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17 Mouthwatering Spots for Vegan Donuts in Los Angeles

Updated January 17, 2024

It’s no surprise that Los Angeles is busting at the Boston Cream seams with stellar vegan donut options, is it? The City of Angels is well known for its epic vegan scene — there aren’t too many things you can’t find veganized here!

For donut lovers, that means finding plump yeast donuts covered in chocolate ganache, tart raspberry jelly-filled donuts, deep-fried cinnamon, sugar apple fritters, and traditional cake donuts covered in colorful sprinkles. It’s safe to say that whatever type of donut you’re craving, you’ll find it in LA. 

So, let’s get this sugar rush going! Go check out these 17 mouthwatering Los Angeles bakeshops for the best vegan donuts!

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Where to Find Vegan Donuts in Los Angeles 

#1 Erin McKenna’s Bakery 

Locations in Santa Monica & Larchmont Village
Vegan and gluten-free friends, I’m kicking this list off with you (and me, too) in mind! This bubblegum pink bakeshop is churning out 100% vegan and gluten-free treats — they’re making sure we’re not getting left out in the sweet treat rain — yay! Every day, you can pop in for one of their greatest hits — delicious donuts!

They rotate a powerhouse lineup of flavors that includes salted caramel, coffee crunch, cinnamon sugar, maple, dipped vanilla, Samoa, powdered blueberry, and chocolate covered. You can grab a single donut or a dozen — honestly, with a flavor lineup like that, how can you not get a full dozen?

While there, you might also want to check out some of their other house-made treats like brownie bites, cookie sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and more! One more bonus, they also have a bakeshop in NYC too!

pink frosted vegan cake donuts topped with sprinkles at erin mckenna's bakery in los angeles
Credit: Erin Mckenna’s Bakery

#2 Cake Girl

2100 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Ok, gluten-free friends, you’re getting spoiled; there are not one but two fully vegan and gluten-free bakeshops in LA with a fantastic lineup of donuts! Now you might not realize you’re passing by a bakeshop as this hot spot is located inside an old school pharmacy, St Louis Drug Co. — honestly, I did a double take and thought that Google had made a mistake!

This retro shop has multiple gleaming dessert cases filed with a creative lineup of colorful cake donuts like hibiscus lemon, matcha, strawberry sprinkle, churro with chocolate, and more! You really can’t walk out of here with just one donut because if you order a dozen, you get 10% off — what a deal! 

#3 Just What I Kneaded

2029 Blake Ave #104, Los Angeles, CA 90039
We all deserve a sweet shot that knows precisely what we need — more vegan treats! Am I right, or am I right? This laid-back café and bakery always has a rotating selection of knock-your-socks-off sweets that often includes delicious donuts! Past donut all-star flavors include glazed cake topped with peanuts, cinnamon twisties, lemon olive oil brioche, and more.

To top that off, this is also THE spot to find amazing vegan pop tarts — way better than the ones from your childhood (or so I’m told, you know that dang gluten issue prevents me from taste testing). But, back to the donuts, if you want to make sure you don’t miss them, check their Instagram or give ’em a call before you go.

vegan bakery display with a variety of donuts and cake at just what i kneaded in LA
Credit: Just What I Kneaded

#4 Donut Friend

543 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
We all need a friend that will bring us boxes of colorful and decadent vegan donuts, right? Well, you’ve got friends at this Downtown LA donut shop making sure your vegan donut dreams come true. They will knock your socks off with these epic creations; seriously, there are donuts here that you won’t find anything else.

If you appreciate unique flavors, there are two you shouldn’t skip, Youth Brulée (raised donut with Bavarian cream and bruléed sugar) and Say Everything (raised donut with sweet cream cheese glaze, toasted sesame, black sesame, poppy seeds, and sea salt).

box of six colorful vegan donuts topped with frosting, glaze, and berries from donut friend in Los Angeles
Credit: Donut Friend

#5 Creamo by Donut Friend 

3534 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
They say this is a donut friend with benefits, and I don’t think there is any better friend to have! The fantastic folks at Donut Friend didn’t stop with just donuts; they opened this shop to showcase their spectacularly creamy ice cream!

Not only will you find their over-the-top donut creations but also 16 fabulous ice cream flavors, delicious milkshakes, donut sundaes, and even donut ice cream sandwiches — do I even need to say anything more? 

raised vegan glazed yeast donut stuffed with vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips in the center from creamo by donut friend in LA
Credit: Creamo by Donut Friend

#6 Devi’s Donuts & Sweets

3600 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804
The family behind this fabulous vegan donut shop has been crazy busy creating their fantastic lineup of gorgeous and delicious donuts — I’m wondering how they find the time to sleep. Before you hit the beach (the shop is less than two miles from Long Beach), you must stop here for a giant box of their stellar donuts.

Honestly, I don’t even know where to tell you to start because they all look phenomenal — lemon meringue (glazed donut filled with lemon custard), cookies and cream (glazed donut rolled in Oreos and topped with an Oreo filled with chocolate whipped cream) or a classic PB & J! In addition to that, they also have a full fruity lineup (strawberry gluten-free, lemon pistachio, blueberry), classic cake donuts, and magnificent cinnamon rolls!

vegan peanut butter and jelly donut cut in half showing the blueberry jelly from devi's donuts in los Angeles
Credit: Devi’s Donuts & Sweets

Vegan-Friendly Donut Shops in LA 

You can find great vegan donuts at these vegan-friendly shops in Los Angeles — it’s incredible that so many spots didn’t forget about their vegan friends!

#7 Fōnuts

Locations in Studio City & on West 3rd Street (by the Farmers Market)
It’s no secret that donuts aren’t the healthiest of treat options, and with that in mind, Fōnuts created a better-for-you donut! All of their cake donuts are always baked, not fried, have lower sugar content, and are gluten-free with many vegan options! You can indulge in peanut butter chocolate, black and white, banana chocolate, vanilla latte, and many other fabulous donut flavors! One additional bonus: if you fall in love with these sweet treats, they ship their baking kits, spreads, and syrups nationwide!

a box of colorful gluten free donuts with vegan options from fonuts in LA
Credit: Fonuts

#8 The Donuttery 

17420 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
With a name like that, you know this place must know how to make an irresistible donut, right!? As soon as you walk in, a wave of freshly baked donuts and chocolate will assault your nose, and your eyes will be delighted with a sea of plump, fluffy donuts covered in an array of colorful toppings, nuts, and more — it’s donut paradise, even for vegans! Their vegan options are stellar and include a variety of chubby yeast donuts covered in finger-licking sweets and a ton of creative cake donuts! There’s no way you’re not walking out of there without a box; how can you resist a chocolate chip bar, faux maple bacon bar, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate fudge, old-fashioned, and so many more?

#9 Duck Donuts 

3rd St Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401
This donut franchise has shops peppered all over the US, and at first glance, you might think, nah, there’s nothing vegan there! Wrong! The made-to-order donut shop offers a vegan cake donut and a few vegan-friendly toppings and drizzles like lemon and chocolate icing and nuts. Two toppings you will want to avoid are hot fudge and salted caramel; both include dairy. 

#10 Blue Star Donuts 

1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291
There’s nothing better than a stroll down Abbot Kinney with a donut and coffee in hand! This Portland-based vegan-friendly donut shop always has multiple flavorful cake donuts and popular donut bites to delight its vegan friends! On any given day, you might wander in and find a Zen-filled Matcha lime crumble, fruity passion fruit cake, or traditional sugar n’ spice. If you’re on the run, grab a box of their specialty donut bites in fun flavors like an orange creamsicle and strawberry shortcake — they travel well!

single vegan cake donut covered in a white chai glaze from blue star donuts in los Angeles

#11 DK’s Donuts 

1614 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
You may have heard of this famous spot; they’ve graced the pages of popular publications like Buzzfeed and the LA Times and were even featured on the Food Network. Now that kind of popularity doesn’t always spell vegan-friendly; lucky for us, this time, it does! You’ll always find at least two vegan options on their shelves — plain vegan cake and double-dipped dark chocolate vegan cake donuts. Throughout the year, they add seasonal vegan options and specialty options too!

#12 Crafted Donuts 

3959 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
This old-school donut shop in Korea Town has a rotating selection of handmade flavors every day that always includes something delicious for its favorite vegans! You might get lucky and find a birthday cake with colorful sprinkles, spicy chai, pistachio, and more. Before you head in, it’s best to call ahead and see what’s available, as they often sell out!

#13 Sugarbox Donuts         

7138 Shoup Ave #B1, West Hills, CA 91307
These aren’t your ordinary gluten-filled creations; these donut creations are made with a blend of potato flour to make them ultra-light and fluffy! You might be wondering, does that mean they’re gluten-free? No, they do still contain gluten, just less of it. On the vegan side, their West Hills shop usually always has a couple of vegan options, but they recommend that you call ahead of time to see what the options are and that they haven’t sold out (one reviewer shared that she showed up at 10 AM and there was only one left — that must mean they are tasty).

#14 Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts

6785 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
It’s hard to miss this bright pink donut shop with a giant pink ring donut in the front window — I bet they can see it from space! This unique spot was created by the Mexican-American actor Danny Trejo whose love of food evidently doesn’t end at tacos (he also owns Trejo’s Tacos in LA). I’m just glad that his love of donuts includes fabulous vegan options! You can come here for an old-fashioned vegan OG glazed donut or check out their sweet cinnamon crumb with an almond milk glaze and more!

#15 Holy Grail Donuts

Locations in Santa Monica & Larchmont Village
Forget an ancient chalice or dusty old scroll; according to this hip donut shop, donuts are the real holy grail of life! How could you disagree, especially since they’ve got a massive lineup of colorful vegan donuts? Their tasty handmade creations are made using Taro flour made from Hawaiian-grown Taro root(the donuts started in Hawaii before coming to LA)! Almost everything on the menu is vegan; they occasionally use honey but always label things clearly. A few of their stellar flavors include dragon fruit, coconut tres leches, strawberry, chocolate crunch, and many more.

#16 Simone Donuts

6400 E Stearns St, Long Beach, CA 90815
Is there anything better than donuts after a long night of fun? But where in LA can you go at 2 AM for a vegan donut? Well, this magnificent spot! This 24-hour vegan-friendly bakery has a small but mighty vegan lineup with raised and cake options covered in vanilla glaze, sprinkles, chocolate, and more.

#17 Sweet Retreat Donut

924 CA-1, Long Beach, CA 90806
You might not think twice about this unassuming spot from looking at the outside, but you’d be missing out on a terrific lineup of vegan donuts — some reviewers say these are their hands-down favorite! Every day you can wander in here and find various vegan cake donut options like chocolate, cinnamon sugar, vanilla, maple, and more. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, they pull out all the stops and add their popular vegan-raised donut options, including Tiger Tails, apple fritters, cinnamon twists, and more. 

Vegan Donut Wrap-Up: What Else is There to Eat in LA?

Now that you know where to find all of the best vegan donuts in Los Angeles, you might be curious about what else you should check out!

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About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad