November 5th is National Donut Day! A whole day dedicated to the delicious, yummy, tasty treat that’s great for breakfast and perfect for any time of the day. If you are looking for something fun to do to celebrate, why not hop in the car with your kids and check out one (or a few!) of our favorite local donut shops?
Each unique shop has its own specialty, and that is something to be celebrated. Whether you prefer family recipe donuts or the ones that are made-to-order, you’re definitely going to love our list. I think the only question is, which local donut shop will you go to first?
Here are 20 of the best donut shops 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, Sterling Heights, and Warren
For over 35 years, Daily Dozen has offered a wide and colorful variety of delicious donuts, plus coffee and tea. Your kids will love the donut art in the Woodward Avenue location.
Detroit Mini Donut | Detroit
These donuts are made fresh by a women- and minority-owned business! They started with their donut trailer and have experienced tremendous growth since then.
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 | Livonia + 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.
Donut Chef | Roseville
With both special and simple donuts, you’ll fall in love with all of their options. Their peanut butter and chocolate donut looks amazing!
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 in the area.
Donut Villa | Detroit
If you find yourself in Mexicantown, head 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.
Duck Donuts | Troy
These made-to-order donuts are sure to please every member of your family. Your kids can have fun counting all the ducks in the store while you wait for your delicious treats!
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!
Golden Donuts | Clinton Township
Open every day until 6:00 p.m., you could honestly grab some dessert donuts for after dinner!
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.
Willie’s Donuts | Macomb
We’ve been told these donuts are DELICIOUS! They offer fresh-made donuts and hot coffee.
Yellow Light | Detroit
Drive-thru donuts? Yes, please! Make sure to grab yourself a fresh-roasted coffee and ask about their special flavor of the day.