5 Best Places for Donuts

Where are the best donuts?

Best donuts in Louisville, KY
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Do you like donuts? Of course! Who doesn't like donuts? Deep fried dough? With sugar added? That is recipe for great taste. 

If you are wondering where the best donuts in Kentucky and Indiana are, here are five worthy contenders. Many opt for the maple bacon donuts at Nord’s while others say Please & Thank You has the best donuts, even if they don’t have them every day. Plus, there are those that are brand loyal to the big dogs: Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme.

Whatever your preference, every day is a good day to enjoy a donut. If you are looking for celebratory occasions, remember National Donut Day is June 6 and many opt for these baked delights during Mardi Gras. And now, without further ado, the donuts...

Nord’s Bakery

Located next to Sunergos Coffee—the original location on Preston—Nord’s is a popular spot for chocolate and powdered donuts. Feeling extra decadent? Try the maple donut topped with bacon. This Germantown bakery is a neighborhood favorite.

Nord's Bakery
2118 S. Preston St.
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 634-0931

Please & Thank You

Ok, admittedly this is more of a coffee shop, but Please & Thank You also serves up fulfilling baked goods, not too sweet and oh so yummy. If you pay attention you will notice there are donuts there from time to time. If you happen to stop in on a day without donuts on the menu, simply try another treat, you won’t be disappointed.


Please & Thank You
800 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206

Plehn's Bakery

A favorite St. Matthews stop, Plehn’s Bakery has been serving up bakery treats since 1924. There are donuts, breads, cookies, and more. Custom cakes are a Plehn specialty. Plus, there is a counter for milkshakes and ice cream.

The ice cream is homemade, of course.

Plehn's Bakery
3940 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 896-4438

Sugar & Spice Donut Shop

With both fun combinations (think toffee, blueberry, raspberry, and bubblegum) along with stand alone favorites, Sugar & Spice is a tradition for many living in and around the Fern Creek area of Louisville. Go on the early side if you can, rumor has it they run out.

Sugar & Spice Donut Shop
5613 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40291
(502) 231-1411

Chains - Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme

While a donut from each of these is drastically different, they are together on this list as they are chain stores rather than local independents. That said, there is a time and a place for a donut (or a dozen for the office) from Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme. Plus, these nationally known brands have specials than can be quite captivating. For instance, on National Donut Day, June 6, both Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme are giving out FREE donuts. At participating Dunkin’ Donuts a donut is free with purchase of a beverage, at participating Krispy Kreme locations donuts are simply free. Ask around or check the company websites for details. 

Dunkin’ Donuts locations:

1250 Bardstown Rd.

Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 290-3865

2711 E 10th St.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 913-0494

12401 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243
(502) 384-9276

Krispy Kreme locations:

3920 Seventh St.
Louisville, KY 40216
(502) 448-7616

3000 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40205-3020
(502) 451-4880

1122 Veterans Pkwy.
Clarksville, IN 47129
(812) 288-0689

9569 Taylorsville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 266-5143

2893 Richmond Rd.
Lexington, KY 40509
(859) 266-3774

Looking for Lunch?

Yes, it is true, you have to eat something other than donuts. Here are a few suggestions on where to grab lunch if your breakfast was a bit on the sweet side. Or, alternately, have a healthy lunch first and a donut for dessert! It's up to you... enjoy.