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There’s just something about these fluffy, fried treats that make people willing to wait in line for them. Stick to the classics or give your taste buds a brand new treat at some of San Diego’s most deluxe donut shops.

Copper Top Donuts


Craving a late afternoon treat? Copper Top’s adorable walk up window and drive thru is one of the few spots around town open late – until 6 pm daily. Their homemade donuts are made fresh every 30 minutes, with an impressive coffee list to boot. Must Try Flavor: The Copper Top donut with salted caramel espresso glaze, maple frosting and flecks of espresso grinds.

Donut Bar


This small shop has a larger than life reputation. Donut Bar has been featured on The Food Network, Forbes magazine, and more. Brace yourself for some serious time in line…or skip it by pre-ordering online if you’re grabbing a dozen or more. Must Try Flavor: Maple Bacon, made with real Vermont maple syrup and premium cut bacon, candied in nitro coffee and syrup.



This district is the place to go for Pan-Asian cuisine, and the latest addition to the neighborhood does not disappoint. Mochinut’s sweet treats are made with rice flour, creating a sticky, chewy, altogether unique texture. Rotating flavors include Ube, Guava, and Thai Tea.

Nomad Donuts

North Park

It’s only fitting that this trendy part of town serves a variety of vegan treats. Sure, they’ve got bagels and breakfast sandwiches, but we’re here to talk donuts. Arrive early – they will sell out! Must Try Flavor: Apple Pie, doesn’t that sound delightful with a cup of joe? Available as a vegan friendly option, too.