It true: LA is a donut town thanks to glaze-blazers like Ted Ngoy aka: The Donut King who helped proliferate donut shops across SoCal. And in true LA-style, the following shops have put their own twist to the basic breakfast dough. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best donut shops in Los Angeles that are worth pulling over and parking for.
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
Recently recognized as the best doughnut shop in CA, Sidecar has a cult-like following thanks to their creative, small batch flavors that showcases seasonal ingredients. Their Maple Bacon is probably their most well-known but we think the Saigon Cinnamon Crumb and the Dulce de Leche Churro is the cat's meow. Pro Tip: The Malasada (pictured) is stuffed doughnut fill with a custom flavor (this month is creamy haupia or coconut milk) rolled in cardamom sugar and is only available on Mon. so plan your trip to Santa Monica & Fairfax accordingly.
631 Wilshire Blvd.
175 S. Fairfax Ave.
Fantastic Donuts & Croissants
The only reason to even hesitate ever taking a bite of these delightful donuts is that they are just so ridiculously adorable—donuts decorated to look like things that aren't donuts get us every time. While they are known for their rotund pigs and cows, they've pulled together "sushi" boxes, "Among Us" characters, a box of "fruit" and more. For a specialty box, email your order at least 24-48 hours in advance.
1101 S Vermont Ave.
Sesame Street fans will go ga-ga for the awesome specialty donuts decorated to look like Elmo and Cookie Monster. Cute and cuddly is not the only form Colorado’s donuts come in though. They also offer creative concoctions that seem like they came straight from a five-year old’s mind, like cronuts crammed with Oreos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, because why choose one flavor when you can have both?
Don't miss the breakfast cereal-topped donuts, like Fruity Pebbles or their special drops (check their Instagram) for specialities like the Birthday Cookie Surprise donut (pictured above).
1578 W Colorado Blvd.
This Portland transplant is now LA donut staple. These artisanal, crafted donuts are simple compared to the dessert explosions of their competitors but that's what makes them so appealing for young palates. Brioche-style, they are light as air so you won’t be left with that rock-in-the-pit-of-your-belly feeling after eating them.
Our favorites include: Sugar and Spice, Chocolate Buttermilk, Lemon Poppyseed and of course, Chocolate Almond Ganache (pictured).
3438 Sunset Blvd.
1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
B Sweet Dessert Bar
Think you can't improve on the donut? What about stuffing one with delicious ice cream? Donut ice cream sandwich are back at B Sweet (one of the originators of this tasty trend) and we couldn't be happier. The Hot Pressed Halo, as it's called, features ice cream of your choice, heat-sealed inside of a glazed donut. We petty convinced the 'B' in B Sweet stands for Brilliant.
2005 Sawtelle Blvd.
727 N. Broadway
While their customizable donuts are on pause due to COVID, you can still choose a buffet-worth of donuts from their signature compilations, like Strawberrylab and Angry Samoa. Head over to York Park playground after so you can burn off all of that sugar-laden energy or if you're around ROW DTLA on a Sun., swing by SmorgasburgLA fo a visit with Donut Friend.
P.S. Not only are all of their donuts vegan, you can order a giant donut that is 7-8" in diameter.
5107 York Blvd.
543 S. Broadway
3534 Sunset Blvd.
Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts
Located in The Original Farmer's Market, these made-fresh daily donuts have legions of fans willing to line and wait (yep, they're that good!). Nothing beats the classic glazed but the Maple Bacon Bar gets two thumbs up as well. Kids will love the dinosaur and Hello Kitty shapes. Pro Tip: It's cash only.
6333 W. 3rd St.
Their signature donut flavors include Horchata Twist with Dulce de Leche, Candied Bacon Maple and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but they also rotate and feature all kinds of specialty glazes and toppings to wow your donut connoisseurs like the Banana Creme doughnut featured above. YUM. Oh, and did we mention they also serve fried chicken?
314 W. Olympic Blvd.
7900 Santa Monica Blvd.
Blinkie’s Donut Emporium
Blinkie’s has been a west valley donut staple (and Kardashian go-to) for good reason. Though they offer a wide variety of donut flavors the simple, glazed black and whites are hands-down the best. Despite being large, these babies are light as air.
4884 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
RING Baked Tofu Donuts
These GMO and gluten-free donuts are baked (not fried) don't look as jazzy as some of the others on our list, but their simple, cake-like flavor won our kid tester's shinning approval. They offer straight-forward flavors, like double chocolate, banana bread and red velvet.
6800 Owensmouth Ave.
Despite all the new pop-ups, LA is still filled with dozens of old-school donut shops that are well-worth a visit, and the most iconic by far is Randy’s. A glimpse of the giant donut sitting on top of the roof alone will excite your pint-sized donut lovers. If you hit the original location, there's no real space to hang out here, so grab a dozen of the classics and head over to the grassy knoll near LAX to watch airplanes land. Best morning ever.
805 W Manchester Blvd.
2330 Hawthorne Blvd.
2181 Rosecrans Ave.
230 S. Lake Ave.
The first LA location of this time-honored Portland donut traditions is a must-stop when you’re headed to the Universal CityWalk. The first thing your donut-loving tots are sure to notice is the bright pink color everywhere. That, and the gigantic voodoo donut that greets you out front. The only sight more exciting is the donut case inside. With flavors like Grape Ape, Mango Tango, the Voodoo Bubble, Bacon Maple Bar, The Homer and Lotta Horchata, you will definitely fulfill everyone’s sugar fix.
100 Universal City Plaza
—Shahrzad Warkentin & Andie Huber