Be honest, you look forward to the re-arrival of the pumpkin spiced latte as much as you do the crimson-hued leaves. We’re with you on this. Come autumn, it’s all we can do to keep from downing pumpkin-flavored coffees, cocoas, and best of all, sweets, every chance we get. And, luckily (or unluckily?) for us, we’re at no loss for pumpkin-themed options in this food-centric city. Here, we list a few of our favorite spots for snagging pumpkin-enhanced sweets in the ATL.
Piece of Cake
This inviting local bakery now has six locations citywide (Camp Creek Parkway, Buckhead, Decatur, Dunwoody, Roswell, Vinings) which means you can be virtually anywhere in Atlanta and still score the shop’s confections. Our current obsession? The adorable (yet addictive) pumpkin spice cupcake lathered with cream cheese frosting. It also comes as a full cake if you got a crowd to feed.
It’s baaack. Few things can comfort a screaming toddler (or a harried mom) quite like the words “hot” and “now” flashing beneath a Krispy Kreme sign, particularly when it means that the pumpkin spice doughnuts are back in the house. Pair it with an icy cold carton of milk? Guaranteed blissfest.
295 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, 404.876.7307
633 Evans St. SW, Atlanta, 404.758.6868
The Bakery at Cakes & Ale
Devour pumpkin pie in bar form at this sweet bakery adjacent to fine-dining juggernaut Cakes & Ale in Decatur. Sprinkled with pumpkin seed brittle and a dollop of house-made whipped cream, indulge in a little escape (this gleaming cafe feels like it was snatched from the streets of Paris) and sip on espresso between bites. If the kids aren’t as adoring of pumpkin as you are, you have ample options for appeasing their sweet tooth with the spot’s pastries, cakes and cookies.
151 Sycamore St., Decatur, 303.377.7960
Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop at Serenbe
If you happen to be out near Serenbe in Palmetto this month, bring your brood to Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop for pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes. Frosted with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and dotted with chocolate chips, they’ll make for special precursors before touring the farm at Serenbe or taking a hay ride. Make it a point to plan your visit on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening through Oct. 31 so you and the fam can catch the anticipated The Sleepy Hollow Experience put on by the Serenbe Playhouse. Set amid the backdrop of the stables at Serenbe, you and your family will find yourselves immersed in the spooky story of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman.
9065 Selborne Lane, Palmetto, GA 30268, 770.463.8379
Post Perimeter Mall shopping sesh (or Virginia-Highland stroll), bring your little ones for pumpkin macaroons and a leisurely rest at this buzzing gourmet grocery. Order cups of cocoa to sip alongside your bite-sized treats and succumb to the charm of this gleaming specialty store.
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, 678.397.1782
1394 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, 404.872.6000
Curb your anticipation for Thanksgiving day with a savory slice of pumpkin pie at Pie Shop. This chatty Buckhead gem doesn’t offer much in terms of seating—so if you see an open chair, grab it. Otherwise, share a slice (or an entire pie) from the comfort of home.Though not officially on the menu yet, this seasonal favorite has been showing up on the weekly rotation, so call ahead before you stop in to make sure they have it.
3210 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 404.841.4512
For the healthy moms who have more willpower than we do, but still want to drink up the season—may we suggest a glass of the nutrient-packed pumpkin juice at Roots Juices? The newest addition to Shops Around Lenox, this juicery has a spread of healthy drinks for fitness-minded moms on the go. The pumpkin juice is infused with pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond and dates—like pie in a glass, sans the calories.
3400 Around Lenox Road, Suite 202-a, Atlanta, 888.666.0290
Don’t see your favorite pumpkin dessert listed here? Share your favorite fall treat with the rest of us in our comment section below.