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10 of Ottawa’s best Pumpkin Spice Lattes

By Apartment613 on October 17, 2016


Post by Gaby Patenaude, a food blogger and breakfast enthusiast. She can usually be found eating doughnuts or biking around Ottawa.

Pumpkin spice latte season is upon us! Luckily Ottawa is dotted with a bunch of extremely cute cafes that are the perfect excuse to throw on a woolly sweater and a circle scarf and enjoy a warm cup of pumpkin goodness (#fallgoals). So even if you don’t have time to make the trip to a local pumpkin patch or toil over a pumpkin pie, you can still head to one of these ten places to savour fall’s favourite flavour.

1. Planet Coffee

Grab yourself a PSL from Planet Coffee and let the fall adventures begin. You can choose to bundle up and sit out in their lovely courtyard or walk around the corner and take in the total fall mania that is happening in the ByWard Market. Hand painted pumpkins anyone?

2. Art-Is-In Bakery

Art-Is-In’s pumpkin spice latte tastes like your grandma’s secret pumpkin pie recipe in latte form. They make their own pumpkin pie syrup that is beyond delicious! Enjoy your PSL and a mouthwatering sandwich in Art-Is-In’s warehouse space for the perfect fall lunch date.

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3. Bridgehead

Bridgehead is going to be your new best friend as Ottawa starts to cool down. With dozens of locations across the city, you’re guaranteed to have a tasty pumpkin spice latte within minutes of wherever you are. They also have a wealth of other fall specialties, such as their warm apple cider or pumpkin muffins and bars.

4. Whole Foods

Where else can you buy organic chicken, essential oils AND get your PSL fix??? Look no further than the coffee bar located on the ground floor of the Whole Foods at Lansdowne. Better yet, pick up a pumpkin spice latte at Whole Foods on your way to the next home Redblacks game!

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5. Bar Robo

Bar Robo is a coffee shop by day, bar by night that opened its doors this past May. This Chinatown cafe oozes cool vibes, so it’s no surprise that they’re serving up pumpkin spice lattes with their very own in-house pumpkin syrup.

6. Morning Owl

With its ever-growing presence around the city (6 locations!) and tasty sandwiches, this Ottawa-based coffee shop is a logical stop for your next PSL and slice of pumpkin loaf. Play tourist for the day and bring your PSL while you go for a walk along the nearby Rideau Canal to enjoy the beautiful fall colours.

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7. CC’s Corner

In addition to the serious latte art on their pumpkin spice latte, there is so much to take in at CC’s Corner right outside of Ottawa in the town of Richmond. Part cafe, part quirky antique shop, CC’s Corner is a great place to warm up with a pumpkin beverage after getting your pants scared off at Saunders Farm just up the road.

8. Little Jo Berry’s

All hail everything vegan! Get your pumpkin spice latte with a choice of non-dairy milk alternatives such as coconut, almond or soy milk. Check out their Instagram to see when Little Jo Berry’s is serving up vegan pumpkin shakes and pumpkin ice cream sandwiches.

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All photos by the author.

9. SuzyQ Doughnuts

If you thought pumpkin spice lattes were great on their own, well just wait till you pair your PSL with a PUMPKIN DOUGHNUT. SuzyQ is the place to take your pumpkin experience to the next level. Savour this epic combo inside the shop or take it to go and walk around Hintonburg.

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10. Starbucks

I really don’t think this roundup would be complete without a nod to pumpkin spice lattes’ humble beginnings 13 years ago at Starbucks. Loaded with whipped cream and an ultra sweet taste, Starbucks is still able to remind us why fall is the best season!

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Note: Every cafe on this list offers their pumpkin spice lattes with a non-dairy milk options. Because really, why should vegans and the lactose intolerant be denied a cup of fall’s signature warm drink?

Know of other great PSLs in Ottawa?  Comment below!