Let’s get into the fall spirit with a seasonal treat!
Happy first day of fall, Seattle! We here at Secret Seattle love summertime in Washington State, but there’s so much to look forward to about fall in Seattle. In addition to the colorful leaves, fall festivals, and crisp weather, there’s a near-endless parade of fall-flavored treats that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Many cafes, bakeries, restaurants, and breweries in Seattle debut limited-time fall menu items in September, October, and November.
Now that we’ve officially entered autumn, we rounded up the best fall treats in Seattle that we’ve seen being offered so far. It’s only September, of course, so we will be continuously updating this list whenever we see a notable fall menu item announced. If you see one that you like, make sure to go try it before it’s rotated out! We can’t always say for sure how long these seasonal treats will remain on the menu.
Note: you’ll find that some of these treats are vegan and/or gluten-free!
Here are our picks for the yummiest fall treats in Seattle this year:
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte Hard Shell, Milk Drunk
If you thought ice cream season was over and done with, think again. Milk Drunk has us coming back for more with their Pumpkin Spice Latte Hard Shell, which they describe as “a great mix of cozy spices and a bit of coffee that isn’t overly sweet and gives your favorite flavor an autumnal flair.”
2. Harvest Festival Series, Salt & Straw
Seriously, we have to get our fill of ice cream before the weather turns too cold. Salt & Straw just announced their Harvest Festival flavors and they sound amazing. We can’t wait to try the Spiced Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pie, the Beecher’s Flagship Cheese with Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls, and the Caramel Apple Sherbet, just to name a few. You can also opt for their vegan fall flavor: Plum & Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread.
3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Latte, Coffeeholic House
Craving a pumpkin spice latte? Skip the Starbucks line and treat yourself to this decadent drink at Coffeeholic House, located in the Columbia City and Greenwood neighborhoods of Seattle. This pumpkin spice latte features pumpkin sauce drizzled around the cup and a topping of pumpkin cheesecake foam, graham cracker crumble and cinnamon powder—YUM.
4. Honeycrisp Apple Donut, The Flour Box
Despite its infamously long lines, we love The Flour Box in Hillman City. Their seasonal (and very popular) Honeycrisp Apple Donut is on the menu until this Sunday, September 25 so don’t miss out!
5. Pumpkin Cheesecake Croissant, Temple Pastries
Head over to Temple Pastries in Central District this weekend for the debut of their new fall pastry: a croissant filled with pumpkin cheesecake and topped with a pepita cinnamon streusel. It will be available every day starting this Saturday, September 24.
6. Cardamom Pear Cake, Deep Sea Sugar & Salt
Deep Sea Sugar & Salt is a bakery in Georgetown specializing in cake slices, whole cakes, and cupcakes. They have several special cake flavors this fall: Raspberry Lemon and PB&J in September, and Funfetti Oreo and Cardamom Pear in October. The Cardamom Pear Cake in particular (with cardamom pastry cream, spice pear butter, and cream cheese frosting) sounds like a fall treat that veers refreshingly clear of your typical pumpkin and apple flavors.
7. Apple Spice Donut, Mighty-O Donuts
Mighty-O makes organic donuts from scratch at several Seattle locations. Their seasonal flavor for fall is an applesauce cake donut infused with made-from-scratch spices and organic apple sauce dipped in an apple glaze and dusted with nutmeg. Wash it down with hot apple cider or a toasted marshmallow mocha.
8. The Flapjack, Broadcast Coffee
Ease into those chilly fall mornings with this seasonal coffee drink from Broadcast Coffee. The Flapjack is made to taste just like a pancake with housemade maple/hazelnut syrup and cinnamon.
9. Chai Salted Caramel Flødeboller, Byen Bakeri
Byen Bakeri is a cheerful Scandinavian cafe in Upper Queen Anne. This fall, you can find classic fall goodies like an apple walnut danish and pumpkin spice lattes, but if you’re feeling daring try their seasonal flødeboller: a chai marshmallow fluff with a salted caramel filling covered in chai white chocolate.
10. Pumpkin spice lattes and vegan fall-flavored donuts, Dough Joy
You can enjoy vegan donuts at Dough Joy’s three locations in Ballard, Capitol Hill, and West Seattle. Their current fall donut flavors include chai, cookie butter, and cherry maple. Don’t forget to get a pumpkin spice latte made with creamy oat milk.
11. Pumpkin beer, Elysian Brewing
In the mood for a more adult treat? If you love beer, you can’t miss out on the fall beer flavors from Elysian Brewing. Swing by their brewpub in Capitol Hill now to sample a festive pumpkin beer.
12. Vegan Pumpkin Scone, Macrina Bakery
Stop by one of Macrina Bakery’s Seattle locations for this new vegan pumpkin scone. They describe it as “rich with pumpkin, ginger and cinnamon and made with vegan butter and tapioca flour.”
Check back soon for more, as we’ll be adding to this list as fall goes on!