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 Paczki’s 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 14 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 Center

  • Address: 2975 E. Maple Road, Troy
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

Flavors include strawberry, plum, cannoli, blueberry, lemon, custard, chocolate custard, raspberry, cherry and apricot. Order online or stop by before they’re gone.

Benny’s Bakery

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

Chene Modern Bakery

This year’s flavors include strawberry, blueberry, apricot, buttercream, prune, lemon, raspberry, apple and more.

Dimo’s Deli & Donuts

Flavors include strawberry, apple, custard, buttercream, blueberry and raspberry.

Donut Kastle

Flavors include strawberry, lemon, raspberry, cream cheese, chocolate cream, apple, custard, more.

Donut Cutter

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

Jack’s Italian Bakery

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

New Martha Washington Bakery

Get in line early for a sweet Paczki treat. Flavors include, but are not limited to pineapple, cherry, apple and plain sugar.

New Palace Bakery

Has some unique flavors — strawberry cheesecake, triple chocolate and peanut butter and jelly. Also has some classics — strawberry, raspberry, custard and more.

Paris Bakery

  • Address: 28418 Joy Road, Livonia
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday & Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, closed on Sundays.

Offer the flavors custard, apple, blueberry, prune, strawberry, raspberry and lemon. Available for a limited time.

Pietrzyk Pierogi

Preordered paczkis come in raspberry, strawberry, blueberry 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

  • Address: 13931 Farmington Road, Livonia
  • Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, closed Monday; Drive through open 24 hours.

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, pierogis and more.

Detroit City Distillery

Distributes raspberry paczki vodka every year for Mardi Gras. Order online. It will sell out fast.

Rose’s Fine Food

  • Address: 10551 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
  • Hours: Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday-Tuesday. Feb. 14-16 hours: Open at 9 a.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday-Tuesday.

Not your typical paczki place. Choose from six flavors including three different custards!

Small’s Bar

Will be offering a ‘Paczki bomb’, which is a shot and a donut all in one.

The Painted Lady Lounge

Will have Buffalo Trace and Fireball paczki available to purchase this year. Must wear a mask.

This post was originally published in 2021 and is updated regularly.

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