For a city that’s so health-obsessed, Angelenos can’t get enough of their donuts. If one spin class can burn off one donut, you might as well indulge in that donut since you’re going to take the spin class anyways- it’s only logical. Plus, if it’s vegan and organic it’s basically good for you, so do the calories even really count?
To give you an idea of just how obsessed the City of Angels is, there are hundreds of donut shops in LA with 42 in Huntington Park alone, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Purple ube, matcha latte, samoa, horchata- the flavors are as endless as the number of donut shops. And with veganism on the rise (even Gordon Ramsay isn’t making fun of vegans anymore) more and more shops are offering vegan options. But donut take my word for it and try out one of these popular LA shops for yourself.
#1 Blue Star Doughnuts
Matcha Latte Donut
Left: Horchata donut Right: Lemon Poppy Seed Donut
Known for their brioche-style doughnuts fried in rice oil, Blue Star Doughnuts has a mom-and-pop style vibe at their 2 locations in Venice and Manhattan Beach.
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90291
#2 Donut Friend
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Opened in 2013 by Musician and record producer Mark Trombino, Donut Friend offers only vegan doughnuts, including their “bacon” 182 doughnut. Keep in mind they’re closed on Mondays.
5107 York Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90042
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Always baked and never fried, the donuts here are vegan or gluten-free with a focus on natural and clean ingredients.
8104 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, California 90048
#4 Donut Farm
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Located in Silverlake near Echo Park, Donut Farm offers a vegan coffee bar along with 100% organic ingredient vegan donuts for the uber health conscious.
Ingredients: (100% Organic) unbleached pastry flour, soy flour, water, canola oil, Sustainable palm fruit oil, vanilla extract, flax seeds, non-GMO soy lecithin, Aluminum free baking powder, Aluminum free baking soda, kosher salt.
2609 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
#5 Voodoo Doughnuts
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Offering some of the wackiest doughnuts in LA, Voodoo Doughnuts at Universal City has penis and voodoo doll- shaped doughnuts, and flavor names like Old Dirty Bastard, The Homer and Pot Hole. They offer vegan donuts alongside regular ones.
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA
#6 Sidecar Doughnuts (Not vegan, but still delicious)
Known for their Huckleberry doughtnut, Sidecar always seems to have a line at both Costa Mesa and Santa Monica locations. Their selection is always creative and look impossibly glazed : Saigon Cinnamon Crumb, Hibiscis Lime Margarita, and Birthday Cake are just a few of the flavors you’ll find this month.
631 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90401
Written By: Andrea Lee, @organicbeautylover