What’s better than fried dough? Whether you call them doughnuts or donuts, prefer them round or bar-shaped, chocolate or plain, cake or classic—there’s no wrong way to enjoy these treats. And Portland offers a treasure trove of yummy goodness for every taste bud (including vegan ones!). Read on for our top picks!
Blue Star Donuts
Gorgeous treats in trendy flavors like Blueberry Bourbon Basil, or Passion Fruit Cocoa Nib, these large brioche-style treats ousted Voodoo from it’s top popularity spot a few years ago. Now stretching into the PDX Airport and even Southern California, the seven Portland locations are still a great place to take visiting family. Kiddos will demand their own (huge) donut, so get them in less envelope-pushing flavors like Chocolate Crunch, Cinnamon Sugar, or even good ol’ Original Glaze.
Secret tip: while it’s not as photo-worthy as the others, try the apple cider fritter—it’s a delicious apple-studded taste bomb with a satisfying fried crunch!
Vegan options available
7 Portland Locations (including the Airport!)
Based on a secret 30 year old family recipe, these doughnuts are just like the ones you loved growing up. And you'll find lovingly crafted coffee like pour-over and cold brew. You’ll be caffeinated, and everyone gets doughnuts—it's a win!
5 locations throughout Portland
If you’re unimpressed by a flashy glaze or wild new flavor, hurry to Annie’s where the iconic sign is waiting with a promise of Old Portland. Inside, you won’t find a lot of space, but you will find maple bars, crullers, and glazed or cream-filled fried doughnuts that are simple and delicious. It’s what you expect from a place that’s been in the neighborhood forever, satisfying those who just want a darn good doughnut.
3449 N.E. 72nd Ave.
Pip's Original Doughnuts
These little guys are made to order right in front of you, expertly fried then dipped, glazed, and topped with the specialty of the day. Flavors include cinnamon sugar, honey, bacon, and everyone’s favorite: gooey nutella. They’re perfect for little mouths—the small size makes it easy to treat everyone without committing to an overload of sugar. And for parents, the house-made chai blends are a delicious touch. The line at their Fremont storefront may stretch outside, but it moves fast, and tables clear out regularly. Peek down the hall near the counter for some storybooks and activities to keep the little ones busy while you wait.
4759 NE Fremont St.
Though competition in the Rose City is rising, Portland’s classic titillating doughnut shop still slings their wild treats every day. Kids will love the cereal-covered raised ones, with Fruit Loops, Captain Crunch, or Cocoa Puffs. Or maybe the Memphis Mafia, a banana fritter dripping in chocolate sauce and peanut butter.
Remember, both locations are cash only, and beware: the names (and some shapes) of these crazy treats are not exactly kid-friendly. The flavors, though, definitely are!
Vegan options available
22 SW 3rd Ave.
1501 NE Davis St.
Joe's Donut Shop
Native Portlanders have been going here since 1974, swinging by the red and white checkered hut to load up on maple bars, fritters, and old-fashioneds before a day on the mountain. Nothing beats those bear claws and a cup of hot coffee in the morning! All made fresh, they’re best eaten that same day (though that won’t be a problem).
39230 Pioneer Blvd.
Vegans, raise your hands! Lovers of delicious donuts, raise yours! Whether both your hands are raised or not, you’ll want to head here for some yummy treats. You won’t even know they’re vegan—promise! With enticing flavors like strawberry milk, french toast, banana bread, thai tea, and London fog (with earl grey tea glaze!), you’ll be won over pretty easily, to be honest. Just like everyone else—these guys sell out fast.
8201 SE Powell Dr.
Are you up at the crack of dawn to nurture and love your sweet little babies? Don’t worry, this shop is, too--you can find them taking their sweet babies out of the ovens as early as 5 am! And if you go, be sure to get there before 9am for the choicest treats, because they sell out fast! In business for over 11 years, the simple storefront hides a large menu of options from cake, to crullers, raised, bars, and old fashioneds.
12 SE Grand Ave.
Do you prefer doughnuts or donuts, and where do you go to get them? Tell us in the comments below!