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The Best Donuts in 10 Boston 'Hoods

Published On 04/15/2015 Published On 04/15/2015
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Bostonians are used to waking up to morning joe and donuts, typically of the Dunkin' variety. But a recent surge of gourmet, hand-crafted donuts has led to shops popping up throughout the city. At these spots across 10 Boston neighborhoods, you'll get your fix of crullers, Long Johns, and Boston creams (aka the taste of freedom). 

Clear Flour Bread Bakery

Allston/Brighton

Clear Flour Bread Bakery (address and info)
This classic European-style bakery specializes in Italian and French breads and pastries. Its light, oven-baked currant donuts have been touted as some of America’s best. You'll get donuts that are pillowy-soft, subtly sweet, and not the least bit greasy.

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Chinatown

Union Square Donuts (address and info)
At two-years-old, Union Square Donuts is already one of the leaders in Boston's gourmet donut scene. Headquartered in Somerville’s Union Square, the shop holds pop-ups weekly in markets such as SoWa near Chinatown and Dudley Square in Downtown Roxbury. The store’s big and fluffy donuts change flavors regularly with year-round favorites being the brown butter hazelnut crunch and Boston cream.

Kane's Donuts

Financial District

Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts (address and info)
The long established Saugus bakery recently expanded to the heart of Boston’s Financial District and donut lovers have been lining up outside the door for the shop’s red velvet donuts and donut sandwiches ("dowiches”) ever since.

Fazenda Cafe

Jamaica Plain

Fazenda Cafe (address and info)
Ever since Sabertooth Bakery joined the trendy cafĂ© in 2012, this local spot has been known for its oh-so-delicious vegan donuts in addition to its roasted coffees. Flavors come in impressive off-beat varieties such as espresso, lavender, and cookies & cream. 

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Fenway/Kenmore

Japonaise Bakery (address and info)
This bakery blends classic French pastries with unique Japanese flavors. Although the status of its curry donuts is currently unclear due to the closing of the bakery’s Commonwealth Ave location (where the traditional-style donuts are made) Japonaise’s Fenway/Kenmore location still produces its heavy-hitting azuki cream donut. The azuki is definitely more Cronut than donut since it is made with a croissant-base, then topped with powdered sugar.  

Flour Bakery+Cafe

Fort Point

Flour Bakery (address and info)
Joanne Chang's award-winning bakery is usually known for its amazing pecan sticky buns, but many don’t know that the bakery also makes killer donuts. Its rich, brioche-based jelly donuts are a must-try, but make sure you get there early since they sell out fast.

Christina Ng/Thrillist

Mission Hill

Mike’s Donuts (address and info)
Mike’s has an unassuming appearance, not unlike the interior of a Dunkin'. But locals swear by Mike’s jelly and apple cider donuts and claim that this family owned shop is anything but commercial.

Boston Common Coffee Company

North End

Boston Common Coffee Co. (address and info)
The "Donut Thursday" menu at Boston Common Coffee Co. changes every week and usually when donuts are sold, they sell out before noon. Check out the shop’s Instagram account to see what flavors are coming up for the week. Past combinations include fig & feta, vegan raspberry hibiscus pistachio, and Mexican hot chocolate.

Christina Ng/Thrillist

South End

Blackbird Doughnuts (address and info)
Ever since The Gallows announced it would be opening a separate donut shop to sell its already popular donuts from the weekend brunch menu, donut fanatics around Boston have been patiently awaiting its arrival. Having just opened in January, Blackbird Doughnuts is a mix of gourmet donut shop and chic upscale hotel. Fans are flocking over and raving about Blackbird’s Apple Bismarck, which the owners have likened to an amazing McDonald’s apple pie.

Christina Ng/Thrillist

West Roxbury

Anna’s Hand Cut Donuts (address and info)
This old-school donut shop has been a staple in West Roxbury for nearly 50 years and has a loyal following. The crowd’s go-to favorites are the black raspberry twist along with the marble cruller and honey-dipped donuts.

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1. Clear Flour Bread 178 Thorndike St, Boston, MA 02446 (Allston Brighton)

This classic European-style bakery specializes in Italian and French breads and pastries. Its light, oven-baked currant donuts have been touted as some of America’s best. You'll get donuts that are pillowy-soft, subtly sweet, and not the least bit greasy.

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2. Union Square Donuts at SOWA 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (Chinatown)

Headquartered in Somerville’s Union Square, the shop holds pop-ups weekly in markets such as SoWa near Chinatown and Dudley Square in Downtown Roxbury. The store’s big and fluffy donuts change flavors regularly with year-round favorites being the brown butter hazelnut crunch and Boston cream.

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3. Kane's Donuts 2 International Pl, Boston, MA 02110

The long established Saugus bakery expanded to the heart of Boston’s Financial District and donut lovers have been lining up outside the door for the shop’s red velvet donuts and donut sandwiches ("dowiches”) ever since.

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4. Fazenda Coffee Roasters 3710 Washington St, Boston, MA 02130 (Jamaica Plain)

Ever since Sabertooth Bakery joined the trendy café in 2012, this local spot has been known for its oh-so-delicious vegan donuts in addition to its roasted coffees. Flavors come in impressive off-beat varieties such as espresso, lavender, and cookies & cream.

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5. Japonaise Bakery & Cafe 1020 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02446 (Fenway Kenmore)

This bakery blends classic French pastries with unique Japanese flavors. The azuki cream is definitely more Cronut than donut since it is made with a croissant-base, then topped with powdered sugar.

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6. Flour Bakery & Cafe 12 Farnsworth St Fl 1, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

True to its motto, Flour Bakery’s many Boston locations make Bostonian’s lives sweeter with its varying baked treats and savory lunch options. The light-filled Fort Point storefront is charming with its trademark chalkboard menu, cutesy decorations, and irresistible smell of cakes rising and butter melting. If you have a sweet tooth you can’t go wrong with the soft sticky bun with its hot cinnamon and pecan topping or a decadent, pleasantly crunchy double chocolate chip cookie. If you need something more substantial than a warm muffin or a buttery scone, the crowd-pleasing Breakfast Egg Sandwich with a truly fluffy egg, bacon, cheddar, arugula, tomato, and creamy dijonaise on a ciabatta might be right up your ally. At meal-times expect to wait in a line … beware of the tantalizing packaged goodies that wait with you.

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7. Mike's Donuts 1524A Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120 (Mission Hill)

Mike’s has an unassuming appearance, not unlike the interior of a Dunkin'. But locals swear by Mike’s jelly and apple cider donuts and claim that this family owned shop is anything but commercial.

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8. Boston Common Coffee Co. 2056 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132 (North End)

The "Donut Thursday" menu at Boston Common Coffee Co. changes every week and usually when donuts are sold, they sell out before noon. Past combinations include fig & feta, vegan raspberry hibiscus pistachio, and Mexican hot chocolate.

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9. Blackbird Doughnuts 492 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 (South End)

Blackbird Doughnuts is a mix of gourmet donut shop and a chic upscale hotel. Fans are flocking over and raving about Blackbird’s apple Bismarck, which the owners have likened to an amazing McDonald’s apple pie.

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10. Anna's Hand Cut Donuts 2056 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132-3326 (West Roxbury)

Make sure you get to this West Roxbury hole-in-the-wall by 1pm, or you're going to miss out on delicious donuts and some of the best sugar sprinkled jelly sticks in the area.

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