Philly has never been known for its love of fruits and vegetables. From cheesesteak to Tastykake, decadence has always been the name of the game in the “City of Brotherly Love”. There is, however, one fruit of the earth that Philadelphians go crazy for. You may think you’re sick of pumpkin-spice-everything, but you haven’t tried these local stores’ seasonal favorites. Lace up your walking shoes, because we’re hiking the pumpkin trail! Take this 2.2-mile stroll to sample the best fall flavors the City has to offer:
Where: OCF Coffee House, 1745 South Street, ocfrealty.com/coffee-house
What: Pumpkin Spice Latte
The “Pumpkin Spice Latte” is the quintessential vessel for our favorite seasonal flavor. Lately, this autumnal beverage has been in the news for containing some unsavory ingredients, but this isn’t the case at South Street’s OCF Coffee. At OCF, the pumpkin spice syrup is made in house using only pumpkin puree, sugar, water, ginger, allspice, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Start your tour with a “large”—you’re gonna need the energy!
Where: Di Bruno Brothers, 1730 Chestnut Street, dibruno.com
What: Apple Vinegar Brown Sugar Pumpkin Ketchup
Philly’s fanciest market is a surefire place to go for seasonal ingredients. They’ve got a few different pumpkin products in stock this year, but what we’re most intrigued by is “Skillet’s Apple Vinegar Brown Sugar Pumpkin Ketchup”. This autumnal condiment will carry you all the way through Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Where: Duross & Langel, 117 S. 13th Street, durossandlangel.com
What: Pumpkin Oatmeal Bar Soap
We knew we could count on this Midtown Village staple to bring the heat when it came to fall flavors. Duross & Langel has been bringing quality, cruelty-free soap to Philadelphians for years. Opt for a bar of the “Pumpkin Oatmeal Soap”, or treat someone you love to the pumpkin oat sugar scrub.
Where: Green Eggs Café, 212 S. 13th Street, greeneggscafe.com
What: Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
After all that walking, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Stop and take a load off at Green Eggs Café, where you’ll find a piping hot bowl of “Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal” with your name on it. This brunch powerhouse has been known to deliver when it comes to seasonal flavors. If you’re in the mood for something savory, try the butternut squash bisque. It doesn’t contain pumpkin, but it certainly says fall.
Where: Cake and the Beanstalk, 1112 Locust Street, cakeandthebeanstalk.com
What: Pumpkin Bread
Head on over to Washington Square West for a bite of dessert. At Cake and the Beanstalk you’ll find a whimsical selection of seasonal favorites, always made in-house. Pumpkin lovers should opt for the moist and flavorful pumpkin bread, though other fall favorites like pie are equally sure to please.
Where: Eulogy Belgian Tavern, 136 Chestnut Street, eulogy.bar
What: Southern Tier Pumking Beer
Whether you’re looking for an IPA or a pale ale, this Olde City bar has you covered. At Eulogy, the brew selection is extensive and refreshing. Wind down your Pumpkin Spice Tour of Philly with a pint of “Southern Tier’s Pumking”. This Halloween-centric beer is brewed with real pumpkins and seasonal spices.
Where: Franklin Fountain, 116 Market Street, franklinfountain.com
What: Pumpkin Ice Cream
The last stop on the tour is sure to cure your seasonal sweet tooth. At Olde City’s Franklin Fountain, ice cream gets an autumnal twist. Their pumpkin ice cream is so smooth and creamy, you’ll forget that it isn’t exactly ice cream weather. Vegans should try the Fountain’s non-dairy pumpkin ice cream, made from a coconut cream base.
With so many seasonal flavors, Philly’s pumpkin spice scene is sure to elevate your taste buds above the standard corporate pumpkin spice latte. Bon appétit!