Sweet Donut Spots In Miami

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Let’s face it — donuts or doughnuts, no matter how you spell it, are always a good idea. In Miami, the sweets are trending hard and, these days, donuts have gone far beyond the traditional glazed or chocolate. Whether it’s cake or brioche, donuts are being stuffed and topped with anything you can imagine, and many shops are integrating our Miami style — think guava or café con leche — into the dough. Here’s a list of where to find the best artisanal donuts in Miami.

Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken

Call it like it is — this was one of the first donut shops to break the mold of the typical glazed donuts in South Florida. Mojo Donuts opened in Pembroke Pines in 2013, just as the donut trend was sweeping the nation, and their large-and-in-charge gourmet donuts stuffed with anything you can think of quickly grabbed attention. (People would often drive from as far away as the Florida Keys to get their hands on the donuts.) Now with two locations in Miami’s Westchester area and Pembroke Pines, along with a food truck at The Wharf, Mojo offers yeast and cake doughnuts in a dizzying array of choices, which means you’ll want a box to sample them all. Standout concoctions include the crème brulee, strawberry cheesecake, s’mores, Key lime pie and death by chocolate donuts. Oh yeah, there’s even a bruleed donut stuffed with crispy chicken tenders.

The Salty Donut

You’ll often notice this family-owned, artisanal donut shop because of the winding line outside (don’t worry, it moves quickly). While it started out as a pop-up in Wynwood, The Salty Donut quickly gained a cult-like following thanks to its over-the-top creations and it now has locations in Wynwood and South Miami. Everything is made from scratch, artificial ingredients are a no-no, and there’s a solid mix of staple and seasonal donuts. Favorites include the salty and sweet maple bacon brioche donut, the guava and cheese donut crowned with crushed Galleta Maria cookie, and seasonal fan favorites that are stuffed with fruit like the mango coconut croughnut. Wash it all down with a coffee, expresso or matcha tea.

Happy Place Donuts

Time to make the donuts? The team behind celeb-favorite Sugar Factory launched the first Happy Place Donuts on Española Way in South Beach with a glass-enclosed kitchen allowing visitors to watch the donuts being made. While you can keep it simple and delicious by ordering a chocolate glazed or the original Happy Donut with a vanilla glaze, go for the outrageously fun options that include a rainbow donut topped with Skittles, monkey bread with sea salt cream cheese frosting, or a crispy Nutella donut. The Hot & Happy Dough Balls, a bag of brioche dough balls sprinkled in powdered sugar, are another popular choice. There’s also now a second location on South Beach’s famed Ocean Drive for when you have a craving.

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Located on always-bustling Calle Ocho in historic Little Havana, this longtime red-and-white donut shop is known for its light and fluffy glazed donuts, along with fancy and filled donuts in a variety of flavors. For a taste of Miami, indulge in the guava, très léchés or flan flavors; or revert to your childhood with whimsical donuts smothered in M&Ms or Fruity Pebbles, while kicking back with a coffee.

Honeybee Doughnuts

At this artisanal donut shop tucked away in a shopping center in South Miami, the donuts are made fresh each day from decades of family recipes. Like its name, there is a signature Honeybee Doughnut, a raised doughnut stuffed with fresh whip cream and local honey, but the menu is vast when it comes to everyday donuts and specialty flavors. Pretend like it’s your birthday and order the festive Happy Birthday donut or go for the dulce de leche, guava and cream cheese, s’mores topped with roasted marshmallows, or the epic Oreo doughnut with buttercream. Specialty donuts include interesting versions like Chai tea, cardamom, matcha, and buttermilk pistachio.

Go ahead and splurge, we won’t tell anyone. You can always work off the calories with a beach walk, or a late night of dancing.

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