Finding Las Vegas’ tastiest, most unique doughnuts is as easy as going on a tour

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Why not explore the history and culture of Las Vegas with a doughnut in hand? The Underground Donut Tour takes the adventure away from the Strip and to the heart of downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street for a bite of some sweet treats. The walking tour experience features stops at several locally-owned donut shops; each sharing its piece of Vegas history.

“It’s all about the culture of Las Vegas. It’s giving people a side of Las Vegas that isn’t the Strip,” said Wade Powers, the Underground Donut Tour manager and guide. “We decided to really show off how many amazing doughnuts we have in this town and use as many businesses that are local to give people that real taste of home.”

Pinkbox Doughnuts

“You can get doughnuts anywhere, but you can’t get this experience anywhere,” said Vinnie DiNatale, marketing director for Pinkbox Doughnuts.

Pinkbox Doughnuts is one of Las Vegas’ favorite doughnut shops. The beloved doughnut brand opened its first shop in 2012 and will have a dozen stores in the valley with the opening of its newest location on Saturday, May 18 at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino.

“It’s a real badge of honor saying it’s a Vegas-born brand,” DiNatale said.

Pinkbox has more than 70 donut flavors on the menu daily as well as a monthly rotating flavor. For Vegas locals, there’s the “Vegas” doughnut, which is a chocolate-frosted raised shell donut filled with Bavarian cream, complete with Vegas décor.

The Donut Hole

Another stop on the tour is The Donut Hole, founded by the owner of Carl’s Donuts. The family-owned business started in the 1960s in downtown Las Vegas on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and its new venture brings them back home to Carson Avenue and 6th Street.

“Coming to Fremont, downtown, it’s an experience for people and we want to be a part of that experience,” said Alicia Davila, The Donut Hole’s manager. “We love our city. We love the history and it’s just an honor to be a part of that.”

At The Donut Hole, you can find an assortment of unique donuts, cronuts, and croissants.

The Parlour

The Underground Donut Tour, known for its specialty donuts, also includes other baked sweet treats. The Parlour, a local artisanal coffee roaster and bakery specializes in pastries with a mix of great food, coffee, and adult beverages.

“It’s like that hidden gem,” said owner Alec Nunez. “You have that whole popular culture of the Strip, the casinos, the shows, and everything, but you step a little bit outside, and you get a little bit of our world. A little bit of creativity that is beyond what the Strip is known for.”

Their menu features doughnuts, crepes, and the fan-favorite cinnamon roll croissant with a cream cheese frosting syringe.

To work off all the calories, the Underground Donut Tour also includes stops between doughnut shops to historic parts of the city, such as Container Park which has several unique local businesses and restaurants, and DT Alley, part of the downtown revitalization project with eccentric local artwork.

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