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Hands outstretched offering three types of doughnuts, including a seasonal one to the left, a chocolate one in the middle and their creme brulee offering on the right.
Doughnuts from Astro Doughnuts
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Where to Find Essential Doughnuts Around D.C.

Get them as a sidekick for coffee or as a hands-on dessert

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Doughnuts are a favorite pastry in D.C., and not just for breakfast. They’re available as a traditional morning pick-me-up at dedicated doughnut shops and bakeries and as playful dessert to end the meal at fancy restaurants throughout the area.

Here are some of the best options in the city and beyond.

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Woodmoor Pastry Shop

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This longtime family-owned bakery in Silver Spring offers doughnuts among its selection of daily pastries. It’s been around since 1954.

Founding Farmers Reston Station (Multiple Locations)

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Several locations of the local chain serve farmers’ doughnuts in a range of flavors in glazed, baked, and filled varieties.

Two square-shaped doughnuts topped with rainbow sprinkles on a white plate on top of a patterned red and white tablecloth.
Doughnuts from Founding Farmers
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Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee (Multiple locations)

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This doughnut-maker out of Richmond, Virginia, landed in Alexandria before spreading to Arlington and then D.C. with a store in Shaw. Flavors range from simple to unique, like the Girl Scout cookie-style "Tastes Like a Samoa." Chase a boozy doughnut with a fancy cocktail at its underground bar, Nocturne. Superfans can also sing a song and potentially earn a free doughnut. — Tierney Plumb

Three doughnuts, one with strawberry topping, one with white glaze and another with fruit and drizzle
A trio of doughnuts from Sugar Shack
Sugar Shack [official photo]

Via Umbria

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Find yeasted doughnuts with seasonal glazes at this hybrid market, cafe, and supper club.

Iron Gate Restaurant

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For dessert, Iron Gate offers crispy Greek yeast doughnuts topped with orange blossom syrup.

Alta Strada

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Fresh, fried ricotta bomboloni from pastry chef Alex Levin are a favorite dessert at this Italian restaurant (they’re also at the Mosaic District location). They’re paired with strawberry and Nutella dipping sauces.

Fried doughnuts dusted with sugar in a crock with strawberry sauce on the side
Bomboloni at Alta Strada
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Piccolina da Centrolina

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Centrolina chef-owner Amy Brandwein’s tiny new CityCenter cafe serves sugar-dusted bomboloni stuffed with a vanilla cream that’s not too sweet. —Gabe Hiatt

Bomboloni from Piccolina
Bomboloni from Piccolina
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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Multiple locations)

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Astro, owned by partners Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, was one of the two original shops to capitalize on the doughnut and fried chicken trend locally. The chain’s creme brulee doughnut is an area favorite, and many of their offerings change seasonally.

Hands outstretched offering three types of doughnuts, including a seasonal one to the left, a chocolate one in the middle and their creme brulee offering on the right.
Doughnuts from Astro
Astro Doughnuts [official photo]

Duck Donuts (Multiple locations)

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This Outer Banks, N.C., favorite now has a major presence in Northern Virginia. It draws weekend lines in the suburbs for fried cake doughnuts that can be customized with toppings ranging from lemon drizzle to crumbled bacon.

A selection of three doughnuts, one atop a gingham napkin and one garnished with an apple compote.
Doughnuts from Duck Donuts
Duck Donuts [official site]

Mama's Donut Bites

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This bright pink truck travels to markets in D.C. and Arlington and various on-street locations. Its year-round mini apple cider donuts are hot sellers.

Mac's Donuts

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Local food truck Mac's Donuts sells fried doughnuts on a stick at the Courthouse farmers market on Saturdays,

Pizzeria Orso

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A stalwart presence on this Falls Church pizzeria’s dessert menu has been its citrus-glazed doughnuts. They’re served with a Nutella cream.

District Doughnut (Multiple locations)

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This Barracks Row doughnut shop is known for artfully designed sweets. The local producer has since expanded locations in Georgetown and at the Wharf.

A half dozen box of doughnuts with various toppings
District Doughnuts
District Doughnuts [official photo]

Texas Donuts (Multiple locations)

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This homegrown eatery serves cake and yeast doughnuts featuring assorted toppings (crushed Oreos, rainbow sprinkles, crumbled bacon), glazes (vanilla, chocolate, maple) and fillings (Bavarian cream, lemon, or strawberry are injected into various selections upon request). There are also jumbo versions, pull-apart "croughnuts," and ice cream-topped doughnut "sundaes.”

Treats from Texas Doughnuts
Treats from Texas Doughnuts
Texas Doughnuts [official]

Ashbank Farm (Del Ray Farmers' Market)

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The cider doughnuts at this Alexandria farmers market purveyor have a loyal following.

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Woodmoor Pastry Shop

This longtime family-owned bakery in Silver Spring offers doughnuts among its selection of daily pastries. It’s been around since 1954.

Founding Farmers Reston Station (Multiple Locations)

Two square-shaped doughnuts topped with rainbow sprinkles on a white plate on top of a patterned red and white tablecloth.
Doughnuts from Founding Farmers
Founding Farmers [official site]

Several locations of the local chain serve farmers’ doughnuts in a range of flavors in glazed, baked, and filled varieties.

Two square-shaped doughnuts topped with rainbow sprinkles on a white plate on top of a patterned red and white tablecloth.
Doughnuts from Founding Farmers
Founding Farmers [official site]

Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee (Multiple locations)

Three doughnuts, one with strawberry topping, one with white glaze and another with fruit and drizzle
A trio of doughnuts from Sugar Shack
Sugar Shack [official photo]

This doughnut-maker out of Richmond, Virginia, landed in Alexandria before spreading to Arlington and then D.C. with a store in Shaw. Flavors range from simple to unique, like the Girl Scout cookie-style "Tastes Like a Samoa." Chase a boozy doughnut with a fancy cocktail at its underground bar, Nocturne. Superfans can also sing a song and potentially earn a free doughnut. — Tierney Plumb

Three doughnuts, one with strawberry topping, one with white glaze and another with fruit and drizzle
A trio of doughnuts from Sugar Shack
Sugar Shack [official photo]

Via Umbria

Find yeasted doughnuts with seasonal glazes at this hybrid market, cafe, and supper club.

Iron Gate Restaurant

For dessert, Iron Gate offers crispy Greek yeast doughnuts topped with orange blossom syrup.

Alta Strada

Fried doughnuts dusted with sugar in a crock with strawberry sauce on the side
Bomboloni at Alta Strada
Alta Strada [official photo]

Fresh, fried ricotta bomboloni from pastry chef Alex Levin are a favorite dessert at this Italian restaurant (they’re also at the Mosaic District location). They’re paired with strawberry and Nutella dipping sauces.

Fried doughnuts dusted with sugar in a crock with strawberry sauce on the side
Bomboloni at Alta Strada
Alta Strada [official photo]

Piccolina da Centrolina

Bomboloni from Piccolina
Bomboloni from Piccolina
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Centrolina chef-owner Amy Brandwein’s tiny new CityCenter cafe serves sugar-dusted bomboloni stuffed with a vanilla cream that’s not too sweet. —Gabe Hiatt

Bomboloni from Piccolina
Bomboloni from Piccolina
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Multiple locations)

Hands outstretched offering three types of doughnuts, including a seasonal one to the left, a chocolate one in the middle and their creme brulee offering on the right.
Doughnuts from Astro
Astro Doughnuts [official photo]

Astro, owned by partners Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, was one of the two original shops to capitalize on the doughnut and fried chicken trend locally. The chain’s creme brulee doughnut is an area favorite, and many of their offerings change seasonally.

Hands outstretched offering three types of doughnuts, including a seasonal one to the left, a chocolate one in the middle and their creme brulee offering on the right.
Doughnuts from Astro
Astro Doughnuts [official photo]

Duck Donuts (Multiple locations)

A selection of three doughnuts, one atop a gingham napkin and one garnished with an apple compote.
Doughnuts from Duck Donuts
Duck Donuts [official site]

This Outer Banks, N.C., favorite now has a major presence in Northern Virginia. It draws weekend lines in the suburbs for fried cake doughnuts that can be customized with toppings ranging from lemon drizzle to crumbled bacon.

A selection of three doughnuts, one atop a gingham napkin and one garnished with an apple compote.
Doughnuts from Duck Donuts
Duck Donuts [official site]

Mama's Donut Bites

This bright pink truck travels to markets in D.C. and Arlington and various on-street locations. Its year-round mini apple cider donuts are hot sellers.

Mac's Donuts

Local food truck Mac's Donuts sells fried doughnuts on a stick at the Courthouse farmers market on Saturdays,

Pizzeria Orso

A stalwart presence on this Falls Church pizzeria’s dessert menu has been its citrus-glazed doughnuts. They’re served with a Nutella cream.

District Doughnut (Multiple locations)

A half dozen box of doughnuts with various toppings
District Doughnuts
District Doughnuts [official photo]

This Barracks Row doughnut shop is known for artfully designed sweets. The local producer has since expanded locations in Georgetown and at the Wharf.

A half dozen box of doughnuts with various toppings
District Doughnuts
District Doughnuts [official photo]

Texas Donuts (Multiple locations)

Treats from Texas Doughnuts
Treats from Texas Doughnuts
Texas Doughnuts [official]

This homegrown eatery serves cake and yeast doughnuts featuring assorted toppings (crushed Oreos, rainbow sprinkles, crumbled bacon), glazes (vanilla, chocolate, maple) and fillings (Bavarian cream, lemon, or strawberry are injected into various selections upon request). There are also jumbo versions, pull-apart "croughnuts," and ice cream-topped doughnut "sundaes.”

Treats from Texas Doughnuts
Treats from Texas Doughnuts
Texas Doughnuts [official]

Ashbank Farm (Del Ray Farmers' Market)

The cider doughnuts at this Alexandria farmers market purveyor have a loyal following.

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