When you mention the word “doughnuts” to Cincinnati locals, the first place that pops into their heads is Holtman’s Donuts. Established in 1960, Holtman’s has been voted the best doughnuts in Cincinnati on several occasions, and even TV personality/food guru Alton Brown is a fan! The delicious breakfast treat can take an hour to an hour and a half to bake, but they are definitely worth the wait! There are four Holtman’s locations in the Cincinnati area: Loveland, Over-the-Rhine, Williamsburg, and West Chester. Pro tip: Try the pumpkin cinnamon cake doughnut in the fall or the perennial favorite, maple bacon, any time of year.
Top This Donut Bar
This unique doughnut haven has two locations: Xavier University and Fort Thomas in Northern Kentucky. Though they only offer cake donuts, Top This allows visitors to create the treat of their dreams. First, choose between a doughnut, cinnamon roll, cookie cake, crispy rice treat or soft-serve ice cream (some locations). Next, choose between icing or glaze. There are five different types of icing! The fun part comes when you get to decide how you want to top your doughnut! What will it be? Oreo cookies? Fresh fruit? Bacon? At Top This Donut Bar, the only limit is your imagination…and stomach! Pro tip: The doughnut spot features local artwork and offers local coffee from Lookout Joe's.
This little pop-up shop offers handcrafted, homemade doughnuts in unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else! Dig into Autumn Apple, Chocolate Ganache, and Spiced Pumpkin among others. It can be hard to find out where this shop will be next, so make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a hint. Pro Tip: They tend to sell out very quickly, so make sure you arrive early! You never know where they’ll pop up next!
Famous for its French-pot ice cream, Graeter’s also offers freshly-made baked goods, doughnuts included. If it’s yeast doughnuts that you prefer, try the iced chocolate. It’s a generous size and the chocolate is divine. If you’re more of a cake doughnut connoisseur, try the seasonal pumpkin doughnut available in the fall. It’s super moist with the perfect amount of pumpkin spice. There are 18 Graeter’s locations throughout Cincinnati, including four locations in Northern Kentucky. Pro tip: Nothing goes better with doughnuts than...coffee! For a real sugar rush, grab a pint of coffee ice cream to-go and get a little crazy for breakfast!
Treat your taste buds to the “best donuts in Northern Kentucky” and more at Emerson’s Bakery in Florence, Ky.! With a variety of freshly baked doughnuts and pastries, Emerson’s is sure to wake you up in the morning. Both the yeast and cake doughnuts are delectable, and the cheese Danish is a crowd favorite. Be sure to stop in during your next trip to Northern Kentucky! Pro tip: Try the double-fried Cruller for a decadent cakey treat!
Whether you're enjoying a doughnut before work or as an afternoon snack, you can't go wrong with one of these Cincinnati USA destinations!