11 of San Diego’s Best Damn Donut Shops by NeighborhoodEat + Drink
Donuts may not be the most diet friendly, but damn they are goooood!
In San Diego, where we’re all about acai bowls and breakfast burritos, sometimes we need to stop and smell the sweet fried goodness of our local donut shops.
Luckily, San Diego is home to some of the best donuts you’re going to ever find!
Here is a list of donut shops in San Diego in neighborhoods all around the city so you can quickly find the best donuts when you need one!
Escondido: Peterson’s Donut Corner
As much as I would have loved to, if I did all my own “research” for this article, they would have had to cut me out of my house… so I took to Facebook to ask my friends which doughnut shops they love and I had an overwhelming response for Peterson’s Donut Corner in Escondido.
Peterson’s is open 24 hours and no matter what time of day, they always have customers.
Address: 903 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Encinitas: VG Donuts and Bakery
You didn’t grow up in Encinitas without meeting up at VG’s for a donut! They have some of the best donuts and pastries and also specialize in cakes.
Address: 106 Aberdeen Drive, Cardiff, CA 92007
University Heights: Nomad Donuts
Nomad Donuts boasts “gourmet donuts inspired by the world yet created with local ingredients.” They even offer vegan donuts.
Of course they have the classics like chocolate and maple but they also provide donuts for the more sophisticated pallet.
Try their Vegan Orange Guava Chili or their Vegan Ube Taro Coconut.
Address: 4504 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92116
Oceanside: Chow’s Donuts
Chow’s Donuts in Oceanside is a sweet “mom-and-pop” shop and customers rave that they have the recipe for the best donuts in town!
Address: 1906 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92054
Downtown: Donut Bar
Donut Bar in Downtown SD has made headlines with its amazing donuts; voted the Number 1 Donut Shop by USA Today and many more news organizations and blogs.
Donut Bar has also received San Diego Magazine’s “Best of San Diego” Awards.
Address: 631 B St, San Diego, CA 92101
Mission Valley: Donut Panic
“Donut Panic” about eating amazing donuts from this little shop on Mission Gorge Road because they are organic and in San Diego, we love the organic, healthy options – even when it comes to eating donuts!
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends, Donut Panic offers 100% vegan donuts and bagels, and during the rest of the week they have traditional desserts and old fashioned donuts.
Address: 6171 Mission Gorge Rd #113, San Diego, CA 92120
Little Italy: Devil’s Dozen
Devil’s Dozen in Little Italy offers more than just the traditional Maple Bar or Chocolate Twist.
Their menu includes Nutella Hazelnut, S’mores, Churro Bites, and their Tres Leches Cake which is the delicious love child of a cake and a donut; it may be a sin (get it?!?) to taste this good!
Address: 2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Mira Mesa: Donut Stop
The Donut Stop in Mira Mesa is a good ol’ fashioned donut shop that offers good ol’ fashioned donuts. I have family in Texas and I thought that was the only place I could get a Blueberry donut… apparently not! Donut Stop offers blueberry donuts and they are simply amazing!
Address: 9330 Mira Mesa Blvd # E, San Diego, CA 92126
Mission Hills: Donut Star
Donut Star offers the classics but also has some uncommon flavors like their chocolate-glazed red velvet and it’s open 24 hours!
Address: 601 W Washington St., San Diego, CA, 92103
North Park | Normal Heights | Golden Hill: Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
Dark Horse conveniently has three locations in San Diego so find the one closest to you and check them out!
- North Park | 3794 30TH St. San Diego, CA 92104
- Golden Hill | 811 25th St. San Diego, CA 92102
- Normal Heights | 3260 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116
There you have the best damn donut shops that San Diego has to offer.
If you aren’t craving donuts by now, you have a lot more self-control than most! Enjoy!