Fall is officially here, and that means it’s time to indulge in your favorite seasonal drink: the pumpkin spice latte. Infused with traditional and modern flavors, every coffee shop adds its own twist on the PSL – but we’ve done some sleuthing and uncovered the 10 best cities for pumpkin spice lattes across the entire United States.
Although the pumpkin spice latte is most often enjoyed when the weather gets crisp, quite a few warm cities made the list. Whether you prefer your lattes in sunny Florida or you’re tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, these are the 10 best U.S. cities for pumpkin spice lattes.
1. Chicago, IL
Number of coffee shops: 583
PSL Search Volume: 2390
Walk Score: 78
Many of Chicago’s best coffee shops are within walking distance to Lake Shore Drive, where you can sip and take in views of Lake Michigan. With fall foliage nearing its peak, we recommend enjoying your PSL in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Stroll through Chicago’s largest public park and finish at the free zoo to savor your final sips.
With several locally owned shops also located along the Chicago River, this city has definitely earned its spot at the top of the list.
2. Seattle, WA
Number of coffee shops: 450
PSL Search Volume: 1380
Walk Score: 73
We knew Seattle had more coffee shops than most other cities but what we didn’t know was that the vast majority of them have their own delicious versions of PSL. You’ll find great spots along Lake Union, Portage and Elliott Bays, as well as across town on Lake Washington – giving Seattle the most diverse selection of coffee shops we’ve found anywhere.
Notable pumpkin lattes in Seattle: Seattle Coffee Works, Tougo Coffee Co., Ghost Alley Espresso, Moore Coffee Shop, Street Bean Coffee, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Cherry Street Coffee House, Milstead and Co.
3. New York, NY
Number of coffee shops: 869
PSL Search Volume: 390
Walk Score: 96
Most of the best coffee shops are in Midtown of Manhattan, but there are 869 throughout the city – and that means no matter what, you’ll be able to get your pumpkin spice fix when you’re in the big apple.
We recommend ordering your latte to-go and making your way up to Fort Tryon Park for an unbeatable view of the Hudson River.
4. Denver, CO
Number of coffee shops: 294
PSL Search Volume: 1140
Walk Score: 61
Denver may not be the largest city on our list, but it’s definitely able to hold its own when it comes to our favorite seasonal fall drink. Most of Denver’s best coffeehouses are downtown but there are several great spots on the outskirts, too.
Once you have your PSL in hand, explore the pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Platte River. This mile-long path will give you just enough time to finish the last drop.
5. Boston, MA
Number of coffee shops: 628
PSL Search Volume: 260
Walk Score: 81
Beantown is apparently about more than baked beans – it’s about coffee, too. Boston is also known for its colorful fall leaves which makes it one of the top places in the U.S. to grab a pumpkin spice latte.
Most of the best spots are downtown, but you’ll find plenty of charming cafés that serve fabulous PSLs all over the city.
6. Portland, OR
Number of coffee shops: 404
PSL Search Volume: 760
Walk Score: 65
Portland has a tremendous number of coffee shops in convenient locations all over town – on both sides of the Willamette River – and each puts its own twist on pumpkin spice. You’ll find nearly a dozen coffee shops in Old Town alone, earning Portland the sixth spot on our list of great places for PSL.
Number of coffee shops: 285
PSL Search Volume: 270
Walk Score: 96
The Central Business District, Phoenix Hill and the areas surrounding Baxter Avenue are some of the most popular hotspots for pumpkin spice lattes. Many are close to the Ohio River, where you can sit and enjoy the breezes and admire the changing leaves.
Number of coffee shops: 236
PSL Search Volume: 410
Walk Score: 86
Home to the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco (and more than a dozen coffee shops within view of the bridge and the bay) has great coffee shops in nearly every district, from Mission District to Civic Center and Mid-Market.
On Sundays, you can find most locals enjoying a fall beverage at the iconic Dolores Park. The convenient location and sweeping views of the city make Dolores Park one of the best spots to wind down with your pumpkin latte.
Number of coffee shops: 175
PSL Search Volume: 620
Walk Score: 69
Minneapolis’s coffee shops are spread out over a large geographic area, which means you have the opportunity to grab a cup of pumpkin spice no matter where you are around town.
If you find yourself downtown, grab your coffee and visit Gold Medal Park for distinctive architecture and sprawling green hills.
10. Dallas, TX
Number of coffee shops: 138
PSL Search Volume: 470
Walk Score: 46
Dallas has several highly rated coffee shops in its amazing downtown area, Bryan Place, Cityplace and Uptown Districts. There are dozens of great spots within walking distance of the Trinity River and local parks, too.
There are literally thousands of cities across the U.S. that have fabulous coffee shops whipping up delectable pumpkin spice lattes, but we only had room for ten. We chose the best cities based on these weighted ingredients:
• The number of coffee shops in each city
• Online searches and hashtags for each city
• The average Yelp! rating of all the coffee shops within the same city
• The city’s Walk Score (nothing says fall like a crisp walk with a pumpkin spice latte in-hand!)