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Popular Philly chain Federal Donuts sells doughnuts and fried chicken.
Michael Persico

15 Doughnuts to Seek Out in Philadelphia

Where to find fried sugary dough in all its delicious forms

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Popular Philly chain Federal Donuts sells doughnuts and fried chicken.
| Michael Persico

Whether you call it a doughnut, a fritter, a churro, a zeppola, a fasnacht, or a beignet, fried sugary dough crosses cultural lines. Philadelphia is lucky enough to have destinations for doughnuts from around the world, plus plenty of the traditional American kind. From upscale takes on doughnuts served at the hottest restaurants in town to old-school classics at neighborhood spots in South Philly and the Northeast, along with a selection of vegan and gluten-free options, here’s where to get doughnuts (and churros and zeppoli) in Philly.

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1. Duck Donuts

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201 Main Street Unit 160
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(484) 231-8570
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A longtime Outer Banks favorite for its fresh, glazed-to-order offerings, Duck Donuts was an instant hit when it opened in the Philly area. Its King of Prussia outpost regularly has lines out the door with families eagerly deciding which toppings to order.

2. Haegele's Bakery

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4164 Barnett St
Philadelphia, PA 19135
(215) 624-0117
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Approaching is 90th year, this German bakery on a Mayfair corner is famous for its fastnacht doughnuts sold on Mardi Gras in February, the day of feasting and celebration before Lent begins. The bakers here hand-roll butter-sponge doughnuts and top them with powdered or cinnamon sugar. Go early and eat them early; better yet, get enough to share.

3. Hello Donuts

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2557 Amber St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Hello Donuts, the collab between ReAnimator Coffee and a group of musicians, used to sell its traditional and vegan treats at local markets and restaurants, but now these doughnuts are available at a permanent shop in East Kensington. Along with specialties like a vegan maple bourbon, look for seasonal flavors and fritters on Fridays.

4. Suraya

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1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 302-1900
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The rose and pistachio cruller at Suraya looks like it would be dense and filling, but just like the whole vibe at this critically acclaimed Lebanese spot, it’s light, airy, and photogenic. Suraya is a cafe during the day and a full-service restaurant at dinnertime.

cruller doughnut Suraya [official]

5. Federal Donuts (multiple locations)

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1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 687-8258
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Philly’s hometown doughnut hero, Federal Donuts, put the city on the fried dough map in 2011 and now has eight locations to satisfy sweet teeth. Hot fresh doughnuts in three flavors — cookies and cream, strawberry lavender, and cinnamon brown sugar — are available all day. “Fancy” ones like apple crisp and caramel key lime get eaten up quickly each morning.

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6. Frangelli's Bakery

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847 W Ritner St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-7878
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A South Philly staple for the last 70-plus years, Frangelli’s hand-cuts its doughnuts, makes them fresh each morning, and hand-pumps them with fillings to order. Try the famous cannoli cream–stuffed “frannoli.”

7. Zeppoli

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618 W Collings Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08107
(856) 854-2670
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Sure, it’s nationally known for the pasta, antipasto, and other Italian specialties, but the place is called Zeppoli. Save room for the namesake sugary doughnut balls after a meal at chef Joey Baldino’s first restaurant (it’s BYOB).

8. Slice (multiple locations)

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1180 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 463-0868
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Slice's four locations serve a sweet treat alongside their pizza: sugar doughnuts with dipping sauces like chocolate and cookie butter speculoos.

Slice [official photo]

9. Beiler's Doughnuts (multiple locations)

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA

This Reading Terminal Market staple (and its University City outpost) sells thousands of doughnuts in up to 40 varieties daily. Seasonal offerings can include flavors like s’mores and harvest apple. Blueberry fritters, old fashioneds, and Oreo creme are classics.

10. Buddakan

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325 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-9440
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Buddakan’s punny Dip Sum doughnuts are coated in five-spice sugar and served in a typical Chinese food takeout box with seasonal fruit jam, chocolate sauce, and gingered cream cheese for dipping.

11. El Merkury

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2104 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 457-5952
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Churros aren’t too far a stretch from doughnuts, right? This quick-serve Rittenhouse spot for Central American fare has a whole menu of them. Head here for made-to-order churros served over vanilla soft serve with a choice of toppings.

12. Oloroso

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1121 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 324-3014
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With an unexpectedly light and crispy exterior (thanks to a pate a choux batter), Oloroso’s warm churros are tossed in smoked cinnamon sugar and served alongside a chocolate sauce boosted by a touch of Espelette pepper.

Oloroso [official photo]

13. Undrgrnd Donuts

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N 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA

Seek out the Undrgrnd Donuts truck at pop-up events to try outrageous doughnut concoctions. Perfect for fall, the Camping Out is dunked in chocolate and topped with graham cracker and marshmallow fluff. The Monkey Chunk is dunked in banana icing and covered in chocolate chips and walnuts.

14. Okie Dokie Donuts

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(215) 939-6585
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Gluten-free eaters can get their fried dough fix from Carol Ha of Okie Dokie who perfected her recipe a few years ago and now takes orders online for her creatively flavored doughnuts.

15. Dottie's Donuts (multiple locations)

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4531 Springfield Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 662-0379
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Dottie’s, Philly’s first vegan doughnut shop, kicks up the creativity with colorful, unique doughnuts in dairy- and egg-free varieties like Thai tea, matcha chocolate, and cherry pistachio. There are locations in West Philly and Society Hill.

1. Duck Donuts

201 Main Street Unit 160, King of Prussia, PA 19406

A longtime Outer Banks favorite for its fresh, glazed-to-order offerings, Duck Donuts was an instant hit when it opened in the Philly area. Its King of Prussia outpost regularly has lines out the door with families eagerly deciding which toppings to order.

201 Main Street Unit 160
King of Prussia, PA 19406

2. Haegele's Bakery

4164 Barnett St, Philadelphia, PA 19135

Approaching is 90th year, this German bakery on a Mayfair corner is famous for its fastnacht doughnuts sold on Mardi Gras in February, the day of feasting and celebration before Lent begins. The bakers here hand-roll butter-sponge doughnuts and top them with powdered or cinnamon sugar. Go early and eat them early; better yet, get enough to share.

4164 Barnett St
Philadelphia, PA 19135

3. Hello Donuts

2557 Amber St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Hello Donuts, the collab between ReAnimator Coffee and a group of musicians, used to sell its traditional and vegan treats at local markets and restaurants, but now these doughnuts are available at a permanent shop in East Kensington. Along with specialties like a vegan maple bourbon, look for seasonal flavors and fritters on Fridays.

2557 Amber St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

4. Suraya

1528 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
cruller doughnut Suraya [official]

The rose and pistachio cruller at Suraya looks like it would be dense and filling, but just like the whole vibe at this critically acclaimed Lebanese spot, it’s light, airy, and photogenic. Suraya is a cafe during the day and a full-service restaurant at dinnertime.

1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

5. Federal Donuts (multiple locations)

1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Philly’s hometown doughnut hero, Federal Donuts, put the city on the fried dough map in 2011 and now has eight locations to satisfy sweet teeth. Hot fresh doughnuts in three flavors — cookies and cream, strawberry lavender, and cinnamon brown sugar — are available all day. “Fancy” ones like apple crisp and caramel key lime get eaten up quickly each morning.

1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

6. Frangelli's Bakery

847 W Ritner St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

A South Philly staple for the last 70-plus years, Frangelli’s hand-cuts its doughnuts, makes them fresh each morning, and hand-pumps them with fillings to order. Try the famous cannoli cream–stuffed “frannoli.”

847 W Ritner St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

7. Zeppoli

618 W Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08107

Sure, it’s nationally known for the pasta, antipasto, and other Italian specialties, but the place is called Zeppoli. Save room for the namesake sugary doughnut balls after a meal at chef Joey Baldino’s first restaurant (it’s BYOB).

618 W Collings Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08107

8. Slice (multiple locations)

1180 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Slice [official photo]

Slice's four locations serve a sweet treat alongside their pizza: sugar doughnuts with dipping sauces like chocolate and cookie butter speculoos.

1180 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. Beiler's Doughnuts (multiple locations)

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA

This Reading Terminal Market staple (and its University City outpost) sells thousands of doughnuts in up to 40 varieties daily. Seasonal offerings can include flavors like s’mores and harvest apple. Blueberry fritters, old fashioneds, and Oreo creme are classics.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA

10. Buddakan

325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Buddakan’s punny Dip Sum doughnuts are coated in five-spice sugar and served in a typical Chinese food takeout box with seasonal fruit jam, chocolate sauce, and gingered cream cheese for dipping.

325 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. El Merkury

2104 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Churros aren’t too far a stretch from doughnuts, right? This quick-serve Rittenhouse spot for Central American fare has a whole menu of them. Head here for made-to-order churros served over vanilla soft serve with a choice of toppings.

2104 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

12. Oloroso

1121 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Oloroso [official photo]

With an unexpectedly light and crispy exterior (thanks to a pate a choux batter), Oloroso’s warm churros are tossed in smoked cinnamon sugar and served alongside a chocolate sauce boosted by a touch of Espelette pepper.

1121 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

13. Undrgrnd Donuts

N 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA

Seek out the Undrgrnd Donuts truck at pop-up events to try outrageous doughnut concoctions. Perfect for fall, the Camping Out is dunked in chocolate and topped with graham cracker and marshmallow fluff. The Monkey Chunk is dunked in banana icing and covered in chocolate chips and walnuts.

N 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA

14. Okie Dokie Donuts

Philadelphia, PA

Gluten-free eaters can get their fried dough fix from Carol Ha of Okie Dokie who perfected her recipe a few years ago and now takes orders online for her creatively flavored doughnuts.

15. Dottie's Donuts (multiple locations)

4531 Springfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Dottie’s, Philly’s first vegan doughnut shop, kicks up the creativity with colorful, unique doughnuts in dairy- and egg-free varieties like Thai tea, matcha chocolate, and cherry pistachio. There are locations in West Philly and Society Hill.

4531 Springfield Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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