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Breakfast
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Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

“Why did I not visit sooner?” Please ask yourself this question once you check it out because I sure did after visiting Paul’s. Situated in a non-descript plaza, this bakery is a hidden gem that takes you back to the olden days. Most donut shops...these days throw lots of stuff onto their donuts but Paul’s keep it real: plain, dipped, filled. Nothing fancy, just outright delicious donuts. The place is busy, so get ready to order as soon as you walk in the door or step to the side because the folks behind the counter want to keep things moving. There’s plenty of parking and they are closed on Sunday and Monday. They open super early and close early, so definitely watch the time. Public service announcement: buy a dozen and take them to work; your coworkers will thank you.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed March 14, 2022

Great service even on the day before Valentine's Day!! Doughnuts were delicious. I also requested some cream stuffed chocolate cookies which were made for me on the spot! Great job. Highly recommend Paul's

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 18, 2021 via mobile

We have enjoyed Paul’s bakery for years while we lived in the area. On a recent visit back to Fredericksburg, we had to have some more Paul’s. One of our favorite items used to be the Apple fritters and we had our hears set on...them again. However, I was informed they no longer make them, so I had to settle for just a good mixed dozen donuts…still very good.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed March 30, 2021

WOW! hand made doughnuts. $12 a dozen. SUPER Fresh. Take that Dunkin and Krispy Kreme! Plus other assorted bakery items. 4 or 5 ladies behind the counter kept the line moving. Definitely a secret of the locals! Just happened to mention we were from out...of town and our first visit. Got 2 extra light glazed doughnuts free!. Their chocolate filling is unique, the custard flavorful and it is NOT white icing but a super good butter cream!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed October 30, 2020

The baked goods are tasty but they have lost my business. I walked into the store. There were 5 or 6 ahead of me to select purchases and 1 at the register. I grabbed a loaf of raisin bread and stood behind the man at...the register. When he left, the employee asked if I wanted to order or pick up. I said no, that I just want to pay for the bread. She told me I needed to wait in the other line, then walked away. I stood in the other line, which was now longer, and watched as people selected donuts and no one was ready to pay. I estimated I would need to wait in line for 15 or 20 minutes, put the bread back, and left. I guess the cashier had more important things to do than take my money.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 17, 2020

I called to place an order and pay over the phone since I am coming from Orange and wanted to pick up four items for a friend. I was told that their policy is to not take orders the same day. What?? Why?? So I...went there and was happy they still had the items I wanted. I paid for a cake, which they put in a box and four apple turnovers. I asked if they could put the box with the cake in it, in a bag and was told no, it is their policy to NOT put it in a bag for a customer but they could give me a bag so I could put it in the bag. What?? I do not mind putting it in a bag just think this is so stupid. So maybe someone dropped a cake, whatever the reason is, they should not stop their customer service. I will never go there again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed February 8, 2020

Family owned, Paul's is a local institution here. No one makes better donuts or pastries! We've also used them for special occasion cakes that are fabulous!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 24, 2020

After hearing so many positive things about Paul’s Bakery I stopped in to take a look at their offerings and pick up some. They have the typical flavors, with their Maple Bacon being the most popular (as such, they said it costs $.50 more, each)....I chose 6 to take home and ate one separately, which was their cinnamon cake donut and it was AMAZING! Service was decent and prices are decent too. I’d return!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

Found Paul’s Bakery to be the real deal. So many local bakeries have closed given shoppers seem not to want to go beyond the grocery store stuff (icky is the word I use). They had all kinds of donuts, pies, cakes, sweets. We bought an...apple coffeecake (delicious and moist), cinnamon buns (sweet and large), and brownies. Would we go out of our way off of 95 when going back/forth from Wms to NO VA? Yep ... we would. As we left the busy parking lot, we could see 2 men standing by their cars wolfing down donuts. Not a fancy bakery, but a real, local bakery.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed June 12, 2019

a great bakery..sorry to say i think every thing is great!the choc eclairs are a meal in themselves.donuts ,wow,cakes,pies and fresh rolls,can't be beat.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 7, 2019

I have lived in Fredericksburg for 31 years much of it within walking distance of Paul's. It still amazes me that people I know that live hundreds and some thousands of miles away and have never been to Fredericksburg know about Paul's

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed January 31, 2019

I've been using and recommending Paul's Bakery for 25 years for birthdays, anniversaries, events, and other special occasions. My husband just purchased my annual birthday cake a couple days ago(something I always look forward to). It is horrible! Totally inedible! The flavor of the cake...is that of burnt marshmallow, only not as good. At least the marshmallow would be moist and sweet. WORSE, is the FROSTING! Not light and sweet with a nice flavor, but heavy and greasy. Each bite was like putting a forkful of shortening in my mouth, couldn't taste any flavor, not even the sugar. In addition, there were little bits of what seemed to be paraffin in the otherwise heavy mess disguised as frosting. The only upside to the waste of money is that I won't be taking a large half-sheet cake to a special event in NY week after next. So sad to be losing this special treat, but, lesson learned.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by on the recommendations of hotel staff and Google search. Amazing donut - unique and classic flavors. Friendly service and staff.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

They are back! Gluten Free donuts are not easy to find, much less donuts that you actually want to eat. They are small, but delicious!

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

This place lived up to to good reviews. We have stopped there twice now that we know about it. The selection of donuts was good as was the taste of them. I also got some oatmeal raisin cookies both times. Will definitely stop again when...in Fredericksburg.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Paul's Bakery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4