19 of the Best Donut Shops In + Around Detroit

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If you want to make someone in your life happier, bring them donuts. It’s true! Youth coaches who show up to games with boxes of donuts are greeted with cheers before play even begins. Office mates who stop on their way to work manage to brighten the day of even the grumpiest coworkers when the offer of donuts arises. Parents who wake up before the rest of the household to put a fresh dozen on the Saturday morning table have nailed the start to a perfect family weekend. Donuts just make people happy, it’s as simple as that.

We are happy to share with you some of the best donuts in the area, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to one of metro Detroit’s newest, freshest, and most happiness-inducing donut shops: Duck Donuts.


Newly opened in Troy, hovering on Birmingham city limits, and just up the street from Somerset Collection, Duck Donuts is one to add to your Detroit donut bucket list. Bring the kids along and see their happiness and excitement as they get to watch their donut get made right before their eyes. That’s right—Duck Donuts are made-to-order! After your donuts pass through the fryer, choose from signature recipe coatings, toppings, and drizzles, and then follow along as your donut artist works their magic. The flavor combinations are endless!

Not feeling the creativity? Don’t worry, be happy…Duck Donuts has your back. Select individual choices from dozens of fan favorites, or choose one of their curated boxes, such as the Duck Dozen or Signature Assortment. They even have vegan options, seasonal holiday-themed boxes, DIY donut decorating kits, specialty milkshakes, donut sundaes, and more. If you’ve never had a donut sandwich before, give it a try…we suggest going all out and adding bacon pieces and maple drizzle to the top. Happiness abounds!


Head over to Duck Donuts before November 26 to enjoy the fall favorites that make us all happy this season. Hot apple cider, pecan-topped donuts, pumpkin pie lattes, and apple pie sundaes are just a few of the great fall flavors waiting for you. New holiday themes will be available on Black Friday to kick off the hap-happiest season of all. You’ll love the fun themes!

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MORE OF THE BEST DONUTS IN + AROUND DETROIT

Apple Fritter Donut Shop | Ferndale

Whether you’re a donut purist or love trying on new foodie fashions, this Ferndale family-owned donut diner has something for everyone. From traditional to funky and everything in between.

Avon Donuts | Pontiac

This beloved Pontiac destination has a traditional donut diner feel, but the donuts showcase all the latest confectionary trends, such as Maple Bacon and Caramel Apple.

Daily Dozen Doughnuts | Royal Oak, Warren

Celebrating 35 years this year, Daily Dozen offers a wide and colorful variety of delicious donuts, plus coffee and tea. Your kids will love the donut art in the Woodward Avenue location.

Dilla’s Delights | Detroit

Dilla’s Delights are made of 100% organic flour and deep fried in rice bran oil, with endlessly creative concoctions (named in honor of Hip Hop and Detroit icons) such as Cakeboy Chocolate Max, Rasul Wasi Raspberry Filled, and Conant Garden Glaze.

Dom Bakeries | Ypsilanti

This classic shop offers all the flavors to fill your belly. Here, you can find everything from traditional donuts to danishes, turnovers, bagels, and more.

Donut Bar | Southfield

The Donut Bar takes donuts from average to gourmet. With offerings ranging from candy and cereal topped to more grown up flavors like Tres Leches, Cranberry Pistachio, and Piña Colada, there is something for everyone.

Donut Castle | Warren

This family-owned Warren favorite has all your old familiars (the apple fritters are a favorite), plus fresh sandwiches made to order.

The Donut Cutter | Berkley

This well-loved donut shop has all the charm of an old-time shop with traditional counter seating. They offer many mouth-watering options—many people swear their apple fritters are the best to in the area.

The Donut Hole | Warren

The Donut Hole is highly rated on the east-side. This traditional shop serves up all the usual suspects but also has some unique options if you want to step out of the box a bit.

The Donut Station | New Baltimore

Family-owned and serving up all the classics, this is a can’t miss if you’re in the area. Try the crullers and the cinnamon rolls!

Donut Villa | Detroit

If you find yourself in Mexicantownhead into Donut Villa for a fresh donut or get yourself a signature nicklenut—a ten cent donut hole that’s easy on your wallet and your waistline!

Donutville U.S.A. | Dearborn

This donut joint is hard to miss with its triangular vaulted ceilings and larger-than-life donut-topped sign. They’ve got the full range of traditional favorites from sugar-raised and buttermilk to seasonal favorites like pumpkin.

Dutch Girl | Detroit

Dutch Girl is a long-standing Detroit favorite…right on Woodward and rocking that classic vibe. You’ll find all varieties here, and they make some of the best Pączki around!

Elias Donuts | Detroit

Elias Donuts has an array of donuts as well as other sweet treats and more filling eats in one location. Their giant glazed donut can be shared by the entire family!

Holy Moly Donut Shop | Detroit

Holy Moly offers build-your-own donuts, so bring the kids and let their imaginations run wild! Several Detroit locations to choose from.

Knapp’s Donuts | Rochester, Troy

Knapp’s has been a favorite in downtown Rochester since it opened in 1996. Stop by for some classic donutty indulgence with traditional offerings ranging from the yeast-raised Golden Glazed to the crowd favorite Boston Cream.

The Looney Baker | Livonia

With an apple cider donut to rival many cider mills, the Looney Baker is a must-stop in Livonia. Give the Looney Bread a try, or grab soup or chili on a cool fall day.

Sugarr Donuts | Wyandotte, Woodhaven

Located in the Downriver area, Sugarr Donuts takes donuts to the next level with heaps of toppings and fun flavor combos. Check out some of their choices like Cannoli Creamed and Oreo Cookies and Cream.

Tell us: what does your perfect, made-to-order treat from Duck Donuts have on it?

Detroit Mom partnered with the amazing Duck Donuts team to bring our readers this post. All donut stories are our own. 
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Jessica Lukenbill
As Managing Editor for Detroit Mom, I am surrounded by an awesome community of women who have helped me find a place where I feel I truly belong. I’m a proud foodie who keeps crazy busy with cooking and canning, gardening, decorating, craft projects, and more. My husband of 18 years is Jason, and we have Gwenna, 10, and Larson, 6, as well as a young silver Lab named Indy. We have lived in New Hudson for a few years now. Mid Michigan is home for me, but after my husband graduated college, we spent 16 years moving around his home state of Indiana. Just prior to moving back to Michigan, we lived in Southern California for three years, exploring and extreme-adventuring with our kids to every beautiful outdoor location we could find. We are the family that spends more weekends away than at home, and our kids are master-level road-trippers. Most of our summers are spent at the lake, where I'm convinced it's not a proper summer without a dip in the water every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Reach out and say hi sometime!

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