Beignets aren’t the only kind of fried dough that sells in New Orleans: doughnuts both fancy and plain are a popular treat. While a relative newcomer like District Donuts gets creative with 100-plus flavors, many bakeries in the area have been frying up the standards without fuss and bother for years now. Behold the map for doughnuts however you like them: fancy, simple, vegan, or old-fashioned.Read More
Where To Eat Doughnuts in New Orleans
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1. Bakers Dozen
Baker's Dozen in Jefferson has set itself apart with creatively themed doughnuts — munch on your favorite super hero for $1.50 — as well as delicious combinations like its sweet and salty caramel pretzel doughnut (pictured). All up, a nice neighborhood spot with lots of regulars.
2. Shipley Do-Nuts
New Orleans (well, old Metairie), now has an outpost of the Houston-based Shipley’s Do-nuts, best known for its yeast doughnuts, cake doughnuts, filled doughnuts, and kolaches (like the “Big Earl,” Earl Campbell sausage, cheese and jalapeño). Its doughnuts are mostly straightforward and toping-less, and classically good.
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3. Dorignac's Food Center
New Orleans is lucky to have a plethora of family-owned grocery stores, and Dorignac’s is the cream of the crop - great liquor prices, helpful staff and ....wait for it... amazing donuts!!!! Afficiandos rave about the plain glaze and chocolate covered sprinkle, but the chocolate glaze is tought to beat.
4. Tastee Restaurant (multiple locations)
A New Orleans childhood favorite from back in the day, Tastee is well known for king cakes, buttermilk drops, and doughnuts, not necessarily in that order, but some folks swear by the apple fritters. There are two locations to satisfy.
5. Blue Dot Donuts
Opened in 2011 by three NOPD officers, this bright blue building on Canal Street sells out more days than not, thanks in no small part to its signature maple bacon long john doughnut. The cops are gone now — they sold to a baker in 2017, but all doughnuts are still made by hand at Blue Dot Donuts, a point of pride for this busy shop. Get there early, and on the weekends, expect a line.
6. Gracious Bakery
This locally owned bakery and cafe has multiple locations around town, all good go-tos for baked goods, breads, breakfast and lunch goodies. Last year they added doughnuts into the mix, all made inhouse, from fillings to dough to toppings - no mixes here. A few to try include spiced sugar twist, honey cornmeal and classic blueberry glazed. Seasonal fruit fritters are a bonus. Be a hero and work and bring in a dozen - you can also order online through the breakfast catering menu.
7. District Donuts Sliders Brew (multiple locations)
District provides an ever-changing selection of innovative, creative, and most importantly, delicious doughnuts to its adoring public. They look as great as they taste, and that's saying something. The locally owned biz now has four locations in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge.
8. HiVolt Coffee
Coffee is the natural BFF of the doughnut, so it's no surprise that HiVolt delivers on doughnuts. What is a surprise, though, is that the doughnuts are vegan, sometimes gluten free, and always delicious.
9. The Buttermilk Drop
The eponymous buttermilk drop is a Southern staple and lacks the doughnut's usual hole in the middle. It's dense and delish. The Buttermilk Drop in the Seventh Ward makes a great one, of course, and also takes it a step further in creating the red velvet buttermilk drop (pictured).
10. Daddy's Donuts
This family-run Gentilly fave fries up some mean dough: Bacon-maple frosted bars are a belly-busting case in point. Set back in a small shopping center, Daddy’s isn’t fancy but the sweets are divine. If you’re an apple fritter lover, get there early, since they always sell out.
11. City Donuts & Cafe (multiple locations)
New Orleans, LA 70117
This Bywater/St. Claude shop is sparkling clean and super friendly, with fresh doughnuts made daily — and day olds offered at a discount. Open 24/7, it also serves breakfast, sandwiches and NOLA specialities including gumbo. Try the eclairs, but the honey buns are great, too. There’s another location over at 3301 S Claiborne Ave.
12. Terrytown Cafe and Donuts
This 24/7 neighborhood bakery on the West Bank won over Times-Picayune judges with its glazed doughnut and apple fritter. The T-P crowned Terrytown as having the best doughnuts and for the best value. But Terrytown Cafe and Donuts’ regulars already knew that.
13. Gerald's Donuts (multiple locations)
With two locations in St. Bernard Parish — in Arabi and in Chalmette — there's no excuse for not stopping by for a doughnut when out in da’ Parish. Do it any time: Gerald’s is open 24 hours and have a drive-thru window. (The burgers are great, too.)