Donut? Doughnut? Spell it however you’d like — we’re obsessed just the same. There’s something magical about a donut because it conjures up childhood memories, from simple store-bought cake donuts as after-school treats to taped-shut cake boxes bursting with hand-chosen donuts from a favorite bakery. When you’re surrounded by Delco’s best donut-producing bakeries, then that magical feeling never ends!
With the exception of Phatso’s Bakery, every other featured purveyor here also offers other sweets and treats. We’ve honed in on must-try donut destinations, but know their cases are likely stocked full of other irresistible baked goods, too. Win-win!
Photo courtesy of Phatso’s Bakery
You best get here early, because when the donuts are gone, they’re gone! Sure, you can order ahead, but we must emphasize “ahead.” Phatso’s is all about the donuts, plus button holes and fancies (fritters, coffee rolls and bowties). There really is every conceivable donut here, but we’re partial to these two unique flavors: sweet potato swirl and lemon crisp. Open Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday from 6 a.m. to noon; closed when sold out.
609 Welsh Street, Chester, (610) 874-4240.
Photo courtesy of Traub’s Bakery
Founder Fred Traub opened a bakery in Delco in 1966, bringing with him the Traub’s family recipes — from Germany! Flash forward to today, and his famous Bavarian cream donuts — bursting with his signature cream — are still the go-to selection from among the ample donut options. Make sure to grab a cuppa Lacas Coffee Co. java to pair with your treat. Open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1020 Lincoln Ave., Prospect Park, (610) 534-8288.
Photo courtesy of Donut Haven
Tucked away in Booth’s Corner Farmers Market is this shop with a name that says it all! We’re going to consider the pastry-stuffed, practically open-faced bizmarks a donut, too, because we just can’t pass up something that decadent. Looking for fruit-filled? A glazed crueler? Sprinkles in every color? Then you’ve come to the right place! Pro tip: Despite the name, there are other baked goods available. Open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1362 Naamans Creek Rd., Garnet Valley, (610) 485-0775.
Photo courtesy of My Old Place Bakery
What’s that we spy? Something topped with powdered sugar that looks like a donut sandwich with drool-worthy cream in the middle? There’s variety here: When you make the trip, select the donut that’s almost a meal! We advise that you use two hands, and grab lots of napkins. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday.
201 Shadeland Ave., Lansdowne, (610) 259-4000.
Photo courtesy of Linvilla Orchards
If warm apple cider doughnuts and freshly made apple cider sound like fall, then we have a news flash: You can enjoy all year long! Trust us when we tell you that a warm apple cider doughnut topped with cinnamon sugar is always in season. They’re so good, they have their own web page. Hours vary by month, so bookmark this page and check back frequently.
137 West Knowlton Rd., Media, (610) 876-7116.
Photo courtesy of Jacquette’s Bakery
Family-owned and -operated since 1980, this is the place to stop for famous cream-filled donuts… And we mean filled! But we love to start with the dollop of cream that’s poking out the side. There are other decadent treats, too! Here’s a nod to a worthy mash-up: the doissant. It’s part, donut, part croissant and 100% mind-blowing. Open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2076 Sproul Rd., Broomall, (610) 353-2550.
Photo courtesy of Testa’s Bakery
This isn’t a donut shop, but there’s something seasonal within its bakery cases that are donut like and then some. Italians will recognize the generous Zeppole di San Giuseppe — St. Joseph’s Cake — prominent during that March feast time. Its base is pastry that’s covered with pastry cream, dusted with powdered sugar and topped with an Italian cherry. Open Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Monday through Wednesday.
12 Brookline Boulevard, Havertown, (610) 789-4331.
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— Nina Malone
Featured photo courtesy of Jacquette’s Bakery