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5 Best Donuts in Massachusetts – North of Boston

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Get your taste buds ready for our tried-and-true list of The Best Donuts in Massachusetts – North Shore edition! You won’t have to travel far to get these incredible confections… so read cautiously! I even included an option for vegan donuts at the very end.

Changing Tides Cafe & Donut Shop - Newburyport, MA

This cafe sits on a side street near downtown Newburyport. The shop offers cake and yeast donuts made fresh every day. They’re light, fluffy and a hit with the locals! I didn’t expect fresh blueberries on top of donuts and thought that was an interesting topping. I love blueberries so of course I had to try it and yum! Get there early on the weekends before the flavors run out. 

Address: 92 Pleasant St, Newburyport MA
Mon-Thur: 7am-12pm
Fri-Sun: 7am-2pm

Union Square Donuts

Union Square Donuts is perhaps the most iconic shop on our Best Donuts in Massachusetts list. With four locations across the city, it’s an easy stop to add to your next visit to Boston. They have a tantalizing (and famous!) Instagram account (@unionsquaredonuts) where they introduce new weekly flavors and behind-the-scenes footage. Most recently, they had a “Chicken and Waffles” flavor ready for the Superbowl… we had to try it! The maple-glazed donut was covered in fried chicken skin, waffle pieces, and hot honey. 

Below is a picture from our recent visit (see the cheesecake brownie bar donuts?! Amazing.)

Address: 4 locations in Boston, Somerville and Brookline MA.
Assembly Row location: 457 Grand Union Boulevard, Somerville MA
Mon-Thurs: 7am-2pm
Fri-Sun: 7am-6pm

Best Donuts in Massachusetts - Union Square

The Donut Shack - Lowell, MA

Arguably the best donuts in Massachusetts, The Donut Shack doesn’t disappoint. Just think: handmade donuts made with the highest quality ingredients. You’ll find classic donuts here and then a few surprises, too. Marshmallow-filled and apple-filled donuts get my vote. Come prepared. The shop is cash-only.

Address: 487 Westford St, Lowell MA
Mon: Closed
Tues-Sat: 5am-11:30am
Sun: Closed

The Angry Donut - Newburyport, MA

The angry donut is a local hidden gem: aside from serving up mouth-watering donut flavors like Chocolate Sea Salt and Maple Bacon, they serve a variety of legendary breakfast sandwiches and drinks for the more savory-inclined customer. They’re open from 8 AM to 2 PM every day, so be sure to grab a coffee to shake the morning dust off!

Address: 42 Inn Street, Newburyport MA
Monday: Closed
Tues-Fri: 8am – 2pm
Sat-Sun: 8am – 3pm

Somebody's Place - Andover, MA

Somebody’s Place serves up comfort food and small-batch old-fashioned donuts every weekday! In addition to perfect renditions of favorites like Boston Cream and Jelly-Filled, they also create specialty flavors like the popular Whoopie Pie donut. Absolutely worth a visit!

Address: 38 Andover St, Andover MA

Mon-Fri: 7am – 2pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

Donna's Donuts - Tewksbury, MA

Looking for an old school donut shop that serves up fresh baked, old fashion donuts? Donna’s Donuts is the place to go. There’s also novelty items like a donut meatball sub and a donut burger. Besides donuts, they also have a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches and coffee too.

Address: 2106 Main St, Tewksbury, MA

Mon-Fri: 5am-6pm
Sat: 5am-3pm
Sun: 7am-1pm

Planted Donuts / Roasted Coffee Bar - Haverhill, MA

Honorable mention for donuts goes to Roasted Coffee Bar. They’ve partnered with a local company to serve up plant-based donuts. That’s right. 100% vegan and natural donuts from a company called Planted Donuts ( You can place an order and pick up directly from their kitchen on Saturdays, or simply stop by Roasted Coffee Bar- a Haverhill breakfast spot that opened its doors in 2022 and known for its unique coffee and fresh-baked biscuit sandwiches.

Roasted Coffee Bar 181 Groveland St, Haverhill MA
Planted Donuts 420 Common St, Lawrence MA

Planted Donuts pickup time: Sat 8am-12pm 
Roasted Coffee Bar: Daily from 7am-2pm

So there you have it… our list of Best Donuts of Massachusetts. It’s worth the drive if you love donuts! Sure, New England is known to have  a Dunkin Donuts shop in every town, but when you support local, you support your community. If you loved this article, let me know and I’ll whip up a list of Best Donuts in New Hampshire.

Jeni Lu

Jeni Lu

I'm Jeni Lu, a neighborhood guide and Realtor® at Bentley's The RE/MAX Collection. I've spent years finding the best restaurants, shopping, outdoor spots and events so you can enjoy the neighborhood. I look forward to showing you around the Boston North shore and Southern New Hampshire area. If you live in the area or you're thinking of moving here, you've come to the right place!


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