If you’re not an LA Native like myself, you may find yourself craving a particular Polish treat this Fat Tuesday: The paczki.  In the Midwest, this fattening treat embodies everything that Fat Tuesday stands for… overindulging decadence.

​ For those unsure of what a paczki is (pronounced POONCH-KEY or PUNCH-KEY), in the simplest of terms, it’s an incredibly fattening type of stuffed donut that has been fried.  CBS News reported it was around 425 calories each. Ouch.  But for one day a year, people flock to their local ethnic bakery to try and find their own awesome fried gigantic dough balls. I’m personally always a sucker for lemon or cream, but I hear a few offer Nutella now.BUT WHERE TO FIND THEM IN LA?!?!  It seems like it’s a mystical creature. With all of LA’s melting pot reputations, you’d think it’d be easier to find this treat!  For YEARS I went without my yearly paczki (which I’m sure my thighs appreciated).  Until I got pregnant. Then I was a woman with a mission.  And lo and behold, one bakery in all of Los Angeles made a traditional paczki.  So I sent my husband to West Hollywood to purchase 2 dozen (not all for me! I shared with the office and introduced them to their first bites of heaven!) and have never looked back.

If driving down to WeHo is not your thing, don’t fear – there is a really good paczki substitute: the ponchik.  The ponchik is the Armenian version of the paczki, very similar with a minor exception in the way it’s fried. At least, that’s my understanding (and feel free to correct me on that, friends).  So here it is, without further ado, the list of bakeries where you can find this year’s paczkis – or ponchiks – in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.


Stolichnaya Bakery
7875 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

(323) 656-7136
The only Los Angeles paczki that I’m aware of.  Be prepared to bring cash or use the ATM, this is a cash only joint.


Adana Bakery & Deli
17305 Roscoe Blvd
Northridge, CA 
(818) 344-4000


Picture courtesy of @JoeFoodie from Flickr.
Aroma Bakery
12502 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605

(818) 764-2448
Be careful not to confuse this Aroma with the one in Studio City!
Art’s Bakery
1122 E Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91205

(818) 552-5053
DeLuxe Pastries and Cakes
1529 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91504

(818) 260-0026
10931 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606

(818) 508-8191
Masis Bakery
321 E Alameda Ave Ste D
Burbank, CA 91502

(818) 842-3171
Worth noting this bakery has a second location in Sun Valley – although it seems that the Burbank location is in higher favor.
Papillon International Bakery
12904 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606

(818) 761-1848
Papillon actually has several locations: North Hollywood, Hollywood, and Glendale.
Piroshki House
14053 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401

(818) 786-0064
Sarig’s Bakery and Café
19253 Roscoe Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324

(818) 727-7443
Vlad’s Bakery
13640 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405

(818) 989-3637
Zankezur Bakery
6355 Woodman Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91401

(818) 901-0499

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