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13 of San Francisco's Best Doughnut Shops

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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, with unusual flavor combinations, traditional and at 2 a.m., or organic and vegan, there’s a doughnut shop in San Francisco that’s certain to please your palate.

Here, you'll discover the 13 most decadent and delicious of all 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 doughnut mood strikes.

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1. Trish's Mini Donuts

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Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 981-4318
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Yes, these mini doughnuts require a trip 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.

2. Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

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1621 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 776-3141
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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. It also has a location on Baker Street, but that one closes by 9 or 10 most days.

3. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

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1042 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 829-7700
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The lines at the Tenderloin's Mr. Holmes Bakehouse have blessedly chilled out since it became citywide sensation with its creation of the “cruffin” (a half-croissant, half-muffin combo steeped in sugary goodness) back in 2016. Now there’s time to look over its selection of enticing doughnuts, with sweet, pillowy dough surrounding a creamy core filled with flavors like matcha or passionfruit. Check Mr. Holmes' Instagram for the featured flavors of the day.

4. Mochill Mochidonut

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11 Peace Plz
San Francisco, CA 94115

Located inside the Japan Center mall, 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.

5. All Star Donuts

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901 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-9838

On Clement Street in the Inner Richmond, tucked between the neighborhood shops, All Star serves up old-school doughnuts, glazed with chocolate or maple, filled with jelly, or decked with sprinkles. If you’re lucky, they’ll even still be warm. The shop is open 24/7, whether you need a late-night snack or an egg sandwich on the way to work.

6. Johnny Doughnuts

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392 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Johnny Doughnuts, founded as a food truck, has expanded with permanent locations in San Rafael and now Hayes Valley. Owner Craig Blum credits a bit of potato in his raised doughnut recipe for just the right texture, and seasonal flavors and fillings keep everything fresh. The one to Instagram: The crodough, with flaky, pull-apart croissant pastry that's stuffed with custard.

7. Butter Love Bakeshop

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3717 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 702-6344
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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 in SF City College's hotel and restaurant program, and settled in the neighborhood, where they later 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. Current seasonal flavors are pumpkin spice and apple cider, of course.

8. Hahdough

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1221 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 590-2051
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Chef and owner Ha Do was born in Vietnam and raised in Germany, perhaps one of the reasons Deutschland expats rank her Berliner donuts as some of the most legit around. With seasonally-rotating fillings like  vanilla creme, nutella, apple preserves, and house-made jams, the Berliners also appeal to folks who don’t give a fig about Germany and just love great doughnuts., There’s also a mini version for children and/or people who just want a tiny treat.

9. Uncle Benny's Donut & Bagel

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2049 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-1323
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This straightforward Sunset shop doesn’t stint 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 priced around a dollar.

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10. Twisted Donuts and Coffee

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1241 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 463-5437
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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.” Pair these pastries with iced coffee, which is served with coffee ice cubes.

11. Dynamo Donut & Coffee

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2760 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 920-1978
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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 Spiced Chocolate. (Or, just: all of them.)

12. Happy Donuts

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3801 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 285-5890

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.

13. Silver Crest Donut Shop

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340 Bayshore Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 826-0753

Silver Crest’s pledge to remain open at all hours is genuine, and the lighting inside will surely keep you conscious and alert. The doughnuts are at their best if you’re utterly hammered and they’re fresh. Otherwise, you’ll just have to give them credit for feeding you breakfast at unholy hours of the night.

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1. Trish's Mini Donuts

Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133

Yes, these mini doughnuts require a trip 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.

Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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. It also has a location on Baker Street, but that one closes by 9 or 10 most days.

1621 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

1042 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

The lines at the Tenderloin's Mr. Holmes Bakehouse have blessedly chilled out since it became citywide sensation with its creation of the “cruffin” (a half-croissant, half-muffin combo steeped in sugary goodness) back in 2016. Now there’s time to look over its selection of enticing doughnuts, with sweet, pillowy dough surrounding a creamy core filled with flavors like matcha or passionfruit. Check Mr. Holmes' Instagram for the featured flavors of the day.

1042 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Mochill Mochidonut

11 Peace Plz, San Francisco, CA 94115

Located inside the Japan Center mall, 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.

11 Peace Plz
San Francisco, CA 94115

5. All Star Donuts

901 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

On Clement Street in the Inner Richmond, tucked between the neighborhood shops, All Star serves up old-school doughnuts, glazed with chocolate or maple, filled with jelly, or decked with sprinkles. If you’re lucky, they’ll even still be warm. The shop is open 24/7, whether you need a late-night snack or an egg sandwich on the way to work.

901 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

6. Johnny Doughnuts

392 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Johnny Doughnuts, founded as a food truck, has expanded with permanent locations in San Rafael and now Hayes Valley. Owner Craig Blum credits a bit of potato in his raised doughnut recipe for just the right texture, and seasonal flavors and fillings keep everything fresh. The one to Instagram: The crodough, with flaky, pull-apart croissant pastry that's stuffed with custard.

392 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Butter Love Bakeshop

3717 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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 in SF City College's hotel and restaurant program, and settled in the neighborhood, where they later 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. Current seasonal flavors are pumpkin spice and apple cider, of course.

3717 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

8. Hahdough

1221 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Chef and owner Ha Do was born in Vietnam and raised in Germany, perhaps one of the reasons Deutschland expats rank her Berliner donuts as some of the most legit around. With seasonally-rotating fillings like  vanilla creme, nutella, apple preserves, and house-made jams, the Berliners also appeal to folks who don’t give a fig about Germany and just love great doughnuts., There’s also a mini version for children and/or people who just want a tiny treat.

1221 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. Uncle Benny's Donut & Bagel

2049 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This straightforward Sunset shop doesn’t stint 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 priced around a dollar.

2049 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

10. Twisted Donuts and Coffee

1241 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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.” Pair these pastries with iced coffee, which is served with coffee ice cubes.

1241 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

11. Dynamo Donut & Coffee

2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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 Spiced Chocolate. (Or, just: all of them.)

2760 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Happy Donuts

3801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

3801 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

13. Silver Crest Donut Shop

340 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124

Silver Crest’s pledge to remain open at all hours is genuine, and the lighting inside will surely keep you conscious and alert. The doughnuts are at their best if you’re utterly hammered and they’re fresh. Otherwise, you’ll just have to give them credit for feeding you breakfast at unholy hours of the night.

340 Bayshore Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94124

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