11 Places to Get Your Donut Fix

By Natalie Boesch
In Culture

… Because who doesn’t love donuts? We’ve picked out 11 of the best local donut shops listed according to how long they’ve been supplying St. Louis with our favorite fried pastries.

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1/ Donut Drive-In
1953
Donut Drive-In has been a staple in St. Louis since 1953. The doors open at 5am every day of the week and stay open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu includes simple glazed donuts, jelly-filled donuts and signature creations. The low prices contribute to the old-school feel: Get a classic donut for $0.78 cents or a fancy donut for just $1.40.
6525 Chippewa St., Lindenwood

2/ Donut Stop
1953
This mom-and-pop donut shop has been operating in St. Louis for just as long as Donut Drive-In. It may be small and unassuming but the signature cinnamon globs burst with freshness and flavor. Make sure you try the fritters, too.
1101 Lemay Ferry Rd., Lemay
3120 W. Clay St., Saint Charles

3/ World’s Fair Doughnuts
1970s
World’s Fair Donuts has been supplying St. Louis with delicious pastries for over three decades. Some of its most raved-about flavors are the cinnamon cake donuts and the apple fritters. Make sure you bring cash or checks!
1904 S. Vandeventer Ave., Shaw

4/ O’Fashion Donuts
1980
O’Fashion Donuts is open every day from 5am until 1am, making it easy to get a donut whenever the craving hits you. The blueberry donut has been cited by locals as the best option.
5120 Southwest Ave., Southwest Garden

5/ St. Louis Hills Donut Shop
1991
This donut shop likes to celebrate the holidays with themed donuts. Most recently, the shop made heart-shaped and red velvet donuts for Valentine’s Day and football long johns for the Super Bowl.
6917 Hampton Ave., The Hill

6/ John’s Donuts
1982
The hours are unpredictable, but the donuts aren’t! I once rode my bike here for three miles at midnight and the bear claw was more than worth it.
1618 S. Broadway, Soulard

7/ Eddie’s Southtown Donuts
2007
Eddie’s opens at 5am every morning to serve up their melt-in-your-mouth donuts. It’s got all the classics and recently jumped aboard the strange train with the Fruity Pebbles sprinkled donut. Don’t miss out on the fudge-filled powdered donut.
4701 S. Kingshighway Blvd., South Hampton

8/ Plaza Pastries & Donuts
2009
Tower Grove’s neighborhood donut shop offers some of the best glazed butter twists and blueberry fritters in the city. Plus there’s plenty of seating in the dining room so you can enjoy your donut right away.
3182 Morganford Rd., Tower Grove

9/ Vincent Van Doughnut
Truck: 2013. Store: 2015
Get to this donut shop early because some of its most popular flavors sell out before 9am! The donuts are made from scratch every morning and the team likes to get creative, so call ahead to find out about any new donuts they’ve fried up.
40 N. Central, Clayton

10/ Strange Donuts
2013
Being on a newer donut shop in town that hasn’t stopped Strange Donuts from bringing in customers by the hundreds. You can get classic donuts for $1, Creations including gooey butter donuts for $2 and Strangers for $5. The Strangers feature collaborations with local restaurants and include flavors such as Mai Lee Restaurant Pho King Done and Bogart’s BBQ Rib Done. The owners of Strange Donuts also give back to the community through their nonprofit Strange Cares.
2709 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood
107 E Argonne, Kirkwood

11/ Pharaoh’s Donuts
2014
STL Post Dispatch named Pharaoh’s Donuts the best donut shop in the city, and its name does suggest donuts good enough for royalty. Get the glazed donut holes or the cinnamon buns.
200 N. 7th St., Downtown

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