Beyond Delicious: Ube Donuts in Berkeley at Rainbow Donuts

I've passed by Rainbow Donuts (2025 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702) several times on my way to Berkeley, but never had the desire to go in thinking it was just the standard donut shop. It doesn't have the most appealing storefront. It looks worn out, dark and dimly-lit inside, but don't let that fool you as it did me because Rainbow Donuts is anything but ordinary. 

The classic options are there for those who want the typical chocolate glazed and maple bars, but what sets them a part from other donut shops is their rainbow variety- ube, strawberry, red velvet, blueberry, key lime, and banana. Rainbow Donuts is one of two shops in the Bay Area that make ube donuts, but it is the only shop that makes it this way. If you're vegan, don't worry - there are donuts available for you, too. 

Prices are in line with other donut shops in the area: 1/2 dozen at $5.50, 1 dozen at $9.99, anywhere from $1.00 for a cake donut to $1.90 for a fritter.

Here's a look at the three donuts we devoured. 

The bold flavors of the blueberry fritter just can't be beat. It is crisp on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside and covered in thick glaze. 

The key lime glazed cake donuts were tasty and bright, sweet and tart. 

My favorite is the ube donut made from a purple yam that's popular in the Philippines. The purple color you see is all natural. I'm in love with the sugary crumbs and explosive ube flavors. The texture is simply amazing; so moist, soft and cakey. It's worth all the calories.

I'm so glad we stopped by to check this place out. It's easy to assume that all donut shops are the same, but you never know what you'll find at your local donut shop. Rainbow Donuts will surely brighten up your day. 

Visiting Rainbow Donuts


2025 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702


(510) 644-2029


Mon to Friday: 5am to 8pm
Sunday: 6am to 6am

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