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The 20 Donuts Shops You Need to Visit in Columbus, Ohio

Have you heard about these super successful bakeries? They’re rollin’ in the dough!

June 6, 2018

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Okay, all jokes aside, Columbus is strawberry jam-packed full of places to pick up your morning coffee and donut. Just for you, we’ve created a compilation of the top 20 donut shops. If you live in Columbus or are thinking of moving into the area, get ready to switch up your morning commute so you can start checking these locations off your list.

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In no particular order:

1. Amy’s Donuts - Columbus

box of a dozen colorfully decorated donuts
‍Source: Imgur

This trendy donut shop puts a focus on fun toppings (in case you couldn’t tell.) Some of the donuts you should try are the Marge Simpson Sprinkle and Over the Rainbow. They serve coffee as well and because they’re all about having fun, they allow schools to have field trips at their locations. P.S. Their website is WILD! Exploring it was the most fun I’ve had all week. Well done, Amy’s Donuts! WELL DONE!

Location

650 Georgesville Rd, Columbus, OH 43228

Open 24 hours!

Google Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

“Tons of options! From your basic glazed yeast ring to a cereal topped masterpiece, you shall never have a hard time finding a favorite.”

Favorite Donut

Try the German Chocolate Glaze!

2. Schneider's Bakery - Westerville

close up of various donuts and other pastries
‍Source: Trover

Schneider’s Bakery is a family owned establishment that has been baking cakes, cookies, breads, pies, donuts, and more for over 60 years. Their donuts are sold for under a buck a piece, or around $10 a dozen. If you like a challenge, they make these 10 inch glazed donuts the size of the small planet you can bring to a party...or eat all on your own. “Feeds 20 people?” Pssssh… My love for donuts is equivalent to 100!

Location

6 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081

Open around 1am - 3pm; closed Sundays

Google Rating

4.7 out of 5 stars

“Best doughnuts I've ever had. They set the bar so high. They're not super rich so you just want to enjoy one after another. Don't know if that's a good thing for the waistline but once you bite in you won't care.”

Favorite Donut

Order the Celebration Donut (and then have a party)

3. Resch’s Bakery - Columbus

chocolate glazed donuts and pastries
‍Source: Pinterest

Deemed “Columbus, Ohio’s Favorite Bakery Since 1912”, you know Resch’s Bakery HAS to be better than good. And they are. They’ve been making holiday, wedding, and specialty cakes for any event for more than 100 years. As for the donuts, they sell an assortment of yeast raised and cake, smothered in a variety of glazes. If you want an old-school donut done right, check out Resch’s!

Location

4061 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43227

Open 7am - 7pm; closed Sundays

Google Rating

4.8 out of 5 stars

“One of the best in the city. They are always busy, but in a good way. They handle crowds incredibly well! The cakes, cookies, cupcakes, donuts and even their dinner rolls are AMAZING! Truly one of the finest bakeries in the Columbus area.”

Favorite Donut

Chocolate Iced Glazed

4. The Original Goodie Shop - Upper Arlington

overhead view of chocolate glazed donut and other pastries
‍Source: Pinterest

At The Original Goodie Shop, there’s no doubt you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and discover some new favorites along the way. You MUST try a chocolate glazed cream-filled donut and maybe like 10 of their cinnamon sticks. Seriously, those guys are their number 1 seller. They’re akin to the center of a cinnamon roll - sugary, buttery, and heaven in a pastry.

Location

2116 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Open 7am - 6pm; closed Sundays

Google Rating

4.7 out of 5 stars

“Moved around the United States tons throughout my life but this is hands down the best bake shop I’ve ever been to! Everything I’ve tried is great, especially their frosted cookies and cinnamon sticks.”

Favorite Donut

Cream filled, white, choc, or maple iced

5. Buckeye Donuts - Columbus

chocolate glazed donut with Buckeye Donuts coffee mug
Source: Nancy D Brown

You can find Buckeye Donuts in the heart of Ohio State University’s campus. The shop is open 24 hours to make sure all those college students remain fueled by breakfast and hot coffee. They have 32 kinds of donuts including coconut cake, bowties, and of course, the famous buckeye donut frosted with chocolate and peanut butter!

Location

1998 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

Open 24 hours

Google Rating

4.6 out of 5 stars

“This place is not only an OSU classic, but should be a classic for anyone that can get there. While yes, it isn't the healthiest option, it's still of a much higher quality of not only taste, but also service. So far, everything I have tried has been absolutely amazing. I would honestly recommend anything from the menu, as nothing I have tried so far has been anything less than delicious.”

Favorite Donut

The Buckeye donut, duh!

6. HoneyDip Donuts & Diner - Columbus

cinnamon rolls and other pastries behind glass
Source: Breakfast with Nick

HoneyDip Donuts used to be a donut only joint, but then they added “& Diner” to the end of their name. Although they now serve other breakfast foods like omelettes, donuts are still the focus. Want to advance yourself in the donut game? Get the donut breakfast sandwich - sausage, egg, and cheese sandwiches between 2 honey dipped rings of fried deliciousness. It may or may not be life changing.

Location

4480 Kenny Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

Open 6am - 2:30pm; closed Mondays

Google Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

“Waitress was polite and attentive, and offered my kids coloring books while we waited even though service was quick. Diner Is very small town-ish considering it's so close to a big city.  No complaints here! If we're in the area again I would consider returning.”

Favorite Donut

Cherry frycake

7. Destination Donuts - Columbus

box of a dozen colorfully decorated donuts
‍Source: Pinterest

Destination Donuts is another joint that’s super creative and extravagant with their flavors. Ever wanted to try a raspberry hibiscus or maple sausage donut? Or chocolate ganache oreo… or blood orange dark chocolate? Of course you have. And you will. And you’ll love them. Just be warned! Their flavor offerings change daily so you won’t know what’s for sale until you walk in.

Location

59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215

Open 9am - 7pm or 10am - 5pm

Google Rating

4.2 out of 5 stars

“The thing I loved most about them is that they weren't overly sweet so I didn't feel sick after eating a whole one by myself. I will seek these donuts out when we're in town again!”

Favorite Donut

Lemon blueberry

8. Jolly Pirate Donuts - Reynoldsburg

box of a dozen various donuts
‍Source: Flickr

Open 24 hours, Jolly Pirate Donuts is a small cafe that’s great to stop by on your way to work. They offer a fresh selection of all types of donuts. People have been going to the Jolly Pirate since they were kids and can attest this place is worth the trip.Plus, if you want to be the hero of your house or workplace, order a box (designed like a treasure chest) to participate in Operation Donut Drop!

Location

6689 E Main St, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Open 24 hours

Google Rating

4.8 out of 5 stars

“This place is a gem. I didn't know they still had donut shops like this. Reminds me of my hometown shop 25 years ago. Fantastic selection of donuts. Great prices. Staff was extremely friendly and worked hard to make our experience a good one.”

Favorite Donut

Dutch crumb cake

9. Golden Donuts & Diner - Columbus

box of a dozen donuts decorated with sprinkles
‍Source: Pinterest

Deemed one of the gems of Columbus, Golden Donuts & Diner is a cute little spot with classic decor, perfect for ordering a meal with friends. If you don’t want to sit down, just come inside to order a donut to-go at the counter. Some of their donuts don’t have holes and resemble the tops of muffins. Does that mean you’re getting more dough for your dough? We think so.

Location

1928 Lockbourne Rd, Columbus, OH 43207

Open 7am - 5pm; closed Sundays

Google Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

“Very down to earth atmosphere one of the last great mom and pop restaurants left! And the food is great! Great employees and the owner loves his customers! Eat here!”

Favorite Donut

Blueberry cake

10. Duck Donuts - Westerville

box of a dozen colorfully decorated donuts
‍Source: Reddit

Duck Donuts originated in Duck, North Carolina, and now they have multiple locations across the country - one of them being Westerville. Each donut is made to order and looks like a tiny work of art. You can choose from “featured” flavors, or create your own. S’mores is a fave - glazed in chocolate, rolled in crushed graham cracker, and drizzled with marshmallow. Personally, we’d go for one we invented called the H.E.R. Ask for vanilla icing, rainbow sprinkles, and hot fudge drizzle.

Location

825 Polaris Pkwy, Westerville, OH 43082

Open 6am - 7pm

Google Rating

4.6 out of 5 stars

“I usually don't like cake donuts, but when they are made to order and hot and fresh like these, it's a game-changer.  They are a little pricey, but the quality and freshness absolutely compensate for the slight difference in price.”

Favorite Donut

The H.E.R. ;) (see how to order it above)

11. Tupelo Doughnuts - Columbus

brown-butter hazelnut donut with other pastries
‍Source: Breakfast with Nick

Ever wished you could get a box of donuts delivered to you? Well, now you can. Tupelo Doughnuts has 2 vintage trucks that sell and deliver donuts. Their names are Tup and Tilly. They want to bring you hot coffee and a brown-butter hazelnut old-fashioned donut. Warning: these sugar pastries are so delicious Tupelo usually sells out around 10am.

Location

2672 Billingsley Rd, Columbus, OH 43235

Open 7am - 10am

Google Rating

4.6 out of 5 stars

“A doughnut? With complex, layered flavors!?!? That's what you get here. Three bucks a pop, but you can tell a lot went into it. I went to the truck which you can find the location of by going to their website or Facebook. Tasty coffee to go with for one dollar.”

Favorite Donut

Brown-butter hazelnut old-fashioned

12. Lil Donut Factory - Hilliard

box of donuts and other pastries
‍Source: Upparent

The Lil Donut Factory is located in a small town, but it’s a big deal. They typically sell out of donuts early on almost every day. This shop is hugely popular in the Columbus area, and they deserve it. Their donut flavors are creative, crafted with care, and practically made to become Instagram famous.

Location

4543 Scioto Darby Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026

Open 5:30am-12pm; 5-9pm

Google Rating

4.9 out of 5 stars

“This place has a huge variety of donuts with new and rotating flavors quite often. The cake donuts have an amazing texture with a nice outer crunch; the raised donuts are nice and fluffy. Their cream fillings/toppings are what impress me the most. I recommend getting there early to have the best selection available. Lil Donut Factory has great service and is all around great place!”

Favorite Donut

Maple glazed with bacon crumble

13. Peace, Love and Little Donuts - Worthington

three dozen colorfully decorated donuts
‍Source: Colordoan

Speaking of Instagram famous, these little gems are as photogenic as they are delicious. At Peace, Love, & Little Donuts, each one is made fresh to order. Choose a pre-existing flavor from their menu like banana split or chocolate chip pancake, or create your own combination. They’re tiny, but that just means you can eat more of them without feeling guilty ;)

Location

656 High St, Worthington, OH 43085

Open 7am - 6pm

Google Rating

4.7 out of 5 stars

“I decided to treat myself to a donut or two after my dentist appointment. :) This place is absolutely delightful! I was a little miffed at first at why it took so long for me to place my order, and I realized that they flavor the donuts in front of you. But then you taste those little round bits of heaven and you realize it was worth the wait!”

Favorite Donut

Birthday cake

14. My Old World Bakery - Columbus

plate of glazed donuts
‍Source: Westchestermagazine

My Old World Bakery is an old fashioned shop that keeps early hours and bakes every pastry you could think of - breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, and of course, donuts. Their donuts are fresh, hearty, flavorful, and sell for the extremely low price of 60 cents a piece.

Location

962 Demorest Rd, Columbus, OH 43204

Open 6:30am - 5pm

Google Rating

4.3 out of 5 stars

“I love this little bakery. Everything is nice and fresh they are so friendly. The pecan rolls are amazing. Highly recommended.”

Favorite Donut

A Danish donut

15. Cherbourg Bakery - Bexley

table with coffee, donuts, cupcakes, and other pastries on top
‍Source: Yelp San Jose

For those with gluten or nut allergies, Cherbourg Bakery may be considered a miracle shop. Their team bakes everything fresh daily and it is always gluten, nut, and dye free. Not only do they sell delectable donuts, but there are a number of sweet and savory treats you should try.

Location

541 S Drexel Ave, Bexley, OH 43209

Open 7am - 5pm

Google Rating

4.7 out of 5 stars

“Wonderful gluten-free baked goods. The coffee paired perfectly with everything - s’mores bars, chocolate donuts, quiche and the muffins. A perfect spot for a late morning weekend pick-me-up, safe for those with food allergies. So much gluten free goodness!”

Favorite Donut

Cinnamon

16. DK Diner - Grandview Heights

donuts and other pastries
‍Source: DK Diner

DK Diner is a very popular place to order up some quality comfort food in the Columbus area. Oh, and their donuts are famous. They might not be decked out in colorful glazes and crazy toppings, but their simplicity actually makes them taste even better. Plus, they created this breakfast hybrid called a “doussant” - a donut/croissant combination. Order it and let us know in the comments what it was like!

Location

1715 W 3rd Ave, Grandview Heights, OH 43212

Open 6am - 9:00pm

Google Rating

4.6 out of 5 stars

“This is a breakfast and lunch staple. It is an old-fashioned diner that has been there forever. It is so eclectic that you'll enjoy being there just for the look. The food is very good. It is a cash-only establishment, so be prepared. The staff is exceptionally friendly and full of cute people.”

Favorite Donut

Doussant or chocolate devil’s food cake

17. The Donut Experiment - Dublin

box of glazed donuts with chocolate toppings
Source: The Donut Experiment

The Donut Experiment takes a unique approach to crafting donuts. It’s about the dough...but more importantly, the customer’s experience. So, every donut is your creation! That’s right - you get to “launch your own experiment” by choosing your prefered icing and any number of toppings to match. Coconut, bacon bits, reese’s pieces...there are so many options you’ll be mumbling to yourself, ”I donut know what to do.”

Location

6780 Perimeter Loop Rd, Dublin, OH 43017

Open 7am - 5pm; closed Mondays

Google Rating

4.2 out of 5 stars

“Got a taste for a donut you can't get at a normal bakery? Come here and customize it! Possibilities are endless, and its delicious! Iced coffee is stellar as well. Staff was kind, and the place was super clean!! Definitely coming back!”

Favorite Donut

Chocolate iced with Reese’s Pieces

18. Auddino's Italian Bakery - Columbus

box of pastries
Source: Foursquare

“This place has the best donuts EVER!” - an enthusiastic Yelp reviewer. Auddino’s Italian Bakery has been around for generations and is rivaling Resch’s for the title of best bakery in town. They make really delicious standard flavors, like chocolate or maple glazed. We recommend you order an apple fritter and cannoli along with your donut.

Location

1490 Clara St, Columbus, OH 43211

Open 6:30am - 4pm

Google Rating

4.8 out of 5 stars

“The vendor selling them flour cannot believe the effort they put into the cooking process and it shows in sheer joy that you'll get in each bite. They have a few unique items i.e. deep fried croissants and the amorettes are the best I've ever had. Most come for the donuts, but this is a real Italian treat.”

Favorite Donut

Cream boat

19. Yum-ee Donuts - Sunbury

hand holding strawberry glazed donut
‍Source: Facebook

Yum-ee has DOZENS of types of donuts to pick from so there’s no way you won’t find something you love. They’re quite popular with the locals and have a cute old school feel. It’s bound to become a go-to place for a morning treat. Just keep in mind that they close by noon every day so you’ll have to buy these for breakfast, not dessert!

Location

14 S Vernon St, Sunbury, OH 43074

Open 6am - 12pm

Google Rating

4.4 out of 5 stars

“In all of the Delaware and upper Columbus, Yumee is the only donut shop I know that actually fills their Long Johns all the way through. These folks really know their donuts and how to made them!!  Oh, after you find out which of the many is your favorite, you can call ahead & they can have them all ready to pick up.”

Favorite Donut

Chocolate glazed long john

20. Bake Me Happy - Columbus

four images: plate of cookies, twinkies, plate of sandwich cookies, and a plate of pastries
‍Source: Columbusunderground

GLUTEN FREE GOODNESS FOR EVERYBODY! Bake Me Happy isn’t a donut-only pastry shop...and that makes them even more awesome. They have a rotating menu that changes daily with so many unique sweets you won’t believe they’re actually gluten-free! Their signature item is the oatmeal creme cloud cookie, which is available every day. We also suggest buying one of their “spongies” and a donut muffin!

Location

106 E Moler St, Columbus, OH 43207

Open 7am - 5pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Google Rating

4.9 out of 5 stars

“Great customer service! They took the time to explain each item and what it was made of. I was purchasing some items for my boss who is gluten free for her birthday. She has complimented each item she tasted.”

Favorite Donut

Donut muffin

Have you tried any of these pastry shops? Let us know in the comments which spots are your favorite and which donuts we should order on our next donut dive!

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