From simple and sugared to chef-inspired, gourmet flavors, you can't go wrong with a donut.
National Donut Day in Boston
The first Friday in June (this year, it's the fourth) is set aside every year for the nation to celebrate this breakfast staple. Boston has plenty of donutteries (coining that term, you're welcome) to visit to celebrate this most necessary of holidays. Maybe get a Boston cream donut in honor of the city?
Union Square Donuts
Union Square Donuts are the kind of donuts you dream about. Boston Magazine agreed and awarded them Best of Boston back in 2017, 2015, and 2013. The donuts are made by fresh, by hand every day, and glazes and fillings are made from scratch. The brioche dough has a rich, pastry-like texture that is perfectly light. Naturally, there's a Boston cream option, and other traditional flavors like vanilla bean or raspberry-jam filled. But the farther down the menu you go, the more creative the flavors get. Try fun flavors like Vietnamese coffee, vegan blackberry basil lime, or sea salt whiskey caramel made with Roxbury's own Bully Boy Distilling whiskey.
Doughnut lovers in Fenway should head to Blackbird Doughnuts. This trendy spot has a long list of both classic and seasonal flavors. Classic flavors include the obligatory Boston cream with chocolate ganache and vanilla or chocolate glazed. An exciting twist on the traditional menu is the everything bagel doughnut made from brioche dough stuffed with cream cheese and topped with everything bagel seasoning. Fresh flavors for May include the vegan "Grapefruit Poppy," "Blue Hawaiian," and vegan "Ube Coconut Bismarck."
For 30 years, Demet's Donuts has been making fresh donuts on-site daily. As Demet's likes to say, "made in the back, sold in the front." Open at 5 a.m. six days a week and 6 a.m. on Sundays, it's the perfect spot for early commuters to grab a fresh donut and a hot cup of coffee. Demet's offers well-made, classic donut flavors like chocolate frosted, blueberry, coconut, and, of course, Boston cream. The honey-dipped and jelly-filled are neighborhood favorites.
There are now three Kane's Donuts locations, but the original opened just north of Boston back in 1955. Each location is open bright and early, serving fresh donuts and piping hot coffee to first and third shifters. Kane's is a gluten-free paradise with 12 gluten-free options. Maple bacon, lemon poppyseed, apple cider, and coconut are just a few celiac-friendly flavors. If you don't have any dietary restrictions, the cookies and cream, turtle, or creme brulee filled donut are for you. The French crullers are only made on Fridays, and, lucky you, National Donut Day is the first Friday in June.
The donut shop and drive-thru at Doughboy Donuts are open 24-hours which means you can grab a donut no matter when the craving hits. This no-frills South Boston joint has more than 30 classic and creative flavors on its menu. Kids love the donuts covered in their favorite breakfast cereals like Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Krispies. The powdered Bavarian cream or the maple glazed are other popular flavors with the neighborhood donut aficionados.
Whether you're dropping by for a cake or a Kashi, Japonaise is a worthwhile stop in Boston. Kashi are Japanese sweet bread that can be stuffed with all manner of confections, much like a classic American donut. "An Pan" is a true expression of Japan and filled with sweet red bean paste. There's also a matcha variation. The "Double Choco" is for chocolate lovers. The chocolate sweet bread is stuffed to bursting with chocolate custard cream and a big chocolate chunk and topped with sliced almonds. Don't worry. Like all Boston donut shops worth their salt, Japonaise has a Boston cream on the menu too.