A Local’s Guide to the 10 Best Donuts in San Antonio

Two words:

Fried. Dough.

What could be better?

There’s just something special about biting into the sugary bliss of a donut.

At this point, I’ve pretty much tried all the donut shops across our wonderful city, so today I’ll be sharing my favorites with you.

Read on for the 10 best donuts in San Antonio, Texas.

Map of the Best Donuts in San Antonio

The most popular donuts: Duck Donuts

If you’re jonesing for tasty gourmet donuts in SA, look no further than Duck Donuts. Their zany flavors and build-your-own-donut bar make this location a must for fancy donuts. Duck Donuts definitely makes more dessert-style donuts, so I would recommend stopping by after lunch or dinner; I once tried to eat these suckers for breakfast and they put me in a sugar coma.

Enjoy a Cookies & Cream donut, Peach Pie donut, or (my personal favorite) a Strawberry Shortcake donut at Duck Donuts. Everything is made to order, so you’ll always get a piping hot donut, which I appreciate. That does make the wait a little longer than at other donut shops, but it’s definitely worth it!

  • Address 1: 11703 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230
  • Address 2: 7010 W Loop 1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78254
  • Website: Duck Donuts San Antonio

My favorite gourmet donuts: The Art Of Donut

The Art of Donut is a must-see for gourmet donut lovers. Every time I stop by, I have to pick up their Unicorn donut, which comes with a magical layer of multi-colored frosting. They also sell a Chipmunk donut (Nutella and hazelnut ), a WTFT (What The French Toast) donut, and a Captain Crunch donut. The Art of Donut also has a tasty espresso bar, so it’s the perfect hangout for folks who love tasty coffee with their donuts.

P.S. They sell themed kits so you can decorate your own donuts at home. I once bought a Christmas donut kit for my nieces and they loved it!

  • Address: 3428 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212
  • Website: The Art Of Donut

Best classic donuts: The Original Donut Shop

True to its name, The Original Donut Shop is a great stop for a good, classic donut. But since they’re in San Antonio, they know they can’t get away with selling a breakfast menu without tacos. If you want both down-home tacos and tasty donuts, The Original Donut Shop delivers. They even have a separate drive-thru line just for tacos, so if it’s your turn to do Taco Friday at work, they’ll get you in and out quickly.

If you want to sit and chill with your breakfast, you can check out The Original Donut Shop’s beautiful (and shaded!) patio dining area. The San Antonio locals love this spot, so snag your place in line early!

The best neighborhood spot: Old Fashion Donuts

Old Fashion Donuts is your typical small, neighborhood donut shop with friendly folks behind the counter. Rumor has it that, if you’re nice to the employees, they’ll throw in a free bag of donut holes with your purchase. Worth a shot, eh? At any rate, no matter what you order, you’re sure to get fresh, fluffy donuts, kolaches, biscuits, and croissants that melt in your mouth.

Old Fashion Donuts opens at one of the earliest hours in the city: 5 AM. So, if you happen to be awake at that time, Old Fashion Donuts will be there to serve you a piping hot donut with a smile.

Best mini donuts: The Original Ice Factory

Yes, The Original Ice Factory is primarily a snow cone and ice cream place. But y’all, if you haven’t tried their mini donuts, you haven’t lived. They’re made to order and served simply with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. We came here for the ice cream, but we keep coming back just for these little donuts. They’re crunchy, fluffy, and impossibly perfect. Plus, The Original Ice Factory has a drive-thru, so you don’t even have to leave your car to enjoy their mini donuts.

My favorite eclairs: Instant Donuts

Instant Donuts has a few locations across San Antonio and their house-made donuts are to die for! I’m a huge fan of their Bavarian cream eclairs, which are always evenly filled and covered in smooth chocolate icing. But they serve a lot more than donuts: you can also get breakfast sandwiches, cake donuts, fritters, and kolaches, too.

  • Address 1: 6820 Alamo Pkwy #114, San Antonio, TX 78253
  • Address 2: 15171 Judson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247
  • Website: Instant Donuts Facebook

Best place for coffee and a donut: USA Donuts

I’m obsessed with USA Donuts and their adorable little donut-man mascot. It’s a very clean and organized donut shop that serves both classic donuts and filling breakfast croissant sandwiches. They also serve up a mean cappuccino and iced coffee if you have to have coffee with a donut. If you’re feeling adventurous, try USA Donuts’ boudin kolache, which is made with Cajun sausage.

Best vegan donuts: Plantyful Sweets

Got food intolerances or allergies? Plantyful Sweets is a gluten-free and vegan bakery that bills itself as allergy-friendly. They don’t cook with soy, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or gluten. They also whip up nut-free donuts for folks with nut allergies. Now, because of all of these restrictions, you might think Plantyful Sweets’ donuts would be gross or chewy: they’re anything but. I regularly indulge in their Cookie Crumble donuts, which are basically a gift from heaven.

Keep in mind that Plantyful Sweets is only open from 9 am – 2 pm, so double-check their hours before you make the trip to Main Ave.

Best Mexican donuts: Las Amazonas Bakery

Las Amazonas is a truly authentic San Antonio bakery. They sell your typical spread of donuts, but they also carry a huge variety of Latin-inspired baked goods like tres leches, polvorones, and empanadas. Personally, I’m a sucker for Las Amazonas’ empanada de cajeta, which is a fried pastry filled with caramel. Mmmm.

Oh, and did I mention that their donuts are iced by hand? You can definitely taste the love here.

Favorite old fashioned donuts: Top Donuts By Matz

Top Donuts makes all of its goods fresh every day, so you know you’re always chowing down on the freshest kolaches, croissants, biscuits, donuts, and egg rolls (yes, egg rolls). I’m a big fan of Top Donuts’ coffee selection, which includes drip coffee and iced mocha lattes. The menu here is pretty simple, without a ton of bells and whistles, but if you know you love a good old-fashioned donut, this is the place to be.