National Donut Day

June 1st is #NationalDonutDay! To celebrate, we're sharing where to get the best doughnuts in Columbia.


Harold’s has been making craft doughnuts since before it was cool, and it shows.

The locally-owned shop makes doughnuts, cinnamon rolls and kolaches from scratch every day, but that’s not why they have the hearts of CoMo residents. Harold’s unique flavors like maple bacon, blueberry citrus cake and peanut butter and jelly draw customers in, and one bite later they’re hooked. For the traditional buyer, trade classics like sprinkles in for funfetti and scratch sprinkle flavors.

Locals will tell you it’s their go-to for all things doughnut-related, not just because of the product, but because of the friendly service and a storefront self-described as a “modern version of the neighborhood doughnut shop you loved growing up." Harold’s also features their own coffee blend, mastered by Columbia’s own Fretboard Coffee.

Harold’s is conveniently located downtown, and opened a second location in south Columbia off of Nifong Blvd just last year. Classic doughnuts are just a dollar and craft doughnuts are $2-3, but the price isn’t even the best part. Harold’s delivers.

Donut D-Light

Donut D-Light is possibly Columbia’s best-kept secret.

Hidden from the hustle and bustle of downtown on Nifong, it's ironically described as a hole in the wall, but don’t let the unpretentious storefront fool you. Donut D-Light is home to tasty doughnuts and pastries that would tempt the most disciplined dieter.

If you’re not in the mood for chocolate-covered cinnamon rolls or their infamous apple fritters, opt for a bacon-covered or blueberry doughnut. If you're one for filled doughnuts, Donut D-Light will let you pick the flavor for you, and one of their helpful staff members will fill it for you on the spot.

Dunkin Donuts

From an unbiased, definitely not New England-born perspective (Go Red Sox!), Dunkin Donuts is everyone’s favorite classic, and they want you to “treat do’ self” this holiday.

With Dunkin’s newer downtown location and a south Columbia store featuring a drive-thru, doughnut lovers across town can take advantage of the franchise’s special. On June 1st, ALL customers at participating locations get a FREE DOUGHNUT with the purchase of a drink. ALL day.

Insider tip? Download the app and enroll in DD Perks for rewards like a free drink with signup, and $5 off of every $25 spent. If you don’t want to wait in line, the app has a mobile order feature that lets you pass on accidentally being featured in someone’s #NationalDonutDay pic.

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