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Specialty doughnuts from Primo’s Donuts in West Los Angeles.
Specialty doughnuts from Primo’s Donuts in West Los Angeles.
Erica Mae Allen

Los Angeles’s 15 Most Delectable Doughnut Shops

Old-school and new, deep-fried and delicious

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Specialty doughnuts from Primo’s Donuts in West Los Angeles.
| Erica Mae Allen

Doughnuts may very well be LA's quintessential start to the day ,thanks to the Southeast Asian immigrants who brought these sweetly glazed treats to nearly every strip mall across the Southland. The city’s dynamic doughnut scene is not only comprised of these foundational mom-and-pop doughnut shops, but fancier efforts like Portland’s Blue Star and Costa Mesa’s Sidecar too. Given Angelenos’ tremendous appetites for all that’s deep-fried and delightful, there’s room for fritters of all stripes. Here now are the 15 most delectable doughnut shops in Los Angeles.

Removed: Donut Friend, Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts, Stan’s Donuts

Added: B.C.’s Donuts, Colorado Donuts, Earl’s Donuts, Moon Donuts

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Earl's Donuts

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20429 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 341-2869
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This classic neighborhood doughnut shop serves the good people of Chatsworth 24 hours a day. The devil’s food old-fashioned — dense, rich, and enrobed in smooth milk chocolate — is a sugary powerhouse.

2. Blinkie's Donut Emporium

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4884 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 884-4456
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This far-flung shop is a worthy destination for anyone seeking creative doughnuts in the West Valley. It’s best to go early, and with cash, as Blinkie’s closes up by noon every day.

3. B.C's Donuts

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2525 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 795-0012
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B.C’s Donuts has been serving the Pasadena community for over three decades since opening in 1987. The family-owned shop makes superb French crullers and croissant sandwiches, along with coffee, Thai iced tea, and cold brew. The newish walk-up window makes ordering a breeze.

4. Colorado Donuts

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1578 Colorado Blvd #14
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 340-1962
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Eagle Rock’s beloved Colorado Donuts crams doughnuts with candy bars and cookies for an ultra-decadent mash-up. The shop is open for takeout and delivery daily from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.

5. The Donut Man

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915 E Rte 66
Glendora, CA 91740
(626) 335-9111
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It’s all about the Donut Man’s seasonal strawberry and peach doughnuts, raised doughnuts sliced in half and stuffed chock-full of fruit. Other offerings, like the arm-length tiger tail, are very well made and more than worth dropping by on the way to Las Vegas or Big Bear. Or better yet, swing into the new outlet inside Grand Central Market.

6. SK Donuts & Croissant

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5850 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 935-2409
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SK is known for giving all the major doughnut trends a unique spin, including a multitude of unique Cronut fillings like peaches and cream, strawberry, apple pie, coconut, and taro. Plus, it’s open around the clock.

7. Dot & Dough

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141 N Atlantic Blvd #102
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 943-8688

The malasadas at Dot & Dough are nothing short of fantastic. Filled with flavored custards like matcha green tea, ube, and vanilla, these beloved Portuguese confections are worth seeking out at the original Monterey Park location or at the second outlet near Pasadena City College.

8. Birdies

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314 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 536-5714
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The doughnuts from Birdies are as delicious as they are Instagrammable. The made-from-scratch cake and yeast wares lean into innovation, like the horchata twist with dulce de leche and the lemon thyme pistachio.

9. Primo's Donuts

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2918 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 478-6930
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Primo’s has been run by the same couple for 60 years, which makes it quite the Westside institution. Try the famous buttermilk doughnut that’s sweet, dense, slightly crisp along the edges, and finished with a shiny glaze.

10. Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

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631 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 587-0022
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Sidecar makes doughnuts fresh throughout the day, which means warm fritters are likely on every visit. The entire menu is worth trying, but it’s the huckleberry that separates this cake doughnut paradise from the pack.

11. Blue Star Donuts

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1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-5630
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This Portland transplant makes fancy doughnuts in the heart of Abbot Kinney, along with additional locations in Manhattan Beach and Silver Lake. Order the famous blueberry bourbon basil doughnut and be prepared for deep-fried bliss.

12. Tony's Donut House

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3216 E Florence Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(323) 587-6071
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Open 24 hours a day, Tony’s Donut House is one of LA’s classic doughnut shops. Options range from traditional to out-of-the-box, like the Cravenott — a glazed pretzel-like creation.

13. Moon Donuts

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1000 Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 543-1867
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The custard-filled doughnuts at Moon Donuts has a cult-like following in the South Bay. Swing into the shop on the corner of Prospect and Torrance early to make sure you get one before they sell out for the day.

14. Knead Donuts & Tea

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3490 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 248-2858

The Knead team’s thoughtful doughnuts are available for takeout. Menu standbys like the blueberry, plain glazed, and creme brûlée are something to behold. The shop is closed on Mondays.

15. The Donut

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1615 S Gaffey St
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 831-2123

San Pedro’s the Donut is a local legend. It’s got cult status in this sleepy seaside town and still turns out daily classics to throngs of waiting customers.

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1. Earl's Donuts

20429 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

This classic neighborhood doughnut shop serves the good people of Chatsworth 24 hours a day. The devil’s food old-fashioned — dense, rich, and enrobed in smooth milk chocolate — is a sugary powerhouse.

20429 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

2. Blinkie's Donut Emporium

4884 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

This far-flung shop is a worthy destination for anyone seeking creative doughnuts in the West Valley. It’s best to go early, and with cash, as Blinkie’s closes up by noon every day.

4884 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

3. B.C's Donuts

2525 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

B.C’s Donuts has been serving the Pasadena community for over three decades since opening in 1987. The family-owned shop makes superb French crullers and croissant sandwiches, along with coffee, Thai iced tea, and cold brew. The newish walk-up window makes ordering a breeze.

2525 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

4. Colorado Donuts

1578 Colorado Blvd #14, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

Eagle Rock’s beloved Colorado Donuts crams doughnuts with candy bars and cookies for an ultra-decadent mash-up. The shop is open for takeout and delivery daily from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.

1578 Colorado Blvd #14
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

5. The Donut Man

915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

It’s all about the Donut Man’s seasonal strawberry and peach doughnuts, raised doughnuts sliced in half and stuffed chock-full of fruit. Other offerings, like the arm-length tiger tail, are very well made and more than worth dropping by on the way to Las Vegas or Big Bear. Or better yet, swing into the new outlet inside Grand Central Market.

915 E Rte 66
Glendora, CA 91740

6. SK Donuts & Croissant

5850 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

SK is known for giving all the major doughnut trends a unique spin, including a multitude of unique Cronut fillings like peaches and cream, strawberry, apple pie, coconut, and taro. Plus, it’s open around the clock.

5850 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Dot & Dough

141 N Atlantic Blvd #102, Monterey Park, CA 91754

The malasadas at Dot & Dough are nothing short of fantastic. Filled with flavored custards like matcha green tea, ube, and vanilla, these beloved Portuguese confections are worth seeking out at the original Monterey Park location or at the second outlet near Pasadena City College.

141 N Atlantic Blvd #102
Monterey Park, CA 91754

8. Birdies

314 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The doughnuts from Birdies are as delicious as they are Instagrammable. The made-from-scratch cake and yeast wares lean into innovation, like the horchata twist with dulce de leche and the lemon thyme pistachio.

314 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

9. Primo's Donuts

2918 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Primo’s has been run by the same couple for 60 years, which makes it quite the Westside institution. Try the famous buttermilk doughnut that’s sweet, dense, slightly crisp along the edges, and finished with a shiny glaze.

2918 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

10. Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sidecar makes doughnuts fresh throughout the day, which means warm fritters are likely on every visit. The entire menu is worth trying, but it’s the huckleberry that separates this cake doughnut paradise from the pack.

631 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

11. Blue Star Donuts

1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

This Portland transplant makes fancy doughnuts in the heart of Abbot Kinney, along with additional locations in Manhattan Beach and Silver Lake. Order the famous blueberry bourbon basil doughnut and be prepared for deep-fried bliss.

1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

12. Tony's Donut House

3216 E Florence Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

Open 24 hours a day, Tony’s Donut House is one of LA’s classic doughnut shops. Options range from traditional to out-of-the-box, like the Cravenott — a glazed pretzel-like creation.

3216 E Florence Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255

13. Moon Donuts

1000 Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The custard-filled doughnuts at Moon Donuts has a cult-like following in the South Bay. Swing into the shop on the corner of Prospect and Torrance early to make sure you get one before they sell out for the day.

1000 Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

14. Knead Donuts & Tea

3490 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90804

The Knead team’s thoughtful doughnuts are available for takeout. Menu standbys like the blueberry, plain glazed, and creme brûlée are something to behold. The shop is closed on Mondays.

3490 E 7th St
Long Beach, CA 90804

15. The Donut

1615 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

San Pedro’s the Donut is a local legend. It’s got cult status in this sleepy seaside town and still turns out daily classics to throngs of waiting customers.

1615 S Gaffey St
San Pedro, CA 90731

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