Detroit March 31, 2019
Take The Detroit Donut Trail For A Delightfully Delicious Day Trip
Nothing satisfies sugary cravings quite like a tasty donut. Detroit is home to its fair share of mouthwatering donut options, whether you’re in the mood for a classic flavor or a unique creation. When you’re ready to explore Metro Detroit’s donut scene while taking your sweet tooth on a fantastic adventure, this donut trail through the Motor City area will have your taste buds jumping for joy.
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1. Dutch Girl Donuts (19000 Woodward Ave.)
You’re not a true Detroiter until you’ve visited Dutch Girl Donuts; a long-standing shop in the Motor City that offers delicious donuts in a no-frills environment. Since 1947, hungry locals have flocked to this spot for a sweet treat, and you certainly won’t be disappointed by your experience. The donuts at Dutch Girl might not look like anything out of the ordinary, but the sweetness and flavor they offer are incredible.
2. Detroit Donut (9101 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck)
This shop technically sits in Hamtramck, but it’s well worth the extra few minutes of driving. Look for the bakery’s no-frills sign before heading inside to pick up a few tasty selections. Detroit Donut offers an array of traditional favorites among more unique flavors, including cinnamon twist, maple frosted, and marble. Every time you stop in at this cozy eatery, you’ll find something new and sweet to adore - hence its presence on our delicious donut trail.
3. Rose’s Fine Food (10551 E Jefferson Ave.)
Rose’s is a must-visit for breakfast or brunch fare, but its donuts are equally as fantastic. You’ll adore the vintage diner vibe as soon as you step foot inside, and your experience will only be enhanced when you taste one of the eatery’s freshly baked donuts. If you’re craving something hearty in the middle of your donut trail excursion, stop at Rose’s for a breakfast plate and take a few donuts for the road.
4. Dilla’s Delights (242 John R St.)
Dilla’s is anything but an ordinary donut shop, and you’ll adore the space as soon as you walk in. The hip hop-inspired decor and creative eats here are enough to steal your heart immediately, whether you’re a local regular or a first-time visitor. Flavor selections range from orange pineapple to banana pudding to Bavarian cream, among countless others. There are even vegan options, so diners with differing dietary needs will feel right at home.
5. Donut Villa (5875 Vernor Hwy.)
Freshness and friendliness reign supreme at this small but mighty shop in Detroit, which offers indoor seating for those who’d like to enjoy their eats on site. With flavor selections ranging from honey-dipped glaze to coconut to blueberry, there’s something here for every member of the family. You’ll certainly be back for seconds once you’ve tried Donut Villa.
5. Donutville U.S.A. (14829 Ford Rd., Dearborn)
Continue your donut-filled outing with a quick jaunt to this family-owned Dearborn spot, which remains open 24 hours per day and serves mouthwatering donuts in a charming space. Since its establishment in 1966, Donutville U.S.A. has gained a rightful reputation for deliciousness and quality among visitors. Whether you’re digging into a few donuts or sipping delicious coffee, you’ll love this locale.
7. Elias Donuts (19231 Grand River Ave.)
You’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop as you peruse the selections at Elias, which offers ice cream, shakes, sandwiches, and more in addition to a vast array of amazing donuts. Situated near the Rosedale Park neighborhood, this donut shop is nearly impossible to miss with its bright exterior and 24-hour service. With flavors like red velvet, blueberry glazed, and sour cream, your sweet tooth will feel like it’s in paradise.
8. Donut Bar + Coffee (29039 Southfield Rd., Southfield)
This Southfield gem was a no-brainer when it came to selecting shops for our Metro Detroit donut trail. When you visit the Donut Bar, you’ll wonder if you’ve died and gone to sugary heaven. The sweet creations here are made with all sorts of inventive toppings and flavors, from cookies ‘n cream to Fruity Pebbles to salted caramel. By the time you’re through, you’ll be counting down the hours until your next visit.
Our donut trail offers an easy-to-follow path for those seeking a sweet adventure, but we know that Metro Detroit is home to plenty of other delightful donut shops. Did we forget to include some of your favorites on the list? We’re always eager to hear from you, so drop us a line in the comments below!