Doughnuts are popular all over the United States, but Boston has a soft spot for amazing pastries that can be purchased on the go. Allover the city, doughnut shops are open bright and early, catering to the working crowd as they shuffle into their offices. Among these are gems that serve classic favorites done perfectly and shops that change up the doughnut game with surprising ingredients. Whether for a treat or a morning routine, it is never hard to find a quality doughnut in the city of Boston. Also check out this list of the best doughnut shops south of Boston.

(Photo Credit: Union Square Donuts)

(Photo Credit: Union Square Donuts)

Union Square Donuts
20 Bow St.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 209-2257

Commuters who go just outside of Boston to Somerville will love stopping by Union Square Donuts. The tasty pastries made there are also for sale at Voltage Coffee + Art in Cambridge. What makes Union Square Donuts special is the interesting flavors its bakers create. Among them are maple bacon, carrot cake, sea salted bourbon caramel and buttered popcorn. If interesting is unappealing, this shop also has simple favorites like sugar raised and Boston cream.

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(Photo Credit: Verna's Coffee & Donut Shop)

(Photo Credit: Verna’s Coffee & Donut Shop)

Verna’s Pastry
2344 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-4110

Doughnut lovers who enjoy the simple things will appreciate Verna’s Pastry. This Mass Ave favorite is so basic, it would be hard to tell it is one of the city’s best doughnuts shops by looking at it. Here, guests will find delicious doughnuts and doughnut sticks in those tried and true flavors that New Englanders keep coming back to. Award winning and classic, these doughnuts are very popular in the neighborhood. The pastries are baked fresh in the morning and coffee is available to wash them down.

(Photo Credit: Betty Ann Food Shop)

(Photo Credit: Betty Ann Food Shop)

Betty Ann Food Shop
565 Bennington St.
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-1479

Betty Ann Food Shop is a throw back in all of the best ways. The doughnuts are made the way everyone remembers them from their childhoods. The prices are like something out of the 1980s and the decor does it without the fuss. Everyone raves about the store’s jelly doughnuts with its quality dough, but make sure to get them warm first thing in the morning. That is the best way to see why this place wins awards and hearts in Boston.

Anna’s Hand-Cut Donuts
2056 Centre St.
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 323-2680

Anna’s Hand-Cut Donuts is another throwback doughnut lovers will enjoy. Here you’ll find great doughnuts cooked on site every day. When the only thing that will do the trick is a classic cinnamon, raspberry, coconut or sugar donut, Anna’s is the place to go. However, be aware that the shop is only open until 1 p.m. It opens at five in the morning with fresh doughnuts ready for customers, so it is easy to see why the doors have to close in the early afternoon.

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(Photo Credit: Japonaise Bakery & Cafe)

(Photo Credit: Japonaise Bakery & Cafe)

Japonaise Bakery & Cafe
1020 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA
(617) 566-7730

Japonaise Bakery & Cafe is not the typical doughnut shop. With choices like doughnuts with clever bean fillings, it is bound to scare away some diners. However, those brave enough to try something new will get a treat that has won several awards. The shop’s baker aims for French pastries, and other baked goods, with a Japanese twist. Come in for a taste and perhaps another surprise off the menu, like one of the specialty breads or pastries.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at