Six Places To Find Awesome Donuts In Philly

Philly knows and loves great donuts. Here's a guide to the city's best...

A cultural icon, the donut (or doughnut) is the round symbol of infinite indulgence.

Philadelphia’s bakeries and restaurants offer a wide variety of the sweet treats dusted with a sugary blend, stuffed with a variety of sweet surprises or glazed with any number of fantastic flavors.

Donut devotion has grown in recent years since Federal Donuts has entered the scene, featuring fancy donuts and fried chicken at outposts around the city. But long-standing city bakeries have all but perfected the fried delight.

Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spots for donuts in and around the city that will bring out your inner Homer Simpson.

Have a favorite donut spot that’s not on our list? Let us know in the comments below.

Federal Donuts

Arguably putting Philadelphia on the international donut map, Federal Donuts has built a mini-empire on just two items: donuts and fried chicken. But it is the variety of flavors that have locals and visitors alike making the trek to Federal Donuts' five locations (Pennsport, Rittenhouse, University City, Northern Liberties and Citizens Bank Park). 

Federal Donuts

Where:Federal Donuts, 1632 Sansom Street

www.federaldonuts.com

Beiler's Donuts

Located in the Reading Terminal Market, Beiler’s offers a wide variety of authentic, homemade Pennsylvania Dutch doughnuts. With up to 40 varieties on display in a mouthwatering showcase, including hand-filled, bacon-covered and apple fritters, you should be prepared to walk away with at least a dozen new doughnut friends. Be sure to browse Beiler’s Bakery across the aisle for handmade sticky buns, rolls and traditional Whoopie Pies.

Beiler's Donuts

Where:Beiler's Donuts, 51 North 12th Street

www.readingterminalmarket.org

Frangelli's Bakery

Since 1947, Frangelli’s Bakery in South Philadelphia has been cranking out fresh-made doughnuts and traditional pastries daily. Each morning, Frangelli’s creates more than 500 doughnuts including hand-glazed and filled doughnuts which The Huffington Post considers among the “Dozen Best Donuts in America.” In recent years, Frangelli’s has branched out from tradition with the creation of the delicious ice cream doughnut, a doughnut halved and filled with a scoop of ice cream; and the Franolli, a monster-sized doughnut filled with fresh cannoli cream and tiny chocolate chips.

Frangelli's Bakery

Where:Frangelli's Bakery, 847 West Ritner Street

frangellis.com

Potito's Italian Bakery

A super-old school family-owned establishment that’s been serving the heart of South Philadelphia for nearly 30 years, Potito’s Bakery & Cafe offers tasty, award-winning Italian-American cakes and pastries — and that includes awesome donuts and cronuts.

Potito's Italian Bakery

Where:Potito's Bakery, 1614 West Ritner Street

www.potitosbakery.com

One Shot Cafe

An awesome corner cafe in Northern Liberties, One Shot Cafe makes their donuts, baby kronuts and other pastries in-house daily. The donuts are vegan and amazing.

One Shot Cafe

Where:One Shot Cafe, 217 West George Street

www.1shotcoffee.com

Dottie's Donuts

A following is steadily growing for the vegan delicacies coming from Dottie’s Donuts, found in select coffee shops throughout the city including B2 Cafe, Green Line Cafe, HubBub Coffee and Elixr — and on March 18, the donut specialists are set to open their first brick and mortar shop in West Philly. The delicious vegan doughnuts come in an ever-changing variety of flavors ranging from classic tastes of cinnamon and sugar, fresh flavors like lemon lavender and out-of-bounds creations like vegan maple bacon.

Dottie's Donuts

Where:Dottie's Donuts, 4529 Springfield Ave

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  1. Couldn’t disagree more with Federal Donuts making it on this list. If you have never been there before and don’t know how to order in the particular fashion that they are accustomed to, then you will be an outcast and they will certainly treat you like one. Have been there twice (thought the first time was a fluke) and had the same experience. Not sure how these guys even stay in business and I am pretty sure if it wasn’t for articles like this, they wouldn’t!

  2. You guys need map. Last time I checked theNortheast was still in Philly. Theres ‘ Holmesburg , Haegelesx Oteris and a few Polish bakeries on Allegheney Ave near Salmon st that have great stuff too.

  3. There’s also a new branch of Beiler’s at the Westtown Farmers’ Market at Rts 202 and 926.

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