Baltimore is where the US National Anthem was composed and the city the NFL team the Ravens call home. But more importantly for your sweet tooth, it’s also the location for many a good donut shop!
And if your pastry craving demands satisfaction, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found the best donuts in Baltimore – and we’re going to share the intel with you right here.
So sit back, and get ready to discover some seriously good donuts …
Best Donuts in Baltimore
1. Diablo Donuts
- 3432 South Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21225
- Tel: 410 892 3251
- Website: https://www.diablodoughnut.com/
The devil has all the best tunes, right? But it turns out, he also has some excellent donuts!
At Diablo Donuts, you’ll find a huge array of creative flavors, with some equally creative names. There’s the “Unicorn Farts”, a multicolored confection featuring vanilla frosting and fruity pebbles. Or the “Infringement”, with caramel, coconut and dark chocolate drizzle.
Even the classics get the sinful treatment. Order a maple bacon donut here, and you’ll find yourself asking for a “Panty Dropper”.
But there’s more to these donuts than funny names. They’re made fresh daily on the premises, with top quality ingredients. And numerous customers say they’re the best they’ve ever tasted.
Head to the shop to find out if you agree. It’s open 6am to 1pm Thursday and Friday, and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Both takeout and delivery are available.
2. Cloudy Donut Co.
- 4311 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
- Tel: 443 885 9052
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/CloudyDonutCo/
For an altogether more virtuous donut experience, check out the Cloudy Donut Co.
All the donuts here are vegan, and they’re made fresh daily on the premises. The small batches mean the quality control is on point. And while they might be better for the planet, they taste every bit as rich and delicious as their non-vegan counterparts.
The creative flavors include options like the Orange Creamsicle. That’s an orange glazed donut with a vanilla drizzle and topped with an orange slice. There’s also a peach donut topped with slices of fresh fruit – yum!
The flavors change regularly, so check out the store’s social media for the latest options. The shop is open on the weekends only, from 10am to 3pm. Get there early if you can – they often sell out before closing time.
3. Harmony Bakery
- 3446 Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
- Tel: 410 235 3870
- Website: http://harmonybakery.net/
Head to Harmony Bakery for donuts that are both gluten-free and vegan.
In these unusual times, the bakery sometimes serves a limited menu, so it’s a good idea to check in advance what’s on offer. The website has all the details. At the time of writing, the donut options were limited to cinnamon sugar and chocolate glazed.
Even if that’s the case, though, you’ll still be able to place a special order. So if you need more donuts, just give them a call.
Everything here is cooked from scratch, and there are no preservatives or artificial flavors. Wherever possible, they use organic, locally sourced ingredients too.
At the time of writing, the shop is operating restricted hours. Opening times are 9am to 4pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sundays.
4. Woodlea Bakery
- 4905 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206
- Tel: 410 488 7717
- Website: https://www.woodleabakery.com/
Woodlea Bakery is a family enterprise that’s been run by the Hergenroeder family for over 65 years. And they’ve notched up some serious donut expertise in their time.
The result is a donut that many customers say is the best they’ve ever tasted. The menu features a range of different styles, from regular yeast raised donuts to Bismarks and apple fritters. And if you’re feeling especially peckish, there’s an extra-large donut too.
Also available are a huge range of cakes and breads, pies and mini desserts. Go when you’re hungry, and we dare you not to leave with bulging bags.
The bakery is open for takeout only from 7am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 7am to 2pm on Sundays.
5. Fenwick Bakery
- 7219 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234
- Tel: 410 444 6410
- Website: http://www.fenwickbakery.com/
The history of Fenwick Bakery stretches back almost a hundred years – and its founder was baking well before that. That makes it a Baltimore institution – and it’s an institution that offers some top notch donuts.
Their range covers honey dips, fried buns, crullers, chocolate, filled, and filled and iced. The selection of flavors isn’t as enormous as the biggest chains, but everything is made fresh and is great quality.
The menu stretches far beyond donuts too. You’ll find everything from cookies to buns, Danishes to pies, tarts to decorated cakes, and a great range of breads and rolls.
Head over there any day except Sunday – you can phone them to place your order in advance if you like. The opening hours are 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 7am to 4pm on Saturdays.
6. Blondie’s Doughnuts
- Food truck at various locations in Baltimore and Annapolis
- Tel: 443 961 6089
- Website: https://www.blondiesdoughnuts.com/
For a seriously good artisan donut, track down the Blondie’s food truck. At the heart of the menu is a delicious brioche donut made from a family recipe. Everything is made fresh daily and from scratch – that includes the glazes, custards and creams.
Options include s’mores donuts, hot glazed donuts, and fruity options like the Strawberry Dreamgirl, Just Peachy and Ultimate Strawberry Cheesecake. There’s also a spectacular peach bourbon donut with gold leaf. And most of the menu is made to order, so you know it’s super-fresh.
Find the food truck at Dashmart, 1420 Joh Avenue. Opening hours are 9am to 2pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
- 727 West 40th Street Suite 137, Baltimore, MD 21211
- Tel: 443 449 7300
- Website: https://www.cinnaholicrotunda.com/
Okay, strictly speaking Cinnaholic make cinnamon buns, rather than donuts. But the range of flavors and toppings here are like nothing you’ve ever seen. And there’s a distinctly donutty vibe to the menu.
Choose from options like the German chocolate roll, with chocolate frosting, toasted coconut custard, homemade brownie bites and pecans. Or how about the fruit roll, featuring orange frosting with fresh strawberries, blueberries and strawberry jam?
They’re not the cheapest, but these rolls are piled high with delectable toppings – so you get plenty for your money.
The shop offers both takeout and delivery, and it’s open daily. On Mondays to Thursdays the hours are 10am to 8pm, on Fridays and Saturdays, it’s 10am to 9pm, and on Sundays it’s open 10am to 7pm.
8. Bakery Express
- 4711 Hollins Ferry Rd #100, Halethorpe, MD 21227
- Tel: 410 281 2000 extension 240
- Website: http://bakeryexpressmsdesserts.com/
Bakery Express provides a range of delicious baked goods, and some genuinely phenomenal donuts. You’ll also find cupcakes and pies, pretzels and celebration cakes. And there’s a good selection of salads if you fancy something healthier.
You can buy the donuts individually, or by the dozen or half dozen. There aren’t multiple flavors, but everything is made fresh and tastes great.
Head to the shop to dine in or get takeout, or have your donuts delivered to your door. It’s open daily, from 7am to 5pm on weekdays. At the weekends, the hours are slightly shorter: 7am to 4pm on Saturdays, and 7am to 3pm on Sundays.
9. Zeke’s Coffee
- 4719 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
- Tel: 410 254 0122
- Website: https://zekescoffee.com/
As you might expect from the name, Zeke’s specializes in coffee. In fact, it’s a family owned roastery, committed to producing high quality roasted coffee beans.
Head there on particular days, though, and you’ll be treated to as fine a selection of donuts as you’ll find anywhere. “Donut days” are usually Fridays, but check ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
There’s also a good range of savory foods, including regularly changing specials like lamb gyro. And, as you’d expect, the coffee here is exceptional.
The shop is open to dine in, or you can get takeout via the drive-through. Opening hours are 7am to 9pm on Mondays, and 7am to 6pm on other weekdays. On Saturdays, they’re open 7am to 6pm, and on Sundays from 8am to 5pm.
10. Sion’s Bakery
- 303 Reisterstown Road b, Baltimore, MD 21208
- Tel: 443 548 0370
- Website: https://www.sionsbakery.com/
If you’re looking for a kosher donut, check out Sion’s Bakery. Like everything else on the menu, the donuts here are made fresh from scratch every day.
The selection isn’t enormous, but this is a case of quality over quantity. You can choose from eight different flavors, and all the classics are here. Glazed, chocolate covered, Boston creme, jelly, caramel, and cinnamon, glazed and chocolate covered twists – all are present and correct.
There’s also an astonishing range of cookies, Danishes, coffee strips, babka, cakes, breads, challahs – the list goes on.
See it all for yourself any day except Saturday. It opens at 6am and closing time is 4pm on Monday, 6pm Tuesday to Thursday, and 3pm on Fridays and Sundays. Note that it’s takeout only.
11. Yia Yia’s Bakery
- 9415 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237
- Tel: 410 238 2253
- Website: https://www.yiayiasbakery.com/bakery
Yia Yia’s Bakery has a great range of sweet and savory baked goods. And that includes a small but perfectly formed selection of tasty donuts.
It’s a bakery rather than a donut shop, so flavors change regularly. If you want something in particular – the marshmallow donuts get high praise from customers – it’s best to order in advance.
Other options include brownies, tarts cannoli, cinnamon buns and bow ties. And they can also custom make you a stunning celebration cake.
The shop is open daily, from 8am. Closing time is 6pm Monday to Thursday, 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and 5pm on Sundays.
12. Café Dear Leon
- 2929 O’Donnell Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
- Tel: 667 312 2977
- Website: https://cafedearleon.com/
At Café Dear Leon they bake their entire menu fresh throughout the day. There’s a schedule on the website so you can see when various items will be ready. Get there quick – when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Donuts are made on weekends only – but they’re worth waiting for. They’re made from scratch with top quality ingredients.
You can dine in or get takeout, and some items can be pre-ordered online. The opening hours are 6am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
13. Vent Coffee Roasters
- Union Collective, 1700 W 41st Street #480, Baltimore, MD 21211
- Tel: 443 681 9410
- Website: https://www.ventcoffee.com/
Vent are another coffee shop that roast their own beans, and do a sideline in delicious pastries. Head there on a weekend to sample artisan donuts made by Donut Alliance.
There are just two different options, but they’re both delicious. Pick between vegan apple cider, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and vegan chocolate with powdered sugar.
You’ll also find fudge bars, cookies, and savory treats like breakfast sandwiches or salmon and cream cheese toast.
You can dine in, get takeout, or order for delivery to your door. The shop opens daily at 8am, closing at 5pm Monday to Wednesday, 9pm Thursday to Saturday, and 4pm on Sunday.
14. Miss Shirley’s Café, Inner Harbor
- The Charm’tastic Mile, 750 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
- Tel: 410 528 5373
- Website: https://www.missshirleys.com/
Miss Shirley’s Café has won numerous awards for their food and drink, and has been featured in both local and national media. So why not pop in and find out what all the fuss is about?
Included on the extensive menu are some excellent donuts. The flavors change regularly. Choose from options like a carrot cake donut with cream cheese icing and oat crumbles. Or how about strawberry lemonade or red velvet?
There’s a separate menu for vegans, although this doesn’t always include donuts.
The café is open seven days a week, from 8am to 3pm.
15. Arundel Donuts
- 7958 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
- Tel: 410 768 8926
- Website: https://m.facebook.com/arundeldonuts/
Arundel Donuts offers a great selection of donuts – as long as you get there early! This neighborhood favorite has an enthusiastic clientele, and they sell out fast.
Choose from honey or glazed twists, strawberry glazed, maple, marshmallow filled and more. Everything is made fresh, and if you get there early, your donuts will still be warm.
Prices are reasonable too, and the customer service is friendly and efficient.
The shop is open from 5.30am to 11.30am, seven days a week.
Time for a Donut!
That brings us to the end of our tour of the best donuts in Baltimore! Whether you’re looking for regular, vegan or gluten-free options, there’s plenty to choose from.
So why not check out one of these donut shops very soon? Whichever one you choose, you’ll be in for a treat!