Doughnuts in and around Rochester, MN + Beyond

Happy National Doughnut Day! Being the celebratory gal that I am, you know I’m going to enjoy a doughnut or two today. Here’s where I’m headed! I’ve rounded up my favorite spots in and around Rochester, MN to grab a doughnut.

The first Friday in June was coined National Doughnut Day in 1938 as a way to recognize the efforts of Salvation Army volunteers who served doughnuts, coffee, and other refreshments to soldiers on the front lines during World Wars I and II. Today, Salvation Army still honors the day and center many fundraisers around the event.

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The best doughnut spots in Rochester, MN

Drift Dough | Rochester, MN

Tucked inside Forager, this spot is not one to miss. A few things to know– 1/ Cake doughnuts turned gourmet. Gourmet flavors like lemon mascarpone and churro fill the menu (in addition to your classics like chocolate sprinkles and cinnamon sugar). 2/They keep it seasonal, with an ever changing menu. 3/ They have vegan and gluten free doughnut options. 4/ They typically sell out (esp. on the weekends), but have no fear, you can order ahead on their website and schedule a pick up.

Daube’s Bakery and Cafe | Rochester, MN

Perhaps best known for their immaculately decorated and delicious cakes and pastries, it’s no surprise their doughnuts are also a fan favorite. Their selection is the largest and frosting unbeatable. They also take mini doughnuts to a whole new level with mini long johns and mini filled paczki. Must tries are the cinnamon twists, maple long johns (with or without a slice of bacon on top), and the caramel glazed doughnuts. If you’re an early bird (and/or a deal seeker), get there early and grab a box of their day-old doughnuts for a steep discounts.

Gingerbread House Bakery | Rochester, MN

The smell of rising bread and frying dough is noticeable from literally a block away. Decorated in cookie cutters and other vintage baking-related knick knacks, the Gingerbread House Bakery is a cozy, friendly spot to grab doughnuts on a slow morning. Their glazed doughnuts are melt-worthy without being overly messy. Oh and doughnut holes. Get them. Be sure to also take a look at their fresh breads and cookies!

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market | Rochester, MN

Yes, you’ll have to wait until Saturday morning to enjoy this option, but these baked doughnuts from Northwoods Orchard are too good not to include. Coated in the perfect amount of sugar with a variety of flavors like blueberry and apple and oh-so-soft, make sure to visit their Downtown Farmers Market stall located closest to the West entrance of the market.

Dunkin’ Donuts | Rochester, MN

Convenient for the downtown dwellers, Dunkin’ Donuts has your standard Dunkin’ fare right on 1st Ave. Offering a strawberry glaze and a toasted coconut covered flavor, they have a few different varieties not readily available at most bakeries. I also mention this spot as tomorrow, June 3, in celebration of National Doughnut Day, head to Dunkin’ Donuts for a free classic doughnut with any beverage purchase!

Because the love for doughnuts doesn’t stop at the city borders, keep reading for other favorites worth mentioning around Minnesota.

Doughnuts in Southeastern Minnesota

Bloedow’s Bakery | Winona, MN

Hanisch Bakery | Red Wing, MN

Hi Quality Bakery | Cannon Falls, MN

Otto’s Bakery | Byron, MN

…and beyond

Because road trip! And I firmly believe it’s always necessary to know where your closest doughnut is.

A Baker’s Wife | Minneapolis, MN

Glam Doll Donuts | Minneapolis, MN

Cardigan Doughnuts | Minneapolis, MN

Mojo Monkey | St. Paul, MN

Angel Food | Minneapolis, MN

Bogart’s Doughnut Co. | Minneapolis, MN and St. Paul, MN

Johnson’s Bakery and Coffee Shop | Duluth, MN

World’s Best Doughnuts | Grand Marais, MN

What did I miss? Where do you stop for your doughnut fix?


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