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The Glaziest Donut Hunt: 7 Best Donut Shops in the Twin Cities

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My kids just completed the best “research” of their lives: DONUT TASTING. Sounds brutal, doesn’t it? We bopped around town this week to try and find the Best Donut Shops in the Twin Cities. We break down the deets from each bakery visit in hopes that you will pack up your clan some random morning and start the day with a tasty surprise for your littles! Glazed, cake, maple, sprinkled, off-the-wall? We tried ‘em all. I’m not going to say I’m exhausted, but I am full. My thighs and mid-section are now requesting some much-needed time off. Maybe MinneMama needs to look into researching Zumba classes next…whew.


GLAM DOLL DONUTS
2605 Nicollet Ave.  |  Minneapolis  |  Get directions

Hours: 
Monday – Thursday 7am–9pm
Friday – Saturday 7am–1am
Sunday 7am–3pm

Glam Doll Donuts Minneapolis

This pink and black vintage donut shop is filled with couches, old school diner furniture, and, oh yeah, incredibly unique donuts! The selection here is #1 in my book, with donuts covered in sriracha, muenster cheese and bacon crumbs.  The staff were very sweet to my kids (who got crumbs all over an adorable blue vintage couch), so points in my book for their understanding and kindness in that regard. Indoor seating is plentiful and, though Glam Doll is in a pretty busy neighborhood, there is still free street parking available. Prices range, but average about $3/donut…and they melt in your mouth. This place is nothing short of amazing. A+ from this mama!

glam doll donuts minneapolis


BOGART’S DOUGHNUT CO.
910 W. 36th Street  |  Minneapolis  |  Get directions

Hours: 
Closed Monday
Tuesday – Friday 6:30am–12pm
Saturday – Sunday 7:30am–12pm

Bogarts Donuts

Bogart’s is a “classic” donut shop, with a wide open door in a quaint, quiet neighborhood and a glass counter filled with raised glazes and traditional chocolates and a staff that loves children and their jobs. After standing in line for a few minutes on a Friday morning (worth it…so worth it), I ordered an entire box at $2/donut, not forgetting to include a few of their well-known brown butter glazed. Street parking is free and there is no seating, but we didn’t mind one bit. They had a bucket of chalk outside so my kids spent 30 minutes coloring on the sidewalk while I sat against the building and simply enjoyed the moment (and my coffee).  The donuts are fresh (they start baking for the day at midnight…no rest for the weary) and they are dog-friendly. I’d go back here on the regular, no questions asked.

Bogarts Donuts


YOYO DONUTS
5757 Sanibel Dr.  |  Minnetonka  |  Get directions

Hours: 
Monday – Saturday 6am–6pm
Sunday 7am–12pm

YoYo Donuts

YoYo is tucked into a shopping strip off of Shady Oak Road and has a big parking lot with plenty of available spots. Their donuts are a fun variety pack of sweetness and are made fresh every morning (which explains why the place smells so good!). YoYo is known for the Bacon Maple donut, which is maple glaze with a strip of bacon on the top. Yes, it sounds revolting. Is it? No way! It’s amazing. A dozen cake donuts here will run you $16.99, and you can pick and choose from Smore, Dirt & Gummy Worm, Espresso, Coconut, Cookies & Cream, and I’ve even seen Fruit Loop…just to name a few. My husband would do almost anything for one of their caramel rolls too. The two things I love the most about YoYo Donuts (excluding the consumption of the actual donut) are A) their plentiful seating and cleanliness, including outdoor tables and chairs and B) their lattes and other “fancy”-type coffees available for those mornings when a donut just won’t cut it.

Plus, major bonus should it apply to you: This is the only peanut/tree nut free donut & ice cream joint in all of the Twin Cities!

YoYo Donuts


A BAKER’S WIFE PASTRY SHOP
4200 28th Ave. S  |  Minneapolis  |  Get directions

Hours: 
Closed Monday
Tuesday – Saturday 6:30am–6pm
Sunday 6:30am–3pm

A Bakers Wife Minneapolis

This place is so cool, it doesn’t even have a website. I pulled up to this one solo (free street parking) while my kids were at daycare and quickly realized this hole-in-the-wall corner shop with an old sign, beat-up awning and cluttered decor was a bakery for the ages. Walking in smelled like heaven if heaven is lined in kneaded bread (which I hope it is). The staff was very friendly to me, and the cashier’s sweet salesmanship convinced me to try a little of everything, including what they are best known for: their American Tea Cakes. There are no words for this pastry, unless “iwantthistobemymealmorningnoonandnightfortherestofmylife” were a word. I bought my kids sprinkle donuts and my husband their also-famous cinnamon sugar donuts – all were pretty good as well. Regret not trying their biscotti with coffee. Be warned: this place is CASH ONLY…but they get away with it because A Baker’s Wife proves that being modern has nothing to do with being delicious.

A Bakers Wife Minneapolis


MEL-O-GLAZE BAKERY
4800 28th Ave S  |  Minneapolis  |  Get directions

Hours: 
Monday – Friday 6am–6pm
Saturday – Sunday 7am–6pm

MelOGlaze Bakery Minneapolis

Six blocks south of A Baker’s Wife sits Mel-O-Glaze Bakery. This bakery sits alone on a corner at a busy, under-construction intersection, but free street parking is still available without a problem. It’s a big space with a few tables, but they still pack a punch with their glazed donuts and the guy behind the counter was very friendly to me. I bought a few raised glazed, plus some Angry Birds cookies for my son and his friends. The cookies were OK (more cute than tasty), but the glazed were classically delicious. At about $2/donut, I enjoyed them, but not sure it would become a regular stop for me, though I’ve heard I should’ve tried their donut holes. So (shocking)…I’ll probably go again.

MelOGlaze Bakery Minneapolis


VALLEY PASTRIES
2570 Hillsboro Ave. N  |  Golden Valley  |  Get directions

Hours:
Closed Monday
Tuesday – Saturday 5-11am
Sunday 5-9am

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Valley Pastries is easy to overlook. It sits quietly in a strip mall between a liquor store and a Thai restaurant. The parking lot is never crowded and there is never, ever a line. This means nothing, people. The donuts served here are quite possibly the most sinful of baked goods to ever enter the western metro. With no seating and accepting cash or check only, the sweet elderly woman (owner with her husband) serving you sits quietly and patiently waiting for you to place your order. And, man, she is mighty good at baking up her fried apple turnovers and Bavarian Creme donuts. It’s not going to make a list of “Most Well Knowns” in the Twin Cities, but I strongly urge you to not just drive by either.

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GRANNY DONUTS
1555 Robert St. S  |  West St. Paul  |  Get directions

Hours:
Monday – Friday 5am-10pm
Saturday – Sunday 5am-5pm

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I honestly can’t remember the last time I was in West St. Paul, so driving around looking for this bakery was like cruising a foreign country. But, just like discovering a hand-made cannelloni in the heart of Italy, this as-classic-as-it-gets donut shop made our cross-metro venture well worth the trip. I say “classic” because A) it’s cash only; B) it only serves your traditional flavors; and C) it opened in 1987 and, with the plastic yellow spinny chairs and tiny square tables, I’m going to guess hasn’t done a lot of modernizing in the past 25 years. Can you blame ’em? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There is still an occasional line out the door on the weekends because – I kid you not – these pastries will literally melt in your mouth. We had glazed and sprinkled, but their Bavarian Creme and Crullers are supposed to be their claim to fame. I’ll go on record to say that their glazed donut holes could beat anything out there. No one should pop 13 doughballs of goodness as fast as I did. At $1 a donut and $1.75/dozen holes, I’d happily wait in line too.

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I tried very hard to hit all the best bakeshops in the metro area, but that is simply an unrealistic task for one person. Here is a list of some that didn’t receive a visit, but still deserve a shout-out:

What did I miss? Any hole-in-the-wall favorites? Share your secrets in the comments below to get them added to the list…

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  • Stephanie
    08/19/2014 at 6:02 pm

    You missed Hans’ bakery in Anoka!! It was recently revived to its former glory and the donuts and pastries are AMAZING!

    • Nicki
      08/19/2014 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much for that suggestion! Might have to be a stop this weekend. I can’t hop off the donut train just yet… 🙂

  • Kim
    08/19/2014 at 10:34 pm

    Heights Bakery in Columbia Heights is 60 years and 3 generations strong. Must be doing something right!

    • Nicki
      08/19/2014 at 10:40 pm

      Wow! That is quite the lineage! Adding it to the list of morning visits. What a fun family hand-me-down. Wish I was born into the donut business 🙂

  • Erin
    11/07/2014 at 2:24 pm

    Puffy Cream Donuts in Eagan! Weird name, but we prefer it over the 4 on your list that we’ve tried. It’s cheap too!

    • Nate
      11/07/2014 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks for reading and the tip! I haven’t been there yet. I’ll have to check that out, definitely sooner rather than later.

  • Lindsay
    03/03/2015 at 3:38 pm

    You missed Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery in Bloomington. It has a huge selection, low prices (many varieties under $1), and lots of seasonal items. I would go every day if I could.

  • Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog
    05/18/2015 at 8:55 am

    Awesome list!! And I’m so glad you included my fave, Granny Donuts 🙂 You’re right, they DO melt in your mouth!
    I’ll definitely be referencing this list in the coming months. I’ll try not to reference it all at once in a single day though.

  • cindy
    05/18/2015 at 9:16 am

    we just tried glam doll for the first time this weekend. the peanut butter sriracha was delicious and they had vegan donuts for my kids (who are dairy free). bogart’s raised donuts are awesome but skip the cake ones. they are not worth it at all. i just tried sunrise for the first time a few weeks ago and they were very good, classic raised, and pretty cheap. we’ve had vegan donuts from mojo monkey but their customer service is terrible. some of the worst i’ve ever seen.

  • cindy
    05/18/2015 at 9:18 am

    oh and this place in cannon falls (if you’re ever on highway 52) has the best cake donuts ever.

    http://www.hiqualitybakery.com/

  • Jessica
    06/05/2015 at 11:53 pm

    you missed Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop in Red Wing MN

  • Bill
    10/22/2016 at 7:34 am

    Hanisch Bakery in Red Wing. You won’t be disappointed.