Summer is over and the cooler months are among us in Philadelphia, whether we’re ready for it or not. That means fall festivals, haunted hay rides, scary movies, football games, and of course, Pumpkin. Spice. Everything.
Fall is a time to be basic in the city. Find your favorite Snapchat filter, slap on your favorite pair of UGGs, and get ready to get your pumpkin fix all autumn long.
Some people will never understand it, but those who love it, the need for pumpkin spice is everything.
Ok, even I’ll admit, this is taking it a little far. But let’s go a little farther.
But seriously, pumpkin food and drinks are typically awesome. Between pumpkin flavored ice cream, coffee, soup, and beer, you can pretty much try anything pumpkin-flavored. Here’s where to get them in Philadelphia this fall.
Ah, Starbucks, the OG. Whether you want to admit it or not, Starbucks has some pretty good fall drinks. There’s a Starbucks in Philadelphia somewhere with a massive amount of people Instagramming their #PSL experiences. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back, and you can get it hot or with ice at any Starbucks in the city.
La Colombe went right at Starbucks’ neck with this tagline:
It’s time to get real about the risk that traditional pumpkin spice lattes pose to the public’s tastebuds + health.
Anyway, the draft latte is awesome. Go drink it if you’re anti-Starbucks.
From October to November you can get a Pumpkin Pie Shake from HipCityVeg. The cool thing about this place is that they use purely vegan ingredients in all of its food and shakes. That kind of makes you feel better about yourself for drinking a shake in the first place.
PBC offers its very own Kenzo O’ Lantern, which is a pumpkin ale that tastes wonderfully similar to pumpkin pie. Bars and beer shops throughout the city will have this available.
This place will release its pumpkin-flavored hard ice cream sometime in September. Even though the summer is over, it doesn’t mean you can’t cool off with a sweet treat.
Little Baby’s has three pumpkin ice cream flavors for you to try this season. Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Latte, and Pumpkin Speculoos. This means, you can come back three separate times and try each flavor on its own. You can also mix flavors like in the image below.
Pumpkin Ale available in cans and on tap, brewed with pumpkin pie and vanilla spices to give it a sweet, bitter taste.
McGillin’s will have several pumpkin beers available, along with pumpkin-flavored martinis. Food specials rotating over the course of the season include pumpkin mac and cheese and pumpkin soup.
Now this has been going on for a while. Shake Shack has been having seasonal shakes made with fresh and local pies since August. This fall, Shake Shack will feature its Pumpkin Pie Oh My shake. The company will also be donating 5 percent of sales to each of Shake Shack’s charity partner.
This place will have a pumpkin margarita on its menu this season. If you’re not into tequila, there will be Southern Tier on tap, which will pair perfectly with pumpkin spice pancakes.
Marigold Kitchen likes to switch up its pumpkins options each fall. This season, there will be a pumpkin pie float with house-made maple soda, pumpkin ice cream, marshmallows, and ginger snaps. The menu will also include a pumpkin and Spanish spice flavored topping for its sticky rice.
This is pretty much everywhere in Philadelphia. There’s pumpkin spice mini donuts and cupcakes. Apparently, you can use them to make a milkshake too.