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.
1. Hole Doughnuts (@holedonutsavl)
Located in the heart of West Asheville, Hole Doughnuts is a must-visit spot for anyone who loves fresh, handmade donuts. Hole Doughnuts offers a unique twist on the classic donut, with flavors like ginger cardamom, lemon thyme, and hibiscus. All of their donuts are made to order, so you can be sure that you’re getting a fresh, hot treat every time. The atmosphere at Hole Doughnuts is cozy and intimate, with a rustic feel that perfectly complements their artisanal donuts.
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
2. Vortex Doughnuts (@vortexdonuts)
Vortex Doughnuts is a popular spot in Asheville’s South Slope neighborhood, known for their creative flavors and innovative toppings. In addition to classic flavors like glazed and chocolate, Vortex offers unique options like Earl Grey, lavender lemon, and maple bacon. Vortex also offers vegan and gluten-free options, making it a great choice for anyone with dietary restrictions. The space at Vortex is bright and airy, with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors.
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
3. Duck Donuts (@duckdonuts)
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
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! 🙂
Each of these donut shops offers something unique, whether it’s handmade donuts, creative flavors, or a playful atmosphere. Whether you’re a local or a visitor to Asheville, be sure to check out these top donut spots and all of the other delicious options that the city has to offer.