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Delightful Doughnuts in the Seattle Area

Candy crumble toppings, mochi-doughnut hybrids, traditional old-fashioneds, and more

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Dough Joy’s new(ish) Capitol Hill location features a rotating lineup of all-vegan selections.
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If Seattle’s calling card is great coffee, it follows that the doughnut scene is a solid accomplice. From traditional maple bars, old-fashioneds, and apple fritters to decadent creations like the mochi-meets-doughnut mochinut to savory toppings like bacon and chicken, options are plentiful. Seattle boasts small family-owned favorites like Rainier Avenue’s King Donuts, local chains like Top Pot and General Porpoise, as well as the inventive and independent 9th and Hennepin. Here are some of the most notable fried dough purveyors across the area, including creme brulee-filled wonders, candy-topped treats, ever-expanding vegan options, and everything in-between.

As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically. Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing seattle@eater.com.

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Zuri's Donutz

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There’s no shortage of playfulness at this Black- and veteran-owned Lynnwood bakery, which likes to experiment with different flavors and toppings, such as Lucky Charms on maple bars. There are dalliances with savory items — garlic chili chicken doughnuts — and an infinite number of flavor selections (mango chili, ube, horchata, and more) in the “Zuriverse” of sweets. There are plenty of gluten free and vegan options as well.

Mighty-O Donuts

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Founded in 2000, Mighty-O is Seattle’s original spot for vegan doughnuts. Specializing in cake doughnuts, popular items include lemon poppy seed and french toast with certified organic ingredients. Seasonal offerings from last month were banana bread (topped with pecans and pineapple), and PB&J filled doughnuts.

Donut Factory

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Known for its over-the-top cookie doughnut sandwiches that have graced plenty of Instagram accounts, this U District bakery (with a Lynnwood offshoot) offer doughnuts topped with candy like Ferrero Rocher, Butterfinger, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and more. Those celebrating a birthday can pre-order treats in the shapes of letters and numbers.

Mochinut South Lake Union

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Mochi doughnut chain Mochinut offers plenty of inventive flavors. Made with rice flour, mochinuts have a chewy texture, setting them apart from traditional cake or yeast-raised doughnuts. The South Lake Union location has plenty of seasonal selections (recently mango puree, sesame balls, and churro with caramel), as well as boba tea and fried Korean rice hot dogs.

Top Pot Doughnuts

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What started as a coffee shop became a powerhouse pastry chain serving more than 40 varieties of classics and seasonal offerings, such as red velvet, chai glazed old fashioned, and salted caramel. Now in its 20th year, Top Pot has 17 shops around the Seattle area, including locations on the Eastside and Tacoma.

Dough Joy

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A relative newcomer to the Seattle doughnut scene, Dough Joy started as a Ballard-based food truck specializing in creative yeast-raised vegan varieties. In January it debuted its brick and mortar Capitol Hill location. Some of the more whimsical offerings include strawberry lemonade (a sticky tart treat), mango con chili, the glitter-coated Over the Rainbow, and s’mores.

Half and Half Doughnut Co.

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Top Pot cofounder Michael Klebeck’s newer Capitol Hill shop bakes its doughnuts using Pacific Northwest ingredients. Among the most enticing options are passionfruit old fashioneds, pineapple fritters with candied bacon, and chocolate hazelnut bombas bursting with sweetness. 

General Porpoise Coffee and Doughnuts

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Renowned restaurateur Renee Erickson has wowed dessert aficionados with British-influenced doughnuts at this cozy E Union Street locale: fresh custards, sweet creams, and homemade jams made from locally sourced ingredients. In addition to Capitol Hill, there are outposts in Laurelhurst, Pioneer Square, and the Amazon Spheres. Recent offerings include coconut cream and chocolate marshmallow.

Raised Doughnuts and Cakes

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Fans of the popular former pop-up can now find creations such as plain glazed, apple fritters, crullers, and chocolate bars — as well as seasonal and weekend specials — at this Central District outpost. Upcoming flavors for April include strawberry balsamic, Thai tea mochi, and chocolate chip cookie.

Daily Dozen

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Right in the center of Pike Place Market is the iconic Daily Dozen Doughnut Company, slinger of mini doughnuts fresh out of the onsite fryer. Market shoppers lured by the ubiquitous smells of fried, sugary dough form long lines to wait for a bag of these doughnuts. Grab a half or full dozen of powdered, plain or rotating seasonal specials while they’re hot.

This popular mochi-doughnut purveyor has a location at Uwajimaya in the International District and one at Lam’s Seafood Market in Tukwila (there’s also locations in Colorado and Florida). The delicate, chewy “dochis” come in rotating flavors, such as ube glaze, matcha Oreo, taro with Fruity Pebbles, and strawberry Pocky, while the Tiffany’s-like blue boxes add to the flair.

Dona Queen Donut & Deli

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It may not be the flashiest shop in the city, but this bakery tucked into a SoDo mini mall has a reliable array of glazed, filled doughnuts, fritters, and cinnamon twists. They work perfectly as a sweet complement to the spicy bulgogi and other savory items from the deli side of the operation, and hold up well, even later in the afternoon.

Racks of doughnuts, from cruellers to glazed to colorful sprinkled versions, at Dona Queen in Seattle
Dona Queen is a hidden gem in SoDo.
Dona Queen Donut & Deli

The Flour Box

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Built from a pop-up favorite, owner Pamela Vuong’s Hillman City shop continually draws lines for its creme brulee doughnuts, everything bagel doughnuts filled with whipped chive cream cheese, decadent cinnamon rolls, and other rotating doughnut flavors. The popularity is well-deserved: Vuong was recently nominated as a James Beard Award semifinalist for outstanding baker.

9th and Hennepin Donuts

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Named after a lyric from a Tom Waits song, 9th and Hennepin is based out of a kitchen in West Seattle, serving doughnuts hot, as they were meant to be served. Eschewing the candy crumble genre of doughnuts, this operation serves an ever-rotating selection of flavors based on what’s in season at local farmers markets. Recent items included a Yukon potato brioche long john, and honeycrisp apple and dried cherry fritter.

The Original Bakery

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Founded in 1936, this longtime family-owned shop is located in Fauntleroy, close to the Vashon ferry terminal and Lincoln Park. Original bakes a solid assortment of bismarks, old-fashioneds, twists, and persians daily alongside breads, cookies, danishes, and more.

Doughnuts at The Original Bakery in Fauntleroy gleam from a tray.
The Original Bakery has been around for more than 80 years.
Original Bakery

King Donuts

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This Rainier Beach destination used to be a hybrid bakery, laundromat, and teriyaki restaurant, but recently dropped the latter two services due to limited resources. Luckily, there are plenty of doughnut options, from chocolate- and sprinkle-coated cake doughnuts to glazed or cinnamon sugar-coated rounds, available fresh daily.

A stack of frosted and sprinkled doughnuts.
Neighborhood favorite King Donuts offers a reliable selection of doughnuts daily.
King Donuts

Good Day Donuts

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This wonderfully welcoming White Center shop is versatile. In addition to a selection of sweet classics, such as cinnamon twists, glazed cake doughnuts, and apple fritters (at inexpensive prices), it hosts pop-ups and features savory dishes as well, such as breakfast sandwiches and Italian subs.

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Zuri's Donutz

There’s no shortage of playfulness at this Black- and veteran-owned Lynnwood bakery, which likes to experiment with different flavors and toppings, such as Lucky Charms on maple bars. There are dalliances with savory items — garlic chili chicken doughnuts — and an infinite number of flavor selections (mango chili, ube, horchata, and more) in the “Zuriverse” of sweets. There are plenty of gluten free and vegan options as well.

Mighty-O Donuts

Founded in 2000, Mighty-O is Seattle’s original spot for vegan doughnuts. Specializing in cake doughnuts, popular items include lemon poppy seed and french toast with certified organic ingredients. Seasonal offerings from last month were banana bread (topped with pecans and pineapple), and PB&J filled doughnuts.

Donut Factory

Known for its over-the-top cookie doughnut sandwiches that have graced plenty of Instagram accounts, this U District bakery (with a Lynnwood offshoot) offer doughnuts topped with candy like Ferrero Rocher, Butterfinger, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and more. Those celebrating a birthday can pre-order treats in the shapes of letters and numbers.

Mochinut South Lake Union

Mochi doughnut chain Mochinut offers plenty of inventive flavors. Made with rice flour, mochinuts have a chewy texture, setting them apart from traditional cake or yeast-raised doughnuts. The South Lake Union location has plenty of seasonal selections (recently mango puree, sesame balls, and churro with caramel), as well as boba tea and fried Korean rice hot dogs.

Top Pot Doughnuts

What started as a coffee shop became a powerhouse pastry chain serving more than 40 varieties of classics and seasonal offerings, such as red velvet, chai glazed old fashioned, and salted caramel. Now in its 20th year, Top Pot has 17 shops around the Seattle area, including locations on the Eastside and Tacoma.

Dough Joy

A relative newcomer to the Seattle doughnut scene, Dough Joy started as a Ballard-based food truck specializing in creative yeast-raised vegan varieties. In January it debuted its brick and mortar Capitol Hill location. Some of the more whimsical offerings include strawberry lemonade (a sticky tart treat), mango con chili, the glitter-coated Over the Rainbow, and s’mores.

Half and Half Doughnut Co.

Top Pot cofounder Michael Klebeck’s newer Capitol Hill shop bakes its doughnuts using Pacific Northwest ingredients. Among the most enticing options are passionfruit old fashioneds, pineapple fritters with candied bacon, and chocolate hazelnut bombas bursting with sweetness. 

General Porpoise Coffee and Doughnuts

Renowned restaurateur Renee Erickson has wowed dessert aficionados with British-influenced doughnuts at this cozy E Union Street locale: fresh custards, sweet creams, and homemade jams made from locally sourced ingredients. In addition to Capitol Hill, there are outposts in Laurelhurst, Pioneer Square, and the Amazon Spheres. Recent offerings include coconut cream and chocolate marshmallow.

Raised Doughnuts and Cakes

Fans of the popular former pop-up can now find creations such as plain glazed, apple fritters, crullers, and chocolate bars — as well as seasonal and weekend specials — at this Central District outpost. Upcoming flavors for April include strawberry balsamic, Thai tea mochi, and chocolate chip cookie.

Daily Dozen

Right in the center of Pike Place Market is the iconic Daily Dozen Doughnut Company, slinger of mini doughnuts fresh out of the onsite fryer. Market shoppers lured by the ubiquitous smells of fried, sugary dough form long lines to wait for a bag of these doughnuts. Grab a half or full dozen of powdered, plain or rotating seasonal specials while they’re hot.

Dochi

This popular mochi-doughnut purveyor has a location at Uwajimaya in the International District and one at Lam’s Seafood Market in Tukwila (there’s also locations in Colorado and Florida). The delicate, chewy “dochis” come in rotating flavors, such as ube glaze, matcha Oreo, taro with Fruity Pebbles, and strawberry Pocky, while the Tiffany’s-like blue boxes add to the flair.

Dona Queen Donut & Deli

Racks of doughnuts, from cruellers to glazed to colorful sprinkled versions, at Dona Queen in Seattle
Dona Queen is a hidden gem in SoDo.
Dona Queen Donut & Deli

It may not be the flashiest shop in the city, but this bakery tucked into a SoDo mini mall has a reliable array of glazed, filled doughnuts, fritters, and cinnamon twists. They work perfectly as a sweet complement to the spicy bulgogi and other savory items from the deli side of the operation, and hold up well, even later in the afternoon.

Racks of doughnuts, from cruellers to glazed to colorful sprinkled versions, at Dona Queen in Seattle
Dona Queen is a hidden gem in SoDo.
Dona Queen Donut & Deli

The Flour Box

Built from a pop-up favorite, owner Pamela Vuong’s Hillman City shop continually draws lines for its creme brulee doughnuts, everything bagel doughnuts filled with whipped chive cream cheese, decadent cinnamon rolls, and other rotating doughnut flavors. The popularity is well-deserved: Vuong was recently nominated as a James Beard Award semifinalist for outstanding baker.

9th and Hennepin Donuts

Named after a lyric from a Tom Waits song, 9th and Hennepin is based out of a kitchen in West Seattle, serving doughnuts hot, as they were meant to be served. Eschewing the candy crumble genre of doughnuts, this operation serves an ever-rotating selection of flavors based on what’s in season at local farmers markets. Recent items included a Yukon potato brioche long john, and honeycrisp apple and dried cherry fritter.

The Original Bakery

Doughnuts at The Original Bakery in Fauntleroy gleam from a tray.
The Original Bakery has been around for more than 80 years.
Original Bakery

Founded in 1936, this longtime family-owned shop is located in Fauntleroy, close to the Vashon ferry terminal and Lincoln Park. Original bakes a solid assortment of bismarks, old-fashioneds, twists, and persians daily alongside breads, cookies, danishes, and more.

Doughnuts at The Original Bakery in Fauntleroy gleam from a tray.
The Original Bakery has been around for more than 80 years.
Original Bakery

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King Donuts

A stack of frosted and sprinkled doughnuts.
Neighborhood favorite King Donuts offers a reliable selection of doughnuts daily.
King Donuts

This Rainier Beach destination used to be a hybrid bakery, laundromat, and teriyaki restaurant, but recently dropped the latter two services due to limited resources. Luckily, there are plenty of doughnut options, from chocolate- and sprinkle-coated cake doughnuts to glazed or cinnamon sugar-coated rounds, available fresh daily.

A stack of frosted and sprinkled doughnuts.
Neighborhood favorite King Donuts offers a reliable selection of doughnuts daily.
King Donuts

Good Day Donuts

This wonderfully welcoming White Center shop is versatile. In addition to a selection of sweet classics, such as cinnamon twists, glazed cake doughnuts, and apple fritters (at inexpensive prices), it hosts pop-ups and features savory dishes as well, such as breakfast sandwiches and Italian subs.

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