Top 3 Donut Spots in Asheville

When people think about Asheville’s food scene, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the beer. And that’s not surprising. The current tally stands at about 40 breweries serving up brews in our modest town of about 90,000 people, lending credence to Asheville’s unofficial title: “Beer City, USA.”

But what you probably didn’t know is that we also have some phenomenal donuts, too. And not just any kind of donuts. Craft donuts. Handmade, hot, and cooked to perfection. And I’ve got three top donut spots that you’ve got to check out when you’re in Asheville.

Top 3 Donut Spots in Asheville

These are some of my favorite spots to hit up on a Sunday morning (although there is not a bad morning for donuts). I promise that you don’t want to pass up on the chance to snag a bite from one of these spots. You will not be disappointed.

Asheville COVID-19 Update: Asheville is currently in Phase 3, which began October 2nd. Please note that any mention of restaurants or local business here is not a recommendation to visit until it is safe to do so with precautions. This post is intended as a resource for future visitors and people considering moving to Asheville, with the goal being to help support the local small businesses that have reopened to continue operating and paying staff. Many if not all business have reduced or limited hours due to COVID. Call ahead to confirm hours and place your take-out order.

1. Hole Doughnuts
168 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC

Why I like it: Light, fluffy, airy, fried-to-order yeast pastries that are worth standing in any line, no matter the length.

Tip: Place your order ahead via their website.

Neighborhoods close to Hole Doughnuts: East West Asheville, State Street, Virginia Avenue

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2. Vortex Doughnuts
32 Banks Avenue, Suite 106, Asheville, NC

Why I like it: these are your donuts worth of a meal. Thick, full, substantial. You are in for a treat.

Neighborhoods close to Vortex Doughnuts: Darn, Wecan, East End

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3. Duck Donuts
182 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC

Why I like it: Classic donuts for when you need your fix.

Neighborhoods close to Duck Donuts: Five Points, Chesnut Hills, Henrietta/Spears

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Photo by @thaitalian_eats on instagram.

My favorite routine is grabbing donuts and a warm coffee from Hole, Vortex, or Duck, and heading over to the River Arts District to walk the dog along the French Broad River. That is, if your donuts last that long in the car! 🙂

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