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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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1. New Palace Bakery

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9833 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 875-1334
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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.

2. New Martha Washington Bakery

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10335 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 872-1988

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.

3. Family Donut Shop

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11300 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 368-9214

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.

4. Apple Fritter Donut Shop

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741 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 545-7295
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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.

5. Donut Cutter

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28173 Woodward Ave
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 542-4653
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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

6. Daily Dozen

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32701 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 439-0068
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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.

7. Avon Donuts

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45324 Woodward Ave
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 333-2121
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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.

8. Knapp's Donut Shop

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6057 Rochester Rd
Troy, MI 48085
(248) 813-8370
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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.

9. American Polish Cultural Center

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2975 E Maple Rd
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 689-3636
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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.

10. Tringali's Bakery

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29100 Schoenherr Rd
Warren, MI 48093
(586) 777-9010
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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.

11. East Detroit Bakery & Deli

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17530 E 9 Mile Rd
Eastpointe, MI 48021
(586) 776-6450

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.

12. Pietrzyk Pierogi

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1429 Gratiot Ave #109
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 614-9393
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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]

13. Donut Villa

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5875 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 849-4752
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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

14. Elliott’s Bakery

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2636 W Jefferson Ave
Trenton, MI 48183
(734) 676-1940
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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.

15. Sugarr Donuts

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19115 West Rd
Woodhaven, MI 48183
(734) 672-7275
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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.

16. Donut Kastle

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24555 Eureka Rd
Taylor, MI 48180
(734) 946-8436
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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.

17. Iversen's Bakery

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22041 W Outer Dr
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 563-5161
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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.

18. Chene Modern Bakery

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17041 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48228
(313) 582-0700
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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.

19. Bartz Bakery

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1532 N Telegraph Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 562-0986

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.

20. Paris Bakery

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28418 Joy Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 425-2060
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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.

21. The Looney Baker

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13931 Farmington Rd
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 425-8569
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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.

1. New Palace Bakery

9833 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

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.

9833 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

2. New Martha Washington Bakery

10335 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

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.

10335 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

3. Family Donut Shop

11300 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

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.

11300 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

4. Apple Fritter Donut Shop

741 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

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.

741 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

5. Donut Cutter

28173 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072
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.

28173 Woodward Ave
Berkley, MI 48072

6. Daily Dozen

32701 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073

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.

32701 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073

7. Avon Donuts

45324 Woodward Ave, Pontiac, MI 48341

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.

45324 Woodward Ave
Pontiac, MI 48341

8. Knapp's Donut Shop

6057 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085

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.

6057 Rochester Rd
Troy, MI 48085

9. American Polish Cultural Center

2975 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083

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.

2975 E Maple Rd
Troy, MI 48083

10. Tringali's Bakery

29100 Schoenherr Rd, Warren, MI 48093

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.

29100 Schoenherr Rd
Warren, MI 48093

11. East Detroit Bakery & Deli

17530 E 9 Mile Rd, Eastpointe, MI 48021

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.

17530 E 9 Mile Rd
Eastpointe, MI 48021

12. Pietrzyk Pierogi

1429 Gratiot Ave #109, Detroit, MI 48207
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.

1429 Gratiot Ave #109
Detroit, MI 48207

13. Donut Villa

5875 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
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.

5875 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

14. Elliott’s Bakery

2636 W Jefferson Ave, Trenton, MI 48183

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

2636 W Jefferson Ave
Trenton, MI 48183

15. Sugarr Donuts

19115 West Rd, Woodhaven, MI 48183

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.

19115 West Rd
Woodhaven, MI 48183

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16. Donut Kastle

24555 Eureka Rd, Taylor, MI 48180

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.

24555 Eureka Rd
Taylor, MI 48180

17. Iversen's Bakery

22041 W Outer Dr, Dearborn, MI 48124

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.

22041 W Outer Dr
Dearborn, MI 48124

18. Chene Modern Bakery

17041 W Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48228

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.

17041 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48228

19. Bartz Bakery

1532 N Telegraph Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128

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.

1532 N Telegraph Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

20. Paris Bakery

28418 Joy Rd, Livonia, MI 48150

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.

28418 Joy Rd
Livonia, MI 48150

21. The Looney Baker

13931 Farmington Rd, Livonia, MI 48154

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.

13931 Farmington Rd
Livonia, MI 48154

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