Take a Doughnut Tour of the DC Suburbs

Nov 29, 2021

We’ve got the sweetest way to explore the DC suburbs: one treat at a time!

While Georgetown Cupcakes has become a household name (and continues to draw massive crowds to its Georgetown and Bethesda locations), they aren’t alone. Doughnut shops are dominating the DC pastry scene — and some of the hottest spots are in the suburbs. As you’re planning your town tours, be sure to add these friendly stopovers to your must-see list.

#1. Donut Run (Takoma)
Locals and visitors love this bright pink pastry shop. Not only is Donut Run the perfect spot to snag an Instagram-worthy shot, but they also whip up an amazing selection of delicious plant-based doughnuts. Check their Instagram for the daily flavors — and be sure to arrive early to snag your favorites. Donut Run closes at 2pm, or when the doughnuts run out.

And when you’re done diving into a doughnut or two? Bring your kids to the nearby Takoma Park Library for a post-treat storytime.

#2. Duck Donuts (Rockville and Gaithersburg)
Duck Donuts is a national chain with two outposts in the DC area. These doughnut shops offer an interactive experience for all — here, everyone gets to stretch their creativity and design their own doughnuts. After selecting your glazes and toppings, watch as the doughnuts are made-to-order before your eyes.

#3. Astro (Falls Church)
Craving a doughnut — and a fried chicken sandwich? Astro is the place to go (if you’re from the city, you might be familiar with this spot since there are two other locations in DC…).

If you settle in Falls Church you can enjoy maple bacon or creme brulee doughnuts anytime — and many locals have made this a weekly go-to. Plus, this spot is close to the library, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s so you can run some errands after satisfying your sweet tooth.

#4. B Doughnuts (La Plata)
B Doughnuts is a Hawaiian-style doughnut shop 30 miles south of DC. This popular spot serves smoothie bowls and coffee alongside their menu of malasadas (Hawaiian-style), vegan, sweet, and savory doughnuts.

After digging in, take the kids to the playground at the nearby Wills Memorial Park to let them get some energy out — and don’t be afraid to chat up local parents to get the inside scoop.

#5. Woodmoor (Silver Spring)
The Woodmoor Pastry Shop has been serving homemade treats since 1954. At this beloved local staple, you can get cakes, pies, bread, and, of course, doughnuts. Woodmore offers more than 14 varieties of doughnuts and danishes, all made fresh each morning.

While you’re here, swing by Montgomery Blair High School and Pine Crest Elementary — they’re both just minutes from Woodmoor.

#6. Sugar Shack (N. Chesterfield and Richmond)
Sugar Shack is known for its over-the-top vegan creations. You never know exactly what flavor combination they’ll come up with next. Looking for gluten-free pastries? Stop by on Monday or Friday for the gluten-free varieties.

Sugar Shack partners with two other local spots, Luther Burger and Green Ghost Pizza. Both are vegan-focused restaurants with exceptional plant-based menus.

#7. Mama’s (Arlington, Vienna, and Falls Church)
Northern Virginia residents are very familiar with this pink doughnut truck. Mama’s travels to the area’s farmers markets and serves made-to-order donut bites. Locals line up to order these mini fluffy treats, which can be rolled in cinnamon sugar or drizzled with chocolate sauce. Seasonal varieties are available throughout the year and you won’t want to miss their apple cider flavor in the fall.

After digging in, take the kids to the playground at the nearby Wills Memorial Park to let them get some energy out — and don’t be afraid to chat up local parents to get the inside scoop.

This spot is located in the middle of downtown, so check out some of the other shops after enjoying your treats. If you move to town you’ll probably do a lot of your errands right around this area.

#8. Glory Donuts (Frederick)
Glory Donuts sets itself apart with its 100% plant-based menu. This shop aims to make a positive impact on the climate and respect animal welfare.

Get a chocolate frosted or raspberry tiramisu doughnut to go or enjoy a full breakfast inside the cafe. Either way, stroll through Carroll Creek Park after to get a feel for the local outdoor opportunities.

#9. Laurel Tavern (Laurel)
This unassuming doughnut spot serves some of the best treats around. Take a seat at the old-school counter or get your pastries for the road. The straightforward menu features apple fritters, twists, and a selection of traditional and cream-filled doughnuts.

Planning to commute? This spot is next to the Laurel train station so you can stop by and grab breakfast on your way to the city.

#10. Sandy Pony (Annapolis and Deale)
Sandy Pony started as a food truck on Chincoteague Island, named after the town’s famous wild horses. The doughnut operation expanded and now there are a few shops around the DC area.

At any location, you’ll be able to pick from one of the 24 tempting varieties. Are you feeling the Strawberry Stallion (strawberry glaze and powdered sugar donut) or Sea Foam (honey glaze and coconut donut)? If you move to Annapolis or Deale you’ll have plenty of time to work your way through the menu.

Ready for more than just a taste of the DC suburbs? We’re here to help you find the perfect town for you to call home. Schedule your FREE Suburbs Strategy session today to get started.

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