The Best Doughnut in the District of Columbia

Best doughnut in the District of Columbia

I landed at District Doughnuts by what I can only define as a kiss from fate. It was a steamy, July day and I was guiding my friend around D.C. on Capitol Bikeshare. He is new to the city and as I licensed guide I felt obliged to show him the key neighborhoods of D.C.  When I spotted the blue facade, I knew a bite of a local D.C. bakery would be the perfect welcome treat! Had I known how delicious these fried wonders are, I would have been making special trips here for years!

The Dough

Best doughnut in the District of Columbia dulche de leche
Best doughnut in the District of Columbia

Hand-crafted,  beautiful to look at and even more delicious to eat! Good luck making a choice between the glazes, fillings, cake or traditional dough, and carefully-curated seasonal choices. But, no matter which one, two or three you choose, they will be delicious!

I drooled over the idea of biting into the flambéed Lemon Meringue but ultimately we decided for two others.  I was blown away by the Salted Dulce de Leche’s sweetness and the richness of the Milk Chocolate Glazed doughnut. Completely different in flavor and texture but equally mouth-watering. Yum!

The Coffee

compass coffee dc

With doughnuts as sweet as the Dulce de Leche your palate is going to crave the smooth, slightly bitter taste of locally roasted Compass Coffee! Sourced only from the best coffee growers, blended, then roasted to perfection and served hot or as cold brew. This coffee makes the perfect balancer for any of the doughnuts you select.


DC's best dulche de leche doughnut

District Doughnuts were first located in the pop-up, haven Union Market, then opened their first location in Barrack’s Row in 2014. As they have grown in popularity, they have expanded to a second location in Georgetown, and now offer deliveries!

Read on to see where they are located!

Barrack’s Row


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DC's best dulche de leche doughnut