The best donuts in Minneapolis. I’ll have to say this was the toughest research I’ve ever had to do 😉
I have quite the sweet tooth and have to reign it in on many occasions by throwing in a whole 30 now and again. Usually, when I am looking to wreck my diet and want something sweet, donuts always come to mind first.
I have moved on from eating grocery store/fast food donuts. They really aren’t worth the added calories and let’s be honest, they’re not all that good. What is good are the countless gourmet donut shops that are tucked away in various parts of the twin cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
And is it donuts or doughnuts? I’m in the doughnut camp, but by partaking in this project I’ve noticed most people are pro donut. Who knows, doughnuts or donuts – I’ll still eat them.
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Minneapolis donut shops
Glam Doll Donuts
Glam Doll has two locations on the Minneapolis side. The original is located on what we locals call “Eat Street.” This street (Nicollet Avenue) runs North to South and houses all sorts of eclectic, unique, and ethnic restaurants. Some of my favorite places to eat in Minneapolis are right in this neighborhood. Glam Doll’s newest location is in another awesome part of Minneapolis – North East.
Glam Doll bakes fresh, inventive donuts every day. They even have a vegan selection if that’s important to you. The donuts range from cake to filled to fritters and crullers.
The Eat Street location is the adorable retro themed shop that has a photo booth, a nice patio, and local artwork. The North East location feels a bit more hip but still retains the classic Glam Doll vibe. North East serves more than just donuts too, like beer, wine, cocktails, and donut hot plates. The most well known is a mac & cheese donut. Others include fried chicken on a waffle donut, French toast donut etc.
My favorite donuts at Glam Doll are:
- The dark angel (vanilla bean with chocolate icing)
- Varga girl (almond cream, chocolate icing, topped with shaved almonds)
- Classic starlet (the classic raised donut with chocolate icing with sprinkles) – keepin’ it simple sometimes
- The “it” girl (passion fruit curd, coconut icing, and toasted coconut)
There are several donuts topped with bacon if that’s your jam.
Their eat street address is 2605 Nicollet Ave, the northeast address is 519 Central Ave NE. They are open Monday-Thursday 7 am – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 7 am – 1 pm, and Sunday 7 am – 3 pm.
Donut rating: 10 out of 10 donut holes!
YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar
YoYo Donuts is a little shop is tucked away in the corner of a shopping mall in Minnetonka. It is family owned and currently the only location in the twin cities. We just so happened upon this restaurant and very much enjoyed the donuts we chose. Because it is so close to our house we go back
occasionally probably too frequently. They’re all the rage in the news and have been on the Food Network, too!
I remember saying that I couldn’t put my finger on the dough, but it did not taste like a regular donut. Upon later research, I learned that the donuts are made with a flour blend and spices that give the dough a “new and unique taste”. And indeed it does.
Nailed it YoYo.
In addition to donuts, they offer various coffees and espressos, ice cream, hot dogs, and chili.
We had the chocolate long john, orange cranberry strudel, toasted coconut, and apple cinnamon donuts.
YoYo is open daily from 6 am to 5 pm, except on Sundays when they are open 7 am to 1 pm. They are located at 5757 Sanibel Dr. Minnetonka
Donut rating: 10 out of 10 donut holes!
Bogart’s Doughnut Co.
Bogart’s is a tiny shop (grab and go only, no seating is available) with two locations in the twin cities. The original location is located in Uptown and there is a second kiosk downtown in the IDS center.
Bogart’s uses local ingredients to bake raised and cake style donuts…their menu is quite small, we had about eight options to choose from when we visited.
We chose the lavender cake, vanilla bean buttercream (we ended up with the Nutella filled by accident), the chocolate cake, and the brown butter.
Bogart’s is open Monday – Friday from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm and weekends from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. Their physical shop is located at 904 W 36th Street in Minneapolis.
Donut rating: 6 out of 10 donut holes
Mojo Monkey is probably the best donut shop in St Paul. They sell donuts, beignets, and coffee and have about 3 tables to sit at. This is the second shop in a row that has terrible seating options so that was a bit disappointing for us. People wanna sit and enjoy their doughnuts, you guys!
The donut menu is quite large, actually. They bake cakes, raised, crullers, fritters, bismarcks, holes etc. We went after a hike, on a Saturday, around 1 pm haha. To our surprise, they did have a couple trays left, but obviously not the largest selection. I did enjoy them enough that I would go back again so next time will have to be significantly earlier.
We tried the french toast and Butterfinger with a chocolate cake. These were both wonderful, but I loved the chocolate cake of the Butterfinger donut the best.
We also tried the coconut with mango and a red velvet. These were good and I certainly ate them, but I don’t think I would order either again. The red velvet cake was definitely good, but the icing on top was just too much and too sweet. I am also a red velvet cake connoisseur so I’m quite picky, haha.
Mojo Monkey is open Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Monday. Weekday hours are 6 am – 7 pm, weekends are 6:30 am – 3:30 pm. Their address is 1169 7th Street West, St Paul
Donut rating: 7 out of 10 donut holes
Pete had mentioned Cardigan donuts to me several times before we eventually made it over there. And that’s unfortunate because…
CARDIGAN. IS. DELICIOUS!
We walked into a large beautiful shop with tables upon tables (finally, somewhere to sit!) and a gigantic counter full of delicious donuts.
Cardigan has a large menu filled with the classics like raised rings, old-fashioned, and cake donuts, but they also dabble in the inventive side of baking with donuts like the churro roll and a coffee donut.
We ordered the:
- Old-fashioned – which is perfectly soft and crunchy, made with greek yogurt
- Black Eye- made with coffee and iced with a coffee glaze
- Blackberry & lemon jam filled bismark – mmmm. I love filled donuts, especially jelly ones. Cardigan makes all their jams in-house daily.
- Chocolate & orange bullseye – cake, chocolate icing, and orange/sugar peel
They also serve yogurt, oatmeal, and coffee.
My complaint with Cardigan is there is only one location – downtown. It is located on the skyway in the city center building. This means that they are closed on the weekends so unless you work somewhere along the skyway it is pretty difficult to get to, but if you’re there, they are open 6:30 am – 5:30 pm. They lose some donut holes for accessibility.
Donut rating: 9 out of 10 donut holes!
Angel Food Bakery
Angel Food is a vintage doughnut shop that serves up fancy cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts, cakes, and other baked goods. I first heard about Angel Food when I was searching for birthday gifts for Pete. They make these adorable letter doughnuts so I had a set of “I love you” sent to his office to kick off his 33 gifts for his 33rd birthday.
There are two locations in the twin cities – one downtown, right above Hell’s Kitchen, and the other one is located at the MSP airport in concourse E! The airport location obviously has better hours – open daily from 4 am – 9 pm and the downtown shop is open from 7 am – 6 pm during the week and 9 am – 5 pm on the weekends.
- You want Samoa this? – my absolute favorite girl scout cookie! Caramel icing, chocolate, and toasted coconut
- Vanilla glazed cruller – one of the top-rated donuts in the Twin Cities – we agree!
- Blushing berry – vanilla iced, dipper in strawberry sugar
- Filled Bismark with vanilla and chocolate – I can’t remember its name
Donut rating: 10 out of 10 donut holes!
A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop
A Baker’s Wife is another tiny classic bakery in the Minnehaha neighborhood. Pete describes it as a place to get a dozen donuts before starting a big weekend project. We thought it was a cash only joint, but they did have a sign that required a $5 minimum on all cards. Which doesn’t sound like much, but the donuts are SO cheap that it could take a bit of effort to get there.
You’ll find more than just donuts, too. They have cinnamon rolls, tarts, cookies, bars, bread, and other stuff. We went mid-morning and they had about 6 trays of donuts that were all pretty basic – we ordered the maple and a blueberry cake. The blueberry was phenomenal and I wanted about 7 more. The maple was okay, but I don’t usually like that sort of flavor, Pete liked it though.
We also ordered a cinnamon roll because it’s been years since either one of us has had one. And how could anyone say no to this?
This was a good shop and I would go back if I was in the neighborhood. I don’t know that I would make a special trip across town for it just because the donut selection is a little slim. But, great pastries nonetheless.
A Baker’s Wife hours are 6:30 am to 6 pm, seven days a week – so plenty of time to get over there and get a blueberry donut! The shop is located at 4200 28th Ave S, Minneapolis. Their phone number is 612-729-6898.
Donut rating: 7 out of 10 donut holes!
There you have it! 7 easy steps to bake the perfect food baby…and I think we can all agree the best food baby is a doughnut food baby!
Minnesota is home to so many fun things to do and restaurants like Travail whose trademark is a 20-course tasting menu or Spoon and Stable who has inventive and phenomenal food. If you’re looking for some Minnesota itineraries check out an afternoon in Minneapolis, or take a drive up the north shore!
Is anyone else an avid doughnut lover like I am?
To settle an age-old deliberation between Pete and I – are filled doughnuts real doughnuts?
Comment below and let me know!