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 tbh, 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.
8 best Minneapolis / St. Paul
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Written by: Stephanie
8 easy steps to bake the perfect food baby
Minneapolis donut shops
Originally posted May 7th, 2018
Updated August 12th, 2018
1226 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis / Tues – Fri 7 am – 8 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am – 8 pm
No phone number- they prefer email!
We recently heard some rumors about MINI DONUTS in Minneapolis and thought “OMGEEE, I’m all over that”. And in doing due
Sleepy V’s offers flights of donuts, which btdubs, is my favorite flight. They are 4 mini donuts for $5. Which is a brilliant idea – I’d definitely be more willing to try a random one-off flavor if it’s tiny. If I hate it I don’t have to suffer through a standard size donut. The flights have a way of nudging you out of your comfort zone to try things you wouldn’t usually eat. Which is one of my favorite things about Minneapolis – we have SUCH great restaurants.
There is no standard menu as they change up their donuts every day depending on their creative juices. They do offer a few standard sized donuts, but don’t be lame – order the minis! And if they sell out they post to social media right away. We did go early Sunday morning and they had several trays that were full of donuts. I’d wager a bet that they don’t last longer than lunchtime, though.
Pete tried the-
Mocha x2 – it was some sort of coffee drizzle
Chocolate caramel- with a chocolate covered pretzel
Crunch cone – which is vanilla icing with peanuts and toffee
I tried the-
Strawberry crumble- I think it was called
Righteous Wrathberry – raspberry icing with white chocolate and cinnamon toast crunch
Homer- pineapple hibiscus with sprinkles – THIS WAS THE CLEAR WINNER!
Like most donut shops in town the seating isn’t the best, but they have a long bar that can seat probably 9 or 10. There was also a little table in the corner big enough for two people. But it is a small space, if it’s busy I can see how it’d get very crowded. But nonetheless, Sleepy V’s was amazing and my donut loving self can’t wait to go back!
Donut rating: 10 out of 10 donut holes!
Glam Doll Donuts
Eat Street – 2605 Nicollet Ave 612-345-7064
Northeast – 519 Central Ave NE 612-223-8071
Mon-Thurs 7 am – 9 pm, Fri-Sat 7 am – 1 am, Sun 7 am – 3 pm
Glam Doll has two locations in Minneapolis. 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.
Donut rating: 10 out of 10 donut holes!
YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar
5757 Sanibel Dr. Minnetonka / Mon – Sat 6 am – 5 pm, Sun 7 am – 1 pm
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.
904 W 36th Street / Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 12:30 pm, Sat – Sun 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
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.
All the donuts were okayish except for the Nutella one, but I don’t like Nutella. They are not rock-your-world good, but Bogarts is a popular place for locals. They lost some donut holes on giving me the wrong donut and their seating/set up sucks. I mean, who wants to rush in and grab doughnuts? That’s what Dunkin donuts
Donut rating: 6 out of 10 donut holes
Mojo Monkey Donuts
1169 7th Street West, St Paul / Tues – Fri 6 am – 7 pm, Sat – Sun 6:30 am – 3:30 pm
Mojo Monkey probably has the best donuts 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.
Donut rating: 7 out of 10 donut holes
Minneapolis Skyway – City Center Building / Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
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 their only location is on the skyway. This means that they are closed on the weekends so unless you work somewhere along the skyway it is pretty difficult to get to. So, with that, they lose a donut hole for accessibility. Overall, I would absolutely visit again if I have some time during the week.
Donut rating: 9 out of 10 donut holes!
Angel Food Bakery Minneapolis
86 S 9th St, Minneapolis / Mon – Fri 7 am – 6 pm,
MSP airport Concourse E / Mon-Sun 4 am – 9 pm
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.
We’ve been to both locations of Angel Food an ungodly amount of times, but this particular trip we had the
- 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
Angel Food is definitely one of my favorite shops in town!
Donut rating: 10 out of 10 donut holes!
A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop
28th Ave S, Minneapolis / Mon-Sun 6:30 am – 6 pm
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.
Donut rating: 7 out of 10 donut holes!
There you have it! 8 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!
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