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Where to Eat Doughnuts in Nashville

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Whether traditionally glazed from a mom-and-pop operation or fluffy layers piled high with vibrant frosting from a gourmet bakery, or even random elusive gems, there’s now a place for every doughnut lover in Nashville. With several places around town to get that sweet, doughy fix — one just might need a handy guide to help.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. McGaugh's Do-Nuts

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1111 Gallatin Pike S
Madison, TN 37115
(615) 865-8747
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McGaugh’s was formerly known as Madison’s Shipley outpost, but people say the quality of both the cake and yeast doughnuts remains the same despite the name change. The no-frills dining room is open daily from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a drive thru window open until 8 p.m. for convenient distribution of its glazed, coconut iced, and cinnamon sugar doughnuts.

2. Gourmet Donuts

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3993 N Mt Juliet Rd B
Mt Juliet, TN 37122
(615) 758-6559
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The family-owned spot in Mt. Juliet offers fritters, giant cinnamon rolls, and pillowy soft, fresh doughnuts — from old fashioned classics to eye-catching varieties adorned with vibrant frosting and sprinkles. Open every day but Monday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3. Donut Palace

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3466 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076
(615) 206-7813
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Serving both yeast and cake doughnuts plus a croissant-doughnut hybrid they call the “doughssant” (not a cronut, they say), this Hermitage shop is a go-to for many locals. Other popular offerings include espresso eclairs and lemon twists.

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4. Status Dough

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921 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 675-0600
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Open since 2019 on Gallatin, the Knoxville-based doughnut shop serves some of the best in town. Popular options include the buttermilk old fashioned and apple fritters made with fresh granny smith apples. Cake and yeast varieties are also available for delivery via Uber Eats.

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5. Donut Distillery

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311 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 678-8685
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Drive thru is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. And there are to-go mimosas. Order and pay before you go — just DM those orders on Instagram.

6. East Park Donuts & Coffee

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700 Main St
Nashville, TN 37206
(629) 702-6939
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Download the East Park app for pick-up or order on DoorDash for delivery from the new-ish doughnut and coffee shop, specializing in brioche and cake donuts, while also conveniently serving good espresso and coffee. Several unique flavors await — like margarita brioche or an everything doughnut with cream cheese icing and everything bagel seasoning.

7. Shipley Do-Nuts

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2540 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 883-5823
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Texans in Tennessee know well regional chain Shipley Do-Nuts - they’ve been around since the 1930s, when they first opened in Houston selling a dozen doughnuts for just five cents. Now with over 300 franchised stores in the south, the chain is best known for its yeast doughnuts, cake doughnuts, filled doughnuts, and kolaches.

8. Conny and Jonny Donuts

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15 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 255-8311
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Tagged on the map at Crema, where Nashville doughnut scene newcomers Conny and Jonny distribute some of the city’s best donuts on Friday through Sunday—the locally based scratch doughnut business distributes to a few select places around town. Without a brick-and-mortar home, dedicated doughnut seekers have to track them down, but Instagram makes it a little easier to find weekly rotating flavors like blueberry peach cobbler, vanilla bean, and triple chocolate cake. Go early to The Loading Dock, Barista Parlor, Crema, Tempo Nashville, Living Waters Brewing, and Cafe Roze to grab one or as many remain in the case, but doughnut fans can also now preorder by the dozen.

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9. Five Daughters Bakery 12 South

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1110 Caruthers Ave
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 490-6554
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Five Daughters Bakery opened its stand-alone store in 12 South just a few years ago. and since then, crowds have absolutely gone bonkers for a taste of its highly-Instagrammable digs and 100-layer doughnuts. In the Nashville area, they’ve expanded to locations in East Nashville and the Factory at Franklin, and beyond, they’re now in Atlanta and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Those crazy popular 100-layer doughnuts are still attainable, for pick-up or delivery via Uber Eats. Order ahead online for same-day pick-up form 12 South, East Nashville, and Franklin locations.

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10. Fox's Donut Den

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3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 385-1021
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Fox’s Donut Den in Green Hills has been the OG go-to for doughnuts in Nashville for well over 30 years. Offering all the classics, they open early (5 a.m. during the week and 6 a.m. on weekends), making it a great place to grab a quick breakfast or tasty dessert on the go.

1. McGaugh's Do-Nuts

1111 Gallatin Pike S, Madison, TN 37115

McGaugh’s was formerly known as Madison’s Shipley outpost, but people say the quality of both the cake and yeast doughnuts remains the same despite the name change. The no-frills dining room is open daily from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a drive thru window open until 8 p.m. for convenient distribution of its glazed, coconut iced, and cinnamon sugar doughnuts.

1111 Gallatin Pike S
Madison, TN 37115

2. Gourmet Donuts

3993 N Mt Juliet Rd B, Mt Juliet, TN 37122

The family-owned spot in Mt. Juliet offers fritters, giant cinnamon rolls, and pillowy soft, fresh doughnuts — from old fashioned classics to eye-catching varieties adorned with vibrant frosting and sprinkles. Open every day but Monday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3993 N Mt Juliet Rd B
Mt Juliet, TN 37122

3. Donut Palace

3466 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076
Donut Palace/Facebook

Serving both yeast and cake doughnuts plus a croissant-doughnut hybrid they call the “doughssant” (not a cronut, they say), this Hermitage shop is a go-to for many locals. Other popular offerings include espresso eclairs and lemon twists.

3466 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076

4. Status Dough

921 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
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Open since 2019 on Gallatin, the Knoxville-based doughnut shop serves some of the best in town. Popular options include the buttermilk old fashioned and apple fritters made with fresh granny smith apples. Cake and yeast varieties are also available for delivery via Uber Eats.

921 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

5. Donut Distillery

311 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Drive thru is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. And there are to-go mimosas. Order and pay before you go — just DM those orders on Instagram.

311 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

6. East Park Donuts & Coffee

700 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206

Download the East Park app for pick-up or order on DoorDash for delivery from the new-ish doughnut and coffee shop, specializing in brioche and cake donuts, while also conveniently serving good espresso and coffee. Several unique flavors await — like margarita brioche or an everything doughnut with cream cheese icing and everything bagel seasoning.

700 Main St
Nashville, TN 37206

7. Shipley Do-Nuts

2540 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

Texans in Tennessee know well regional chain Shipley Do-Nuts - they’ve been around since the 1930s, when they first opened in Houston selling a dozen doughnuts for just five cents. Now with over 300 franchised stores in the south, the chain is best known for its yeast doughnuts, cake doughnuts, filled doughnuts, and kolaches.

2540 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

8. Conny and Jonny Donuts

15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Tagged on the map at Crema, where Nashville doughnut scene newcomers Conny and Jonny distribute some of the city’s best donuts on Friday through Sunday—the locally based scratch doughnut business distributes to a few select places around town. Without a brick-and-mortar home, dedicated doughnut seekers have to track them down, but Instagram makes it a little easier to find weekly rotating flavors like blueberry peach cobbler, vanilla bean, and triple chocolate cake. Go early to The Loading Dock, Barista Parlor, Crema, Tempo Nashville, Living Waters Brewing, and Cafe Roze to grab one or as many remain in the case, but doughnut fans can also now preorder by the dozen.

15 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37204

9. Five Daughters Bakery 12 South

1110 Caruthers Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
Five Daughters/Facebook

Five Daughters Bakery opened its stand-alone store in 12 South just a few years ago. and since then, crowds have absolutely gone bonkers for a taste of its highly-Instagrammable digs and 100-layer doughnuts. In the Nashville area, they’ve expanded to locations in East Nashville and the Factory at Franklin, and beyond, they’re now in Atlanta and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Those crazy popular 100-layer doughnuts are still attainable, for pick-up or delivery via Uber Eats. Order ahead online for same-day pick-up form 12 South, East Nashville, and Franklin locations.

1110 Caruthers Ave
Nashville, TN 37204

10. Fox's Donut Den

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

Fox’s Donut Den in Green Hills has been the OG go-to for doughnuts in Nashville for well over 30 years. Offering all the classics, they open early (5 a.m. during the week and 6 a.m. on weekends), making it a great place to grab a quick breakfast or tasty dessert on the go.

3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

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