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15 Of The Best Donut Shops In Omaha (2023)

Pettit’s Pastry has always been my family’s go-to for donuts in Omaha. However, I haven’t tried every donut shop in Omaha (#lifegoals), so I can’t say Pettit’s has the best donuts in Omaha. But, I’ve done something far better for my waistline: Polled Facebook. I asked about 10,000 Oh My! Omaha followers* to share their favorites and we have a pretty clear consensus of favorites, plus a ton of highly recommended runners-up.

UPDATE: This post was published in 2018 but updated in March 2023 with changes.

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Omaha’s Favorite Donuts

I asked readers what their favorite donut shop in Omaha and wouldn’t you know, I love the place too! Olsen Bake Shop ran away with the votes, beating out the next contender by more than double the votes. It’s family-run and a bit old school, and if you’re dying for a kolach, you can find it here.

Where to find good Omaha donuts - Head to downtown Omaha and order a dozen at Olsen Bake Shop.

More than a year after writing this post, I’ve tried Olsen donuts a few times. and it has successfully moved to No. 1 on my list. You’ll find this gem off-the-beaten path a few blocks south of the Old Market at 1708 S. 10th St.

Pettit’s Pastry is the next favorite. The family-owned business has been open since 1954. It also happens to be pretty conveniently located near the route of a lot of parades, making it a great go-to stop before or after parades like the Septemberfest Parade. Find Pettit’s in downtown Omaha at 502 N. 16th St. or in West Omaha at 311 N. 114th St.

A giant donut from Donut Haven in West Omaha.

All the donuts in Omaha

Here’s a full list of everyone’s recommendations for best donuts:

Hurts Donuts, 1726 N. 120th St.

Sweet Magnolias Bake Shop, 813 N. 40th St.

The Uptown Bakery, 2229 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Neb.

Sunrize Donuts, 17676 Welch Plaza, Suite 7

Hello Sugar, a roaming food truck

Jones Bros. Cupcakes, 2121 S. 67th St. and inside Westroads Mall. Looking for cronuts? Jones Bros. apparently makes them.

Box of mini donuts from The Dapper Doughnut in West Omaha.

Best Donuts Not At Donut Shops

OK, so I’ve said Pettit’s a million times now. Let me share a few other gems worth seeking out:

  • The freshly-made apple cider donuts at Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is just about my favorite thing of fall. You can find six packs of the donuts in local grocery stores but they can’t compare to tasting one while it’s still warm at the orchard. Ditmars is at 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa. Learn more about the orchard here.
Best donuts in Council Bluffs - Ditmars Orchard is not technically in Omaha, but it's close enough. Try freshly-made apple cider donuts the next time you're there.

The homemade donut was so good, I can’t remember what else I had ordered. Head to North Omaha for this diner at 8327 N. 30th St.

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Saturday 16th of April 2022

Okay, am I crazy, or is number 2 missing?? For me, the article jumped from number 1 to number 3.


Sunday 17th of April 2022

Oops. No. 2 had closed and I should've just taken the numbers out when I updated it. I fixed it.

Beth Ginsburg

Thursday 7th of May 2020

LaMars s Doughnuts are to me, the best in town. They are made fresh everyday and wonderful!!!


Friday 8th of May 2020

Absolutely! Among franchises, they are one of the best.


Saturday 15th of February 2020

I travel all over. When I arrive somewhere, the first thing I do is research where to find donuts. Even before lodging! Well, not really. Anyway, my favorite donut of all time is the plain cake, chocolate frosted with peanut. So, this is the guage for me. Who has this donut. When I saw it in the Olsen Bake Shop photo, . Y e s .

Kim, I have 5 different coffee makers, and I know how to do it!


Friday 19th of July 2019

Ooh - you missed LaMars Donuts! Best cake donuts in town. On Sundays they have red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Really good!


Friday 19th of July 2019

It wasn't forgotten! I had it at the end with the honorable mention franchises in Omaha. I do have to say, the idea of a red velvet donut sounds divine.


Thursday 1st of February 2018

Thank you for this article Kim! I heart the donut!


Thursday 1st of February 2018

You're very welcome!

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