Looking For The Best Donuts in Portland, Oregon 2022: Top 10

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Written By John @ The Portlandist

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For Portland visitors and locals alike, the word “donuts” has become almost synonymous with “Voodoo”—and for good reason. Since launching its flagship Portland location in 2003, the quirky bakery and its irreverently-named, creatively-flavored sweets are known around the globe and sold in 13 locations in six states. But while delicious and memorable, Voodoo Doughnuts is far from the only fried dough game in town. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Portland area is home to several dozen donut dens worth your time and money. Here, we’ve narrowed the list down to the top 10 must-visit donut shops in the city, all guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for crullers and yearnings for yeast rings.

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The Best Donuts in Portland Oregon

Below is our picks for the top 10 best Donuts in Portland Oregon. To snap directly to a specific location, please click the corresponding link in the list below.

  1. Sesame Donuts
  2. Donut Palace
  3. Fills Lake Grove
  4. Coco Donuts
  5. NOLA Doughnuts
  6. Voodoo Doughnut – Davis
  7. Delicious Donuts
  8. Blue Star Donuts
  9. Doe Donuts
  10. Pip’s Original

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10. Sesame Donuts

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No matter what time of day you find yourself craving a donut, Sesame Donuts has you covered. The Raleigh Hills location of the local chain opens at 5 a.m. to cater to the early crowd and doesn’t lock its doors until 11 p.m., so even night owls can enjoy the shop’s sweet sensations.

Family-owned for more than three decades, Sesame excels at standard recipes for glazed yeast rings, crullers, twists and bars, while also exercising creativity in its specialty offerings. The shop features eye-catching shapes and colors for holidays, like the adorable “conversation heart” donuts sold around Valentine’s Day, as well as seasonal flavors like Coco Mango and the Rose City Donut, a delicately-flavored, rose-infused yeast donut topped with white icing and a red buttercream rose.

The shop also offers hearty options like breakfast sandwiches (built on a croissant or a glazed yeast donut) as well as savory kolaches, and a full menu of coffee, tea and Red Bull-based beverages guarantee you’ll leave with your battery fully charged and ready to take on the rest of your day.

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11945 Pacific Highway, Tigard, Oregon 97223


9. Donut Palace

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Since opening its doors in 2015, this unassuming neighborhood donut shop has become a fixture in the Tanasbourne community, offering pillowy-soft raised, filled and cake donuts seven days a week as well as vegan selections on Saturdays. Customers arriving early will find the cases packed with brightly-colored frosted varieties like vanilla crumb, chocolate rainbow, blueberry and strawberry maple, but don’t oversleep or you might miss out on your favorite flavor.

The filled varieties are packed with sweet, gooey options like apple, raspberry, Bavarian cream and lemon, and while the cake options aren’t as flashy—crumb, chocolate and old-fashioned—the first bite will tell you they’re anything but plain. Cinnamon rolls, bear claws, buttermilk bars, apple fritters and raspberry fritters round out the menu. A handful of coffee and tea beverages are available to pair with your pastry.

Though their creations aren’t designed to go viral on social media, Donut Palace keeps customers coming back with its consistent quality, friendly service and reasonable prices.

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3164 NW 185th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97229


8. Fills Lake Grove

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Fills originally opened its doors in downtown Portland in 2020, opting to relocate to the Mercato Grove community on the city’s south side the following year. Since then, owner and chef Katherine Benvenuti has expanded the shop’s offerings to include both sweet and savory Berliner-style donuts and a small selection of brioche rings and crullers as well as breakfast sandwiches and burgers.

For the uninitiated, these traditional German pastries lack the hole in the center that most people associate with a donut, and instead fill that space with fruit, chocolate or custard. Benvenuti hand-crafts her creations in small batches, stuffing the cloudlike brioche dough with unexpected flavors like marionberry cheesecake, Famous Grouse butterscotch cream and even pimento cheese. The donuts double as buns for breakfast sandwiches (served until 11:30 a.m.) and burgers (served after 11:30 a.m.).

Flavors are constantly changing based on the availability of seasonal ingredients and the chef’s whims, although the Everything Bagel and Chocolate Hazelnut berliners are a must if you spot them on the menu. Customers with heartier appetites should plan to sample the double cheeseburger ($6), featuring two juicy beef patties, American cheese, chili aioli, lettuce and tomato on a fried brioche bun (we recommend adding bacon for another $1.50) with a side of fries cooked to salty golden perfection.

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3955 Mercantile Drive, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035


7. Coco Donuts

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Coco owner Ian Christopher established his shop on the solid foundation of his family’s cherished recipe, which means his traditional offerings are top-notch. However, Christopher also incorporates innovative styles and flavors like mochi-style donuts and lavender glaze into his offerings, meaning both purists and foodies are sure to find something to love on the extensive menu.

On the classic side, the glazed yeast ring is executed flawlessly, its time in the fryer timed perfectly to yield a golden-brown exterior and fluffy chew. It’s also available in multiple topped iterations, including chocolate peanut, vanilla crumb, cinnamon sugar and the aforementioned lavender. A half-dozen varieties each of cake and old-fashioned donuts, along with cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, maple bars and sugar twists, round out the traditional menu.

Trend-chasers will want to sample Coco’s daily selection of mochi donuts. This Japanese-American hybrid is typically made from tapioca or glutinous rice flour, resulting in a denser, chewier dough that’s naturally gluten-free. Eight balls of dough are linked together to form the bubble-shaped ring, which is then dipped in icing and topped to create flavors like cookies and cream, matcha and chocolate.

Coco also offers high-quality coffees and recommends donut pairings for each. With its subtle notes of cocoa and hazelnut, the Coco Blend is delicious with the chocolate cake peanut, while the honey-processed Dur Feres beans from Ethiopia are perfect with the maple buttermilk bar.

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709 SW 17th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205


6. NOLA Doughnuts

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NOLA is the creation of siblings Robert Herkes and Connie DeMerell, who grew up together in New Orleans but wound up on opposite sides of the country as adults. Robert, a landscape architect, honed his baking hobby in his Baton Rouge kitchen and dreamed of someday opening a bakery, while Connie kept busy as a full-time nurse and mother in Portland, Oregon. When Connie’s husband died unexpectedly in 2012, the tragedy prompted Robert to relocate to the Pacific Northwest to support his sister, bringing his burgeoning pastry skills with him. Just three years later, the sibling pair made Robert’s dream a reality, opening NOLA Doughnuts in Lake Oswego, followed by the Pearl District outpost a few years afterward.

NOLA sets itself apart from competitors with its unique laminated dough, which is more typically used to make croissants and puff-pastry danishes. The resulting “La’ssants” are light, flaky and flavorful, with the layers of dough creating dozens of nooks and crannies for sugar, glaze and other pops of flavor to accumulate. Customer favorites include the S’mores La’ssant, dipped in chocolate chicory ganache, filled with house-made toasted vanilla marshmallow fluff and finished with a generous dollop of graham cracker cookie butter. The Sticky Oat La’ssant blends steel-cut oats and maple brown sugar for a hearty texture, while a shower of buttery oatmeal crumble topping adds a delightful crunch.

As you might expect for a doughnut shop named for New Orleans, the menu also includes made-to-order beignets, fresh-fried and served in orders of three and dusted with a thick layer of powdered sugar. Complete the authentic NOLA experience with a hot cup of chicory coffee.

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110 NW 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209


5. Voodoo Doughnut – Davis

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When it opened its first downtown Portland shop in 2003, Voodoo Doughnut may have singlehandedly launched the trend of creatively-flavored, outrageously-named pastries, which it made available to sugar-seeking customers 24 hours a day. The brand has since expanded to 13 locations in six states and become a bucket-list destination for tourists visiting the city.

The Davis location is distinctly less crowded than the flagship downtown store, although you may still have to spend some time in line to secure your goods. When you reach the counter, you’ll be rewarded with more than two dozen tempting flavor choices, from traditional standards like maple bars and glazed rings to offbeat options like Oh Captain, My Captain (a vanilla-glazed ring generously topped with colorful Cap’n Crunch cereal) and Memphis Mafia (a fritter-style glazed pastry packed with banana chunks and cinnamon and sprinkled with chocolate chips, peanuts and chocolate and peanut butter drizzle).

For a balanced sampling of both, spring for the Voodoo Dozen, a 13-donut box that includes Dirt, Marshall Mathers, Portland Cream, Sprinkle Cake, Raised Glazed, The Homer, Bacon Maple Bar, Grape Ape, Blueberry Cake, Voodoo Doll, Oh Captain, My Captain, Chocolate Coconut, and Maple Blazer Blunt. There’s also a Vegan Voodoo Dozen, which features the shop’s nine flavors made without animal-based products.

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1501 NE Davis Street, Portland, Oregon 97232


4. Delicious Donuts

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This bustling, centrally-located bakery stocks a mind-boggling array of fried pastries in multiple sizes and shapes, all priced for the budget-conscious customer. At $1.50, the most affordable “Delicious Round” category features raised yeast, cake and old-fashioned donuts in flavors like maple, chocolate, cinnamon sugar and plain. The “Delicious Regular” section of the menu includes filled and bar-shaped varieties like maple twists and vanilla filled, all of which will set you back just $1.75 each. The top-tier “Delicious Big” donuts include cinnamon rolls, apple fritters and apple bear claws, still a steal at $3 a pop.

In addition to the standard flavors available daily, Delicious Donuts offers patrons the opportunity to customize their treats with 24 hours’ notice.

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12 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214


3. Blue Star Donuts

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Offering “Donuts for Grown-Ups,” Blue Star specializes in brioche-based pastries topped, filled and infused with modern, sophisticated flavors and textures using high-end ingredients.

Founded in 2012, the chain gets its culinary leadership from Executive Pastry Chef Stephanie Thornton, whose creative imagination sets the tone for flavors like Grapefruit and Smoked Paprika and Blueberry Bourbon Basil. Even traditional flavor profiles get a gourmet twist, like the Apple Cider Fritter and Meyer Lemon Key Lime Curd, whose powdered-sugar exterior gives way to a sublime sweet-tart elixir cradled in airy layers of dough. A few flavors are only available in specific cities, with Smoked Maple Bacon Old-Fashioned and Valrhona Chocolate Crunch among the handful of treats exclusive to the Rose City.

To ensure you snag the flavors you crave, order online for local pickup or delivery; you can even have a selection of donuts or irresistibly poppable “donut bites” shipped anywhere in the continental U.S., so you’re never too far from Blue Star’s newest seasonal creation.

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1701 SW Jefferson Street, Portland, Oregon 97201


2. Doe Donuts

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In the five years since Doe Donuts opened its doors as the first all-vegan donut shop in the Rose City, the bakery has developed a passionate following among vegans and meat-eaters alike, thanks to its creative flavors, premium ingredients and consistent quality. The shop recently moved into spacious new digs in the Hollywood District, where it makes all of its products in-house.

Its menu includes a list of year-round standards like Portland Fog, a yeast donut topped with organic Earl Grey glaze, fresh whipped cream and fair-trade vanilla bean, and Tiramisu Filled, a donut stuffed with tart cream cheese filling, dipped in coffee glaze and dusted with cocoa powder. Seasonal flavors showcasing fresh, local ingredients rotate throughout the year, with options that include Watermelon Salt (a chocolate cake donut with fresh watermelon glaze and a sprinkle of coarse sea salt) and the rich, savory Birria donut, featuring scratch-made vegan beef, shredded soy curls and slow-simmered Guajillo chile sauce.

In addition to its standout donuts, Doe recently began offering ice cream sandwiches in five flavors: Sugar and Birthday Cake, Lemon and Earl Grey, Chocolate Chip and Mint, Snickerdoodle and Marionberry and S’mores and Chocolate. The refreshing treats feature house-made cookies filled with creamy, oat milk-based frozen dessert and are available at more than a dozen local retailers as well as Doe’s storefront.

Doe’s doesn’t accept pre-orders via phone or email, so show up early if you’ve got your eye on a certain flavor. Walk-in customers are limited to two dozen donuts, so be sure to submit a special order if you’re planning to treat a crowd.

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4110 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97212


1. Pip’s Original

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This friendly, family-owned shop prides itself on producing small batches of premium-quality treats and beverages. Open since 2013, Pip’s (named for the main character in Dickens’ novel Great Expectations) has been a labor of love for owners Nate and Jamie, who poured their life savings into the business and performed all of the general contracting, painting and design work on the shop, including the cloud murals on the walls, inspired by the desert skies Jamie admired in her youth.

Pip’s stands out for its freshly-fried, made-to-order mini donuts, which are available at its Fremont Street storefront as well as the mobile food cart that roams the streets of Portland. As soon as you walk through the door, the powerful aroma of fried dough and spiced chai will whisk you down memory lane to your last trip to the state fair or neighborhood carnival. Pip’s piping-hot, bite-sized treats are available in batches of four, six, eight or twelve and can be enjoyed straight from the fryer or topped with a rotating selection of daily flavors, which include cinnamon sugar, honey and sea salt, Nutella and candied maple bacon.

Pair your sweet treats with one of five house-made chai recipes; the energizing Heart of Gold blends toasted coconut, turmeric, cardamom and ginger with sencha green and assam black teas, while the calming, caffeine-free Emmylou features chamomile, lavender, chrysanthemum, fennel and raw honey. Other beverage options include coffee, hot chocolate, apple juice and puerh iced tea, and unlike most of its competitors, Pip’s offers dairy milk alternatives (oat and almond) at no additional charge.

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4759 NE Fremont Street, Portland, Oregon 97213


Our Final Thoughts: The Best Donuts in Portland Oregon

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