DC Area Donut Shops Guide


Everyone loves a donut! Even the pickiest eaters (read: toddlers) find a donut they like. Perfect for road trips, classroom celebrations, lazy Sunday mornings at home, or an afternoon treat. Here’s a guide to donut shops around the DMV that can satisfy your sweet tooth. June 2nd is National Donut Day, but we love eating donuts year round!

On National Donut Day, celebrate buy a donut (or a dozen) and get these freebies:

  • a FREE Krispy Kreme donut or a dozen donuts for $2!
  • a FREE Duck Donuts (no purchase necessary).
  • a FREE Shipley Donut with any purchase.
  • a FREE Dunkin Donuts donut with the purchase of a drink at participating locations.

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1. District Doughnut

Get them in Arlington, Barracks Row, Eastern Market, Georgetown, or Union Market. Or get them delivered!

Their founder is a pastry chef whose mission is to use the freshest and highest quality ingredients, from their vanilla bean yeast made from scratch to Valhrona chocolate. A recent stop felt like an elevated brunch experience with a Dulce de Leche Creme Brulee donut paired with a coffee. Their menu changes seasonally (run and get their Funfetti Bites on weekends!) and #glutenfreefridays present a new gluten-free option weekly.

2. Breads Unlimited

Get them in store in Bethesda, MD.

This Bethesda institution – celebrating 40 years in business – has more than just donuts, but they’re a standout on the menu. If you missed the cronut craze a few years ago (hybrid of a croissant and a donut and even more delicious than it sounds), you can sample a Chocolate or Honey Cronut. If you’re feeling more traditional, you have your choice of yeast or cake donuts in a variety of flavors.

3. Call Your Mother Deli

Get them in store in various locations in the DMV.

I was lucky enough to get a bagel on a Thursday morning and was able to get a donut as well – dare I say it may have even been better than the bagel? This popular bagel shop serves a rotating cast of flavors, including Black and White Cookie, Strawberry Shortcake, Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate, and Cinnamon Sugar Holes. Just like their bagels, the size of the donut is very generous.

4. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Get them in store in Falls Church, Metro Center, Shaw, Food Truck or via delivery.

Made from scratch, this DC-based restaurant serves Maple Bacon, PB & J, and Vanilla Glazed along with a constantly rotating menu of daily specials. You may have to wait because your yeast donut is being made in the back – and when mine came out, the Nutella was dripping down the side. Heavenly. Can’t decide between donuts and lunch? Replace the bread on your chicken sandwich with donut slices.

5. Donut Run

Get them in store in Takoma Park, DC.

Hurry over to this newcomer in the donut scene because they’re bound to sell out! This vegan bakery has only been open since January 2021, but their reputation has brought them crowds and rave reviews. If you’d like to see a menu, head to their Instagram because it changes often. Recent flavors included Boston Kreme, Mango Coconut, and French Toast – and the owners are up to any flavor that they can think of so be prepared for creative items. Many rave reviews of their yeast donuts come from customers who had no idea they were in a vegan establishment, so it can serve every palate in the family.

6. Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe

Get them in store in Arlington, VA.

All day gourmet donuts? Sign us up! This independent, locally owned shop has a huge menu of flavors including Red Raspberry, Apple Cinnamon, Nutella toffee, and Lemon Pucker. Want to do something special for a birthday? A giant raised donut, complete with creme filling, is an alternative to a traditional cake. Good Company is the perfect spot for a little family happy hour – donuts and milk for the kiddos but they also offer cocktails for the big kids. With a donut, of course.

7. Duck Donuts

Get them in store at multiple locations in MD & VA or through delivery.

Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for your summer trip to the Outer Banks to get your fix of Duck Donuts. The ultimate in customized donuts, you can choose from their creations or make your own – an excellent activity for creative kids. Their cake donuts come out of the fryer just before the toppings go on, resulting in a steaming hot box of donuts to take home. A customer favorite is the Bacon in the Sun – a donut topped with maple icing, chopped bacon, and salted caramel drizzle.

8. Dunkin’ Donuts

Get them in store at multiple locations in DC, MD, & VA or get them delivered.

Arguably the most famous on the list, Dunkin’ is a reliable stop, especially for Northeast transplants. With a constant stream of donut classics (Boston Kreme, Chocolate Glazed) and a huge variety of coffee flavors (Thin Mint, anyone?) it’s impossible not to find something everyone likes. Don’t forget about the Munchkins – bite size donuts in Glazed, Chocolate Glazed, Jelly, and Powdered – that make the perfect snack for the kiddos (and the adults, too.)

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9. Woodmoor Pastry Shop

Get them in store in Silver Spring, MD.

There are very few old-fashioned bakeries in the area, but Woodmoor Pastry Shop is a classic. Family operated since 1954, this is the place to go for traditional glazed, frosted, and cake donuts that are just as good as when you were a kid and even more delicious now. Open the door and you can smell the sweetness of the trays of donuts behind glass. I was offered a cup of fresh Folgers coffee with my donut which just upped the nostalgia factor.

10. Krispy Kreme Donuts

Get them in store or at grocery stores in multiple locations in DC, MD, & VA. Or get them delivered.

Founded in 1937, Krispy Kreme is a household name. Though famous for their soft glazed donut, they also carry iced, filled, and cake donuts along with specialty flavors (Reese’s Classic and Cinnamon Apple are favorites). If you’re driving down Route 1 south of Old Town Alexandria, keep an eye out for the red Krispy Kreme sign. If it’s lit up, you’re in luck. Head into the drive thru to get a freshly made, hot donut.

11. Mama’s Donut Bites

Track their food truck to get them. Find them at Farmers Markets in Arlington, Falls Church, and Vienna, VA.

All you need to hear is year-round cider donuts to chase this truck around town. At an event in the pre-Covid days, this pink truck was beckoning everyone with the sweet smell of donuts. We were rewarded with hot, bite sized donuts full of yeasty, apple flavor. I spied many guests making a return trip for good reason. Track the truck via their website, and they are also available for special events.

12. Sticky Fingers

Get them in store in Columbia Heights in DC.

Sticky Fingers is the place to go if you need to accommodate dietary restrictions, but you’ll want to eat them even without restrictions. Donuts are vegan and free of dairy, egg, and cholesterol, and can be made nut free. You’ll have to hit them on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday to enjoy their “Not-So-Daily” Donuts, but they’re worth the wait.

13. Texas Donuts

Get them in store in Centreville, Lorton, and Manassas, VA.

This Texas chain has made it to Northern Virginia and it’s worth the drive from any spot in the DMV. They feature cake donuts of all flavors (jalapeno, anyone?), but you’ll probably want to challenge yourself to the Texas Donut – a 14 inch donut that is perfect for sharing. Looking for a character cupcake? This is the place to go. But arrive early on weekends before they sell out.

14. Shipley Donuts

Get them in Odenton, MD or nationwide!

With over 60 donut flavors, this donut shop has something for everyone! This shop was founded in Texas in the 1930’s and they have been serving customers top-notch, hot donuts ever since. And have expanded north to Odendton, MD. Pop by to get a free donut with purchase on National Donut Day!

15. Wawa

Get them in store from multiple locations in DC, MD, and VA or with delivery.

Whenever I need a reminder of summers at the Jersey shore, I pick up a Glazed Twist at Wawa. Philly and South Jersey transplants love the dense, heavy donuts. With basic flavors, but enough to please everyone – Boston Creme, Chocolate Glazed, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Cream – this is a reliable stop for generously sized donuts. And with their frequent sales of 6 donuts for $3, you will probably eat more than one.

16. Just Fine Donuts

Find them inside Dairy Godmother in Del Ray, VA.

Eat a delicious vegan donut with no dairy or non-vegan ingredients. They are open Tuesday through Sunday and donuts are made fresh daily. They offer a variety of donuts. Looking for a custom order? They can do that too!

Do you have a favorite donut shop? Share it below!