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Salty Donut
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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.

By Ryan Pfeffer and Virginia Gil

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

Restaurants South Beach

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

The Salty Donut
Photograph: Courtesy The Salty Donut/Donna Irene Muccio

1. The Salty Donut

Restaurants Bakeries Wynwood

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.

Photograph: Unsplash/Audrey Fretz

2. Bunnie Cakes

Restaurants Bakery Midtown

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.  

Salty Donut
Photograph: Courtesy Salty Donut/dmargherite

3. The Salty Donut - South Miami

Restaurants Bakeries South Miami

What is it? More of the same, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Salty Donut’s South Miami location offers up the same incredible doughnuts and in a more ample, convenient space.

Why go? A bigger kitchen means more flavors to choose from and more doughnuts to stock up on before they sell out—because you know they will. 

Dandee Donut Factory
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tim S.

4. Dandee Donuts Factory

Restaurants Bakeries

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.

Happy Place doughnuts
Photograph: Courtesy Happy Place

5. Happy Place Donuts

Restaurants Bakeries South Beach

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. 

Krispy Kreme
Photograph: Unsplash/The Creative Exchange

6. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Restaurants Bakeries North Miami Beach

What is it? Do we really need to tell you about Krispy Kreme? Really? Fine. It’s a national chain serving up some of the tastiest guilty pleasures you’ll find in a drive-through (and this is the only Miami location).

Why go? Ask nicely and they’ll give you a cute paper hat to wear while you chow down.  

Photograph: Unsplash/Hello I'm Nik

7. 3dough5

Restaurants Bakeries Allapattah

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.

Honeybee Doughnuts
Photograph: Courtesy Honeybee Doughnuts

8. Honeybee Doughnuts

Restaurants Bakeries South Miami

What is it? Surprisingly light and fresh doughnuts that won’t put you in a sugar coma. Honeybee also offers vegan and gluten-free options for pickier stomachs.

Why go? For the signature Honeybee doughnuts, filled with fresh whipped cream and local Florida honey. 

Mojo Donuts
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Yohermo E.

9. Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken

Restaurants Bakeries Olympia Heights

What is it? Everything your inner-child every wanted to stuff on (and in) a doughnut. Plus, fried chicken! Come hungry, leave semi-conscious.  

Why go? Because Guy Fieri gave it two flaming thumbs up on his ode to calories: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

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