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7 of Boston’s best donut shops

It should come as no surprise that the birthplace to Dunkin’ is also home to some of the country’s best donuts.

Union Square Donuts

Union Square Donuts offers seasonal flavors.

Photo via @twotastebuddiez and @unionsquaredonuts

National Donut Day may be on Friday, June 7, but we donut have an excuse to not visit the best donut shops in Boston seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Union Square Donuts, multiple locations
We’ll start with the Best of Boston winner for 2023 (and 2021, 2017, and 2015). Made by hand every day, these airy donuts come in both classic and creative flavors. Don’t miss out on its vegan options.

Blackbird Doughnuts

It’s impossible to pick just one donut from Blackbird Doughnuts

Photo via @blackbirddoughnuts

Blackbird Doughnuts, multiple locations
If brioche donuts made from scratch each morning doesn’t appeal to you, try Blackbird’s “doughnut cake.”

Doughboy Donuts & Deli, 220 Dorchester Ave., South Boston
Get your hand cut donuts on the go by going through the drive-thru.

A dozen donuts with different glazes like pink with sprinkles or Oreo crumbles

Kane’s Donuts has been family owned and operated since 1955.

Photo via @kanes_donuts

Kane’s Donuts, multiple locations
Get them yeast, cake, filled, cruller, or gluten-free. With over 60 years of experience in the donut biz, this spot is an institution.

Mini cider donut in the North End of Boston

The Red Apple Farm donuts are mini but mighty.

Photo by @thenorthender

Red Apple Farm, Boston Public Market
Don’t wait until fall for apple cider donuts. Get your mini cider donuts fresh on the spot at the Boston Public Market.

Twin Donuts, 501 Cambridge St., Allston
Every college student’s go-to spot is also known for its delightful donuts.

Demet’s Donuts, 199 Mystic Ave., Medford
After 40+ years, Demet’s has donuts down to an art. Pro tip: Donuts sell out quick so get there on the early side — and bring cash.

We didn’t forget about Dunkin’. Read up on the history of the Quincy-based coffee company.

Bonus: Here are a few of our reader’s recommended spots.

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