Updated for 2020
Los Angeles is packed with great places to eat and that is definitely true when it comes to donuts. Whether you spell it “doughnuts” or “donuts”, they’re still good.
From dulce de leche donuts to ube doughnuts to gluten free and vegan donuts, you’ll find any type you can imagine at one of the delicious donut shops. Here is our list of 15 of the Best Donut Shops from Randy’s in Inglewood to Trejo’s Donuts in Hollywood to Sidecar Doughnuts in Santa Monica.
Best Donuts in SoCal
Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts
6785 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90038
Danny Trejo’s donut shop features a delicious assortment of treats including the Dulce de Leche with dulce de leche, brown sugar and Maldon salt and the Quinceanera donut with a strawberry milk glaze and fruity pebbles. You’ll also find vegan donuts and coffee drinks.
3540 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90020
Open 24 hours a day, California Donuts has been in business since 1982. Kids (and adults) will love the panda-like donuts and the cereal-topped donuts. Other varieties include the “Matcha Green Tea” donut, the “Simpsons D’ohnut,” and the “Toasted Coconut” donut. Additionally, California Donuts offers “customized donuts” — perfect for a birthday party or other special event. You can choose from letter donuts or work with bakers to design something perfect for your guest of honor (they’ve created football-shaped donuts as well as those that look like sushi).
4884 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Blinkie’s Donuts is a popular donut spot in Woodland Hills. All donuts are made by hand on the premises. Their wide selection includes the “Strawberries’n cream” filled donut, the “Apple Fritter,” and the “Bavarian Cream” filled donut. (Their menu also includes croissants, muffins, and breakfast burritos).
Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee
631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The donuts at Sidecar are beautiful and gourmet, made with seasonal flavors and “fried in small batches every hour”. The Santa Monica location is always busy, but the staff is friendly and the line moves along quickly. Flavors include vegan Huckleberry, Snickers and a weekly, gluten-free option.
805 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301
Randy’s Donuts may be just as well known for their donuts as for their large rooftop donut on top of their shop. Built in 1953, their shop has been featured in many movies and music videos. But it’s not just about the distinctive architecture. You’ll also find a variety of donuts, all hand-made. None of their donuts are more than $2.50 (most are much less). Varieties include the “lemon jelly,” the “chocolate twist,” and the “maple iced.”
1721 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506
Frequent customers of this popular Burbank donut shop speak highly of the easy, plentiful free parking as well as the funny quote on the window — “Don’t get a divorce; get a donut.” In this no-frills shop, you’ll find the popular apple fritters and cinnamon rolls, as well as donuts (jelly, glazed, buttermilk, and more), bagels, and muffins. You’ll also find photos of celebrities who frequent the shop, and if you’re into movie trivia, Donut Prince was featured in the Tom Hanks film Larry Crowne.
2918 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
Primo’s Donuts has been serving up delicious donuts since 1956! This family-run business has a loyal following of customers. Primo’s has been serving generations of donut-lovers, and there are many varieties to choose from. Cake donuts come in a variety of flavors (cherry, maple, coconut), fancy donuts (jelly, glazed, lemon fills), and specialty donuts (“Bacon Crunch Donuts” and “Skippy” among them).
SK Donuts and Croissants
5850 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Once you try SK’s, you may find yourself coming back, again and again. While the shop itself is small with only a few tables, you’ll find a wide variety of donuts tempting you, including the “Maple Bacon Donut,” the “Original Glazed filled with strawberries and whipped cream,” and a “Smore’s Donut.”
The Donut Man
915 E. Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740
The Donut Man is an insanely popular donut shop in Glendora. Open 24 hours a day, you’ll find traditional donuts here as well as seasonal favorites like fresh peach, giant strawberry and delicious pumpkin. Savor the taste of a creamy peanut butter topped raised donut, a lemon filled glazed donut,or a chocolate frosted cream-filled donut.
Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts
Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St. #450, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Located within the historic Original Farmers Market, Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts sells more than 1,000 donuts a day, and is just as popular with tourists as it is with locals. Kids will especially like the frosted dinosaur-shaped donuts and seasonal varieties such as valentine hearts and pumpkin-shaped donuts. Other varieties include the “powdered sugar raspberry bismarck,” the “ chocolate frosted,” and the “apple fritter.”
5107 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90065
The post popular donut at Donut Friend is the “Strawberrylab.” Among the other varieties are the “Starting Lime,” the Poppygandhi,” and the “Nutellavision.” And if none of these tempt your taste buds, you can select a “d-i-y donut.” Customers select the donut, the filling, and topping to create a customized donut. (Keep in mind that they’re closed on Mondays).
6211 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028
You may have a hard time deciding which donut to try first. Among the many temptations are the “Raspberry Vanilla Bean” filled donut, the “Peanut Butter and Jelly” filled donut, and the “Smores” filled donut. A select variety of gluten-free and vegan donuts are available each day. Repeat customers speak highly of the consistent deliciousness as well as the reasonable prices.
The Donut Hole
15300 Amar Rd., La Puente, CA 91744
People go to The Donut Hole as much for the donuts as to see the giant donut hole landmark. Kids will love the chance to “drive through a donut.” As you drive through, you can view your options through the glass windows. In business since 1968, you’ll find such varieties as the “Texas Sized Donut,” the “Blueberry Cake” donut, and the “Chocolate Chips” donut on their menu.
8104 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Fonuts is the passion of famous pastry chef and owner Waylynn Lucas and baker/owner Nancy Truman. Fonuts are donuts with one important distinction — they are baked and/or steamed rather than fried. For those who are gluten-free and/or can only eat vegan foods, then head to Fonuts. You’ll find a lot of varieties here, including the “Red Velvet,” the “Vanilla Cream Filled,” and the “Blueberry Earl Grey.”
1614 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
This is the place for “gourmet” donuts. Here, you’ll find varieties such as the “Razzy Lemon Lulu,” the “Oinker,” and the “Pistachio Orange.” They were also the first donut establishment in the country to offer a delivery option (with more information available online). While they don’t have one Donut Shop eatery, you can find their donuts at a variety of establishments (a list is available here.)
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