Where to Find the Best Donuts Near Seattle (16 Shops!)

Last Updated on March 28, 2022 by admin

Seattle is known for its coffee. And a cup of coffee requires a good donut! Although Seattle is famous for its coffee, it really should receive more attention for its donuts. If you’re visiting the West Coast for the first time, also be sure to try a Maple Bar. They are a regional favorite! They’re a rectangular donut covered in a maple glaze. Whether you like cake donuts, filled donuts, fritters, yeast donuts, or twists, there is a Seattle donut shop that has something for you. This post will cover the 16 best donut shops near Seattle that you absolutely have to try at least once.

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Where to Find The Best Donuts in Seattle

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The Best Donut Shops in the Seattle Area

Raised Doughnuts

1101 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

 
 
 
 
 
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Raised Doughnuts is all about “raising the bar” for eating donuts. They are dedicated to making the best donuts. They begin making their donuts at 2am each morning from fresh ingredients. Every donut is hand cut. They never use preservatives, fillers, or artificial coloring. Their original donuts include maple bars, chocolate bars, plain glazed donuts, mochi sugar donuts, raspberry holes, and apple fritters.

Some of the special donuts they have on their menu at the time of this writing include Caramel Crunch Bar, Vietnamese Coffee, and Chai Mochi. They even have savory donuts, which we have never seen before! Their Everything Bagel Doughnut is an unglazed donut with whipped cream cheese and Everything Bagel mix. Sounds delicious!

Another thing that’s cool about this place? They have donuts for your dog! Grab some of the Pup Nuts to treat your dog. (Especially good for a special occasion like your dog’s birthday!)

Traveling on a budget? Be sure to see our list of 50 free things to do in Seattle.

The Flour Box

5520 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA

The Flour Box is one of Seattle’s premier donut shops. This shop is fairly new to the scene. (Opened in 2016.) The head baker, Pamela Vuong, discovered her love of baking while she was a student at the University of Washington and went all-in on following her donut-creating dreams. In 2022, she was elected as a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Baker!
 
The Flour Box makes handfilled brioche donuts and cinnamon rolls. Every item is made from scratch using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Pamela writes that everything is made from love, and it’s more than evident. This shop has gained a cult following and many repeat customers.
 
As of this writing, current offerings on the menu include a Creme Brulee donut (filled with a Madagascar vanilla bean custard with hand-torched caramelized sugar on top) and a Cold Brew Cream donut (filled with locally roasted Anchorhead coffee and topped with coffee cookie crumble). 
 

Daily Dozen Doughnut Co.

93 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

If you’ve been to Pike Place Market before, you’ve probably seen the Daily Dozen Doughnut Co. stand near the entrance. Or, if you’re like us, you smelled the delicious donuts and then began to search for where it was coming from! This donut shop has been a part of Pike Place Market for over 30 years.

The Daily Dozen Doughnut Co. specializes in mini-donuts that are freshly fried and then tossed with a yummy coating. When you order from them, you’ll be handed a bag full of warm, fresh donuts. They typically offer the following flavors: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon, maple bacon, and frosted with sprinkles.

Be sure to check out our complete guide on what to see and eat at Pike Place Market!

Dahlia Bakery

2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The Dahlia Bakery is known for their triple coconut cream pies and their donuts. We were lucky to be introduced to this bakery during our Seattle Food Tour several years ago. When we had friends visiting from out of town, we took them to the Dahlia Lounge (unfortunately now closed) for dinner. Of course, we had to order their donuts for dessert! (Thankfully, the Dahlia Bakery is still open!)

The Dahlia Bakery has a variety of donuts, but two types stand out for us. The first is their Dahlia Donuts, which are served warm with vanilla mascarpone and seasonal jam on the side. They remind us of eating delicious beignets in New Orleans! The second is their OH Mochi Donuts, which are a gluten-free rice-based donut that taste like a cross between traditional donuts and the Japanese dessert mochi. If you’re looking for a fusion donut experience, try the OH Mochi Donuts!

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Dough Joy

5401 17th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

 
 
 
 
 
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The Dough Joy donut truck in the Ballard neighborhood makes donuts that are both beautiful and delicious. All their donuts are vegan and entirely plant-based, so you can feel good about eating one, two, or three of them. (Or more, we’re not judging!) Their donuts are egg free, dairy free, animal free, and free of tree nuts. 

Some donuts from their menu that we are really interested in are the Over The Rainbow (donut topped with Pride icing and rainbow glitter), Cinny French Toast (perfect for breakfast!), and the Mango con Chile (mango icing sprinkled with tajin).

Their food truck has been so successful that they started a Kickstarter for the opening of their brick and mortar shop in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood. (You can support this queer-owned business by donating here!)

Check out our post on the 20 best restaurants in Seattle.

Frost

15217 Main St #106, Mill Creek, WA 98012

 
 
 
 
 
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Frost is located a little north of Seattle in the city of Mill Creek. We’re including this shop because the donuts are delightful, as well as the packaging! Their donuts were voted as Seattle’s Best Doughnut by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.

In addition to classic donuts, they create “evolved” flavors such as the Caramel Macchiato Bismarck, the Aztec Chocolate, and the Smoky Bacon Maple Bar.

Frost also sells beautiful French macarons and they are open for breakfast and lunch (biscuits & gravy, Mexican tortas, and pancakes). You might especially want to try the Doughnut French Toast (four slices of donut rings soaked in a spiced custard).

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Good Day Donuts

9823 15th Ave SW E, Seattle, WA 98106

 
 
 
 
 
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Good Day Donuts is located in White Center. They have the classic donuts you’d expect (old fashioned, glazed donuts, maple and chocolate bars), as well as daily specials. (Check our their specials menu here.) Some of their specials include French Crullers, Blueberry Cake Donuts, and Fritters. In addition to donuts, they serve up lunch, Florida-style boiled peanuts, and breakfast sandwiches. One of the things we are most intrigued by is the Good Day Donut Burger (bismarck donut bun, spicy pickle relish, cheese). If you’ve always wanted to try a donut burger, head to to Good Day Donuts!

Want the perfect cup of coffee with your donut? See our post on the best coffee shops in Seattle.

9th and Hennepin

5604 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

You can typically purchase donuts from 9th and Hennepin at local farmer’s markets or through the owner’s personal kitchen in West Seattle. (You can place an online order here.)

There are always at least four kinds of donuts: a raised/filled brioche, a fritter, a cake donut, and a special. The flavors and menu constantly change to reflect the seasons and local produce. Check out their website for the weekly menu!

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Original Bakery

9253 45th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

The Original Bakery was built in 1936 and sells donuts, pastries, danishes, breads, and cookies. The bakery is located in West Seattle near the ferry terminal to Vashon Island. (If you haven’t seen our post on Vashon Island, check it out here!) It’s operated by a father and daughter duo.

Each of their donuts are hand cut. They have over a dozen donuts on their regular menu, with some specials on certain days of the week. Head to the Original Bakery and have a Cinnamon Crumb Old-Fashioned, Maple Persian, or an Apple Fritter.

After having a donut, head to Lincoln Park to walk off the sugar high. (We think Lincoln Park has one of Seattle’s best beaches.)

Countryside Donuts

21919 66th Ave W Ste I, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

 
 
 
 
 
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Countryside Donuts is located a little north of Seattle in the city of Mountlake Terrace. They sell cake donuts, raised donuts, and apple fritters. 

We’re including this shop on our list because they have the best Old Fashioned donuts we have ever tasted. Whenever I get donuts, I almost always go for a chocolate bar or a maple bar. But when I visit Countryside Donuts, I don’t leave without getting a Glazed Old Fashioned. After I ran my last half marathon, that was the treat I chose!

Top Pot Doughnuts

2124 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Top Pot Doughnuts has numerous locations in the Seattle area. If you’re visiting Seattle, you have to check out their donuts at least once. What we love about Top Pot is that they have so many donuts to choose from. They typically have more than 40 daily offerings! Chances are you will find exactly what you want, or didn’t know you wanted! Some of the seasonal flavors they are offering as of this writing include a Chai Glazed Old Fashioned, Peppermint Snowdrift, and Pumpkin Cheesecake Bismark. 

The Donut Lab

 
 
 
 
 
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The Donut Lab is a small business that sells some serious donuts. They specialize in making malasadas, which are a Portuguese-style donut that the owners first tasted in Hawaii.

Their malasadas are filled with all sorts of yummy flavors, like vanilla custard, pina colada, guava, and nutella. Be sure to order online in advance. We have noticed that they often sell out!

Dochi

515 Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104

 
 
 
 
 
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What do you get when a Japanese rice cake (mochi) meets an American fried donut? Dochi! The result is a soft and airy center with a crispy outer layer. You can find Dochi in Seattle’s International District. 

Dochi donuts are fun to eat because you can tear the pieces off from the ring and share with others. They are fun and whimsical, and you will surely be a VIP if you bring a box of these to your next meeting or family event!

Mighty-O Donuts

1812 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

 
 
 
 
 
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Mighty-O Donuts makes truly organic products. They don’t use chemicals or animal products in their donuts. Their donuts are 100% vegan. The company began by selling its donuts at Seattle’s local markets, and then grew into the business it is today with several locations across Seattle. Mighty-O donuts remains dedicated to its mission of creating exceptional donuts while caring for the community and environment. They support the arts with monthly exhibitions of local artists, and they donate regularly to local non-profit organizations. No donuts are ever thrown away. 

When you visit Mighty-O Donuts, you’ll notice a wide selection of donuts. They have a wide variety of vanilla cake donuts, chocolate cake donuts, specialty donuts, yeast raised donuts, and Mini O’s. 

General Porpoise

1020 E. Union St., Seattle, WA 98122

General Porpoise donuts are truly a treat. Their donuts are filled with a variety of custards, jams, jellies, curds, and creams. These donuts are extremely popular, and they look like a work of art all lined up in a box. At the time of this writing, some selections include Vanilla Custard, Tiramisu Cream, and Chocolate Marshmallow. They have some of the best donuts near Seattle that you will find.

Half and Half Doughnut Co.

516 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

You can easily visit Half and Half Doughnut Co. when you are in the First Hill or Capitol Hill neighborhoods of Seattle. What we love about Half and Half Doughnut Co. is that they have nine different types of Old Fashioned donuts! Some of these unique flavors include La Canela, Chai, Passionfruit, and Red Velvet. They also usually have several Mini Old Fashioned donuts as well. In addition to Old Fashioneds, you’ll also find fritters, twists, and cronuts.

Special Shout Out: Swans Trail Farms

If you’re in the Seattle area during the fall, be sure to head to Swans Trail Farms for their fall festival. (We wrote an entire post about it here.) They had one of the best donuts we have ever tasted: an apple cider donut. The inside was warm and chewy, and the outside was crispy and sprinkled in sugar. The apple cider gave it the perfect flavor. It’s well worth the drive just to try their donuts!

best donut at Swans Trail Farms


Seattle Essentials

If you’re traveling to Seattle, we recommend that you pack the following:

  • Packable rain jacket (Even if rain isn’t in the forecast, the weather can change quickly. This rain jacket folds down small and can be easily packed in a bag for when you need it.)
  • Comfortable daypack (When exploring the city, you’ll want a comfortable daypack to place all of your belongings, snacks, and souvenirs.)
  • Portable charger (You’ll be using your phone for maps, navigation, and photos, so make sure you don’t run out of battery while you’re on the go.)
  • Insulated water bottle (This water bottle will keep your water cooler for longer.)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (When exploring a new city, you’ll be walking quite a bit. Make sure you have comfortable shoes! Brooks has been my favorite brand so far.)
  • Flannel shirt (This is Seattle after all. Time to look the part in your photos!)


Where to Stay in Seattle

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The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is a 5-minute walk from Pike Place Market. It’s a gorgeous 5-Star hotel located centrally in downtown Seattle. If you can afford it, this is our first recommendation. The hotel has an outdoor infinity pool with a view of the Seattle waterfront, lots of amenities, and is within walking distance of a lot of Seattle attractions.

The Charter Hotel Seattle is a moderately-priced hotel that’s only one block away from Pike Place Market. It’s also only a mile away from the Seattle Center (where the Space Needle is located). The hotel is sleek and many of the rooms have nice city views.

The Seattle Marriott Waterfront has views of the water, as well as an indoor-outdoor pool. Every room has a view of the mountains and water.

For a full list of hotels in Seattle, click here.

 


 

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