Every year just before Mardi Gras — also known as Fat Tuesday, people start forming lines in front of the bakeries, in their yearly quest for Paczki donuts. But just what’s craze about these donuts? Why are they so special? Well if they have their own day and tradition dating back to the Middle Ages (they used to be savory then), then they have to be worth the bite. First of all, the name has many variations based on the pronunciation and many cultures have their own version. In the midwest, the Polish Paczki (Poonch-key or Punch-key) reign supreme but here in LA it can be hard to find the Polish version.  Be on the look out though – Armenian and Russian bakeries will also sometimes bake their own version, the Piroshki.  Whichever you choose, head to your favorite bakery and join the frenzy, as lines are bound to be long.

Now, not all bakeries make them, you gotta find the right spot to get this special treat. So, if you’re looking for Paczki somewhere around LA in the San Fernando Valley, like Sherman Oaks or Encino, here are the best spots in your surroundings:

Aroma Bakery

12502 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
Valley Glen
(818) 764-2448

Art’s Bakery
1122 E Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91205
Website

DeLuxe Pastries and Cakes

1529 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91504
Burbank
(818) 260-0026

Le Bon Patissier

10931 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
North Hollywood
(818) 508-8191

Masis Bakery

321 E. Alameda Ave #D
Burbank, CA 91502
Burbank
Website

Mirelli Chocolatier

1559 The Midway St
Glendale, CA 91208
Glendale
Website

Papillon International Bakery

5019 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Los Feliz
Website

Papillon International Bakery 2

1100 S Central Ave Ste F
Glendale, CA 91204
Glendale
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Papillon International Bakery

12904 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Valley Glen
Website

Piroshki House

14053 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Valley Glen
(818) 786-0064

Plate & Petal

216 N Orange St
Glendale, CA 91203
Glendale
Website

Polka Polish Restaurant

4112 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Glassell Park
Website

Stolichnaya Bakery

7875 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
West Hollywood
(323) 656-7136

Vlad’s Bakery and Fast Food

13640 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Valley Glen
(818) 989-3637

What is your favorite Paczki go-to place? Share down in the comments and help fellow paczki lovers find the best treat in town.


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