Washington DC Donut Spots You Need to Try

There is a reason donuts have so many fans. Pillowy, indulgent, and just plain delicious, we can’t seem to keep our hands off of them. With such a variety of donut flavors, you’ll never run out of options. Between cake donuts with maple and bacon toppings and donuts filled with jelly and creams, there is truly something for everyone! Believe it or not, vegan donuts are even an option!

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In Washington, D.C. let’s explore some of the best restaurants I found to score tasty donuts at. Check out my list below!

Duck Donuts

2511 N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: 703-300-9174
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While Duck Donuts has locations across the country, as well as internationally, they have several locations in the Washington, D.C., area including Arlington and Alexandria Virginia.

Originating in North Carolina in2007, Duck Donuts is a family owned and operated business that has since expanded into a franchise that is almost immediately recognized. Known for their made to order cake donuts, these are just about the freshest donuts you might find. While Duck Donuts is continuously updating their menu to offer seasonal and unique offerings, you cannot go wrong with ordering the classic Chocolate Glaze with rainbow sprinkles.

Duck Donuts is the donut place where most visitors to the Washington, D.C. area have on their “must visit” list. Between the warmth of the donuts being made per order and the friendly service, you can truly have it all at Duck Donuts!

Texas Donuts

13830 Lee Hwy #4, Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: 703-543-8343
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With locations a short drive away from Washington, D.C., Texas Donuts has locations in Northern Virginia, in Centreville, Lorton, and Mannassas.

True to their name, Texas Donuts was initially founded in Texas. They then opened locations in Oklahoma and are finally gracing the Washington, D.C. area with their huge donuts. Texas Donuts uses the freshest ingredients and are baked fresh daily. While they are known for their oversized donuts (everything is bigger in Texas), they also have a host of other freshly baked treats, including croissant sandwiches. We suggest ordering one of those as well as a donut of your choice to have a perfect sweet and savory experience.

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While their donuts are a delicious and fresh treat within themselves, Texas Donuts also has fun and tasty drinks including Bubble Tea at their Manassass location and iced coffee at all of their locations.

Para Hita

3608 Legion Drive Cheverly, Maryland
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While Para Hita operates primarily out of a commercial kitchen in Washington, D.C., there are weekly pickup hours in Cheverly, Maryland.

Para Hita is a small, veteran owned business selling some of the best donuts in the Washington, D.C., area. The owner, Manny, enrolled in culinary school after the military to recreate some of his favorite dishes, reminiscent of food he had grown up with in Guam. Our favorite item from Para Hita? The Classic Sweet Potato Donuts! These are by far the fluffiest donuts we have ever had. Do yourself a favor and pre order these, as they sell out quickly each week.

Chef Manny has also begun to incorporate some new flavors into the menu including Classic Vanilla Sugar, Orange Glaze, Pumpkin Spice, and Chocolate with Sprinkles.

While Chef Manny is known for creating the softest and fluffiest donuts in the area, he also offers a variety of Guam inspired food and sauces as well, available for shipping.

Chef Manny will be opening a brick and mortar shop in 2022. In the meantime, keep an eye on Para Hita’s Instagram – his hours at the above location will be advertised there.

Donut Run DC

6904 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Phone: 202-506-3264
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Located in the Tacoma Park area of Washington, D.C., Donut Run D.C. serves up delicious donuts daily.

Donut Run DC features donuts that are all vegan! Their donuts are made fresh daily, and their menu is consistently unique and their offerings change. If you catch the Boston Creme donut on the menu, be sure to order it! Their Snickers donut is a true delight, so you may want to grab a dozen of those when featured on the menu!

Donut Run DC is very popular, and they are only open until 2pm daily, or until they are sold out. The line to get in to order is often down the block. That being said, head on over to Donut Run DC early to ensure you can snag your dozen!

Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken

1308 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-809-5565
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Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken has multiple locations throughout Washington, D.C. – these locations are in Downtown, D.C., the Shaw area, and one in Northern Virginia, in Falls Church.

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There might not be a better combination than Donuts and Fried Chicken, and thankfully Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken has finessed this tasty union. Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken was started by two friends – two sports and food lovers who came together to create the iconic and delicious dishes served up at Astro. The Crème brûlée donut is the must try at Astro!

Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken has received many accolades, including nods from popular publications such as USA Today and People Magazine. They are hailed by locals and visitors alike as a top notch donut shop to visit in the Washington, D.C. area! Be sure to check out Astros for your next catering event, also!

District Doughnut

3327 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-333-2594
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District Doughnuts has multiple locations across the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to locations in Washington, D.C., they also have a location in Arlington, Virginia.

The mission at District Doughnut is simple – creating the “world’s most delicious gourmet doughnuts” – if there is anyone who can do this, it is District Doughnut. All of their donuts are made from the freshest ingredients. The donuts, in addition to being fresh and delicious, are continuously changing to offer even regular customers new treats. Their seasonal Snickerdoodle donuts are a dream, as well as some of the donuts that are seen on the menu often – including their Vanilla Bean Glaze.

District Doughnuts serves more than just donuts – be sure to grab their cinnamon buns on the weekends! In addition to being available for catering, District Doughnuts is also a very popular name to spot at weddings in the Washington, D.C. area!

Good Company Donuts

672 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703-243-3000
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Good Company Donuts is located in the Ballston area of Arlington, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. area.

Good Company donuts hand rolls and cuts all of their donuts, and they offer about 45 varieties on a daily basis. They have their classics, some seasonal offerings, and some monthly specialty donuts. In addition to donuts, Good Company Donuts serves delicious coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, and salads! This casual dining spot features a delicious all day menu so you can get a good breakfast in addition to donuts any time. Their Apple Cinnamon donuts and Bavarian donuts are hard to choose between, so we suggest grabbing both, if they are being offered, in addition to trying one of their egg sandwiches!

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Good Company Donuts is also unique in that it offers a bar menu! We love their classic Old Fashioned!  Alongside delicious eats, you can enjoy happy hour Thursday – Saturday.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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