LA loves its donut shops: the ones that have been around for generations Cambodian owned, enthusiastically decorated donuts hidden in plain pink boxes, as much as the trendy new imports from other cool cities with fun names and daring flavors, as much as the homegrown ones that fit all the various dietary restrictions Angelenos might have. Donut Friend is a local favorite that has been around long enough to have a bit of a cult following, but not long enough to be a nostalgic choice. It is LA-cute, with Highland Park cool. The flavors are creative, as are the names. The creations look as good as they taste, oh and it’s all vegan.
Donut Friend is for donuts that are a treat any time of the day. It feels like a neighborhood shop, but it also feels like an occasion. Seeing the colorful donuts line the case with names like Compassion Fruit and Jimmy Eat Swirl and Yo La Mango, flavors inspired by seasons, trends, local favorites, ranging from somewhat traditional to not traditional at all. The ice cream comes in every color of the rainbow and also ranges from somewhat traditional (oreo ice cream but it’s blue) to not all that traditional (thai tea but it’s grey). The killer donut line up is a great start to any day and (perhaps later in the day, on a warm day) a donut ice cream sandwich makes for an extra sweet treat. Point is, Donut Friend is a cult classic in these parts and you’ll be loved if you show up with a box to the office.
|Hours||Highland Park and Silver Lake are open 9am – 9pm weekdays and 10pm weekends, DTLA location is open 7am to 9pm on weekdays and 10pm weekends|
|Price||$$ – $3-5 for the signature donuts, $9 for ice cream sandwich, $12 shakes|
|Aesthetic||artisanal creative cute neighborhood donut shop vibes|
Go here for: donuts for impressing people, vegan ice cream and shakes
Order this: the husker blu if you like blueberry donuts, the angry samoa for girl scout cookie lovers, green teagan and sara for matcha and sesame lovers, polar berry club for something fruity, caramel on parade for something decadent; or if you’re feeling REALLY decadent, go ahead and make an ice cream sandwich
Amount of time to spend: 10-15 minutes for a quick pick up
When to come: mornings or early afternoon, by late afternoon the inventory dwindles, especially on weekends
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Last visited: October 2021
Last updated: October 2022