As soon as the crisp air arrives and the leaves begin to change colours, many minds start to gravitate towards their favourite autumn beverage – the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. While everything is nice with pumpkin spice, many are looking to add some variety to their fall flavour lineup. Whether you’re over pumpkin spice or were never a fan to begin with, you’ll love this list of tantalizing tastes that scream autumn.
Fall Flavours That Aren’t Pumpkin Spice
Time to ditch the PSL and trade it in for one of these incredible fall flavours. They’ll warm you up, both literally and figuratively, just as well as a PSL if not better!
First up we have a flavour that I’d say is just as synonymous with fall as pumpkin is and that’s apple. A warm spiced apple cider or a slice of apple pie made from these fresh beauties picked right off the tree paints the perfect picture of fall. As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and it’s true as they have a number of incredible health benefits like lowering your risk of heart disease as well as type 2 diabetes.
What goes great with apple? A dash of cinnamon of course! Did you know this spice is gathered from the inner bark of several tree species? No wonder it’s often in those little bundles! A dash of this spice can add some fall flair to a variety of beverages. It’s a good thing too as cinnamon is high in antioxidants and is said to protect against inflammation!
So salted caramel might not be as healthy as apple and cinnamon but it sure pairs well with them! This ooey-gooey goodness is the perfect mix of salty and sweet, making it an irresistibly delicious addition to any fall beverage.
If you’re a fan of nutty goodness, then hazelnut is definitely a great choice for your next fall beverage. Similar to cinnamon, its antioxidant and anti-inflammation game is strong so pairing the two together can help keep those fall colds that come with the changing seasons at bay!
Last but certainly not least, the spice of Chai is guaranteed to keep you warm on those chilly autumn days. While the flavour can vary, it typically consists of black tea brewed with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Chai is also a great alternative to coffee-based beverages for those looking to decrease their caffeine intake as it typically contains about half the amount compared to coffee.
Where to Get Your Fall Beverages in YDH
Now that you’re salivating, it’s time to get a taste of these fall flavours! Here are some fantastic spots to expand your palette while warming up in these cozy York Durham Headwaters coffee shops.
Every beverage tells a tale (or rather, tail) at PawStory Cafe, a new Korean-inspired pet-friendly coffee shop in Markham. They offer a number of unique flavours that are perfect for the fall season. Take a sip of their unique nutty grains latte, caramel butterbeer tea, cinnamon and caramel cafe lattes as well as their hot and cold frappuccinos. Not only do they have a full menu for your canine pals but you can even get custom latte art on your beverage! Scan your dog, friend, baby or even your own face and they’ll print it on your drink!
If you’re looking for a cozy drink that will soothe your soul from the inside out, Old Firehall Confectionary serves the ultimate hot chocolate that will do just that. Made from the highest quality Belgian chocolate, you can take these beverages to the next level by adding hazelnut or salted caramel to your cup. Head to York Region where you can find their locations in Kleinburg and Unionville, both are perfect destinations for a fall adventure!
Are you a fan of variety? If so, a stop at Goldies Café in Ajax is a must. Here you can enjoy four different flavours in one of their latte flights. With offerings such as hazelnut, toffee nut, cinnamon, salted caramel, maple spice and brown sugar, it’s pretty easy to craft the perfect fall latte line up! You can even take this to the next level by pairing it with a soup flight. Can you find a more perfect pairing?
Have you ever heard of ashwagandha tea? You may know it by its alternative name winter cherry, but this earthy tea has been proven to reduce stress and promote calming feelings. If this sounds like the perfect start to a fall day for you, then head to the Tin Roof Cafe in Erin where you can snag a cup before heading out for a stroll in the crisp autumn air. Of course, if you’d rather opt for a more traditional flavour, Tin Roof Cafe makes a fantastic spiced brown sugar latte and spiced coconut chai tea.
The fall season certainly has a spooky side while those who adore Halloween love Deadly Grounds Café in Courtice year round, it just hits differently at this time of the year. This Halloween-themed café has a spooktacular menu to get you in the spirit of the season. Snag some skeleton-shaped treats as you admire the eclectic decor and shop for any horror movie merch you may desire. Don’t forget your creepy latte art atop their Rigor Tortoise, a tasty concoction of chocolate, caramel and butter pecan with espresso and milk!
More Great Spots for Fall Drinks in YDH
These aren’t the only great places in York Durham Headwaters to drink the best flavours of the fall season! If you’re looking for more ideas, check out these great cafes across YDH.
Cafes in York Region
- Grackle Coffee in Schomberg
- Main Street Bakehouse in Stouffville
- Pine Farm Orchards in King City
- Covernotes Coffee House in Richmond Hill
Cafes in Durham Region
- Roam Coffee in Bowmanville
- Underground Bake Shop in Beaverton
- OpenStudio Art Café in Pickering
- Annina’s Bakeshop in Goodwood
Cafes in Headwaters