The Best Donuts in Denver

When people say that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, we think it's pretty obvious that they're talking about donuts. So don't discriminate, you absolutely need to try them all to appreciate their depth and unwavering deliciousness. From a barbecue joint to the old-school shops, these ten places are serving up donuts that will cure all your Mile High cravings.

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Fractured Prune

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Virginia Village

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Classic cake donuts get a modern, customizable makeover at this shop that offers an infinite number of munchie possibilities. Pick from a variety of glazes and toppings and watch as they create your ideal donut. Then do it again, and again, and maybe once more.

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Donut Maker
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Donut Maker

 
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Greenwood Village
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So you pissed off your boss again? Nice. Just swing by this locally owned shop in the south Denver suburbs and get enough to share to earn immediate forgiveness. This place has all your classic favorites and will take custom orders if you want to get creative.  

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Voodoo Doughnut

 
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East Colfax
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This Portland transplant has found a new home in the Mile High city where its location off Colfax attracts a steady line of munchie-seekers day and night. Whatever you do, don't skip the maple bacon... or the Oreo... or the... actually, just get them all. 

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Sugarmill

 
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Five Points
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Sometimes you want donuts and ice cream. And by sometimes we mean all the time. So it’s a good thing Chef Troy Guard exists, whose dessert mecca Sugarmill serves up a sundae made with their fresh brioche donut, caramel ice cream, warm caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and candied nuts. 

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Jabo's Bar-Be-Q

 
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Greenwood Village
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Sure, a barbecue joint in a strip mall may not be the first place you think of when a donut craving hits, but after you try the Utah Sconut, that will all change. Made fresh from a recipe perfected by the owner's wife, these light discs of fried dough are topped with luscious honey butter for a unique and totally addictive treat that you won't find anywhere else in town. 

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Carbon Beverage Cafe & Habit Doughnuts
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Habit Doughnut Dispensary

 
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Highland
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So you can't actually get any of that kind of green here, but you can get white girl wasted (AKA their honey brioche donut with espresso glaze, peanut butter drizzle, chocolate cookie crumble, and potato chips), along with a ton of other one-of-a-kind creations. And if you need a shot of Jack Daniel's, a lighter, or a condom, they've got those too. 

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Lucile's

 
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Speer
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Want a taste of New Orleans without the hangover? This popular brunch spot is worth the wait for the beignets alone. Big, warm, and properly coated in powdered sugar, these plus a cup of their chicory coffee are the best thing to happen to mornings since people started dancing in Folgers commercials. 

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Yummy's Donut House

 
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Lakewood
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Who needs trendy when the classic is so good? That's the motto at Yummy's, a Lakewood shop that specializes in soft, fluffy donuts that taste like... classic, soft, fluffy donuts. So, really damn good. 

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Glazed and Confuzed 

 
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Washington Virginia Vale
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This half-croissant/half-doughnut is the only one of its kind in Denver, and it was dreamed up by a 'nut-focused kitchen that routinely whips up crazy concoctions, like a root beer float in donut form.

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Jelly Cafe

 
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Capitol Hill & University of Denver
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The always-bustling Cap Hill and DU locations of the breakfast-obsessed Jelly Cafe offer eight flavors of donut holes, but the maple-glazed sprinkled ones with real pieces of bacon are the standouts. Get all the flavors and experience a sugar high that's much less expensive than Denver's most popular way to get high.

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Molly Martin is a freelance writer in Denver, Colorado who will take a dozen maple bacons, thanks. See what else she's munching on @mollydbu on Twitter and Instagram.
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1. Fractured Prune Doughnuts 4090 E Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80246

The beloved national chain found its way to Denver, and we are forever grateful. Pick your classic cake donut and give it a makeover with an infinite number of munchie possibilities. Pick from a variety of glazes like blueberry, honey and mint glaze and toppings like graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and cookie crumbs.

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2. Donut Maker 9625 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80112

This locally owned shop in the south Denver suburbs has all your classic favorites and will take custom orders if you want to get creative, plus they deliver 7 days a week if you live close by and are feeling especially lazy. Check out the original glazed or apple spiced cake donut, or if you're feeling adventurous try the bizmark, a round custard or cream filled donut.

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3. Voodoo Doughnuts 1520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218

By way of Portland comes Voodoo Doughnuts, known for their always delicious doughnuts and sometimes risqué names, like the Triple Chocolate Penetration or the Dirty Snowballs. They do have an impressive roster of G-rated donuts as well -- don't leave before you've had a bite of a Bacon Maple Bar.

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4. Sugarmill 2461 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

From Chef Troy Guard comes the Denver dessert mecca Sugarmill. With a sundae made with a fresh brioche donut, caramel ice cream, warm caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and candied nuts, the restaurant certainly lives up to its name. But Sugarmill can be more than just a place to get delicious desserts. They has a savory menu that's worth your attention any time of day.

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5. Jabo's Bar-Be Q 9682 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80112

Jabo's Bar-Be-Q not only serves up quality rib racks and pulled pork sandwiches, but their stand-out dish might just be on the dessert menu: the Utah Sconut. Made fresh from a recipe perfected by the owner's wife, these light discs of fried dough are topped with luscious honey butter for a unique and totally addictive treat that you won't find anywhere else in town.

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6. Habit Doughnut Dispensary 1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202

With its pink and white dispensary cross out front, one would hope that Habit Doughnut Dispensary be legit -- and it certainly is. These funky, one-of-a-kind donuts are nothing short of genius AND you get a FREE coffee with your pastry! Check out their honey brioche donut with espresso glaze, peanut butter drizzle, chocolate cookie crumble, and potato chips.

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7. Lucile's Creole Cafe 275 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209

A Denver establishment for over 30 years, Lucile's has been serving up quality Cajun-style breakfasts throughout multiple locations in Colorado. The popular brunch spot is worth the wait for the beignets alone. Big, warm and properly coated in powdered sugar, these pair perfectly with a cup of the chicory coffee.

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8. Yummy's Donut House 7625 W Hampden Ave, Lakewood, CO 80227

A traditional mom-and-pop shop, Yummy's soft and pillowy donuts keep it old-school with its classic flavors like chocolate glaze, red velvet and of course the original glaze. They're open from 6am to 1pm so if you're not usually an early riser, you should try to be just for one of Yummy's donuts.

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9. Glazed and Confuzed 5301 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80246

The Denver donut shop utilizes organic and local ingredients while keeping their flavors anything but traditional. S'more, green tea with mochi, and caramel apple are all in their bakery case.

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10. Jelly Cafe 600 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

The original Jelly location with the same creative & delicious eats for breakfast and lunch, like salmon eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast with banana & cream cheese, and a bunch of kinds of donut holes!

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