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A Handy Guide to Doughnuts in Nashville

From classic cake varieties to colorful confections filled with cream

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While the number of Nashville restaurant and bar openings continue at a rapid pace, the city’s doughnut scene was appearing to lag behind (outside of the common chains) — but that’s no longer true. 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 over a dozen places to get that sweet, doughy fix around town — one might need a handy guide to help.

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*Map is listed geographically, not ranked.

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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 bar seating to watch the magic), and the drive-thru stays 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

Those who live in Mount Juliet are lucky to have this gem nearby. The family-owned spot offers fritters, giant cinnamon rolls, and pillowy soft, fresh doughnuts — from old fashioned classics to eye-catching varieties adorned with vibrant frosting and sprinkles.

3. Donut Palace

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3466 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076
(615) 206-7813

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.

4. Butchertown Hall

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1416 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 454-3634
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Pastry chef Jessica Collins whips up a whole weekly doughnut board for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Offerings change weekly, but past offerings have included a Halloween-themed board with blood orange curd-filled, chocolate iced with sprinkles, and spiced cake doughnuts with Oreo spider.

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5. East Park Donuts & Coffee

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700 Main St
Nashville, TN 37206
(629) 702-6939
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Just opened this summer, East Nashville’s newest (for now) doughnut and coffee shop specializes in brioche and cake donuts and conveniently serves good espresso and coffee. Several unique flavors await — from seasonal peanut brittle to blueberry lavender.

6. 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. And Donelson’s Shipley outpost just saw a remodel.

7. Killebrew

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401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 262-6001
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At the Thompson’s coffee shop and at its restaurant Marsh House, James Beard Award-nominated semifinalist Pastry Chef Lisa Marie White offers a daily selection of her creations — and that often includes doughnuts. Call before heading in to make sure — but Killebrew’s website says glazed doughnuts are available on Mondays, while Thursday is the day for her cake doughnuts. Stunning glazed old fashioned doughnuts are on Marsh House’s brunch menu, too.

8. Pastaria

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8 City Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 915-1866
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Nope, it’s not a traditional doughnut shop, but Niche Food Group executive pastry chef Mathew Rice’s decadent glazed brioche doughnuts just may be some of the best in town. Note that this is one of those elusive doughnuts on the list — as they’re available only during brunch.

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9. Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery

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306 46th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

Vegans and those avoiding gluten don’t have to miss out on the doughnut excitement. With options like organic coconut vanilla and organic coconut samoa doughnuts, plus creme-stuffed ‘twinkies’, these are every bit as good as the rest.

10. The Donut + Dog

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3503, 2127 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 457-1476
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Need help finding a way to have doughnuts for lunch? Beyond plush, beautifully decorated brioche donuts and organic coffee, this cute shop also has solid gourmet hot dogs (try the elote loco chorizo dog) to lure in those without a sweet tooth. Doughnut options rotate daily, but a fan favorite is the ‘sweet baby Jesus’ with a triple creme bruleed shell and vanilla filling.

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11. Five Daughters Bakery 12th 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.

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12. 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 bar seating to watch the magic), and the drive-thru stays 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

Those who live in Mount Juliet are lucky to have this gem nearby. The family-owned spot offers fritters, giant cinnamon rolls, and pillowy soft, fresh doughnuts — from old fashioned classics to eye-catching varieties adorned with vibrant frosting and sprinkles.

3993 N Mt Juliet Rd B
Mt Juliet, TN 37122

3. Donut Palace

3466 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076

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. Butchertown Hall

1416 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Butchertown Hall/Facebook

Pastry chef Jessica Collins whips up a whole weekly doughnut board for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Offerings change weekly, but past offerings have included a Halloween-themed board with blood orange curd-filled, chocolate iced with sprinkles, and spiced cake doughnuts with Oreo spider.

1416 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

5. East Park Donuts & Coffee

700 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206

Just opened this summer, East Nashville’s newest (for now) doughnut and coffee shop specializes in brioche and cake donuts and conveniently serves good espresso and coffee. Several unique flavors await — from seasonal peanut brittle to blueberry lavender.

700 Main St
Nashville, TN 37206

6. 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. And Donelson’s Shipley outpost just saw a remodel.

2540 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

7. Killebrew

401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

At the Thompson’s coffee shop and at its restaurant Marsh House, James Beard Award-nominated semifinalist Pastry Chef Lisa Marie White offers a daily selection of her creations — and that often includes doughnuts. Call before heading in to make sure — but Killebrew’s website says glazed doughnuts are available on Mondays, while Thursday is the day for her cake doughnuts. Stunning glazed old fashioned doughnuts are on Marsh House’s brunch menu, too.

401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

8. Pastaria

8 City Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Pastaria/Facebook

Nope, it’s not a traditional doughnut shop, but Niche Food Group executive pastry chef Mathew Rice’s decadent glazed brioche doughnuts just may be some of the best in town. Note that this is one of those elusive doughnuts on the list — as they’re available only during brunch.

8 City Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209

9. Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery

306 46th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

Vegans and those avoiding gluten don’t have to miss out on the doughnut excitement. With options like organic coconut vanilla and organic coconut samoa doughnuts, plus creme-stuffed ‘twinkies’, these are every bit as good as the rest.

306 46th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

10. The Donut + Dog

3503, 2127 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
The Donut + Dog/Facebook

Need help finding a way to have doughnuts for lunch? Beyond plush, beautifully decorated brioche donuts and organic coffee, this cute shop also has solid gourmet hot dogs (try the elote loco chorizo dog) to lure in those without a sweet tooth. Doughnut options rotate daily, but a fan favorite is the ‘sweet baby Jesus’ with a triple creme bruleed shell and vanilla filling.

3503, 2127 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212

11. Five Daughters Bakery 12th 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.

1110 Caruthers Ave
Nashville, TN 37204

12. 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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