Where to Find the Best Doughnuts in Philadelphia
Favorite spots for the fried, glazed, dipped and filled treats
A cultural icon, the doughnut (or donut) is the round symbol of infinite indulgence. Philadelphia’s bakeries and restaurants offer a wide variety of the sweet treats dusted with a sugary blend, stuffed with a variety of sweet surprises or glazed with any number of fantastic flavors. Doughnut devotion has grown in recent years with the opening of Federal Donuts, featuring fancy donuts and fried chicken at outposts around the city, but long-standing city bakeries have all but perfected the fried delight.
Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite doughnut and doughnut-inspired dishes found in and around the city that will bring out your inner Homer Simpson (in no particular order).
1219 S. 2nd St. | 1632 Sansom St. | 3428 Sansom St. | 701 N. 7th St. | 1 Citizens Bank Park Way
Arguably putting Philadelphia on the map for doughnut gourmands, Federal Donuts has solidified their reputation with just two items: doughnuts and fried chicken. But it is the variety of flavors that have locals and visitors alike making the trek to Federal Donuts’ five locations (Pennsport, Rittenhouse, University City, Northern Liberties and Citizens Bank Park). Choose from doughnuts hot-and-fresh from the fryer then dusted with creative sugar spice blends or the more cake-like fancy varieties in a rotating selection of flavors like cookies and cream, sticky bun and spicy peanut butter and jelly. Bonus: Getting married? Federal Donuts can make you a towering cake of doughnuts for your special day.
51 N. 12th St.
Located in the Reading Terminal Market, Beiler’s offers a wide variety of authentic, homemade Pennsylvania Dutch doughnuts. With up to 40 varieties on display in a mouthwatering showcase, including hand-filled, bacon-covered and apple fritters, you should be prepared to walk away with at least a dozen new doughnut friends. Be sure to browse Beiler’s Bakery across the aisle for handmade sticky buns, rolls and traditional Whoopie Pies.
847 West Ritner Street
Since 1947, Frangelli’s Bakery in South Philadelphia has been cranking out fresh-made doughnuts and traditional pastries daily. Each morning, Frangelli’s creates more than 500 doughnuts including hand-glazed and filled doughnuts. In recent years, Frangelli’s has branched out from tradition with the creation of the delicious ice cream doughnut, a doughnut halved and filled with a scoop of ice cream; and the Franolli, a monster-sized doughnut filled with fresh cannoli cream and tiny chocolate chips.
A roving foodtruck devoted to the doughnut, Undrgrnd Donuts makes up for its lack of vowels with a bevy of wild doughnut concoctions. Hot doughnuts can be dunked, dipped or swirled into rotating selection of flavorful combinations like the Wake-Up, with chocolate glaze, expresso dust and a cream swirl; the Captain Kranky, featuring a strawberry glaze topped with Captain Crunch cereal; or The Homer with vanilla glaze, raw sugar and chocolate bacon chunks. Mmmm. Chocolate bacon chunks.
35 S. 19th St.
Walk down 19th between Market and Chestnut Streets and you’ll likely get a whiff of the sweet, century-old European recipes Swiss Haus uses to create their amazing cakes, pastries and cookies. Swiss Haus eschews traditional doughnuts, instead offering the indulgent Swiss Cro-Creme. The flaky doughnut (no relation to the infamous Cronut) is made with croissant dough, rolled in cinnamon-sugar then filled with pastry creme.
49 E. Fourth St., Bridgeport | 61 S. Lewis Rd., Royersford | 1380 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell
First opened in Montgomery County in 1955, Suzy-Jo Donuts has been making handmade, affordable doughnuts ever since. Doughnuts start at just $1 a piece ($8.99 per dozen) and feature tasty varieties like the peanut butter fluff-filled doughnut (with or without nuts), sour cream doughnuts or chocolate-iced Devil’s food cake. Suzy-Jo has three locations in the region and most shops close in the afternoon, so don’t delay on getting your doughnut fix.
1410 Mt. Vernon St.
The Italian gastropub from Chef Marc Vetri may be known for their pork dishes and incredible selection of Italian beers (on draft even), but come brunch you’ll find something else on the menu: doughnuts. The Donut Misto is a selection of fantastic donuts in rotating flavors like the pistachio Bavarian cream or espresso-glazed delights pictured above.
1050 N. Hancock St.
Imaginative, delicious and excessive would be three ways to describe the various burger concoctions at PYT in Northern Liberties. Known for their wild, limited-time specials, PYT has gained notoriety for substituting the buns of their tasty burgers with doughnuts. Case in point: the Donut Cheesesteak Burger (pictured above), a hamburger topped with fried onions, cheesesteak and served on a grilled, glazed donut.
Check back as we will be sure to add more fantastic doughnuts as we scour the city’s bakeries and eateries for more sweet, circular treats.