Are the kids protesting the morning oatmeal? Switch up the morning routine with a little sugary adventure. We’ve done the work for you and scouted the best donut shops in the Bay Area (a tough job that we’re happy to do), and you’ll want to be first in line to sink your teeth into the soft and warm fried bread goodness. From classic flavors to wacky combinations, gigantic sizes to minis, there will be something on the menu for adventurous adults to safe-betting kids.

San Francisco

Bob’s Donuts

This San Francisco staple serves up classic flavors and familiar bites satisfying donut cravings morning or night. If you want to see the eyes of your kiddos light up in wonder, order the novelty gigantic donut which comes in a handful of flavors such as glazed, crumbles and chocolate. It’s bigger than an adult head and if you eat the entire donut in under two minutes Bob’s Donut will give it to you for free and will list your name on their Hall of Fame page. 

1621 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 
Online: bobsdonutssf.com 

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Home to the famous “cruffin,” a croissant-muffin hybrid that sells out daily, this Bakehouse serves everything from donuts to pastries. Their menu changes daily with specialty flavors rotating by day of the week so be sure to check out the menu ahead of time. With flavors such as the Thai Tea donut on Mondays and the Coconut-Pandan on Wednesdays, you’ll want to visit each day of the week for a special treat.

1042 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 
Online: mrholmesbakhouse.com

 

Trish’s Mini Donuts

For an extra special outing, head to Pier 39 to see the wharf and grab a bucket of mini donuts sprinkled with sugar for you and the kids to share. As an added bonus, when the donuts are eaten up you can use the bucket as a sand toy. Win-win kids!

Pier 39
Pier 39 Concourse
San Francisco, CA 
Online: pier39.com

Dynamo Donut & Coffee

If your kids have fancy palettes and a taste for adventure, check out Dynamo Donut & Coffee. With flavors like Chocolate Rose, Passionfruit Milk Chocolate and Bitter Queen, your taste buds will be popping as will your blood sugar levels. Also, check out their kiosk in the Marina on the SF Bay Trail if trekking to the Mission isn’t an option.

2760 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 
Online: dynamodonut.com

Mochill Mochidonut

You definitely don't want to leave this one off your list of the best donuts in SF. Mochill Mochidonut serves up the most gorgeously-delicious mochi donuts in the land. If you haven't tried one yet, they are so crunchy and light, you'll definitely have room for more than one. Kids crave the fruity pebbles while adults opt for refined flavors like matcha. 

Japan Center Mall
11 Peace Plaza
San Francisco, CA
Online: mochillsf.com

East Bay

Rainbow Donuts

Don't let the unassuming storefront deter you. Rainbow Donuts serves up some of the best donuts in town. Make your next birthday extra special with a dozen unicorn donuts! 

2025 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA
Online: visitberkeley.com/directory/rainbow-donuts

Kingpin Donuts

This donut shop has been around since the 1930s so it’s safe to say they’re doing something right. With classic flavors made the way grandma used to make donuts, this is a no-frills and yummy donut stop in the East Bay.

2125 Durant Ave. A
Berkeley, CA 
Online: kingpindonuts.com

Donut Savant

Do you ever walk into a donut shop and think you’d really love to take a bite of all of the flavors? Well, now you can! Donut Savant keeps the menu tiny—referring to the size of the donut only. With an entire menu of donut holes and minis you’ll be able to indulge in all your favorite flavors. What kid doesn’t love variety?

3000 38th Ave.
Oakland, CA 
Online: donutsavant.com

Donut Farm

If organic vegan donuts are what you crave, this is the spot for you. Donut Farm has been serving up this delicious treat to Oaklanders for over 15 years and we know you'll love it. Try the Mexican hot chocolate, blueberry or a straight-up plain. You won't be disappointed. 

6037 San Pablo
Oakland, CA

Also serving at The Ferry Building on Tues., Thurs.-Sun. 

Online: vegandonut.farm

Peninsula/South Bay

MoDo Hawaii | Santa Clara

Just opened, this spot offers mochi donuts and you're going to love them. Check their website before you head over as they offer five weekly flavoris (currently black sesame, churro, Oreo, pandan and lilikoi) with two daily specials. You can preorder your donuts and skip the line.

2000 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA
Online: modohawaii.com

Psycho Donuts

Self-proclaimed as the Bay Area’s wackiest donut shop, they serve up a menu of unconventional flavors that are too good to be true. Kids will be left speechless with flavors such as “Cereal Killer,” a glazed donut topped with fruity cereal flakes—a customer favorite; “Fung Shui,” a donut with green tea icing, chocolate chips and a vanilla drizzle; or “Nutter Cup,” a donut with Nutella icing and peanut butter and Butterfinger dust.

2006 Winchester Blvd.
Campbell, CA 
Online: psychodonuts.com

Stan's Donut Shop

Old-school donuts are where it's at when you head to Stan's Donuts as they've been in business since 1959. Kids love sitting at the counter with their long john and watching as they make the donuts and dunk them in glaze. 

2628 Homestead Rd.
Santa Clara, CA

Online: stansdonutshop.com

Happy Donuts

Another mom and pop donut shop, this San Jose spot is a favorite for those who like their donuts classic. The friendly owners pride themselves in remembering customers' favorite orders. You'll always feel welcomed when you visit. Pro tip: don't skip out on the cinnamon rolls. 

1345 S Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, CA
Online: yelp.com/biz/happy-donuts-san-jose

Marin

Johnny Doughnuts

Don’t be surprised after your first visit if your kids start requesting Johnny Doughnuts in lieu of a birthday cake. Or heck, that goes for mom and dad, too! These donuts are lip smacking good and are made with local ingredients. Classic donuts with a twist, like the Orange Your Glad donut, or the homemade jam and custards that are filled into fluffy fried bread, will have your kids asking for more.

North Bay Location
1617 4th St.
San Rafael, CA 

Marin Country Mart
2257 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA

San Francisco (Hayes Valley) Location
388 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 

Online: johnnydoughnuts.com

Donut Alley

The kids will flip for this spot's signature donut, the foot-shaped long john (it's quite tasty once you get past the foot factor). Other favorites include the sugar-covered donut holes and the big donut that is 10 inches across and makes the perfect birthday donut. 

471 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA
Online: donutalley.com

Everywhere

Whole Foods

Whole Foods has a sugary secret, they have some of the best vegan donuts in the Bay Area! If foraging a trip to a specialty donut shop isn’t in the cards and tummies are growling, head to the nearest Whole Foods for a special treat. Your hungry gremlins will be none the wiser with vegan choices such as maple glazed, chocolate, crumble and more.

Locations: Everywhere
Online: wholefoodsmarket.com

 

—Kate Loweth & Tarah Beaven

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