Finding Best Doughnuts of Your Life in Portland
Portland is no longer just about coffee and beers. Doughnuts should join the list now. The largest city in the state of Oregon is home to some of the most delicious doughnuts you’ve ever had.
Located in the Pacific Northwest, Portland is famous for its slogan, “Keep Portland Weird.” The city exudes inimitable vibes, full of stylish shops and retro buildings.
‘Made in Portland’ doughnuts have gained some traction of late. And they aren’t your average doughnuts. People form long queues to get their hands on colorful doughnuts, and they have become a new symbol of the city. You could spend a day just going on a doughnut tour in Portland. The uniqueness of it all can’t be easily defined in words, but this much is certain: these delicious doughnuts alone are absolutely worth the trip to Portland.
Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut drawing a crowd in early hours © Voodoo Doughnut

Founded in 2003, this shop has the name that will grab your attention. There’s plenty to please the eyes, from its pink and violet sign, chaotic decor that gives off some occult-like vibes, colorful menu and even more colorful doughnuts. ‘Voodoo Doll’ and ‘Bacon Maple Bar,’ covered in maple syrup and topped with grilled bacon strips, are the two most famous doughnuts here. Don’t forget ‘Memphis Mafia,’ featuring chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon and banana.

Voodoo Doughnut’s signature pink box and colorful doughnuts © Voodoo Doughnut

There’s very little that’s ordinary in this shop, be it a wacky blending of ingredients, sticks on top of doughnuts in an apparent homage to voodooism, and raspberry jam inside the dough that brings to mind blood.
Doughnuts here come in all shapes and forms, and each stands out like some sort of a character. Voodoo Doughnut offers over 50 types of doughnuts and 25 vegan doughnuts, and you can also place special orders. You can tell this is not your ordinary doughnut shop by their introduction. For doughnuts, they use eggs, milk and other dairy products, wheat, peanuts and other types of nuts, soy milk and, yes, voodoo magic.
Address 22 SW 3rd Ave., Portland 
Blue Star

Classic donuts by Blue Star Donuts, staying true to their ingredients © Blue Star Donuts

This is a wholly different doughnut shop than Voodoo Doughnut. Whereas Voodoo Doughnut may appeal to younger consumers, Blue Star prides itself on offering “donuts for grownups.” Blue Star is here to bring you ‘Gourmet Donuts,’ staying true to the essential elements that make donuts delicious in the first place. Their brioche donuts, thanks to fresh fruits, spice, herbs and liquors, have a clean and classic donut taste and flavor. Each ingredient helps bring the best in each other.

Fruits, herbs and other fresh and nutritious ingredients help make Blue Star Donuts popular. © Blue Star Donuts

Chocolate is made from scratch with 100 percent natural cocoa powder, and blueberries and basil help add a healthy edge to donuts.
Blue Donuts uses a classic brioche recipe from France. The dough, using sustainable bread flour, whole hormone-free milk and cage-free eggs, takes 18 hours to make. Blue Star also emphasizes the importance of cooperation and co-prosperity with the local community. It has built a strong identity as a proud Portland donut shop, be it with its ingredients or people that make those delicious donuts. Together, they represent the elegant beauty of Portland that you’ll never be tired of seeing. With six locations in Portland alone, Blue Donuts really is undeniably the leading donut chain of the city.
Address 1701 SW Jefferson St., Portland
Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai

Natural design and classic touch define Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai. ©Dan Hawk

Signs and logos at Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai are mostly hand-lettered by the shop’s co-owner and designer, Jamie, or in collaboration with local artists and creatives. This is a family business. The cloud walls inside were painted by Jamie, in memory of the high desert skies of her youth. The name Pip’s comes from a character in the novel by Charles Dickens. The shop is devoted to the original taste of doughnuts, though it gives off the air of a cool and detached friend.

©Dan Hawk

Doughnuts at Pip’s are made to order. ©Dan Hawk

©Dan Hawk

Staff at Pip’s are always engaging. ©Dan Hawk

The flavors include something as straightforward as Cinnamon Sugar and Raw Honey & Sea Salt, and something as sweet and delicious as Nutella. Pip’s brings you different menus for different seasons. And instead of pairing doughnuts with coffee, Pip’s serves ‘Chai’ on the side. The five types of blended tea can be found alongside ‘a secret doughnut menu’ that changes based on new seasonal flavors. It just piques your curiosity.
Address 4759 NE Fremont St., Portland

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January 2023 Editor:Lee Hyunjung
Writer:Oh Sanghee

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  • January 2023
  • Editor: Lee Hyunjung
    Writer: Oh Sanghee
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