8 Delicious Doughnut Shops Around DC

Wake up with jelly doughnuts, everything bagel riffs, and more.

Doughnuts from Astro Doughnuts. Photograph by Scott Suchman .

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

1308 G St., NW; 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church

The oversized doughnuts at these long-running shops can read more as dessert than breakfast (the best of the bunch: the crackly-topped creme brûlée). In the mood for something savory? The rest of the menu includes six fried chicken sandwiches, which you can get on brioche bun or a biscuit, but also on a savory or Old Bay doughnut.


B. Doughnut

6700 Crain Hwy., La Plata

Photograph courtesy of B. Doughnut.
Photograph courtesy of B. Doughnut.

Portuguese/Hawaiian hole-free malasadas—both light and rich at the same time—are the thing at this La Plata shop, which formerly had space in Union Market. They’re in the area’s very top tier of doughnuts. Get them filled with housemade three-berry jam, vanilla or chocolate cream, or even crab dip. There are also non-filled vegan doughnuts and American-style glazed and sugared rings. 


Bread Furst

4434 Connecticut Ave., NW

Mark Furstenberg’s excellent Van Ness bread bakery and market—which recently announced a new location in Dupont’s Phillips Collection—has lowkey some of the best doughnuts (and bagels) in the city. The honey-glazed rounds are big and airy, and even better on the days they come spiked with passionfruit. 


District Doughnut

749 Eighth St., SE; 1309 Fifth St., NE (inside Union Market); 5 Market Square, SW

DC’s doughnut scene leans more bougie than small-town bakeshop, and this chainlet is a prime example. Flavors change by the season; spring standouts include cookies-and-cream or cherry blossom, a jam-filled round glazed in cream cheese. Other varieties, such as vanilla glazed and brown-butter, stick around all year. On the savory side, there are “doughgels” with cream cheese and everything spice, as well as parmesan-and-leek pastries. It’ll soon make a return to Georgetown, when it takes over the historic Little Tavern space on M Street.


Donut Run

6904 Fourth St., NW

Vegan yeast and cake doughnuts at Donut Run. Photograph courtesy of Donut Run.

The snug vegan shop, which opened in 2021, comes from husband-and-wife duo Shawn Petersen and Nicole Dao. You’ll find yeast and cake doughnuts in dozens of ever-changing flavors—Thin Mint, blueberry-pancake, and maple Frappucino have been on the recent roster—plus tasty apple fritters and coffee from local Brewing Good Coffee Company.  


Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

2150 N. Culpeper St., Arlington

Assorted doughnuts and pastries from Rose Ave. Bakery. Photo by Sami Gruhin.
Assorted doughnuts and pastries from Rose Ave. Bakery. Photograph by Sami Gruhin.

Crusty pumpernickel loaves, biting mustards, and loads of buttery tea cookies can be found at this 48 year-old German-style bakery in Arlington. Also: terrific Berliners, or jelly doughnuts, filled with raspberry or apricot jam. The raisin-studded apple strudel is also worth a place on your breakfast table.


Rose Ave 

2633 Connecticut Ave., NW

Pediatric nurse/baker Rose Nguyen—who launched her doughnut phenom as an online business during the pandemic—just opened her a brick-and-mortar shop in Woodley Park. Her hit passionfruit doughnut is here, as are confections in flavors such as strawberry/lychee with rose pastry cream, or pandan tossed in sugar and filled with coconut cream.  


Sunday Morning Bakehouse

11869 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda

Love a jelly doughnut? Head to this pretty Pike & Rose shop for its brioche puffs piped with strawberry jam and rolled in sugar (the unfilled cinnamon sugar version is pretty great, too). The bakehouse also excels with croissants—ham-and-swiss, twice-baked almond—and the baristas make a lovely London Fog.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.