The Best Places to Get Doughnuts in Boston Right Now
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Home to one of the most recognizable coffee-companion brands in the world, Greater Boston knows its doughnuts. And it’s not just because we have a Dunkin’ on every corner: From old-school bakeshops to Sunday brunch hotspots, pastry chefs all over town have us rolling in dough. Whether you’re craving a classic honey dip, or gourmet pastries topped with toasted marshmallow or maple-bacon, here are some doughnut shops catching our attention right now.
Anna’s Hand Cut Donuts
Something about Anna’s takes you back. It starts with the exterior sign, “Do-Nuts & Coffee, est. 1965”; inside, the handful of counter seats are the kind of place where Boston grandpas might gather to wrap their hands around hot coffee cups and relive war stories from the Blizzard of ’78. And the donuts, made in-house daily and displayed on metal tray-lined shelves, are simply delish—chocolate, honey dip, and jelly-filled alike. One other old-fashioned touch: it’s a cash-only joint.
2056 Centre St., West Roxbury, 617-323-2680.
Brassica Kitchen + Cafe
There’s a lot to love about this flavorful, funky standout by the Forest Hills station in JP, and plenty of time to experience it all: The covered patio is open Wednesday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can experience chef Jeremy Kean’s impressively eclectic cuisine morning through night. But we also suggest perusing its special menu of house-made “Provisions,” stocked with larder-ready jars of fermented garlic, fresh Arborio rice koji, and blueberry and umeboshi preserves to kick up your home cooking; cold-brew coffee sold by the half-gallon; and baked goods that include daily-changing donuts in flavors such as berry cream-cheese and white chocolate-apricot.
3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-4519, brassicakitchen.com.
Remember elementary school birthday parties, when someone’s mom might show up with a box of Munchkins for the class? Okay, now—take that excitement, but imagine the deep-fried donut holes are actually one-hundred-times more delicious; covered in chocolate, honey, and walnuts; and you’re old enough to eat as many as you want. You now understand how it feels to indulge in the loukoumas at GreCo, a pair of Greek fast-casual restaurants (which add a third sibling at 1 Milk Street, downtown, this fall). Our favorite? The Yaya loukoumas covered in hazelnut praline and Oreos, and the custard-filled kataifi. At the Seaport location, you can even get any flavor topped with kaimaki Greek ice cream.
225 Newbury St., Boston, 617-572-3300; 200 Pier 4 Blvd., Boston; 1 Milk St., Boston; grecoboston.com.
Mike’s Donut Shop
This Mission Hill donut shop, only steps from the Roxbury Crossing T station, has been a neighborhood institution since 1969. Though its offerings have expanded over the years to encompass a handful of sandwiches, soups, and salads, the donuts remain the draw—especially the legendary honey-dipped variety, best enjoyed with hot java in a 20-ounce Mike’s mug you can take home to be your new weekend-coffee companion. On workdays, meanwhile, you can also grab a commute-friendly donut from Mike’s satellite kiosk inside the Forest Hills T station, a few stops away.
1524A Tremont St., Boston, 617-427-6828, mikedonutsboston.com.
Besides its huge, retro-style neon sign (the Citgo sign of the Allston skyline, really), Twin Donuts turns out fresh-made, tasty donuts every morning: lemon, apple spice, Bavarian cream, and all the rest. The family-owned, street-corner stalwart still has an Old Boston charm to it, and it doesn’t hurt that the donuts are dirt cheap—only about a buck apiece.
501 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-254-9421.
The 14 Best Places to Find Doughnuts in Boston
You know ’em, you love ’em—and they’re back in action. Here’s our recap of the best places to find doughnuts in Boston, with details on the availability of takeout, delivery, and on-site dining. Watch this space for more updates!
Status: South End, Fenway, Brighton and Newton locations are all open for pickup and delivery. Harvard Square campus location is closed until further notice.
Pillowy fresh brioche decorated with creative combinations like Key lime pie, bananas foster, and the original everything bagel-cream cheese-filled doughnut have helped this South End favorite hatch additional locations in the Fenway, Harvard Square, and Brighton. In 2020, a Watertown outpost will join the flock, too. Cake doughnuts are also solid from this growing baking company, and even Adele loves Blackbird’s Boston cream Bismarck.
492 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-482-9000; 20 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston, 617-482-9000; 100 Holton St., Brighton, 617-482-9000; 55F Union St., Newton, 617-482-9000; Smith Campus Center at 30 Dunster St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-482-9000; blackbirddoughnuts.com.
Status: Open for takeout and dine-in brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Head to this Southie spot any given weekend for an inspired selection of daily doughnuts, courtesy of pastry chef Matthew Dworkin. The photogenic treats feature fun flavor combinations, like house-made “Cosmic Brownie,” brown-butter maple bacon, Cap’n Crunch-topped strawberry shortcake, and mint chocolate chip—complete with a tiny ice cream cone. For an extra $5, opt to have a boozy pairing piped right in. Fluffernutter doughnut with a Frangelico-butterscotch pipette? We don’t mind if we do. The Broadway’s doughnuts are available every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., or until sellout.
726 E. Broadway, South Boston, 617-307-6480, thebroadwaysouthboston.com.
Status: Closed until further notice.
Since its debut in 2017, this quick-service offshoot of Catalyst restaurant has fueled the Kendall Square community with a daily selection of doughnuts. Pastry chef Yavel Martinez typically has two or three flavors on display each day, from classic apple cider donuts, to s’mores, matcha almond, pumpkin, mocha, and more.
75 Binney St., Cambridge, 857-259-6410, catalystcafecambridge.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout.
This Mystic Ave. mainstay has been serving up doughnuts “made in the back, sold in the front” for more than 30 years. Demet’s treats are decidedly fresh and typically sell out by early afternoon, and flavors span the classics, from cinnamon-sugar to chocolate cake to powdered and jelly-filled. Note that this old-school spot—whose retro, orange-hued atmosphere calls to mind a certain other doughnut shop—is cash-only.
199 Mystic Ave., Medford, 781-395-8422, demets-donuts.letseat.at.
Donuts with a Difference
Status: Open daily for takeout.
It’s great to be a doughnut fan in Medford, which is also home to this old-school place. Opened in 1984 by a husband-and-wife duo who had past experience working for Dunkin’, the difference here is quality, tasted in everything from the satisfying honey-dipped spheres, to extra-large butter crunch-topped coffee rolls.
35 Riverside Ave., Medford, 781-396-1021, donutswith.com.
Status: Open daily (24 hours!) for takeout.
Morning, noon, or midnight, satisfy your sweet tooth any time at this 24-hour Southie spot. Alongside a full menu of sandwiches, pizza, coffee, and more, you’ll find a rainbow of frosted carbs, from blueberry honey-dipped to maple-frosted.
220 Dorchester Ave., South Boston, 617-269-7560, doughboydonutsanddeli.com.
Gail Ann Coffee Shop
Status: Open daily for takeout and indoor seating.
Visiting this decades-old Arlington bakeshop is like stepping back in time, where regulars are sitting reading the paper and the staff behind the counter is ready with a friendly smile and a fresh cruller. Try the Boston cream “long john,” a huge yeasted treat filled with thick vanilla custard and iced with rich chocolate.
10 Medford St., Arlington, 781-648-9584, Facebook.
Status: Open for brunch on Sundays with outdoor and indoor dining.
Talented pastry chef Joshua Livsey is always bringing some whimsy to this fine-dining institution, including a rotating weekly brunch doughnut. But the baker loves how creative he can be with the medium, so keep an eye out for news about his regular “Hole in the Square” doughnut pop-ups. Themed around nostalgic stories like Star Wars, the Grinch, and Harry Potter, expect unexpected flavors like Chew-Babka (a chocolate babka doughnut), Cinn-dy Lou Who, sprinkled with sugary cinnamon; and “pumpkin pasties” filled with pumpkin napoleon cream.
44 Brattle St. (on the walkway), Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com.
Status: Boston location is open daily for takeout and delivery. Lincoln Ave., locations is daily open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating. Route 1 location is open daily for takeout and outdoor seating.
With funky flavors like maple-bacon, crème brûlée, and hard cider-spiked gluten-free apple, one might think this Saugus-born bakery is of the modern, hipster ilk. In fact, Kane’s has been overloading cake and raised doughnuts will crunchy toppings since the Eisenhower era. Bostonians are lucky to have their own outpost in the Financial District, and the Delios family, which owns the brand, has a new drive-through location on Route 1, too.
Two International Place at 90 Oliver St., Boston, 857-317-2654; 1575 Broadway (Rt. 1), Saugus, 781-558-5179; 120 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, 781-233-8499, kanesdonuts.com.
Status: Donuts are available on weekends only, during breakfast and lunch service. Takeout and indoor as well as outdoor seating available.
Though Jamaica Plain brunch favorite Centre Street Cafe closed in 2018 and became an adorable, celestial-themed diner, the new chef and co-owner Robyn McGrath has continued the storied tradition of house-made doughnuts. Now they’re available every single day—which helps make Little Dipper one of the best brunch spots around. Look for flavors like chocolate-coconut, honey-glazed, and Boston cream pie.
669A Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-9217, littledipperjp.com.
Mass Hole Donuts
Status: Open Thursday through Sunday for curbside takeout; advance ordering available.
Baker Alex Mansfield and his business partner started as a pop-up of creative, gourmet doughnut holes with names and flavors inspired by Bay State tastes. On Saturday, October 19, they’ll open a brick-and-mortar shop in Arlington, where you’ll find bites like the Green Monster, filled with key lime curd and glazed with green tea-white chocolate; the Chocolate Newbury (with blackberry and Nutella); and Pecan Hill, with white chocolate, caramel, and pecans.
Mass Hole Donuts, 2 Lake St., East Arlington, massholedonuts.com.
Status: Open daily for takeout and outdoor seating.
Decorated pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick, who co-owns this out-of-the-way Cambridge bakery and café with Oleana toque Ana Sortun, has made Middle Eastern-inspired flavors de rigueur in Boston. That’s thanks in no small part to her iconic, weekends-only doughnuts. “Persian spice” is a brioche doughnut rolled in the sweet, floral, warming flavors of cinnamon, rose petal, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, and coriander. And you’ll want to get there early to snag one of Kilpatrick’s tahini-brown butter delicacies: the nutty, almost savory specialty—filled with rich brown-butter crème and topped with a milk chocolate-sesame ganache—typically sells out by noon.
One Belmont St., Cambridge, 617-661-3161, sofrabakery.com.
Status: Now accepting pre-orders for September, October, and November delivery dates, as well as pickup at themed pop-up events—for example, “Friday Fright Night Donuts,” an upcoming weekly appearance at Salem’s Deacon Giles Distillery.
This Beverly-based pop-up outfit is often found slinging doughnuts at taprooms like Bantam Cider Company in Somerville, Short Path Distillery in Everett, and elsewhere. Track down baker Wren Werner to try her fun flavors (and shapes!), like M&M’s espresso brownie; vegan vanilla sprinkles; and a suite of Mean Girls-inspired treats.
Union Square Donuts
Status: Open daily for takeout and delivery; advance, same-day online ordering required.
Huge, airy doughnuts in glammed-up flavors such as maple bacon, sea-salted bourbon caramel, and zingy raspberry-lime rickey have turned the original Somerville shop into a doughnut destination. With additional locations in Coolidge Corner, at the Boston Public Market, and at Time Out Market in the Fenway, it’s never been easier to get your fill.
20 Bow St., Somerville; 409 Harvard St., Brookline; 100 Hanover St., Boston; 401 Park Drive, Boston; 617-209-2257, unionsquaredonuts.com.