It’s as inevitable as the change in the leaves -- as soon as the calendar turns to September they come out of summer hibernation. The basic white girl in search of her only known sustenance: The Pumpkin Spice Latte. You’ll recognize them in the wild wearing plaid shirts, black leggings and some sort of boot, even if the temperature still reads above 70 degrees. They may be sporting a messy bun with a graphic tee that reads “Brunch Hair Don’t Care”. Either way, they’ll be clutching a PSL while posting a fall pic to Instagram with “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” as the caption.
Spokane is the perfect hunting ground for those in search of not only pumpkin spice lattes, but all things pumpkin. While you may be tempted to roll into Starbucks and triumphantly request a grande pumpkin spice latte, we suggest you give pause and search for your pumpkin spice on a local level. It’s simply more fun. And then you can brag on Instagram about your vegan, gluten free, locally made pumpkin spice waffle instead. We all know it will get more likes.
Get your hashtags ready.
Located in the hip and photo op ready, Kendall Yards, Tom Sawyer Country Coffee can help you get your pumpkin spice in a couple ways. First, with the traditional PSL -- they’ll level up your latte, americano or chai with the pumpkin flavors. But, if you want to take it to the next level take home a pound of their seasonal Pumpkin Spice Coffee. With notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, this specialty roast is the perfect way to brew pumpkin spice blends right at home. Rumor has it they also have a Pumpkin Pie ala Mode version of the roast.
Pumpkin Donuts at Beck’s Harvest House
This, our friends, is the mecca of all things basic fall. Not only will you find your pumpkin fix, but you’ll find in the perfect fall backdrop. Apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and delicious pumpkin donuts made hot and fresh. Your plaid shirt never looked so good! Beck’s Harvest House at Green Bluff is the places to find these tasty fall favorites. Make sure to bring home a real pumpkin and a few apples while you’re at it!
If you want a pumpkin pastry Cole’s Bakery and Cafe in north Spokane has it. Not only do they have it, but it’s all gluten free. Pumpkin spice cheesecake, donuts, cookies, scones, waffles, and the pumpkin spice roll up. It’s like a swiss roll with pumpkin cake and cream cheese filling. They also make a dairy free version. Wash it all down with a PSL made in house. Did we mention it’s gluten free?
Here we offer an alternative to the pumpkin spice latte. We know you love it, but you can still enjoy similar flavors while venturing off brand a little. A Mandala Chai tea latte from Indaba Coffee is the perfect drink to mix it up. Not only was it made for your Instagram story, but the chai tea concentrate is made locally, you can even buy a bottle to bring home. Wrap your hands around a mug of it at Indaba, we know you want to.
You don’t need to find a cafe or coffee shop to get your pumpkin. My Fresh Basket has an extensive bakery that has an array of pumpkin flavored treats. Throughout the season you’ll be able to take home a quart of fresh pumpkin spice greek yogurt at the Ellenos Yogurt bar. The pumpkin macarons from MiFlavor are adorable and begging for a photo shoot. Plus, you can take home some pumpkin scones to have on hand while you sip that Mandala Chai. While you’re there knock out your grocery shopping! See, we’re saving you time too.
Ready for iconic? Boots Bakery is where it’s at when it comes to Pumpkin Spice in Spokane, Wa. The coffee shop looks like it was pulled from your favorite lifestyle blogger feed, so you know the photos you take of your Pumpkin Waffles with Chai Spice Butter and Organic Maple Syrup is sure to get some traction. It tastes delicious and you can add #vegan to your post. Brunch hair don’t care! Check out this video on Boots and their famous waffle from our friends at Terradrift!
Take your pumpkin spice from day to night with a Pumpkin Cider from One Tree Cider House. You can get it in their hip tap room in downtown Spokane, or take it with by the bottle to sip beside that bonfire you’re wearing your favorite hoodie to later tonight. It’s crisp, it’s delicious and it’s local.