Food & Drink

The 8 best donut shops in San Francisco

Published On 07/16/2014 Published On 07/16/2014
Dynamo Donuts
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The Jelly Donut
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1. Dynamo Donut & Coffee 2760 24th Street (between York and Hampshire), San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Bacon. Donut. Day. Dynamo Donut & Coffee has made it real, and available every day. Handmade daily by owner Sara and her staff and using organic, locally sourced ingredients, their creative take on donuts make the word "glazed" suddenly sound mundane and unworthy.

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2. Heartbaker 1408 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Inner Richmond)

From bombolonis to creme puffs to eclairs and pots de creme, Heartbaker has got the best of us, and we just keep on going back incessantly.

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3. Barbary Coast 55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

Nestled underneath the Parc 55, this Tenderloin bakery is named after the infamous pleasure district of the Gold Rush-era, and lives up to the moniker, offering donuts that'll make you want a cigarette after finishing. Bonus: definitely try their chocolate croissants.

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4. Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop 1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

This 24hr Polk Gulch donut mecca and San Francisco standby has been a staple of early mornings (and late nights) since 1960, firing up amazing apple fritters and old fashioneds before they suddenly became objects of hipster fascination. The also make quite possibly the biggest donut you've ever seen. Try the Bob's Challenge, which requires consuming it in three minutes. Or, you know, just enjoy a bunch of really tasty donuts at your own pace.

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5. Pinkie's Bakery 1196 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

This little SOMA bakery only makes donuts on Saturday, but they're worth the wait and the trek. Flavors vary, but if the cinnamon sugar is available, make sure you get one. Or two. Or seven.

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6. Happy Donuts 3801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Noe Valley)

Happy Donuts keeps it simple with tasty breakfast sandwiches and croissants, cheap, perfectly made glazed donuts, and other pastries and sandwiches that are available 24/7.

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7. The Jelly Donut 3198 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Yes, the jelly donuts here are good, but their donut holes are a real must-try. The owners will throw in a few of them free with your order if it's big enough, but they’re also totally worthy of a purchase on their own.

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8. Golden Donuts 5401 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121 (Inner Richmond)

The Inner Richmond's classy donuterie is serving up eclectic 'nut flavors as well as serious caffeine-loaded drinks

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