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The 9 Best Donut Shops in Philly

Published On 02/05/2016 Published On 02/05/2016
Federal Donuts

Philadelphia The 9 Best Donut Shops in Philly By Best donut in Philly? Well, that depends on what you like -- cake or yeast? Cream-filled or glazed? Fried or baked? Since it’s too hard to single out a favorite, we've picked the best shops in town where you can get pretty much any kind of donut imaginable, from vegan to a cream-stuffed donut you'll have to drive north on 95 to acquire. Try one or try them all -- the New Year's diet ended a minute ago, right? By

Federal Donuts

Philadelphia The 9 Best Donut Shops in Philly Best donut in Philly? Well, that depends on what you like -- cake or yeast? Cream-filled or glazed? Fried or baked? Since it’s too hard to single out a favorite, we've picked the best shops in town where you can get pretty much any kind of donut imaginable, from vegan to a cream-stuffed donut you'll have to drive north on 95 to acquire. Try one or try them all -- the New Year's diet ended a minute ago, right? More Stuff You Will Like

Federal Donuts

Federal Donuts

  Center City (& other locations) At this stage, Federal Donuts has officially made it on the list of Philly's most notable restaurants. With five locations around town -- and always the possibility for further expansion -- it’s easy to say that it's one of the city's most popular options, and certainly the only place we can think of serving perfectly savory fried chicken and donuts. Regardless of location, you can choose from their selection of delicious cake donuts in two options -- Hot Fresh (sugar coated) or Fancy (glazed, dipped, or topped). Continue Reading

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Beiler's Bakery

  Reading Terminal Market Reading Terminal is a place filled with great food, so it’s no surprise that you can find one of the city's best donuts in the sprawling market. Manned for years and years by the Pennsylvania Dutch, you can choose from around 40 (!) different varieties of fried donuts at Bieler's -- everything from traditional yeast (think light and airy) to bolder flavors like apple cider or peanut butter & jelly. And they're only 90 cents a pop, so load up!

Frangelli's Bakery

Frangelli’s Bakery

  South Philly Home to the "Franolli” -- a donut cannoli hybrid that might give you a coronary if you eat too many -- the unassuming, old-school bakery in South Philly first opened in 1947 and now makes more than 500 fresh donuts daily. It goes without saying that you should try the Franolli (and the cronut, and the ice cream donut in the summer), but donut purists will also dig the more conventional selections.     A photo posted by gabrielamacc (@gabrielamacc) on Aug 16, 2015 at 12:29pm PDT  

Undrgrnd Donuts

Multiple locations
For some great donuts on the go (literally -- it’s a food truck), Undrgrnd Donuts should be on your list. The truck is currently on a brief winter hibernation, but once they return, track them down on Twitter to try original flavors like the Camping Out -- a donut ode the the s'more -- and the bacon-topped Homer.

Dottie's Donuts

Dottie’s Donuts

  West Philly Proving that donuts can still be healthy(ish?), Dottie’s has been a vegan favorite the past two years. This month, Dottie’s will finally be opening a brick-and-mortar location in West Philly serving 12 different daily varieties -- until then, you can still snag them at one of two dozen coffee shops and cafes around the city, like Grindcore House, Elixer, and Arcade.

Donut Plus

  Spruce Hill For a no-frills donut experience, Donuts Plus in west, West Philly is top of the list. The staff is super friendly and prices are dirt cheap -- you’ll end up paying a little less than $3 for a donut and large coffee. Don’t sleep on the apple fritters -- Donuts Plus might have the best version in the city.

Haegele’s Bakery

  Mayfair Haegele's Bakery in Mayfair must be doing something right -- the beloved German bakery has been in continuous operation since 1930 with no end in sight. That’s probably because everything it puts out is damn good, from German specialties like strudels to cream- or sugar-coated donuts.     A photo posted by sasmstr (@sluttyfoodblog) on Jul 18, 2015 at 6:03am PDT  

Holmesburg Bakery

  Holmesburg Technically, they do serve other types of donuts at Holmesburg bakery, but if you’re heading to the NE, it’s the cream-stuffed donuts that are the must-haves. Hauntingly good, they are well worth the half hour drive up 95 to snag a dozen.

Sweet Box

  Washington Square West Perhaps better known for the cupcakes, Sweet Box in Washington Square West makes great donuts that are too-often overlooked. Baked, not fried, the donuts don't hinge on being overly sweet but still nail the sugar-laden treat. Sign up here for our daily Philly email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town. Best donut experience of Dan McKay's life? Wouldn’t you like to know... Follow him on Twitter or Instagram @dannypageviews.

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1. Federal Donuts 1632 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Federal Donuts, situated in Philadelphia's Center City West neighborhood, serves the absolute best of both worlds: donuts and fried chicken. If, for some reason, "fancy" and freshly hot donuts (made in house) doesn't excite you, Federal offers an unforgettable cup of coffee.

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2. Beiler's Bakery 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Center City West)

The Reading Terminal’s bakery might be primarily known for its doughnuts - which are among the best in the city - but their homemade Whoopie Pies can also satisfy any sweet tooth. If you're not familiar with the Amish treat, a whoopie pie is generally two pieces of cake (or cookies or pie) stuffed with sweet cream filling. At Beiler’s, you can get yours with a few different flavors of cake including pumpkin and chocolate.

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3. Frangelli's Bakery 847 W Ritner St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (South Philadelphia)

This well-worn, old-school bakery in South Philly holds some of the city's sweetest creations behind its doors. Easily clinching the spot for best donut in town, they don't stop there, creating delectable hybrid pastry options, like their Donnoli, which is half donut, half cannoli, and all delicious.

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4. Undrgrnd Donuts N 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA

Undrgrnd Donuts is worth a mention for pushing the pastry envelope with its crazy flavor combinations. One of our favorites, the Homer, takes the concept of a black-and-white cookie and puts a savory spin: a vanilla-dunked donut topped with chocolate-covered bacon bits. Since Undrgrnd is a food truck (no brick and mortar location yet), you’ll need to catch them at Love Park or one of the area food festivals this spring.

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5. Dottie's Donuts , Philadelphia, PA 19133 (West Phillyu City)

A vegan favorite, Dottie's has been proving that donuts can still be healthy(ish?) for the past two years. Dottie’s will finally be opening a brick-and-mortar location in West Philly serving 12 different daily varieties. You can also snag them at one of two dozen coffee shops and cafes around the city, like Grindcore House, Elixer, and Arcade.

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6. Donuts Plus 4325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

This no-frills donut shop in west, West Philly may look a little run down, but their donuts are fresh and delicious. The staff is super friendly and prices are dirt cheap -- you’ll end up paying a little less than $3 for a donut and large coffee. Definitely check out the apple fritters, Donuts Plus might have the best in the city.

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7. Haegele's Bakery 4164 Barnett, Philadelphia, PA (North Philly)

This family-run German bakery in Mayfai has been in continuous operation since 1930 with no end in sight. That’s probably because everything it serves is damn good, from German specialties like strudels to cream- or sugar-coated donuts. They'll even make cakes for all of your special occasions, including extremely decadent designs for wedding cakes.

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8. Holmesburg Bakery 7933 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136 (North Philly)

This long-time family owned bakery serves up quality sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies and gooey pull apart breads, plus custom orders for special occasions. But it’s the cream-stuffed donuts that are the must-haves. Hauntingly good, they are well worth the half hour drive up 95 to snag a dozen.

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9. Sweet Box Cupcakes & Bake Shop 339 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Led by pastry Chef Gretchen Fantini, Sweet Box started out as a food struck and now has a store front in Washington Square West. They might be known for their amazing cupcakes, but Sweet Box also serves up quality cookies, donuts and even pies that are too-often overlooked.

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