The Ultimate Birmingham Donut Guide :: In & Around Birmingham


National Donut Day is upon us!

Once again, we’ve curated a culinary guide to a few locally-owned donut spots to help you celebrate (and salivate over) some of the tastiest donuts in town! From classic yeast to cake donuts, glazed to sugared, and even dips for your donuts, this is the guide for donut lovers in the Birmingham area!

Where to Find the Best Donuts in Birmingham

Sons Donuts

4000 3rd Ave S, Suite 105, Birmingham, AL 35222 | (205) 202-5233
{Mountain Brook location coming soon!} 

The newest addition to Birmingham’s scrumptious donut scene is Sons Donuts. Located in the eclectic Avondale neighborhood, Sons Donuts are prepared as you order them! Their motto is “Always Fresh. Always Hot.” These aren’t your ordinary donuts, either! The donuts are miniature—perfect for indulging in multiple flavors and nicely sized for children. 

All of their donuts start as a classic vanilla donut but then set themselves apart through your selection of sugars and/or glazes! Be sure to check out their seasonal flavors, including “Springtime” topped with Paris tea sugar and edible spring petals.

The shop is small with limited indoor seating, but there are plenty of outdoor seating options, including a beautiful, covered courtyard with twinkling lights, greenery, and space for kids to play (although they may be too busy devouring these treats!). 

What Sets Them Apart from the Crowd?

Unique flavors, miniature, served warm (but taste so good the next day, too!) 

These donuts are freshly made when you order them. Select your flavors, dips, and prepare to indulge!

The Heavenly Donut Co.

4911 Cahaba River Rd #105, Birmingham, AL 35243 | (205) 536-7200

When it comes to convenience, The Heavenly Donut Co. has you covered! With a food truck and store front, The Heavenly Donut Co. is the most accessible on this list. Their hours are by far the most generous and they provide online ordering for those who like to plan ahead. The drive-thru window is especially appreciated for those rainy days or days when you just want to grab and go! 

While they host the classic selections, from old-fashioned sour cream donuts to fluffy glazed donuts, they also have a unique array of flavors, including maple-bacon, candy-topped, and various themed donuts! The Heavenly Donut Co. can also create amazing personalized donut arrangements for any occasion, too! 

The shop has games for kids to play, ample seating, and a nice coffee selection, as well. 

What Sets Them Apart from the Crowd?

Beignets (Saturdays only), food truck, drive-thru, extended hours (until sold out)

The Heavenly Donut Co. is a kid-favorite! And adult-favorite, too!

Hero Doughnuts & Buns

Homewood | 3027 Central Ave, Homewood, AL 35209 | (205) 623-1017
Parkside| 1701 1st Avenue South Suite 135, Suite 135, Birmingham, AL 35233 | (205) 558-8011

{Trussville and Hoover locations coming soon!}

Hero started off as a limited-menu, donut popup in local farmers’ markets. In 2017, Hero opened a small storefront in Homewood, then expanded the space and their menu a few years later.

With a new shop across from Railroad Park and storefronts coming soon to Trussville and Hoover, Hero has a growing reach for all Birmingham donut lovers. Their donuts are large and in charge! From cake donuts to double-decker-sized brioche donuts, Hero provides unique flavor combinations and creative toppings. Aside from offering a wide array of sweet treats, they now sell all-day breakfast, salads, and even mouthwatering burgers and chicken sandwiches on their delectable brioche buns. 

The newly-expanded Homewood shop is perfectly suited for kids, with TVs playing their favorite movies around the clock. Don’t want to eat indoors? Grab your donuts to go and head directly across the street to Homewood Central Park

What Sets Them Apart from the Crowd?
Walk-up window for ordering, full menu option beyond donuts, brioche-style
These donuts are HUGE! And the unique flavors and toppings can’t be beat!

Honorable Mentions

You can also find surprisingly good donuts at these local shops:

Fultondale Bakery | 1214 Decatur Hwy, Fultondale, AL 35068 | (205) 808-4431

Sunrise Donuts |
1141 Ashville Rd, Montevallo, AL 35115 | (205) 476-8899

T & C Donuts |
2910 Allison Bonnett Memorial Dr, Suite 110, Hueytown, AL 35023 | (205) 881-4010

Pop Donuts |
1819 Centerpoint Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35215 | (205) 856-3980

For classic favorites, check out these regional chains with Birmingham locations:

Shipley Do-nuts | 2050 Greenvale Ln, Hoover, AL | (205) 822-2142

Daylight Donuts (Forestdale) | 1544 Forestdale Blvd, Forestdale, AL | (205) 238-5555

Daylight Donuts (Pell City) | 705 Martin St. N, Suite 2, Pell City, AL | (205) 338-8700

Was your favorite local shop on our list? Tell us where your family likes to get donuts in Birmingham!

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A product of Daleville, Alabama, Briana has been proud to call Birmingham her home for almost 20 years! A high school graduate of The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Briana is a perpetual learner. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Auburn University, Briana went on to receive two master's degrees {both from University of Montevallo} and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Samford University. After 12 years as a middle school teacher and administrator, Briana now serves as the Executive Director of College Admissions Made Possible. She's been married for 14 years to Matthew, a CPA, and they have three children- Harrison {12}, Easby {8}, and Josephine {3}. They completed their family with a rambunctious rescue pup, Daisy Mae, and a frisky cat, Elliot. Briana and her family live in Hoover, and while she enjoys working full-time, Briana enjoys volunteering, spending time at the family's home on Lake Martin, and binging on Netflix!


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