Call Austin, Texas home or traveling there for Spring Break, SXSW or ACL? Donuts are a popular breakfast treat and a favorite weekend or vacation splurge! Updated in March 2018 as part of the Best Places to Eat in Austin City Guide, check out this local’s guide to the Best Donuts in Austin, Texas!
Donuts, warm and covered in a thick, sweet glaze (and sometimes bright, colorful sprinkles!), are probably the most popular breakfast treat, and they are definitely one of our favorite weekend splurges! Updated March 2018 as part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance‘s annual #ATXBestEats Best Places to Eat in Austin City Guide, I’m dishin’ about some of the Best Donuts in Austin, Texas that WE love and ones that are on our bucket list, because let’s face it, one can never grow tired of donuts!
Best Donuts in Austin, Texas:
Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts: (pictured above) 74 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
If you blink you might miss this tiny pink food truck hidden amongst the trees and bars of Rainey Street, but stopping by this little food truck and waiting for a bag of warm Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donuts (served with flavorful dipping sauces like chocolate and caramel) is just the treat one needs after grabbing some drinks or late night dinner on Rainey Street.
Round Rock Donuts: 106 W Liberty St, Round Rock, TX 78664
This famous donut shop located in the Austin suburbs has been dishin’ up golden donuts since 1926 and has been featured on countless TV shows and online media channels. In addition to serving up its classic golden-orange glazed Round Rock donut (it’s golden color coming from the egg yolks of premium eggs used in the secret dough recipe), this donut shop also serves a Texas size version of its infamous donut, weighing in at 2 pounds! In addition to the World Famous Glazed Round Rock Donut other recommended donuts include the Applesauce Cake Donut and Blueberry Cake Donut.
Pro Tip: Round Rock Donuts is super popular and it may be difficult to find parking. I recommend parking in the available street parking a few blocks south of the donut shop in Downtown Round Rock. There is usually always a line on the weekends, some weekdays too, but don’t be alarmed, as the line almost always moves quickly. While there are some picnic tables outside the donut shop, there is no seating inside and therefore I suggest on the weekend to plan to take your donuts to go and eat them elsewhere. They do offer drive through, but it can also get backed up and hard to navigate.
Wheatsville Food Co-op: 3101 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 and 4001 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
One of my favorite “Best Donuts in Austin, Texas” used to be Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, that sold vegan donuts at shops and farmer’s markets around Austin. Not only were these donuts delicious, they were vegan, so anyone and everyone could eat them (seriously they had a loyal following of both vegans and non-vegans alike). Sadly, Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery closed, but luckily, they sold their equipment, recipes, etc. to Wheatsville Food Co-op to continue producing delicious vegan donuts! My favorite flavors are the maple glazed and coffee glazed (in the picture above), but they also have classic glazed, chocolate and vanilla glazed (with and without sprinkles) and occasionally other seasonal flavors.
La Pâtisserie: 602 W Annie St Austin, TX 78704 AND 7301 Burnet Road Ste 102 Austin, Texas 78757
La Pâtisserie is another local bakery known for their made from scratch colorful macarons as well as sweet and savory croissants. It’s no wonder their doughnut/croissant/brioche mashup, known as Crobrios a.k.a Cronuts is widely popular amongst locals, as it’s the only place in Austin to get this famous treat.
Gourdough’s: Multiple locations including 2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (Public House) and 1503 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (food truck)
Tourists and locals alike flock to this Austin landmark to devour “big fat donuts”. While their loaded “knife and fork” sweet donuts available at their food truck, are a donut lover’s dream, if you want to take your donut love to the next level you must pay a visit to their Public House (brick and mortar locations) to try a whole slew of donut concoctions, from Donut Burgers (where hamburgers are served on donut “buns”) to Donut Chicken and Dumplings. Our favorite dessert donuts include Granny’s Pie (with Caramel, Pecans, Bananas and Graham Crackers) and the Black Out (Brownie Batter, Fudge Icing and Chocolate Covered Brownie Bites) a.ka. the chocolate lover’s dream donut (pictured above).
Pro Tip: The Gourdough’s food trucks are cash only.
Donut Taco Palace: 1807 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78748
Yes my friends, a breakfast taco with a donut “tortilla” (pictured above)! These tacos really are what dreams are made of! A fluffy donut “tortilla” packed with your choice of classic breakfast taco fillings, these breakfast tacos a must for any breakfast lover! In addition to this unique mash up of two favorite breakfast foods, this donut shop features donuts in fun shapes (like hearts, stars and even “Longhorn Donuts” donuts shaped in the “hook ‘em horns” hand sign).
Other Best Donuts in Austin, Texas with a loyal following:
Bougie’s Donuts & Coffee: 5400 Brodie Ln, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
Fairly new to Austin’s gourmet donut scene is Bougie’s Donuts & Coffee, which has a dedicated fan base. With unique coffee selections, like a lavender latte and dirty horchata, and fried treats like blueberry fritters and maple blueberry donuts, this donut shop is too good to pass up.
Voodoo Doughnut: 212 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
This world-famous Portland doughnut shop finally opened a location in the heart of downtown in 2015. Dishing up classic Voodoo doughnuts like the Voodoo doll doughnut and doughnuts topped with popular childhood breakfast cereals like Captain Crunch, Froot Loops, and Coco Puffs, Voodoo Doughnuts has won over Austin locals.
Fun Fact: Voodoo Doughnuts is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And if you are looking to get hitched, well, they have a variety of wedding packages available for all those doughnut loving bride and grooms.
Pro Tip: This is a cash only shop.
KC Donuts: 8106 Brodie Ln Austin, TX 78745
This south Austin donut shop serves classic donuts as well as dishes up fun donuts for every holiday.
Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery: 4909 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery has been frying up quality classic donuts almost 24/7 since1948. Since unlike most donut shops, Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery serves donuts all night long, this donut shop is a favorite among locals when a late-night donut craving hits.
Big Kahuna Donuts: 2900 N Quinlan Park Rd #110, Austin, TX 78732
Big Kahuna Donuts is known for their all natural, made from scratch donuts, cinnamon rolls, fritters and “holos” (Hawaiian Bread sandwiches stuffed with meat and cheese). While all their donuts and pastries get rave reviews, they are particularly known for their big “crater” donuts, which are large donuts where the donut hole is filled with pastry cream, fruit compote and even ice cream!
Pro Tip: Big Kahuna Donuts is only open Friday-Sunday 7am-12pm, so plan accordingly!
Angel Donuts & Treats: 8300 North FM 620, Building A, Suite 200 Austin, Texas 78726 and 12342 Ranch Rd 620
Austin, Texas 78750
This west Austin donut shop features a variety of regular and gluten free donuts, including flavors like Salted Caramel, Red Velvet and Maple Bacon, as well as other baked goods like French Macarons, Cake Balls and even Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches. This shop also offers a variety of hot and cold coffee drinks and Bubble Tea.
Master Donuts: 6100 E Riverside Dr Ste 103 Austin, TX 78741
This East Austin donut shop not only serves classic and fun donuts, like donuts topped with chopped candy bars, they also create custom donut messages using alphabet shaped donuts. What a fun way to say “Happy Birthday” to a co-worker or “I Love You” to your spouse! Contact them to order your custom donut message!
This guide to Best Donuts in Austin, Texas is part of the 2018 AFBA City Guide. Want to know ALL the BEST eats in Austin, Texas from local area foodies? Check out the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s City Guide for the best eats in town!
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