Food & Drink

The 9 Best Donut Shops in Philly

Published On 02/05/2016 Published On 02/05/2016
Federal Donuts
Federal Donuts
Federal Donuts
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Frangelli's Bakery
Dottie's Donuts
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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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