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12 Gloriously Golden Doughnut Shops in San Francisco

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As a breakfast treat or a late-night snack, there’s nothing quite like the ecstasy of biting into a doughnut. And whether you prefer yours light and fluffy, unusually flavored, traditional and at 2 a.m., or organic and vegan, we promise there’s a doughnut shop in San Francisco that’s certain to please your palate.

Here, you'll discover the 12 most decadent and delicious of San Francisco's doughnut shops, all with sugary and dough-y treats that will get you going in the morning, afternoon, or any other time the mood strikes.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Trish's Mini Donuts

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Yes, these mini doughnuts require an excursion to Pier 39, but it’s well worth the trip for a bag (okay, fine: a bucket) of these sweet, airy mini doughnuts. Sure, they taste more like a churro than a traditional doughnut, but that won’t stop you from popping them in your mouth at an astonishing and incredibly satisfying rate.

Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

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This Nob Hill spot is always open, which means you can satisfy your doughnut craving at 2 p.m. or 2 a.m. Just know there’s a good chance there will be a line no matter what. Bob’s is the place you go for a high-quality classic doughnut (and an apple fritter if you can get one before they sell out). It’s also the place you go if you want to eat a glazed doughnut the size of your head. There’s a second location on Baker Street, although that one closes by 9 p.m.

Mochill Mochidonut

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Located inside both the Japan Center and Stonestown Galleria, Mochill is a small window where mochi doughnut lovers grab boxes to go. Unlike the pastries at Third Culture Bakery in Berkeley, which are more dense and doughy, these rings are crisp and light. Colors and flavors rotate, but highlights include black sesame, matcha tea, Fruity Pebbles, and crushed Oreo cookies.

Butter Love Bakeshop

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Everything at this tiny Outer Richmond bakery is made, as the name suggests, with love and butter by Esa Yonn-Brown and husband Josh Perez. The couple met while in San Francisco City College's hotel and restaurant program, and then settled in the neighborhood, where they opened their shop in early 2016. Though they're best known for sweet and savory pies, Butter Love's array of yeasty doughnuts might just as well be the stars, including seasonal pumpkin spice and apple cider.

Hahdough

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Hahdough chef and owner Ha Do was born in Vietnam and raised in Germany, perhaps one of the reasons Deutschland ex-pats rank her Berliner donuts as some of the most legit around. With rotating fillings like vanilla cream, Nutella, and house-made jams, the Berliners also appeal to folks who don’t give a fig about Germany and just love great doughnuts.

Milkbomb Ice Cream

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Look, yes, Milkbomb is for the most part an ice cream shop. But! A case can be made for including Milkbomb’s ice cream sandwich on this list, given that it’s tasty ice cream sandwiched between just-as-tasty doughnut halves. Get it with some torched marshmallows on top, and it’s hot weather ice cream (and doughnut) perfection.

Uncle Benny's Donut & Bagel

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This straightforward Sunset shop doesn’t skimp on portion size. Behind its glass pastry case lie foot-long apple fritters and cinnamon-crusted “tiger tails.” Uncle Benny’s still boasts some of the most fairly priced pastries in the city, with its average doughnut costing about a dollar or so.

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Grand Mission Donuts & Bakery

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This hole-in-the-wall doughnut shop does all the classics well, from puffy sugar doughnuts to chocolate-covered old fashioneds to bar doughnuts covered in maple glaze. But what this shop also does well is bake a number of Chinese baked goods, including pineapple buns and coconut buns. No doubt if you bring a variety of doughnuts and pastries into work from Grand, you’ll be the new office hero.

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Twisted Donuts & Coffee

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During the week, the husband and wife team behind Twisted Donuts & Coffee roll out freshly baked trays of glazed old-fashioneds, bear claws, and apple fritters. But on the weekends, this doughnut shop shows off its “twisted” side, revealing an ulterior menu filled with experimental flavors like “Nutty Monkey,” “Baconpeno,” and “Milky Way Under A-Salt.” The shop has also added in a variety of mochi donuts, if you’re in the mood. Pair these pastries with iced coffee, which is served with coffee ice cubes.

Dynamo Donut & Coffee

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Dynamo is best known for its Maple Bacon Apple doughnut, but Sara Spearin’s unique and refined flavor pairings make all of Dynamo’s light, chewy (in a good way) handmade doughnuts worth a special trip to their storefront in the Mission or kiosk in the Marina. Other favorites include the caramel de sel, chocolate rose, and passionfruit milk chocolate. (Or, just: all of them.)

The Jelly Donut

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The Jelly Donut, that deep-fried institution on 24th and South Van Ness, reopened after a long two-year closure in July 2021, due to both a retrofit and the pandemic. The family-run shop dates back to 1987, and now the siblings and aunties are back behind the counter, serving classic cruellers and old fashioneds 24/7.

Happy Donuts

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It’s hard NOT to be happy when eating a doughnut, especially if it’s a raised glazed from Happy Donuts. Open 24 hours a day, Happy Donuts is a traditional shop that serves the melt-in-your mouth classics you remember from childhood.

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Trish's Mini Donuts

Yes, these mini doughnuts require an excursion to Pier 39, but it’s well worth the trip for a bag (okay, fine: a bucket) of these sweet, airy mini doughnuts. Sure, they taste more like a churro than a traditional doughnut, but that won’t stop you from popping them in your mouth at an astonishing and incredibly satisfying rate.

Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

This Nob Hill spot is always open, which means you can satisfy your doughnut craving at 2 p.m. or 2 a.m. Just know there’s a good chance there will be a line no matter what. Bob’s is the place you go for a high-quality classic doughnut (and an apple fritter if you can get one before they sell out). It’s also the place you go if you want to eat a glazed doughnut the size of your head. There’s a second location on Baker Street, although that one closes by 9 p.m.

Mochill Mochidonut

Located inside both the Japan Center and Stonestown Galleria, Mochill is a small window where mochi doughnut lovers grab boxes to go. Unlike the pastries at Third Culture Bakery in Berkeley, which are more dense and doughy, these rings are crisp and light. Colors and flavors rotate, but highlights include black sesame, matcha tea, Fruity Pebbles, and crushed Oreo cookies.

Butter Love Bakeshop

Everything at this tiny Outer Richmond bakery is made, as the name suggests, with love and butter by Esa Yonn-Brown and husband Josh Perez. The couple met while in San Francisco City College's hotel and restaurant program, and then settled in the neighborhood, where they opened their shop in early 2016. Though they're best known for sweet and savory pies, Butter Love's array of yeasty doughnuts might just as well be the stars, including seasonal pumpkin spice and apple cider.

Hahdough

Hahdough chef and owner Ha Do was born in Vietnam and raised in Germany, perhaps one of the reasons Deutschland ex-pats rank her Berliner donuts as some of the most legit around. With rotating fillings like vanilla cream, Nutella, and house-made jams, the Berliners also appeal to folks who don’t give a fig about Germany and just love great doughnuts.

Milkbomb Ice Cream

Look, yes, Milkbomb is for the most part an ice cream shop. But! A case can be made for including Milkbomb’s ice cream sandwich on this list, given that it’s tasty ice cream sandwiched between just-as-tasty doughnut halves. Get it with some torched marshmallows on top, and it’s hot weather ice cream (and doughnut) perfection.

Uncle Benny's Donut & Bagel

This straightforward Sunset shop doesn’t skimp on portion size. Behind its glass pastry case lie foot-long apple fritters and cinnamon-crusted “tiger tails.” Uncle Benny’s still boasts some of the most fairly priced pastries in the city, with its average doughnut costing about a dollar or so.

View this post on Instagram

What's your favorite kind of donut?

A post shared by Uncle Benny's Donut & Bagel (@unclebennysdonut) on

Grand Mission Donuts & Bakery

A pastry case displays a variety of doughnuts: cake, old fashioned, bar doughnuts, and more. Dianne de Guzman

This hole-in-the-wall doughnut shop does all the classics well, from puffy sugar doughnuts to chocolate-covered old fashioneds to bar doughnuts covered in maple glaze. But what this shop also does well is bake a number of Chinese baked goods, including pineapple buns and coconut buns. No doubt if you bring a variety of doughnuts and pastries into work from Grand, you’ll be the new office hero.

A pastry case displays a variety of doughnuts: cake, old fashioned, bar doughnuts, and more. Dianne de Guzman

Twisted Donuts & Coffee

During the week, the husband and wife team behind Twisted Donuts & Coffee roll out freshly baked trays of glazed old-fashioneds, bear claws, and apple fritters. But on the weekends, this doughnut shop shows off its “twisted” side, revealing an ulterior menu filled with experimental flavors like “Nutty Monkey,” “Baconpeno,” and “Milky Way Under A-Salt.” The shop has also added in a variety of mochi donuts, if you’re in the mood. Pair these pastries with iced coffee, which is served with coffee ice cubes.

Dynamo Donut & Coffee

Dynamo is best known for its Maple Bacon Apple doughnut, but Sara Spearin’s unique and refined flavor pairings make all of Dynamo’s light, chewy (in a good way) handmade doughnuts worth a special trip to their storefront in the Mission or kiosk in the Marina. Other favorites include the caramel de sel, chocolate rose, and passionfruit milk chocolate. (Or, just: all of them.)

The Jelly Donut

The Jelly Donut, that deep-fried institution on 24th and South Van Ness, reopened after a long two-year closure in July 2021, due to both a retrofit and the pandemic. The family-run shop dates back to 1987, and now the siblings and aunties are back behind the counter, serving classic cruellers and old fashioneds 24/7.

Happy Donuts

It’s hard NOT to be happy when eating a doughnut, especially if it’s a raised glazed from Happy Donuts. Open 24 hours a day, Happy Donuts is a traditional shop that serves the melt-in-your mouth classics you remember from childhood.

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