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Dunkin’ has and will continue to dominate the market here in New England and beyond, for good reason. But there are several other coffee and donut shops that may not get the proper love and attention they deserve. Coffee and donut shops that are underrated and that the masses may not know about. We want to highlight those places in this post because everyone loves a good cup of coffee. And everyone LOVES a good donut.

What makes a coffee and a donut good? When first asking that question, some may say the quality. Some may say the freshness. Some may say how it’s brewed. What makes a good donut? Flavor and freshness comes to mind. Also, how big is the donut? Texture and fillings in the donut also can make or break one. Some may even say how the donut stands on day 2 may have an impact on how good it is. Either way, there are several donut shops in New England that don’t get the recognition they deserve. Donut shops that when you try their donuts, you’ll be talking about them for days.

This post is by no means trying to discredit good ole Dunkin’ either. We LOVE our Dunkin’. America Runs on Dunkin’. We just want to show some love to other donut and coffee shops who may not be top of the mind when it comes to great coffee and donuts. We’ve polled people far and wide and have gotten a variety of answers. Many have been mentioned repeatedly which are the places we will highlight. Because despite our love for Dunkin’, there are other alternatives here in New England. And once you discover some of these places, you may never go back. Or you may just add them to your morning routine. Enjoy your coffee and donuts today!

  • Kane's Donuts 3 locations

    Established in 1955, Kane’s is mentioned by many and known mostly for its donuts. From the creme brulee donut to cookies and cream to New England staples like the Boston cream.

  • Supreme Coffee & Donuts in Brockton

    Locally owned and operated, Supreme is a local Brockton favorite. They offer catering too. Their coffee flavors are HUGE like a banana split, s’mores and Jim Dandy.

    Supreme Coffee & Donuts| Coffee Shop| Coffee, Tea, Donuts, Baked Goods, Breakfast Sandwiches | Brockton, MA

    Supreme Coffee & Donuts is Brocktons favorite local coffee shop. We are locally owned and operated. Please visit and enjoy our fresh coffee, donuts, breakfast sandwiches and more!Located in Brockton, MA

  • Marylou's Coffee several locations mostly on the south shore

    Marylou’s has been a staple on the south shore since 1986. Known for their dancing staff and fun jingle “the best coffee in town,” Marylou’s boasts a variety of coffee flavors like the Girl Scout Cookie.

    Marylou's Coffee

    "The Best Coffee in Town!"

  • Dippin' Donuts various locations

    Dippin’ donuts has several locations more toward central and western MA. Leominster, Worcester and Fitchburg are just a few. Menu options vary between locations.

  • Donuts With a Difference in Medford

    This shop has significantly high ratings. One review says their donuts are “the best in the world.” They were voted Best Donut from Boston Magazine on at least on occasion.

    Donuts with a Difference

    Visit this delightfully retro storefront, and you'll be rewarded with melt-in-your-mouth honey-dipped spheres, jumbo coffee rolls, and coconut cake rings with the perfect bite. Best [...]

  • Donut King in Weymouth

    Family owned and operated since 1987. Voted best local donut shop and they hand craft their donuts that include flavors like Fruity Pebbles, Twix Bar and Cookie Monster.

    Menu | Donutkingweymouth

    Fresh daily handcrafted classic and specialty donuts, donut kits, giants donuts, hot breakfast, coffee, and energy drinks.

  • Heav'nly Donuts several locations

    14 convenient locations and you can even order online. They also offer sandwiches and snacks as well as bagels. Their 15 varieties of coffees are brewed fresh daily.


    Heav'nly Donuts specializes in coffee, iced and frozen beverages, baked goods, and a wide variety of breakfast and lunch sandwiches and snacks. Our Menu is always evolving to meet our customer's requests, and tastes. Stop into any location to try our hand-cut donuts, or one of our 15 varieties of coffee, all freshly brewed daily with no added syrup to enhance the flavor.


  • Gourmet Donuts several locations

    Located in the central/western MA area, Gourmet has several locations. They offer sandwiches, pastries and of course donuts. They offer several varieties of coffees like Cinammon Sticky Bun and Twixie.


    Pina Colada, Strawberry, Banana, Strawberry Banana, Mango and Wild Berry! One sip and you are Gourmet Donuts Smoothie hooked!

  • Basic Batch Donuts in Milford

    Scratch made donuts and “We offer cake and yeast raised donuts. Our yeast dough is made daily and is more of a traditional yeasted dough with a light and fluffy texture.” They offer a variety of coffees like the Nitro Cold Brew and Decaf Cold Brew. 

    Basic Batch Donuts

    Scratch made gourmet donuts since 2020 located in Milford, MA. Locally roasted coffee, fresh made pastries and donuts served 5 days a week!

  • N & J Donuts in Oxford

    A very obscure donut shop that was mentioned several times in our poll. They’ve been rated 4.5 stars out of 5 in several outlets. Their last Facebook post said they have chocolate chip cannoli donuts so they must be good.

  • Rocco's Doughnut Company with locations in Millbury and Westboro

    They offer donut platters and even gigantic donuts. They boast their own house blend of coffee. You can also order directly on their website.

  • PV Donuts in Providence

    According to their website: “Truthfully, we didn’t know what we were doing when we started, just that we wanted to bring something different and delicious to the food scene here in Rhode Island.” They offer flourless and vegan options. They even offer ice cream sandwiches! 

    Donuts - PVDonuts

    Our monthly menus consist of 25+ rotating items that are featured across various bases. Sometimes we forget about how many we make until we take a good look at this page! Our crullers are made from a pâte à choux based batter - they're light and eggy, and we guarantee you won't have trouble finishing one off.

  • The Donut Factory in Fairhaven

    They also offer breakfast sandwiches. They’re located on Howland Rd.

    The Donut Factory

    Restaurant menu, map for The Donut Factory located in 02719, Fairhaven MA, 8 Howland Rd.

  • Donna's Donuts in Tewksbury

    People have said they have the world’s best donut. They also have a cheeseburger donut. All of their donuts are made in house daily.


  • Grandma's Donuts & Coffee in New Bedford

    This location received quite a few nominations. Formerly “Ma’s” Donuts, Grandma’s Donuts & Coffee is a fan favorite in the New Bedford area.

    Famous doughnut shop to reopen as 'Grandma's Donuts' in New Bedford

    A famous sweet shop in New Bedford is reopening under a new name after years of anticipation. Ma’s Donuts has been renamed Grandma’s Donuts. The doors may still be closed on Acushnet Avenue, but inside the Lemieux family is hard at work practicing and perfecting all sorts of treats from cupcakes to coffee rolls, and of course, the signature doughnuts.

  • The Donut Shack in Lowell

    Trip Advisor has them with a 5 out of 5 rating. One of their more popular donut is the marshmallow cream. Many of their customers say they drive from out of town to get their donuts.

    Donut Shack, Lowell

    View the menu for Donut Shack and restaurants in Lowell, MA. See restaurant menus, reviews, ratings, phone number, address, hours, photos and maps.

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