Where to Snag Apple Cider (And Other Seasonal) Doughnuts

Find the perennially popular fall treat alongside pumpkin pie, maple bacon and other seasonal flavors.
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Seasonal doughnuts, such as the forthcoming pumpkin pie variety from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, are popping up at area bakeries this fall. (Image courtesy of Scott Suchman)

Nothing says fall like an apple cider doughnut. But if you don’t have the time to log dozens of miles to pick some up at a fall festival in the exurbs, don’t worry—there are plenty of seasonal doughnuts to be found in your neighborhood. Here are five places close to home that will surely satisfy your autumnal sweet tooth.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Words can’t quite capture the glory of the candy apple doughnut at Astro. It’s loaded with apple compote and smothered in an apple-cider glaze. And its really, really red. Grab just one, or pair it with a fall friend that is coming soon: the pumpkin pie doughnut. // 7511 Leesburg Pike, #103, Falls Church


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District Doughnut

This local chainlet with a stall inside Ballston Quarter Market has much to offer in the way of fall doughnuts: pumpkin glazed, maple butter pecan, chai latte creme brulee. Their apple cider doughnut starts with apple cake batter, is then smeared with apple glaze and finished with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. // 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Ballston)

Duck Donuts

The cult-status bakery that originated in the Outer Banks is serving up cousins of the apple cider mainstay. Try the apple cobbler (topped with apple streusel and cinnamon sugar) and apple pie (loaded with vanilla icing and salted caramel). But don’t stop there; they’ve also got maple bacon, cinnamon sugar, pumpkin roll and pumpkin streusel doughnuts to round out your half-dozen. // 2511 N. Harrison St., Arlington, and 3610 F King St., Alexandria

Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe

Want a feast of fall doughnuts? This veteran-owned family business has roughly a dozen seasonal flavors to bite into, including caramel apple crumble, spiced pumpkin cream and cider cake stick with apple. Having an event? The bakery makes giant party doughnuts on request. // 672 N. Glebe Road, Arlington (Ballston)

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Go mini with these apple cider doughnuts from Mama’s Donut Bites, available at area farmers markets. (Photo by Kristy H. for Mama’s Donut Bites)

Mama’s Donut Bites

For a more modest taste of fall (depending on how many you consume), this food truck whips up bite-size apple cider doughnuts and serves them piping hot. You can find them and other tasty treats at farmers markets in Falls Church, Fairlington and Westover. // Multiple farmers markets

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