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Doughnut or Donut, That is the Question. Boise’s 6 Most Popular Donut Shops

Last updated June 26, 2020 by Totally Boise

The real question is, is it doughnut or donut? According to, both are correct. If you want to get down to specifics, doughnut is the proper form of spelling the flavorful fried and rounded treat, whereas donut is a simplified written American version. Either way you spell it, the taste is the same, delicious. The Treasure Valley has some of the most appetizing doughnuts worth devouring, here’s a rundown of the 6 best doughnut shops around town.

The Dapper Doughnut

The Dapper Doughnut is a mini doughnut shop with a selection anyone would glaze, we mean craze over. Made to order, every bite is as mouthwatering and warm as one could imagine. With over 20 options to choose from, these mini doughnuts range from sweet to savory. The best part is, there is zero guilt about eating an entire 6-pack of doughnuts, because they’re mini!

Location: 6711 N Glenwood St

Pastry Perfection

The name says it all. Pastry Perfection bakes delicious doughnuts, dessert breads, coffee cakes and more to perfection. Juicy jelly doughnuts and apple fritters are just two of the long list of menu items to choose from. What may be the sweetest part about Pastry Perfection is their delivery option.

Location: 5855 N Glenwood St.

Website: Pastry Perfection

Guru Donuts

Guru is a must-go-to around Boise, it would be a shame not to put them on the list. While dishing up classic style doughnuts, Guru isn’t afraid to push the limits when it comes to their recipes. Some of their seasonal recipes include a doughnut rolled in frosted flakes and a strawberry dipped doughnut, oh and those are just the vegan options.

Location: 928 W Main St.

Website: Guru Donuts

Photo Credit: Guru Donut's Instagram

DK Donuts

What could be considered as one of Boise’s OG doughnut shops, DK Donuts is sure to hit the breakfast spot whether it’s a weekend craving or trying to win over the work office. DK makes staple doughnuts such as bear claws, apple fritters and filled doughnuts. However, a personal favorite would be their maple bar sprinkled in bacon bits.

Location: 1300 W State St.

Photo Credit: DK Donut's Instagram

Country Donuts

We all do it, we stare into the doughnut filled cases looking for the biggest doughnut. Well now that option isn’t necessary. Country Donuts is more than generous when it comes to portion sizes with their doughnuts. Again, making staple doughnuts the best part of their store, they prove that size does indeed matter.

Location: 10358 W Overland Rd.

Fit Donut

Have a craving, but it isn’t cheat day yet? Fit Donut fixes that problem. With options like chocolate chip cookie dough and funfetti it is mind-boggling how these doughnuts can be healthier than the average doughnut. Technically, this is a shop outside of Boise, but it’s not everyday there is a healthy doughnut option. While still eating a doughnut

Location: 1330 E Fairview Ave #105

Photo Credit: Fit Donut's Instagram

Here are a few favorite shops outside of Boise:

The Donut + Dog

The Donut + Dog is located at The Village in Meridian and adds a bonus meal to their menu, hot dogs. Not only do they dish up brioche-style doughnuts named, Sweet Baby Jesus and Big Sexy, but they have hot dogs named The Hangover and Not So Basic. It would be a shame to not try any of these snacks with names like that.

Location: 3525 E Longwing Ln, Suite A-180

Website: The Donut + Dog

Photo Credit: The Donut + Dog's Instagram

Sweet Sensations Doughnuts

“Best donuts in the valley hands down,” according to Brad Lay on google reviews. Other reviews included, “fun and creative” and “fluffy” in the description when describing Sweet Sensation Doughnuts.

Location: 1735 W Franklin Rd, Meridian, ID 83642

Goatstar Donuts & Coffee

One google reviewer made a bold statement, they are never going back to Krispy Kreme again after enjoying Goastar’s donuts! Goatstar Donuts & Coffee was deemed “delicious” and having “the perfect texture”.

Location: 5720 Cleveland Blvd Suite 111, Caldwell, ID 83607

Photo Credit: Goatstar Donuts and Coffee

La Esperanza Bakery

La Esperanza Bakery in Caldwell is another hidden gem according to Google. In addition to pastries, their empanadas and tamales seem to be what people gravitate towards.

Location: 5216 Cleveland Blvd C, Caldwell, ID 83607

Nueva Vida Bakery

According to the reviews on Google, if you want fresh and delicious tortillas, this is where you go. Nueva Vida Bakery is a must stop bakery in Nampa if you want fresh and delicious baked goods.

“This place is a hidden gem in Nampa” - Shawn

Location: 1424 2nd St S, Nampa, ID 83651

Doughnut know which shop to check out first? Make it a doughnut crawl! Try 'em all in one day or start with the shop that is closest to you. Either way, it would be a shame to not devour all of the delicious doughnuts in the Treasure Valley.




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