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Where to Find Plump, Pillowy Paczki in Metro Detroit

Spots that embrace the Fat Tuesday mania with classic flavors

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A dozen paczki from Hamtramck, Michigan.
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Beginning bright and early on Tuesday, March 1, many metro Detroiters will make the annual journey to their bakery of choice, braving long lines for that pivotal pre-Lenten Polish indulgence — the paczek. Regardless of whose Polish or Catholic, the plump and pillowy fried dough treats savored on Paczki Day are a delicacy widely enjoyed.

Some spots are already slinging paczki early for those who desire to avoid the Fat Tuesday frenzy, while others will bide their time until the official day. Below, find a guide to spots that are sure to be serving the pastries. Hamtramck mainstays New Martha Washington and New Palace obviously make the cut as well as Detroit favorites like Donut Villa, and plenty of ‘burb bakeries too. For gluten-free, vegan, baked, and cannoli cream-filled paczki make sure to check out the non-traditional paczki map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

New Palace Bakery

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Consider New Palace ground zero for Paczki Day. For many Fat Tuesday revelers it’s the place to get those plump Polish pastries. The shop offers just about every flavor under the sun and is adding Centennial Brew coffee-flavored buttercream to its roster for 2022 in honor of Hamtramck’s 100th anniversary. This shop (like many Polish bakeries) is already selling — and shipping — paczki. Pre-orders for the official Paczki Day are strongly recommended and lines are guaranteed, so get there early. The doors typically open around 3 a.m.

New Martha Washington Bakery

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This tiny Hamtramck bakery attracts crowds with lines spooling around the block on Paczki Day. From chocolate cream to raspberry to prune, New Martha Washington has a large variety of classic flavors and they stack boxes like they mean business.

Family Donut Shop

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This Hamtramck doughnut shop oozes Americana charm and pulls out all the stops on Paczki Day with classic flavors like custard, cherry, and chocolate cream. The shop uses vegetable shortening, so the pastries are halal. The burek pastries are also a good bet. Place orders by phone.

Apple Fritter Donut Shop

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Although known for its apple fritters, this Ferndale doughnut shop offers classic fruit and cream-filled paczki on Fat Tuesday. The shop accepts pre-orders ahead of the holiday. It’s also conveniently located on the same block as Christine’s Cuisine, a well-loved restaurant serving Polish favorites like pierogi, smoked sausage, and kapusta.

Donut Cutter

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Woodward Avenue’s cash-only doughnut shop is currently taking pre-orders for Fat Tuesday with options like apple, custard, buttercream, and lemon-filled paczki. The shop will accept walk-ins starting at 4 a.m. on March 1.

The blue-striped exterior of Donut Cutter is shown from the parking lot facing Woodward on a sunny day. Brenna Houck

Daily Dozen

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All three metro Detroit locations of Daily Dozen are taking pre-orders for five dozen or more classic paczki in flavors like apple, lemon, custard, and strawberry. Walk-in on March 1 to pick up a box or a loose paczek.

Avon Donuts

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Known for its creative flavors and colorful toppings, Avon Donuts in Pontiac offers a mix of classic and funky flavors on Paczki Day with fillings like blueberry, raspberry, cherry, and cheesecake. Customers looking to pick-up three dozen or more may place pre-orders until noon on February 26. Loose paczki will also be available in-store from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 28 and 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fat Tuesday.

Knapp's Donut Shop

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With locations in Rochester and Troy, Knapp’s has the metro area pretty well covered with a variety of fruit and cream filled paczki. The bakeries are currently accepting pre-orders for traditional flavors like strawberry, raspberry, apple, buttercream, and cherry paczki, but customers can also stop by between February 24 and March 1 — the paczki are already in stock.

American Polish Cultural Center

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The American Polish Cultural Center is accepting online orders for assorted fruit flavors including apricot and plum for pick-up between February 27 and March 1. The doughnuts are priced at $29 per dozen and $15 per half dozen.

Tringali's Bakery

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Warren’s Italian bake shop is best known for its cannoli cream filled twist on traditional paczki, but standard-bearing flavors like raspberry, apple, lemon, and chocolate custard can be found here as well. Pick up the traditional varieties as singles or grab a dozen. They’re available throughout the month of February in the lead up to Fat Tuesday.

East Detroit Bakery & Deli

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This Eastpointe bakery is a favorite for paczki fanatics on the east side. The paczki are bigger than average and come glazed or powdered sugar-dusted with fillings like casada cheesecake. Drop in anytime between February 21 and March 1 to get your fix. The price is $25 per dozen and $2.50 a piece for regular flavors and $30 or $3 each for cheesecake filled.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

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Now with its very own production kitchen, Pietrzyk Pierogi is accepting online pre-orders for 2022 now through Saturday, February 26. In addition to classic flavors like raspberry and blueberry alongside wilder options like strawberry-jalapeno and horseradish-orange marmalade. They’re $26 per dozen and orders must be picked up between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on February 28.

A bunch of sugar dusted paczki in a metal pan. Pietrzyk Pierogi [Official photo]

Donut Villa

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Southwest Detroit fried dough mainstay Donut Villa will have a sizable supply of paczki on hand throughout Fat Tuesday in flavors like lemon, apple, raspberry, and custard.

The brown brick exterior of Donut Villa is shown on a sunny day. Brenna Houck

Elliott’s Bakery

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Elliott’s Bakery in Trenton accepts paczki pre-orders by phone through Monday, February 28, in classic flavors like apple, custard, lemon, and raspberry.

Sugarr Donuts

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Sugarr Donuts in Wyandotte is taking pre-orders for paczki in flavors like apple, lemon, raspberry, and custard as well and more creative alternatives like peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, and cannoli cream. The cost is $3.25 per paczek, $18 for a half-dozen, and $33 per dozen. Drop in starting at 6 a.m. or call in an order.

Donut Kastle

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Donut Kastle will be slinging paczki now through Fat Tuesday primarily in custard and raspberry flavors. They’re available for $22.50 per dozen, $12 for a half dozen, or $2.25 a piece throughout the month of February in the lead up to Fat Tuesday.

Iversen's Bakery

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Iversen’s Bakery in Dearborn doesn’t use lard to make its paczki so they’re technically halal. They come in flavors like lemon curd and raspberry jam as well as cannoli cream.

Chene Modern Bakery

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One of the last in a line of venerable West Warren Avenue bakeries, Chene Modern goes all out for Paczki Day with flavors like apricot, prune, blueberry, and even strawberry cheesecake. The best part? They’re already available for those who want to get a head start on the Mardi Gras festivities. The doors open at 5 a.m. on Fat Tuesday.

Bartz Bakery

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This Dearborn bakeshop is known for its Eastern European pastries and draws a line on Fat Tuesday for its plump, golden paczki served with a variety of fruit fillings. Place orders ahead of time for two dozen or more paczki or plan a visit starting at 6:30 a.m. on March 1.

Paris Bakery

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This family-owned Polish establishment in Livonia opens from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Paczki Day with polka music and plenty of fried dough. All the classic fruit fillings like prune, apple, and raspberry are available alongside margarita cheesecake and cannoli cream. Pick up a paczek anytime between now and Fat Tuesday.

The Looney Baker

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Favored for its cinnamon rolls and other handmade delights, on Paczki Day this Livonia bakeshop gets busy with an influx of customers seeking out this special Polish treat. Pre-order and beat the rush.

New Palace Bakery

Consider New Palace ground zero for Paczki Day. For many Fat Tuesday revelers it’s the place to get those plump Polish pastries. The shop offers just about every flavor under the sun and is adding Centennial Brew coffee-flavored buttercream to its roster for 2022 in honor of Hamtramck’s 100th anniversary. This shop (like many Polish bakeries) is already selling — and shipping — paczki. Pre-orders for the official Paczki Day are strongly recommended and lines are guaranteed, so get there early. The doors typically open around 3 a.m.

New Martha Washington Bakery

This tiny Hamtramck bakery attracts crowds with lines spooling around the block on Paczki Day. From chocolate cream to raspberry to prune, New Martha Washington has a large variety of classic flavors and they stack boxes like they mean business.

Family Donut Shop

This Hamtramck doughnut shop oozes Americana charm and pulls out all the stops on Paczki Day with classic flavors like custard, cherry, and chocolate cream. The shop uses vegetable shortening, so the pastries are halal. The burek pastries are also a good bet. Place orders by phone.

Apple Fritter Donut Shop

Although known for its apple fritters, this Ferndale doughnut shop offers classic fruit and cream-filled paczki on Fat Tuesday. The shop accepts pre-orders ahead of the holiday. It’s also conveniently located on the same block as Christine’s Cuisine, a well-loved restaurant serving Polish favorites like pierogi, smoked sausage, and kapusta.

Donut Cutter

The blue-striped exterior of Donut Cutter is shown from the parking lot facing Woodward on a sunny day. Brenna Houck

Woodward Avenue’s cash-only doughnut shop is currently taking pre-orders for Fat Tuesday with options like apple, custard, buttercream, and lemon-filled paczki. The shop will accept walk-ins starting at 4 a.m. on March 1.

The blue-striped exterior of Donut Cutter is shown from the parking lot facing Woodward on a sunny day. Brenna Houck

Daily Dozen

All three metro Detroit locations of Daily Dozen are taking pre-orders for five dozen or more classic paczki in flavors like apple, lemon, custard, and strawberry. Walk-in on March 1 to pick up a box or a loose paczek.

Avon Donuts

Known for its creative flavors and colorful toppings, Avon Donuts in Pontiac offers a mix of classic and funky flavors on Paczki Day with fillings like blueberry, raspberry, cherry, and cheesecake. Customers looking to pick-up three dozen or more may place pre-orders until noon on February 26. Loose paczki will also be available in-store from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 28 and 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fat Tuesday.

Knapp's Donut Shop

With locations in Rochester and Troy, Knapp’s has the metro area pretty well covered with a variety of fruit and cream filled paczki. The bakeries are currently accepting pre-orders for traditional flavors like strawberry, raspberry, apple, buttercream, and cherry paczki, but customers can also stop by between February 24 and March 1 — the paczki are already in stock.

American Polish Cultural Center

The American Polish Cultural Center is accepting online orders for assorted fruit flavors including apricot and plum for pick-up between February 27 and March 1. The doughnuts are priced at $29 per dozen and $15 per half dozen.

Tringali's Bakery

Warren’s Italian bake shop is best known for its cannoli cream filled twist on traditional paczki, but standard-bearing flavors like raspberry, apple, lemon, and chocolate custard can be found here as well. Pick up the traditional varieties as singles or grab a dozen. They’re available throughout the month of February in the lead up to Fat Tuesday.

East Detroit Bakery & Deli

This Eastpointe bakery is a favorite for paczki fanatics on the east side. The paczki are bigger than average and come glazed or powdered sugar-dusted with fillings like casada cheesecake. Drop in anytime between February 21 and March 1 to get your fix. The price is $25 per dozen and $2.50 a piece for regular flavors and $30 or $3 each for cheesecake filled.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

A bunch of sugar dusted paczki in a metal pan. Pietrzyk Pierogi [Official photo]

Now with its very own production kitchen, Pietrzyk Pierogi is accepting online pre-orders for 2022 now through Saturday, February 26. In addition to classic flavors like raspberry and blueberry alongside wilder options like strawberry-jalapeno and horseradish-orange marmalade. They’re $26 per dozen and orders must be picked up between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on February 28.

A bunch of sugar dusted paczki in a metal pan. Pietrzyk Pierogi [Official photo]

Donut Villa

The brown brick exterior of Donut Villa is shown on a sunny day. Brenna Houck

Southwest Detroit fried dough mainstay Donut Villa will have a sizable supply of paczki on hand throughout Fat Tuesday in flavors like lemon, apple, raspberry, and custard.

The brown brick exterior of Donut Villa is shown on a sunny day. Brenna Houck

Elliott’s Bakery

Elliott’s Bakery in Trenton accepts paczki pre-orders by phone through Monday, February 28, in classic flavors like apple, custard, lemon, and raspberry.

Sugarr Donuts

Sugarr Donuts in Wyandotte is taking pre-orders for paczki in flavors like apple, lemon, raspberry, and custard as well and more creative alternatives like peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, and cannoli cream. The cost is $3.25 per paczek, $18 for a half-dozen, and $33 per dozen. Drop in starting at 6 a.m. or call in an order.

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Donut Kastle

Donut Kastle will be slinging paczki now through Fat Tuesday primarily in custard and raspberry flavors. They’re available for $22.50 per dozen, $12 for a half dozen, or $2.25 a piece throughout the month of February in the lead up to Fat Tuesday.

Iversen's Bakery

Iversen’s Bakery in Dearborn doesn’t use lard to make its paczki so they’re technically halal. They come in flavors like lemon curd and raspberry jam as well as cannoli cream.

Chene Modern Bakery

One of the last in a line of venerable West Warren Avenue bakeries, Chene Modern goes all out for Paczki Day with flavors like apricot, prune, blueberry, and even strawberry cheesecake. The best part? They’re already available for those who want to get a head start on the Mardi Gras festivities. The doors open at 5 a.m. on Fat Tuesday.

Bartz Bakery

This Dearborn bakeshop is known for its Eastern European pastries and draws a line on Fat Tuesday for its plump, golden paczki served with a variety of fruit fillings. Place orders ahead of time for two dozen or more paczki or plan a visit starting at 6:30 a.m. on March 1.

Paris Bakery

This family-owned Polish establishment in Livonia opens from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Paczki Day with polka music and plenty of fried dough. All the classic fruit fillings like prune, apple, and raspberry are available alongside margarita cheesecake and cannoli cream. Pick up a paczek anytime between now and Fat Tuesday.

The Looney Baker

Favored for its cinnamon rolls and other handmade delights, on Paczki Day this Livonia bakeshop gets busy with an influx of customers seeking out this special Polish treat. Pre-order and beat the rush.

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