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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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Clear Flour Bread Bakery
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Kane's Donuts
Fazenda Cafe
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Flour Bakery+Cafe
Christina Ng/Thrillist
Boston Common Coffee Company
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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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