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The best donuts in Miami to satisfy your sugar cravings

Treat yourself to the best donuts in Miami, from fried to baked to covered in frosting and topped with bacon—yep, bacon.

Virginia Gil
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Ryan Pfeffer
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Virginia Gil
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February 2020: Miami went from having a single chain of doughnut shops to boasting a dozen artisanal bakeries specializing in the round confection. The doughnut landscape is still evolving it seems. Velvet Creme had a great comeback in 2017 but it's run was cut short last year when its partners split. One guy kept the location and now runs 3dough5, a newcomer to our list, in its place. Plus, we've added Salty Donut's second location in South Miami and introduced a better-for-you option courtesy of Love Life Cafe at Time Out Market Miami.

Sometimes, you just wake up knowing exactly what you need: the best donuts in Miami. God bless the acai bowl and the best vegan restaurants in Miami and anything else that’s green and healthy—but can anything really replace the guilty pleasure of a doughnut? No, my friends. In Miami, we’ve got plenty of them. These circular pastries have become trendy lately, built as much for Instagram as for taste buds. But our picks of the best balance visual appeal with quality and taste. The result is an antidote for even the worst of Monday mornings. While the afternoon is for the best happy hour deals in Miami and the late-night calls for Miami’s best drunk food, our mornings belong to the beloved donut and these are our favorite ones in the city. 

Best of the city under one roof

Love Life Cafe - Time Out Market
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  • South Beach
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? The Time Out Market Miami’s outpost of Wynwood’s popular vegan café comprises two eateries: savory on the left and smoothies and desserts on the right.

Why go? Satisfy your craving for something sweet without totally wrecking your diet. Love Life’s sweet, dense, plant-based doughnuts will fool anyone into thinking they’re filled with sugar, butter and other ingredients that may not be the best for you. 

Best doughnuts in Miami

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  • Bakeries
  • Wynwood
  • price 1 of 4

What is it? Wynwood’s resident doughnut wizards, churning out fluffy, sweet creations that are stuffed, injected and topped with wonderfulness ranging from creamy guava to crispy bacon. Don't worry: the line out the door moves pretty fast. 

Why go? For the guava and cheese doughnut. Wash it down with a Cinnamon Toast Crunch latte.

  • Restaurants
  • Doral
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? An adorable local vegan bakery, dishing out sweets that will fool those used to more decadent offerings. Cupcakes are normally the go-to here but don’t sleep on the mini-doughnuts. 

Why go? Because everything is 100 percent vegan and—believe it or not—still 100 percent delicious.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? An old-school doughnut joint that couldn’t care less about your Instagram account. The closest location to Miami is in Hollywood, where you’ll find plenty of regulars hovering over the dense, sizable doughnuts that strain the bicep with each bite.

Why go? We heartily recommend visiting the original 24-hour Pompano outpost at 4am for some, shall we say, interesting people-watching.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • South Beach
  • price 2 of 4

What is it? Flashy sweets shop serving classic options as well as specialty doughnuts like the brioche monkey bread. There’s also a gummy bear bar, where you can order yours rosé-flavored.

Why go? Get a dozen to-go and bring them to the beach, which is a mere three blocks east. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Allapattah
  • price 1 of 4

What is it? The shop formerly known as Velvet Crème is under new ownership (one of the original partners kept the location and changed its name) but still slinging classic glazed doughnuts.

Why go? The revamped menu features more offbeat flavors, like a rich flan-filled treat and one topped with strips of maple-bacon.

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