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.
The Best Donuts in Denver
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington Virginia Vale
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.
Capitol Hill & University of Denver
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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1. Fractured Prune Doughnuts4090 E Mississippi Ave, Denver
2. Donut Maker9625 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village
3. Voodoo Doughnuts1520 E Colfax Ave, Denver
4. Sugarmill2461 Larimer St, Denver
5. Jabo's Bar-Be Q9682 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village
6. Habit Doughnut Dispensary1553 Platte St, Denver
7. Lucile's Creole Cafe275 S Logan St, Denver
8. Yummy's Donut House7625 W Hampden Ave, Lakewood
9. Glazed & Confuzed5301 Leetsdale Dr, Denver
10. Jelly Cafe600 E 13th Ave, Denver
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Southeast spot is a testament to the sheer amount of flavor you can create using only all-natural, locally sourced ingredients. The offerings here are unlike anything else you’ll see in the Denver area: while the menu changes daily, expect eclectic tastes like jalapeño cerveza-cream cheese with chipotle drizzle, as well as mojito, caramelized miso, and more. Glazed & Confuzed is a pastry wonderland as seen through the eyes of Chef Josh Schwab, and while there’s ample seating available in the contemporary cafeteria-like space, we suggest getting there early -- it’s no secret that these are some of the best donuts in the state, and the queue can get quite long.
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!