For many people, Maine is best known as the setting for many of Stephen King’s horror stories. But there’s nothing spine-tingling about the food and drink scene here!
And if you have a sweet tooth, this state has plenty of places to satisfy it. Check out our list of the best donuts in Maine, together with everything you need to know about what makes them great.
Best Donuts in Maine
1. Tony’s Donut Shop
- 9 Bolton Street, Portland, ME 04102
- Tel: 207 772 2727
At Tony’s Donut Shop, the motto is, “Life is uncertain – eat dessert first!”. We couldn’t agree more – especially when dessert is one of these donuts.
They’re all made fresh and by hand every day. And there are some great flavors to choose from. Customer favorites include the blueberry glazed, maple glazed, jelly with powdered sugar, and chocolate cruller.
The prices offer good value for money, and the customer service is friendly and efficient. If you come by car, there’s plenty of parking too.
The shop is open seven days a week for takeout only. Opening hours are 5am to 1pm every day except Sunday, when it closes at midday.
2. Congdon’s Doughnuts
- 1090 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090
- Tel: 207 646 4219
Congdon’s is located in the beautiful seaside town of Wells. It’s been serving up delicious donuts for almost 70 years, and the focus is on traditional donuts made with love.
The menu is divided into raised, filled, chocolate and plain, with apple, blueberry and maple bacon fritters available too. Choose from options like buttercrunch, strawberry frosted, plain honey, chocolate coconut, and Bavarian Creme. And you’ll find all the classics here too.
You can buy them individually, or by the half dozen or baker’s dozen. There are donut holes too, as well as some gluten-free options. And if you want to add a professional touch to home-made donuts, check out their “Just add donuts” decorating kit.
The shop is open from Thursdays through Mondays, from 6am to 2pm. Drive-through or get takeout, and be prepared for a line – this place is popular. The service is fast and efficient though, so you won’t be waiting long.
3. The Holy Donut
- 194 Park Avenue, Portland, ME 04102
- Tel: 207 874 7774
For an artisan donut made with pototo, check out The Holy Donut. Everything here is made fresh and from scratch every day. And the donuts are dense, moist – and don’t taste of potato!
Choose from mouth-watering flavors like dark chocolate sea salt, blueberry cinnamon sugar, honey lavender and Allen’s coffee brandy. There’s also a vegan triple berry donut. And if you fancy something savory, try the bacon cheddar – plain dough stuffed with bacon and cheese.
The shop is open daily for drive-through or delivery, from 6.30am to 4pm. If you get there late, you’ll be choosing from whatever’s left. On the plus side, you may get a couple of extra donuts thrown in for free.
4. HiFi Donuts
- 30 City Center, Portland, ME 04101
- Tel: 207 747 5314
HiFi Donuts is the home of some seriously delicious artisan donuts. And they’re all served up in a lovely café with a vintage interior.
The flavors change regularly – check out their social media for the latest on what’s available. You can buy them hot, individually or by the dozen or half dozen. There’s also a discount if you buy three.
The donuts come as crullers, cake donuts or yeast raised.
The everyday flavors include crullers in salted chocolate, salted matcha and churro. The cake donuts include calico glaze, honey glaze and cinnamon sugar. And the yeast raised donuts include the Simpsons, and intriguing options like the Chubby Bunny and the Southport.
The shop is open for takeout or delivery every day except Monday. The hours are 6am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 9am to 2pm on Sundays.
5. Lovebirds Donuts
- 450 US-1, Kittery, ME 03904
- Tel: 207 703 2392
At Lovebirds, the specialty is yeast donuts, slow raised for a deeper flavor. But they also craft excellent cake donuts.
The ever-changing menu covers everything from the classics to brand new international flavors. Everything is vegan, and there are also some great gluten-free options. Customer favorites include the brown butter, cranberry filled and strawberry shortcake.
They’re a little more expensive than some, but you’re paying for quality. Every element of every donut is made from scratch on the premises.
The shop is open daily except Tuesdays, from 7am to 1pm. You can pre-order online anywhere up to two weeks ahead, but they need at least 24 hours’ notice. Walk-in orders are welcome too.
6. Frosty’s Donuts
- 54 Main St, Brunswick, ME 04011
- Tel: 207 729 4258
Frosty’s has been supplying great donuts from Main Street in Brunswick since 1965. They offer a tasty selection of cake and raised donuts, including plenty of seasonal specialties to keep things interesting.
The cake donuts come in vanilla, chocolate or blueberry, with options like cinnamon sugar, maple, chocolate or vanilla frosting, white coconut and butter-crunch. The raised donuts include glazed, chocolate and maple frosted rings, plus filled options with lemon, apple or raspberry.
And there are specialities like the Boston Cream and Coconut Cream, plus apple fritters and cinnamon buns.
The shop is open for takeout only from Friday to Sunday, 7am to 2pm.
7. Village Donut Shop & Bakery
- 1246 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond, ME 04071
- Tel: 207 655 4444
You know you’re somewhere good the minute you step through the door of the Village Donut Shop & Bakery. Those pastries smell amazing.
They taste just as good too. The donuts here are the stars of the show – warm, fluffy and just baked. Get there early, though – they often sell out by mid-morning.
And while you’re there, sample the bagels too – they get rave reviews from customers. You can also find other sweet and savory treats like Danishes, muffins and breakfast sandwiches.
The bakery is open from 5am to midday, seven days a week. You can dine in or order your food to go.
8. Reilly’s Bakery
- 232 Main Street, Biddeford, ME 04005
- Tel: 207 283 3731
Reilly’s Bakery offers a great range of sweet and savory treats. The cookies are arguably the pice de la resistance here. Some of these babies are veritable works of art. But the donuts are pretty darned good too. Customer recommendations include the maple creams and coconut flake cake donuts.
Keep an eye on Reilly’s social media for the latest specials. You can find art-themed cookies and holiday treats like pork pies for Father’s Day. And they’re a great choice to cater for a special occasion – their celebration cakes are spectacular.
The bakery is open from 6am to 1pm, Wednesday to Saturday, for takeout only.
9. Willow Bake Shoppe
- 1084 Commercial Street, Rockport, ME 04856
- Tel: 207 596 0594
If you’re in Rockport – or even if you’re not – the Willow Bake Shoppe is a must-visit. They make a great selection of donuts, plus some truly delicious whoopie pies.
All the donuts here are old fashioned cake donuts, and they have a lovely crisp coating and dense texture. The flavors winning high praise from customers include sugared molasses, cinnamon sugar and blueberry glazed.
They’re great value for money, and the service is friendly and helpful too.
Opening hours are 7am to 11am Wednesday to Saturday, for takeout only.
10. The Cookie Jar Pastry Shop
- 554 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
- Tel: 207 799 0671
The Cookie Jar Pastry Shop offers more than just cookies. There are scones, bagels, cupcakes – and some delicious donuts.
Flavors include blueberry, jelly filled, chocolate and raspberry Bismarks, chocolate coconut, molasses, red velvet and pumpkin. You can get your hands on crullers here too.
The shop is open every day except Monday for takeout or curbside pick-up. From Tuesday to Saturday, the opening hours are 6am to 5.30pm. On Sundays, it’s open from 7am to 4pm.
11. Eighty 8 Donuts
- 225 Federal Street, Portland, ME 04101
- Tel: 207 805 0488
Head to Eighty 8 Donuts for delicious pastries served by the half dozen. And if you’ve got a crowd to feed, get the “Sugar Rush”, a pack of 25 donuts.
The flavors include cinnamon sugar, white glaze, Maine maple, and lemon. And there are plenty of specialties too, like the Bamm Bamm, featuring fruity pebbles, and the 007, with maple frosting, bourbon cream and candied bacon.
Wash it all down with a cup of hot or iced gourmet coffee from local suppliers Tandem Coffee Roasters.
The shop is open for takeout from 8am to 4pm on weekdays. On Saturdays, the hours are 9am to 4pm, and it’s open 9am to 3pm on Sundays.
12. Dough Boy Donuts
- 174 Washington Street, Limerick, ME 04048
- Tel: 207 793 4145
Dough Boy Donuts in Limerick offers old fashioned home-made donuts, plus bagels, muffins and breakfast sandwiches.
The flavors include classics like the Boston Cream, double chocolate, cinnamon, and lemon or strawberry filled. Or how about apple cinnamon, mocha, honey dipped, coconut or crunch? Donut holes are available too. And whatever you choose, it will be fresh and tasty.
The shop is open for dine in or takeout from Wednesday to Sunday. The opening hours are 6am to midday Wednesday to Friday, and from 6am to 1pm on weekends.
13. Georgio’s Pizza & Donut Shop
- 740 Minot Avenue, Auburn, ME 04210
- Tel: 207 783 2981
Georgio’s in Auburn mixes a great range of savory pizzas, subs and pasta with sweet treats. And the sweetest of all are the donuts.
There are more than two dozen different kinds on offer here. You can get donut holes too. Everything is made fresh and by hand every day. And many of their customers say these are the best donuts not just in Maine, but the whole world!
There are a few tables where you can eat inside, but this is mainly a takeout shop. It’s open every day from 7am to 5pm, and the service is quick and friendly.
14. Ruckus Donuts
- 377 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841
- Tel: 207 975 4388
One minute’s walk from the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Ruckus Donuts offers a great selection of delectable pastries. Order online before 7.30am for pickup the following day, or head to the store for friendly and efficient service.
The flavors include bumbleberry, lemon poppyseed, Boston Creme, espresso creme, strawberry shortcake and caramel crunch. There’s also the truly exquisite Lemon Drop, beautifully decorated to look as if there’s a slice of lemon on top.
They’re a bit more expensive than some, but they’re generously sized, with loads of topping.
The shop is open for takeout only from Thursday through Monday. The opening hours are the same every day, from 7.30am to 11am.
15. The Only Donut
- 225 Northport Avenue, Belfast, ME 04915
- Tel: 207 218 1231
Head to The Only Donut in Belfast to sample some excellent potato and brioche donuts.
The choice of flavors varies by the day. The basic potato donut comes in plain, chocolate and bacon, as well as seasonal varieties. The plain and chocolate donuts can also be made as gluten-free versions.
The toppings and glazes cover both traditional and more unusual options. They include cinnamon sugar, cocoa sugar, buttermilk and coconut, as well as Early Grey and Sea Smoke.
Give them a ring to pre-order and pick up the same day. Or you can just head to the shop. Note that this place is only open at the weekends, from 8am to midday.
16. The Donut Grove
- 76 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401
- Contact via the website
The Donut Grove in Bangor is the home of some stupendous cake and yeast raised donuts. They’re made fresh and by hand every day. And the flavors are lip-smackingly good.
Options include lemon cream, blueberry glazed, maple raised, and strawberry, rhubarb and cream. The cream here isn’t the real thing though – all the donuts on the menu are vegan.
Pre-orders are accepted from 5pm on Wednesday through to 7pm on Thursday. You can then pick up your donuts from the shop any time from 8am on the weekend.
Ready to Choose?
That brings us to the end of our list of the best donuts in Maine. We hope you’ve found something to tickle your tastebuds!
Whether you’re looking for classic favorites or innovative flavors, Maine has plenty of great donut shops to choose from. We hope you’re enjoying a delicious donut very soon.