Most would agree that the best kind of paczki is the free one in the office lunchroom. If your co-workers aren’t coming through with the goods then visit one of the best paczki places in Detroit.

What Are Paczki?

If you’ve never experienced the joy of paczki on Paczki Day or Fat Tuesday here’s a little background. Pronounced “punch-key”, Paczki are donut like pastries with a sweet filling. It’s customary to indulge on Fat Tuesday because during the Catholic Lenten season, lard, sugar and eggs are forbidden.

With that out of the way … here are the best paczki places in Detroit.

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New Martha Washington Bakery

10335 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 872-1988

Paczki are available year round at New Martha Washington Bakery. With a huge variety of flavors including prune you’ll have your work cut out for you making a selection. Prune! Who would do that to a perfectly good Paczki. Credit cards are welcome!

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New Palace Bakery

9833 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 875-1334

Paczki come recommended by locals, but the goodness doesn’t stop there. Also try the kolacky (cookies with sweet fillings) or the Angel Wings (fried dough with powdered sugar). Again, we recommend ordering in advance if you’re hoping to score some paczki on Fat Tuesday. Cash only!

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West Warren Baking Company

15708 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48228
(313) 584-2610

Also known as West Warren Bakery, this shop has been a family owned and operated since the 1960’s. Opened by George and Sneza when they moved to the US from the former Yugoslavia, the Petkovski family takes pride in their baked goods and pastry. Credit cards are welcome!

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Dutch Girl Donuts

19000 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 368-3020

Noted as a destination for Paczki Tuesday, Dutch Girl Donuts is famous for holed pastry most of the year. Fans call it the “Best donut shop in Detroit.” If it’s not Paczki Day, get yourself a dozen glazed plain cake or cinnamon rolls. Cash only!