For Houstonians, the trifecta of breakfast on-the-go comprises of breakfast tacos, kolaches, and donuts. As for donuts, Houstonians can find them in all shapes and sizes across the city. Read on to discover the best donuts in Houston!
1. Robin’s Snowflake Donuts & Cafe
Robin’s Snowflake Donuts & Cafe is a small, family-run donut shop in Spring. Open from 6 am to noon daily, excluding Mondays, Robin’s is known for their fantastic fritters – available in flavors beyond apple – boudin-sausage egg rolls, and of course, donuts. For what it’s worth, Yelp recently ranked the donut maker on its lists of Top 100 U.S. Donut Shops of 2022 at #16, and Top 100 Texas Restaurans 2022 at #5.
2. River Oaks Donuts
Peruse any doughnut roundup in Houston and you’ll see River Oaks Donuts often cited as one of the best doughnut makers in the city. Here, customers can enjoy custom, gluten-free, and one-of-a-kind creations. Flavors like Unicorns, Royal Purple, and Cappucino Cream-Filled pop out on the menu. Classic donuts, kolaches, and donut holes are also available with plenty of variety.
3. Christy’s Donuts & Kolaches
Christy’s Donuts Kolaches is an establishment that will bring you back to life in the mornings following late-night shenanigans. The no-frills, mom-and-pop bakery on the corner of Montrose Blvd and W Gray St. offers all the sweet and savory classics that’ll do you well at easy prices. Can’t do better than that.
4. Shipley Do-Nuts
Shipley Do-Nuts is a Houston-born institution some 87 years in the making. With a massive expansion on the way, the do-nut providers aim to conquer the country with their hot, hand-cut donuts all day.
5. Vegan Donut & Gelato
Located at 16618 Clay Road, Ste 125, Vegan Donut & Gelato northwest of Memorial uses 100% vegan ingredients for their delicious assortment of donuts, kolaches, and gelato. On the donut side of things, the shop features your classics as well as more eccentric options including: Chocolate Koala Crisp, Berry Blast, and Vanilla Pumpkin Seed flavors.
6. Hugs & Donuts
Here you got your simple, run-in-the-mill donuts; you got Something Extra Donuts — which include such creations as a Fruity Pebble Crunch Cake Donut and a Daily Seasonal Cake Donut (like caramel Nutella crunch, for example). And then you got your Adventurous Donuts. These puppies feature such works as a Tres Leches Cake Donut Fritter and a Biscoff Cookie Butter Yeast Donut. Just eat the donuts, do-nut ask why.
7. Queen Donut
This little donut shop is a no-frills, neighborhood favorite of The Heights. At Queen Donut patrons can enjoy all the classic donuts, breakfast favorites, and kolaches (made with sweet bread), in a diner-like environment at diner-like prices.
8. Voodoo Doughnuts
Voodoo Doughnut began as a doughnut hole-in-the-wall in Portland, making its name with cheeky innuendo, eyebrow raising flavors, and bizarrely delectable doughnuts. With options like Voodoo Doll, Ring of Fire, and Diablos Rex, their doughnuts read like something out of a Tim Burton food-coma dream.
Plus, the donut makers recently announced that they would be giving away one free doughnut to customers wearing Astros gear for home games this season.
9. Just Rising Donut Shop
Sometimes you need a little savory to balance out the sweet. At Just Rising Donut Shop, visitors can load up on croissants, breakfast tacos, biscuits, and kolaches, as well as donuts. Add famously friendly service to the mix and you got yourself a good start to any morning. New customers are encouraged to try the Red Velvet Donut.
10. Glazed The Doughnut Cafe
Ever wanted to eat a fried chicken donut sandwich? How about a donut sandwich filled with brisket and sausage? Explore unchartered confectionary territory at Glazed The Doughnut Cafe in the Medical Center area.