From freshly fried doughnuts to doughnuts with creative topping combinations, these are the 5 best doughnut shops in DC
When it comes to doughnuts, there is no doubt that the best ones are made with fresh ingredients with just the right amount of sweetness. Add to that, the perfect doughnut should have an airy, light texture and a golden–brown exterior, with a slightly crisp outer layer and a pillowy–soft interior. So where can you find the best doughnut in the DC area? Look no further than our handy list—whether you want a chocolate glazed, jelly-filled, or one of the other 20 (at least!) varieties of donuts, these are by far the best doughnuts in DC that you and the kids will love (and revisit) week after week.
1. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
If you’re looking for the best doughnuts in the Washington, D.C. area, you’ll definitely want to check out Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. This trendy shop serves up delicious, made–to–order doughnuts that are sure to satisfy both your sweet tooth and your desire for something unique. While the menu features classic doughnut flavors like glazed, jelly–filled, and powdered sugar, take a adventurous chance on their creative specialty flavors such as Maple Bacon, Apple Fritter, and Toasted Coconut. Looking for something a bit more savory? Astro Doughnuts also serves a variety of fried chicken sandwiches and tenders.
1308 G Street NW
2. District Doughnut and Coffee
If you’ve lived in DC more than a hot minute, you’re probably already familiar with District Doughnut and Coffee. But they’re still worth a mention for rotating their flavors seasonally. Check out the winter menu featuring such tasty treats as Gingerbread Cookie and Hot Cocoa doughnuts. And if you, or one of your littles, often feel like you’re missing out on the doughnut deliciousness because you can’t have gluten, they even have Gluten-free Fridays where they offer a different flavor donut in its gluten-free form
749 8th St SE
3. B Doughnuts
B Doughnuts has a cult-like following and for good reason: their Hawaiian-style Portuguese doughnuts, called malasadas, are out of this world delicious! Their doughnuts are more savory, such as the Ube-filled (purple yam) or the everything bagel doughnut, making this the perfect shop for those who like their sweet treats a little less sweet. In fact, they even state right on their website that they are “doughnuts for those who don’t really like doughnuts” and say that they may not taste or feel like most donuts. But don’t worry if you only like sweet treats—they still have plenty of the dessert-like flavors too, with a whole collection of more traditionally glazed donuts along with kid-favorite, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, s’mores and Fruity Pebbles-flavored doughnut.
6700 Crain Hwy., Suite 102
La Plata, MD
4. Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee is a popular donut shop and coffee house (family, vegan, carnivore and gluten free friendly) based in Virginia. Their specialty doughnuts are made from scratch every day, and they offer a variety of flavors and toppings so each doughnut is as unique as the person ordering it. Keep an eye out for fan-favorite seasonal and holiday specialities.
1001 N Lombardy St.
5. Sugar Mama’s Donut Bites Food Truck
Sugar Mama’s Donut Bites Food Truck serves up freshly made, small–batch doughnuts with a variety of tasty toppings. The truck can be found at local events and festivals—follow them on Twitter or Facebook to track the truck— but can typically be found on the weekends in Vienna, Falls Church, Dale City & Westover. The menu consists of traditional favorites such as cinnamon sugar, chocolate glazed, and powdered sugar, as well as creative concoctions like donut ice cream sandwiches, donut sundaes, and more. Customers can also customize their donuts with a range of toppings, from fresh berries and nuts to chocolate chips and marshmallows. All of the donuts are made with the highest quality ingredients, and the truck is operated with a commitment to sustainability.