It only takes a short stroll on the Plateau-Mont-Royal to satisfy your cravings for pumpkin spice treats. Let's start with a stop at Crémy, famous for both gourmet and quirky-flavoured donuts. Its mocha-pumpkin donut is a great example. Not in the mood for donuts? Head over to La Dépendance Espace Design Gourmand, which offers a spiced Kanelbullar (Scandinavian brioche), blondie or a homemade caramel latté with pumpkin spice. While Café Névé's pumpkin spice latté is hard to beat, NOUS SOMMES CAFÉ is also sure to delight your taste buds with its version – plus, you can enjoy your latté with a side of pumpkin madeleines. If you are looking for the perfect pie, you’ll find it at Fous Desserts.
Before heading home, pick up some creamy deliciousness to go at Ca Lem. A little container of its pumpkin spice ice cream will keep you going for the rest of the week.
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Villeray
Little Italy is a quartier full of small neighbourhood businesses, including cafes, bakeries and pastry shops. As you walk up Saint-Laurent Boulevard, stop in at the Ratafia dessert bar to get your very own pumpkin spice Jack-o'-lantern cream puff. Local favourite TROU DE BEIGNE remains true to tradition with fresh donuts topped with pumpkin spice glaze. For a pumpkin pie, head to Les Sucreries de l’érable pie shop at the Jean-Talon Market, or try Boulangerie Jarry, which serves up a pumpkin-flavoured braided brioche. Don’t miss a stop at Cafellini, which takes comfort food (and drink) to heart as fall days get cooler. Last but not least, make a little detour to the east and be rewarded with a rolled cake, a tartlet and a latté at Café Zezin.
Ville-Marie and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Speaking of pumpkin spice lattés, Structure Roasters, Pikolo Espresso Bar and Mère-Grand are some of the best places to satisfy those fall cravings. Pikolo also offers pumpkin-pecan bread, and Mère-Grand serves up its famous pumpkin spice bread pudding, not to mention its classic pie. For slightly more original fare, you’ll want to check out Sachère Desserts to discover its weekly creations, like pumpkin and caramel flan, pecan tarts, creamy chai and pumpkin cheesecake mousse or, its specialty, a pumpkin spice layer cake (by order only).
Sud-Ouest (Saint-Henri, Little Burgundy, Verdun)
Just steps from the Lionel-Groulx metro station is one of Little Burgundy's best-kept secrets: Café Baba Yaga. Always staying true to its Polish roots, its hat-tip to this fall tradition is a must: paczki stuffed with pumpkin spice cream and scones. Heading west, Elena serves up an unexpected but oh-so-delicious and comforting duo: pizza and pumpkin spice latté. Along the way, you won’t want to miss a stop for the prodigious pies and other sweet delicacies at Rustique – which is featuring an impressive pumpkin spice cake just for the autumn season. Wrap up your gourmet tour in Verdun at Sweet Lee's bakery, where the tarts, cakes and muffins will put pumpkin spice lovers in seventh heaven.