Where To Get Great DONUTS in Asheville (+ A Map!)

This list shares the best donut shops in Asheville. From vegan doughnuts to mochi dough, an amazing Boston cream donut and hot & fresh gourmet ones, we share the best donut shops in town.

Below you’ll find our roundup of where to get donuts in Asheville. For the most part, our list is unranked, though we did include a few of our go-to’s toward the beginning of the list.

Where To Get Donuts In Asheville

Before we get to the details, we’ll first share a map of Asheville’s donut shops so you can easily see the closest to you. You can also check out our Asheville donuts web story for a quick guide to the city’s best donuts.

This guide highlights donut shops in Asheville. If you want more sweets and treats, check out the best bakeries in Asheville and our top picks for ice cream shops.

The Best Donut SHOps In Asheville

Our top recommended eatery for donuts in Asheville (+ most are vegan!)

Vortex immediately comes to mind when we think of Asheville donut shops. It’s local, with two different types of dough, over 10 flavors, amazing apple fritters and equally great coffee.

Located in the South Slope neighborhood of Asheville, Vortex Doughnuts offers both yeast and cake donuts. They have several flavors available every day for both types of dough.

We especially enjoy their cream cheese donuts, fritters and the signature vortex with cinnamon + sugar and chocolate drizzle.

What’s interesting about Vortex is that most of their doughnuts are vegan. They even have a vegan cream-filled option!

And as a bonus, Vortex brews one of the best cups of coffee in Asheville.

Flavor assortment: 15+ daily donut flavors in both yeast and cake dough. Vortex posts its weekly flavors on Instagram.

Coffee and other drinks: Excellent coffee brewed with 1000 Faces! They also have a full espresso menu as well as specialty drinks and bottled milk.

Other menu items: You’ll only find donuts, coffee and espresso drinks here! They also sell Vortex merchandise and 1000 Faces coffee.

Dietary Options: Vortex has a ton of vegan donuts. Most of their menu is actually vegan– they mark the donuts that aren’t vegan as NV. Vortex also offers gluten-sensitive doughnuts (not vegan) but they don’t make any claims for gluten-free doughnuts.

Pricing: Donuts range from $2 each (old-fashioned) to $3.75 each (apple fritters, filled doughnuts). You can get a 4 count for $11, a 6 count for $17 or a baker’s dozen (13 donuts) for $28.

Made-to-order gourmet donuts in West Asheville

Hole Doughnuts is typically on every first trip to Asheville itinerary we come across. If you aren’t familiar, Hole is a darling donut shop in West Asheville. They make their donuts to order, so you can plan on a hot one every time!

The donuts at Hole are made from a single-yeasted dough recipe. They have 3 daily flavors (Vanilla Glazed, Toasted Almond Sesame Cinnamon, and Cinnamon Sugar) and one seasonal flavor.

There’s some seating inside as well as a few tables out. It’s close to Taco Billy (which makes a great stop for a savory breakfast before a sweet donut!)

Flavor assortment: Vanilla Glazed, Toasted Almond Sesame Cinnamon, and Cinnamon Sugar. They also have a seasonal flavor.

Coffee and other drinks: Coffee from local roaster PennyCup, tea from Asheville Tea Company, chocolate milk + whole milk from Farm To Home Milk and orange juice.

Other menu items: You’ll only find donuts, coffee, tea and juice at Hole!

Dietary Options: The yeasted dough recipe contains organic stone ground flour from Lindley Mills, unrefined organic cane sugar, sea salt, cage-free eggs and whole butter. They are fried in non-GMO rice bran oil.

Pricing: Donuts at Hole are $2.75 each, $15 for 7 and $30 for 13.

The Best Boston Cream Donut In Asheville

If you are venturing into North Asheville it’s definitely worth a stop at the family-owned Geraldine’s Bakery.

You won’t find any frills, but instead an authentic bakery with fresh and delicious donuts, as well as cookies, cakes, pies, and savory treats.

One of our favorite donuts at Geraldine’s is their Boston Cream donut– it’s filled to the brim with delicious custard.

Flavor assortment: Geraldine’s offers delicious yeast doughnuts in traditional flavors. You’ll find a variety of donuts (Glazed, Sprinkled, Sliced Almonds, Coconut, Bismarcks, Boston Cream, Cinnamon Bun) as well as apple fritters and other pastries.

Coffee and other drinks: Dynamite Roasting Co drip coffee poured out of perfectly on brand old-school diner-style round coffee pot. Geraldine’s also has a beverage cooler with bottled drinks.

Other menu items: Apart from donuts you’ll find a ton of other pastries and baked goods. Their danish assortment is top-notch (cinnamon, cheese, fruit, guava.) They also have chocolate eclairs, pastry cigars, sprinkle cookies, hamantaschen, bagels (plain and everything) and croissants. They also have breakfast sandwiches (egg and cheese on your choice of croissant or bagel and a variety of protein options)

Dietary Options: Not many vegan or gluten-free baked goods options, but they do have an amazing vegan chocolate pecan cookie!

West Asheville bakery with daily donuts

The West End Bakery is a bakery and cafe in West Asheville, NC. They offer breakfast and lunch and have a full espresso menu– and amazing donuts!

The donuts at West End are pretty unique because they come with a donut hole on top. The flavors change daily but there’s typically 4 to 5 each day.

West End also has a pastry case full of delicious breakfast treats, from their famous cinnamon rolls to croissants, muffins and scones.

Flavor assortment: Donut flavors change daily!

Coffee and other drinks: Full espresso menu, matcha latte, tea

Other menu items: West End Bakery has a full pastry case, as well as breakfast and lunch. Try the bacon egg and cheese or a breakfast pot pie.

Donut shop in downtown Asheville with unique flavors

Stay Glazed Donuts is the go-to place for funky and delicious donut flavors. Think: raspberry sriracha! They also have classics like a strawberry sprinkle.

All of the donuts that come out of Stay Glazed’s kitchen are small-batch, hand-cut and made fresh. And you better catch them quick– they are known to sell out!

If you’re gluten-free, you’ll be happy to hear that Stay Glazed recently announced plans to transition the shop to a fully GF bakery.

Flavor assortment: You’ll find donut flavors like miso maple and bacon, raspberry sriracha, dirty pumpkin chai, sweet potato curry and strawberry cookie butter. And a strawberry Simpson’s donut!

Coffee and other drinks: You can grab a coffee, espresso drink or hot tea.

Dietary Options: Their mochi dough is vegan and gluten-free!

Donut shop in South Asheville near Biltmore Park

Ava’s Donuts is a donut shop in South Asheville near Biltmore Park. Their donuts are huge and well priced so you will feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.

Ava’s has a large selection of donuts that are always made fresh — we often get them on our way out of town (very easy to access off of I-26) and the donuts taste like they were just made even hours later.

Flavor assortment: Ava’s specializes in the classic doughnut flavors (think: cinnamon sugar, glazed…) with a few specialty flavors mixed in (cookies and cream! Red velvet!)

Coffee and other drinks: Nothing fancy but you can grab a hot cup of coffee! It’s also located next to a Starbucks if you need a fancy drink (though to be honest that’s not the When In Asheville style!)

Other menu items: None

Dietary Options: None

Pricing: The doughnuts range from $0.99 for a glazed (!!!) and up to $1.89 for a specialty doughnut. They offer an assorted mix by the half dozen for $7.99 and by the dozen for $15.99.

Half dozen assorted donuts from Duck Donuts

Build-your-own donuts in North Asheville

Duck Donuts is located in North Asheville near Trader Joe’s. It’s a build-your-own donut shop, and you can watch the donut process from start to finish.

You can either build your own unique combo or choose from a menu. Donuts include a coating (ex. glazed, powdered sugar, chocolate icing, peanut butter icing…), up to 2 toppings for each donut and a drizzle.

For toppings, they have everything from graham crackers to bacon!

Flavor assortment: Duck Donuts fries their donuts and decorates them to order. You can choose from a menu of flavors (ex. blueberry pancake, maple bacon, lemon with raspberry drizzle, s’mores…) or create your own. The donut dough itself is pretty cakey and crispy from the fryer.

Coffee and other drinks: Duck Donuts has hot coffee, cold brew, iced coffee, iced tea and hot chocolate. They also have bottled Pepsi drinks available.

Other menu items: Duck Donuts has breakfast bagel sandwiches and milkshakes. You can also opt for your breakfast sandwich to be served on a donut.

Dietary Options: None

Pricing: Donuts are $2.30 each. A half dozen is $12 and a full dozen is $21.50.

Weekend donut holes at an upscale restaurant

Though they aren’t available daily, we didn’t want to leave Bargello off the list of great donuts in Asheville. The flavor changes seasonally, but you can count on Bargello to have a flavorful donut option at their weekend brunch.

Bargello is located at the downtown Asheville luxury hotel Kimpton Hotel Arras.

Coffee truck near Brevard with mini donuts

Velvet Cup is a coffee truck near the Brevard entrance to Pisgah National Forest. It’s located in The Hub’s parking lot.

In addition to coffee, espresso drinks and smoothies, The Velvet Cup serves mini donuts. It’s a great stop before heading into the National Forest, especially if you have kids in tow.

Flavor assortment: Velvet Cup has four classic flavors (cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, salted caramel and salted chocolate) and one seasonal flavor.

Coffee and other drinks: Velvet Cup is primarily a coffee truck, so you’ll find tons of coffee and espresso options as well as cold brew. They also have hot chocolate and steamed milk for the kiddos.

Other menu items: Velvet Cup has a protein shake and fruit smoothies on the menu.

Dietary Options: None. Their donuts contain gluten and are not vegan.

Pricing: $3.20 for a half dozen mini donuts and $5.20 for a full dozen. They really are mini, so we always opt for a full dozen. You have the option for two flavors with a full dozen and one with a half.

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