The Best Places to Get Paczkis in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking for the best place to score a paczki for Fat Tuesday? These bakeries in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor have you covered.

My earliest memory of a paczki was in sixth grade. My industrial science teacher was Polish and went all out for the holiday. 

He would dress up in his folk attire and travel from class to class with his rolling cart, handing out paczkis to everyone who wanted one. They were amazing and my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Since then, I’ve been very particular about my paczkis — and the chain store-bought kind just don’t compare to plump and pillowy decadence when they’re freshly made. 

Detroit is one of the few places that celebrates Paczki Day, along with Chicago and other large cities in the Midwest and Northwest. It is one of the few holidays that is a big deal here and many people celebrate — even if they’re not Polish.

Here, we’ve rounded up a list of 18 local bakeries that make and sell real paczkis for Fat Tuesday. Plus, find four other local establishments that have joined in on the Paczki Day fun with their unique twists on the delicious delight. 

American Polish Cultural Center 

Flavors include strawberry, plum, custard, blueberry, raspberry and apricot. Pre-order online or stop by before they’re gone.

Avon Donuts

The paczki flavors at this family-owned bakery are raspberry, custard, cherry, lemon, apple, cream, strawberry and more. 

Benny’s Bakery

Paczki flavors are plain, apple, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, cream, chocolate cream, prune and custard.

Chene Modern Bakery 

They’re kicking off the 2023 paczki season on Feb. 1, 2023, so you don’t have to wait until Feb. 21. This year’s flavors will be announced soon.

Daily Dozen Doughnuts

This year’s flavors are lemon, custard, chocolate cream, vanilla, apple, strawberry and raspberry.

Delightful Donuts & Cupcakes

This new bakery just opened in downtown Mount Clemens. Stop in or call the store to place your order. The flavors are custard, raspberry, lemon, cream, apple, cherry, blueberry, cannoli and Boston cream. You can have them glazed or with powdered sugar.

Donut Cutter 

The paczki flavors for this year are chocolate cream, butter cream, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, apple, lemon, cherry and custard. 

Donut Kastle

Flavors include strawberry, pineapple, lemon, raspberry, cream cheese, chocolate cream, blueberry, apple, cream and custard.

Dos Locos Tacos 

Try their classic flavors – raspberry, apricot and Bavarian cream and their specialty flavors – Mexican chocolate, strawberries & cream and PB&J (with chipotle raspberry jelly and peanut butter.

Elliot’s Bakery

Order ahead at Elliot’s Bakery. Try paczki flavors like lemon, raspberry, custard and apple.

Jack’s Italian Bakery

Flavors include cannoli cream, cream cheese, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, prune, custard, apple, chocolate cream, white cream, apricot, blueberry, lemon and pineapple.

Knapp’s Donut Shop

The usual flavors include apple, blueberry, cherry, buttercream, Bavarian cream, strawberry, raspberry, lemon and prune (upon request).

New Palace Bakery

It offers some unique flavors — buttercream, strawberry cheesecake, triple chocolate, orange creamski and peanut butter and jelly. But it also has some classics — strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, custard, lemon, apple and prune. The bakery is not taking any online orders; you can call or visit the bakery to place an order in advance.

Paris Bakery

Offer the flavors of custard, apple, blueberry, prune, strawberry, raspberry and lemon. Call to make sure Margarita cheesecake and cannoli flavors are available.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

Preordered paczkis come in raspberry, strawberry jalapeno, blueberry, lemon custard and vanilla custard. Mix and match options available.

Sugarr Donuts

Pre-order any of their paczki flavors, which include custard, lemon, apple, strawberry, cannoli cream filled, pb&j and crème brulee. 

The Looney Baker 

The flavors this year are raspberry-glazed, apple, lemon, custard and chocolate cream.

Tringali’s Bakery

Regular flavors include blueberry, lemon, apple, raspberry, custard, buttercream, chocolate custard and strawberry. Specialty flavors include cappuccino cream and cannoli cream filled. 

Paczki Day alternatives

Unique flavors and alcoholic paczki beverages are putting a twist on this Polish tradition. 

Many places in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor are making their own mark on this holiday in order to attract locals to their spots. 

Check out the places below to keep the Pazcki Day fun rolling with paczki beers, classes and more. 

Detroit City Distillery

Distributes raspberry paczki vodka every year for Mardi Gras. Order online. It goes on sale Feb. 3 and it will sell out fast.

Rose’s Fine Food

Learn how to make the beloved Polish doughnut at this paczki class. Also, enjoy some Polish-inspired snacks, sausage and sourdough rye bread.

Small’s Bar

It will be offering a ‘Paczki bomb’, which is a shot and a doughnut all in one. They open at 10 a.m. on Fat Tuesday and will be available until they run out.

The Painted Lady Lounge 

It will have Buffalo Trace and Fireball paczki available to purchase this year.


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