Go Nuts for Donuts in Downtown San Diego

woman eating a donut

There’s nothing like starting your day with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee and a donut. Over the past few years, donuts have moved beyond the traditional powdered sugar or chocolate-glazed options. Artisanal shops are popping up all over to revolutionize the sweet fried treat with exciting new flavors and variations. We rounded up a few of our favorites right here in downtown San Diego.

Donut Bar

At Donut Bar, a local San Diego Chain, there’s something for everyone. If you love the tried-and-true flavors, they’ve got you covered with the Homer’s donut, topped with pink frosting and sprinkles. But for the adventurous, Donut Bar offers sweet surprises like the Butterbeer donut (with butterscotch glaze, a dulce de leche drizzle, and decorative Harry Potter-style glasses), the stuffed Nutella donut, or the Big Poppa donut– stuffed with a full-sized PopTart. With a creative menu and flavors that deliver on the promise of their descriptions, it’s no surprise that Donut Bar has won accolades from San Diego Magazine, Thrillist, USA Today, and more.

Devil’s Dozen Donuts

The Devil’s Dozen slogan is, “If you’re going to be bad, make sure your donuts are good.” That’s a promise they deliver on and then some. They offer an everyday selection of simple favorites like Chocolate Old-Fashioned and Tres Leches, with rotating flavors of the day including the cereal-topped Lucky Charm and the sweet-and-tart Key Lime. Customers warn that you’ll need to wake up early before they sell out, so don’t dawdle! Indulge yourself with a sinful dozen and try them all.

Sensational Treats Mini Donuts

Sensational Treats offers a donut experience of a different kind. Instead of running to the shop and ordering a dozen to go, let them bring the bakery to you! Their professional staff will set up on-site and make as many mini donuts as you need for your next party. Choose from cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, or Ghirardelli chocolate toppings, and enjoy. They can make up to 1,200 mini donuts per hour– so it’s up to you how many other guests you invite.

Once you’ve fallen in love with the San Diego donut scene, find the perfect place to live nearby. IDEA1 is a community designed for entrepreneurs, visionaries, and inspired professionals to live, work, and socialize. We offer a gym and bike shop on site so you can stay active as you indulge in your favorite area treats. Contact us to set up a tour or for more information.

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