Sweet treats: 15 independent mighty Denver donut shops

by Carrie Bradon | Dec. 4, 2017, 1:04am |

Donuts were originally Dutch desserts known as

Few food categories are as well-loved in America as desserts and pastries. In fact, these sweet treats are so engrained in our culture that you may be hard-pressed to find a social event that doesn't include some sort of sweet, sticky, gooey goodness, which translates to an average consumption of 66 pounds of sugar per American, per year, according to the University of California in San Francisco.

Though cakes and cookies are all well and good, one of the most popular of all sweets is the donut. Dating back to the mid-19th century, donuts were originally Dutch desserts known as "oil cakes." Over time, these primitive pastries were perfected when in 1847 Hansen Gregory, an American ship captain, hollowed out the center of the dough. Since then donuts have become a favorite for offices, school, holiday celebrations and more. 

Northwest Denver is home to many fine restaurants, all with varying flavors and specialties. And whether you're simply visiting for the week or walking around your hometown, here are 15 mighty independent donut shops in Denver worth trying.

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Habit Donut Dispensary

1553 Platte St., Denver, CO 80202
(720) 428-8565
Though it may not be necessarily healthy to make a routine out of visiting Habit, this donut shop always has fun and tasty takes on donut flavors.

Lil D's Mini Donuts

601 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
(720) 243-4340
Lil D's offers deliciously delightful donuts in mini sizes, which are perfect for sharing ... or not.

Beet Box

1030 E. 22nd Ave., Denver, CO 80205
(303) 861-0017
Offering more than just donuts, Beet Box may be one of the few spots where vegans can go to enjoy a decadent donut.

Hotbox Roasters CBD Cafe

3490 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205
(720) 668-9167
Beer, coffee, donuts, you name it. Hotbox is your go-to spot for a relaxing drink or a gooey bite.

Winchell's Donut House

4965 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80221
(303) 477-5926
Quaint and cozy, this donut house never skimps on the sweet.

The Long I Pie Shop

321 E. 45th Ave., Denver, CO 80205
The Long I Pie Shop is a great resource for your sweet tooth. Creating custom cakes and pies may be their specialty, but one bite of a homemade donut will make you a lifelong believer.

Rosales Mexican Bakery

2636 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
(303) 458-8420
Baking fresh Mexican pastries on a daily basis, Rosales is a great spot to grab a freshly baked donut.

Voodoo Doughnut

1520 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218
(303) 597-3666
Give Voodoo Doughnut a chance to work their magic. Fun flavors -- like Cap'n Crunch and Maple Bacon -- will have you eager to come back.

City Donuts

4918 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80220
(720) 485-5706
City Donuts is a perfect place to meet a friend for coffee or tea and a handmade donut.

Walton's Donuts

6603 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO 80224
(303) 320-0061
This local spot is a great place to fall in love with your new favorite donut flavor.

LaMar's Donuts & Coffee

990 W. Sixth Ave., Denver, CO 80204
(720) 904-5792
If you haven't tried LaMar's, you're missing out on a whole lot of sweet and gooey donuts.

Sugar Rush Donuts

5771 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216
(720) 900-3861
Nothing goes better with good customer service than great donuts. Luckily, you'll get two-in-one at Sugar Rush.

PF Donut Shop

2855 York St., Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-3226
Customers swear that PF's has the best donuts out there, but that's something you'll have to be the judge of.

Marty's 47th Street Donuts

4701 Peoria St., Denver, CO 80239
(303) 371-4686
Marty's may have an unassuming exterior, but the interior of their donuts will quickly win over your taste buds and your heart.

Devil's Food Bakery & Cookery

1020 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-7448
Whether you're here for a full meal for just a delicious bite of donut, Devil's Food is devilishly good.

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