The Top 10 Best Donut Shops

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably know it’s National Donut Day! But, did you know that the ‘holiday’ actually started in 1938 by the Salvation Army? Their Donut Lassies made “fresh, complementary donuts for American soldiers serving in France during World War I” according to the Salvation Army’s website. The tradition continued during World War II and the Vietnam War. The celebration first started as a fundraiser for those in need during the Great Depression. Since then, the day honors the memory of soldiers on the first Friday in June.

Now that we know the history, let’s get to the donuts! We’ve compiled the very best donut shops in each of our fantastic cities that you’ll definitely need to try on your next trip.

Amy’s Donuts – Columbus, OH

Amy’s features more than 120 varieties of donuts and has five locations across the United States. They have everything from the Marge Simpson Sprinkles to the Chocolate Strawberry and everything in between. Amy’s Donuts also allows childrens’ field trips inside the store if you’re local! 

Amy’s Donuts • 650 Georgesville Rd, Columbus, OH 43228

Nearby Frontdesk Suite: Modish Urban 1br Apt w/ Parking | Steps to River

Your Mom’s Donuts – Charlotte, NC

Your Mom’s Donuts is a craft donut shop serving up signature square donuts. There are 12 to 15 flavors available daily. They do sell out, so be sure to get there early! You can taste their dedication to quality ingredients in every bite!

Your Mom’s Donuts • 4205 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209

Nearby Frontdesk Suite: Luxe Dilworth Apt on Greenway | Parking Incl.

Hypnotic Donuts – Dallas, TX

Hypnotic Donuts handcrafts each donut with quality ingredients, and are trans fat-free. They also have amazing biscuits!

Hypnotic Donuts • 9007 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

Nearby Suites: Quiet + Modern | Parking | Dining + Shopping 2BR

Long’s Bakery – Indianapolis, IN

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This well established bakery features the best donuts in Indianapolis, provided that you have cash! While the line can be long, it’s well worth the slight wait. Their donuts honestly melt in your mouth. You can also call ahead the day before to order a box!

Long’s Bakery • 1453 N Tremont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Nearby Suite: Airy Abode @ Historic Renovated Department Store

Holey Moley Donuts – Milwaukee, WI

Holey Moley’s scratch made donuts feature quality ingredients and come in a variety of styles. It’s a tough pick, but our favorite is likely the Red Velvet Cake donut available on Sundays.

Holey Moley Donuts • 316 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Nearby Suite: Trendy 1bd Loft Near Public Market in Third Ward

Peace, Love and Little Donuts – Pittsburgh, PA

Hot, freshly made donuts for “feeding your inner hippie.” These are truly funkadelic donuts with flavors like “Heath, wind, and fire” and “Shaka Pecan.” 

Peace, Love, and Little Donuts  • 50 21st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Nearby Suite: Riverfront 2br Apt w/ Parking in North Shore

Maybelle’s Donuts – San Antonio, TX

Inside of the Pearl’s Bottling Dept. Food Hall, you’ll find Maybelle’s Donuts. These made-from-scratch, artisan brioche donuts are made by the master pastry chefs behind Bakery Lorraine. 

Maybelle’s Donuts • 312 Pearl Pkwy Bldg 6, San Antonio, TX 

Nearby Suite: Central  Downtown 1BR Apt | Shopping + Dining + Fun

Vincent Van Doughnut – St. Louis, MO

Handmade from scratch donuts (or doughnuts) that fulfills your sweet or savory tooth. You can literally taste the quality of the ingredients in every bite! 

Vincent Van Doughnut • 40 N Central Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105

Nearby Suite: Striking 1BR Apt in Downtown Loft District

Fray’s Donut House – St. Petersburg, FL

The Original Fray’s Donut House has been serving the St. Pete area since 1993. Nothing fancy, just good ol’ reliable donuts and coffee.

Fray’s Donut House • 5236 16th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

Nearby Suite: Lux Oasis w/ Pool + Balcony | Near Morean Arts Ctr

Dough – Tampa, FL

From cookie dough doughnut cones to birthday-cake-stuffed doughnuts, Dough has something from everyone. Set by a whimsical backdrop, Dough confectioners work around the clock producing cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and doughnuts.

Dough • 2602 South Macdill Ave., Tampa, FL

Nearby Suite: Getaway @ the Bay | Tropical + Cozy 1BR w/ Parking