The Donut Extravaganza Tour: Searching For The Best Donut In Los Angeles

Donuts are to America, as Cinnamon buns are to Sweden and Denmark – it is a necessity. I mapped out a bunch of places I had heard about, some new, some stylish, some open 24 hours a day, as I said, Americans love their donuts. The task was pretty easy really, visit 6 different places, try two donuts, where the one had to be the favorite and most sold one of the place. Rate the donuts on freshness, appearance and overall taste of course.

Donuts or Doughnuts are usually deep fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole, and often filled. Although you can get donuts at almost every corner throughout LA, the best ones can only be found on a few locations around the city. Be prepared to spend some time in your car to chase down that donut craving.

Here are my favorite, dare I say the best donuts in Los Angeles:


1. Sidecar Doughnuts

The one everyone is talking about and the one most people suggested I had to include. Since 2012 Sidecar has offered perfectly handcrafted donuts, made by the hour, clamming the worlds freshest donuts. Consume your donuts on the front porch, great for people watching.

FEATURES         Big selection, infused glaze, not too sweet, good height.

FRESHNESS      Very, came straight from the fryer

→ Sidecar Doughnuts

SANTA MONICA                                              COSTA MESA
631 Wilshire Blvd.                                            270 E. 17th St., #18
Santa Monica, California 90401                   Costa Mesa, California 92627

Opening hours:                                                Opening hours:
Open Daily 6:30am – 4:00pm                       Open Daily 6:30am – 4:00pm
Fri & Sat ’till 9:00pm                                      Fri & Sat ’till 9:00pm


2. Primo’s Donuts

Primo’s has fried up donuts since 1956, delivers fresh daily baked donuts, nothing fancy, no fuss, just good plainly glazed donuts. Pick up the donuts and find a cute spot to eat them, as the place itself isn’t the cutest and not Insta friendly.

FEATURES         Basic, classic flavors, good bake.


→ Primo’s Donuts
2918 Sawtelle Blvd.
W.L.A., CA 90064

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri 5:30am – 4:00pm
Sat 6:00am – 3:00pm
Sun 7:00am – 1:00pm


3. Randy’s Donuts

Randy’s is either your first or last stop visiting Los Angeles, just a few minutes from LAX. You cannot miss it, it has a giant donut on the roof. It has been claimed the top spot for donut many years.

FEATURES        Iconic donut spot. Good prices. Classic donuts


→ Randy’s Donuts
805 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301

Opening hours:


4. Trejo’s Donuts

Danny Trejo, famous for action flicks like Machete, started with a taco shop and a few restaurants, before opening this pink corner donut shop in Hollywood. The vibrantly colored donut shop sells unique flavors with a latino twist, like a tequila-lime donut.

FEATURES         Unique flavors, fun names, a little badass.

FRESHNESS      A little oily

→ Trejo’s Donuts
6785 Santa Monica Blvd at Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat 7:00am – 2:00 pm
Sun Closed


5. California Donuts

If you crave donuts at 2am, this is the place to go. California Donuts serves you cute panda decorated donuts all day all night. The selection is huge, everything from the classics to the fun colorful donuts full of M&M. You eat your donuts on the go, this is only a storefront, so no seating.

FEATURES         Mega cute, very colorful, huge selection.

FRESHNESS       A little to the dry side

California Donuts
3540 W 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Opening hours:
Always; open 24 hours daily


6. Cofax Donuts

Since 2014 Cofax has delivered fresh coffee and breakfast to the people and with acclaimed pasty chef Nicole Rucker they also fry up a smaller selection of great donuts. Great little coffee shop, interior on point. And probably my personal favorite.

FEATURES         Great and different flavor, very good height, very big, great style and presentation


→ Cofax Donuts
440 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat 7:00am – 6:00 pm

Sun 7:00 am – 5:00 pm



Did I miss your favorite donut in Los Angeles? Tell me about it!

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  • Reply
    July 5, 2017 at 17:34

    No Donut Man? Route 66 in Glendora – fresh strawberry is in season (had one on Saturday). Can’t wait for fresh peach.

    • Reply
      July 6, 2017 at 15:23

      Oh didn’t know about that one. Thank you.

  • Reply
    Colleen Welsch
    July 15, 2017 at 03:33

    I used to live within walking distance of California Donuts and never appreciated it until I moved to West LA. However, there’s a really great spot in Palms called Donut House – it’s awesome! Totally underrated.

  • Reply
    Jay - baked donut angelino
    January 27, 2019 at 22:00

    Sidecar, Primo and Randy’s… they are all great donuts! I love them all. If you are looking for something unique and L.A. Try RIING over Woodland Hills. Their ingredients are awesome!

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