Dakota: Flyboy Donuts
A visit to Flyboy Donuts is sure to be the highlight of your morning. Try a maple bacon long john or a Samoa donut—delish! You can also order letter-shaped donuts for birthdays or other special occasions.
5005 S. Western Ave. Ste. 190
Sioux Falls, SD
photo: Christine L. via Yelp
42. Tennessee: Ralph’s Donut Shop
Amazing donuts, affordable prices and friendly faces—there’s not much more we can ask for in a donut shop. Locals love the butter twist, the red velvet and the enormous apple fritter. But be careful: it’s hard to stop at just one!
59 S. Cedar Ave.
43. Texas: Hugs & Donuts
This Houston hot spot offers a solid mix of classic donuts and unique ideas. You’ll find cinnamon sugar cake donuts alongside fruity pebble crunch and green tea coconut. Plus, they offer a rotating selection of vegan cake donuts Friday through Sunday.
1901 N. Shepherd Dr., Ste. 4
44. Utah: Roger’s Bakery
A hidden gem tucked inside an unassuming supermarket, Roger’s Bakery is totally worth a visit. Try a maple bar or an apple fritter, and you’ll be an instant fan.
7235 W. 3500th S.
45. Vermont: Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts
Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts is about to become your favorite weekend haunt. This homey spot serves up delicious homemade donuts (we recommend the Boston cream and the honeydew cake donut) alongside breakfast sandwiches and coffee.
374 Depot St.
photo: Vicky G. via Yelp
46. Virginia: Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
At Sugar Shack, they’re all about using the freshest ingredients, making small batches of donuts throughout the day. See what all the fuss is about and try one of their rotating flavors, like sea salt caramel, red velvet cake and fresh strawberry.
1001 N. Lombardy St.
9 additional locations in Virginia and D.C.
47. Washington: Top Pot Doughnuts
Top Pot does doughnuts the old-fashioned way, making them the perfect choice for breakfast purists. With everything from Bavarian creme to seasonal blueberry to feather boa (cake doughnuts topped with flavored icing and coconut flakes), you won’t be short on options. Psst—you can even order online ahead of time for pickup at their Western cafe.
2124 5th Ave.
Additional locations throughout western Washington and in Texas
photo: Top Pot Doughnuts via Facebook
48. Washington D.C.: District Doughnut
When you visit District Doughnut, you know you’re going to get a high-quality product. Mastermind chef Christine Schaefer is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who dreams up flavors like bananas foster creme brulee, Nutella cream and cherry blossom. Since the menu changes every season, repeat visits are a must!
749 8th St. SE
3327 Cady’s Alley NW
49. West Virginia: JR’s Donut Castle
Freshly made every day, the donuts at this cozy shop are always delicious. In addition to classic glazed donuts and apple fritters, you can try out their pepperoni rolls (a kid favorite!), breads, muffins and brownies.
3318 Emerson Ave.
50. Wisconsin: Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts
As Milwaukee’s only craft doughnut shop, Holey Moley is a must-visit the next time you’re in the city. Chow down on a blood orange cake doughnut, a PBCB (peanut butter chocolate bacon) or a seasonal fruit fritter. If your family has dietary restrictions, there are also gluten-free and vegan options, so everyone wins.
316 N. Milwaukee St.
11340 W. Burleigh St.
51. Wyoming: Cowboy Donuts
Inspired by weekly childhood visits to his local donut shop, Jason Hammond co-founded Cowboy Donuts in 2010. Today you can pick up a drool-worthy batch of donuts that your family will love, along with kolaches (a butter bread that’s filled with premium meats and cheeses).
1573 Dewar Dr.
Rock Springs, WY
Additional location in Spanish Fork, UT