Pumpkin Spice Love Found in Tempe

Falls seems to really be upon us when Starbucks announces the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Am I right? In Tempe, even when the temperatures are still over 100 degrees, we joyously usher in fall with Pumpkin Porter from Four Peaks Brewing Company, pumpkin bagels from Chompie’s and a long list of other delicious autumn inspired treats.  

The Tempe Tourism team openly admits that we’re more than obsessed with all things pumpkin spice. Join us in our quest to try and sample as many of Tempe’s pumpkin food and drinks as we possibly can. Here’s a list of our favorites. Enjoy!  

Red Apron Bakeshop
1730 E. Warner Rd. #8, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 912-5002

Red Apron Bakery has a rotation of pumpkin baked goods in the fall, including the pumpkin snickerdoodle cookie, a pumpkin cinnamon roll and pumpkin muffins. Check their Instagram or call to see what they are featuring this week.

1160 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-0700

Pumpkin-flavored bagel two ways, regular and pumpkin “crunch,” which is dipped in cinnamon sugar before baking. Try it with their seasonal pumpkin cream cheese schmear.

Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 303-9967

Get into the season at Four Peaks Brewery with their popular Pumpkin Porter, a pumpkin ale, or Double Pumpkin Porter, an imperial pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin Porter
Pumpkin Porter credit Four Peaks Brewing

The Human Bean
1765 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 359-0852

Add a little Pumpkin Pie syrup to any of your favorite drinks. The pumpkin pie latte was delicious. Very sweet and lots of spice brought out the pumpkin flavor in this seasonal drink.

Great Harvest Bread Co.
1730 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 777-1141

Craving some delicious cards? Great Harvest Bread Co. will save the day. Take a bite out of fall with their pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, Pumpkin Bars or Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Great Harvest Bread Co. Pumpkin Treats

Daily Jam 
310 S. Mill Ave. #A101, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-9288 

Serving always Gluten Free Waffles, we grabbed their Pumpkin Waffle with candied pecans. You can add extra toppings like whipped cream or chocolate chips. Rich with flavor and the perfect bite with the crunch from the pecans and fluffy-ness waffles (which as you know fluffy-ness comes from gluten). You can also try their Pumpkin Spiced Latte or Pumpkin Cookie!

Pumpkin Waffles credit Daily Jam
photo credit/permission Daily Jam

Daily Dose Kitchen and Bar
96 S. Rockford Dr., #105, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 590-6937

Our friends at Daily Dose have taken the notion of fall-inspired flapjacks and turned up the dial to 11. Their Pumpkin Crunch Pancakes are made with pumpkin batter of course, but they also add ginger snap granola, drizzle them with a spiced cream anglaise and then dust the tops with cinnamon powdered sugar. 

Press Coffee Roasters
601 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Ste. 103, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 794-1107

1221 E. Apache Blvd. Tempe AZ 85281
(480) 566-5380

Press Coffee is offering a seasonal pumpkin syrup this time of year, and coffee lovers can add it to any of the drinks they order. I tried a pumpkin latte and it was love at first taste. Not too sweet, and not too spicy, just a hint of pumpkin pie to my coffee.

Press Coffee pumpkin latte

505 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 279-5080 

Try Gadzooks Brown Sugar Glazed Pumpkin Cookie. It will be the sweetest ending to your meal.

Hurts Donuts 
2161 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 765-2101 

One of my favorite combos is pumpkin cake and cream cheese, and Hurts Donuts nailed it with their Pumpkin Spice Latte Donut. And to make it even better, it has a Coffee Ethic espresso glaze on top!

Hurts Donuts pumpkin donut

U.S. Egg 
131 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ, 85283 | (480) 831-0070 

U.S. has always been one of my favorite places for delicious pancakes. And the pumpkin spice pancakes and waffles do not disappoint. Be prepared to taste the some serious sweetness for breakfast!

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery 
615 S. College Ave. Suite 103, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 355-1934

At Snooze, an A.m. Eatery, find their Pumpkin, Pecan Pie Pancakes, this tasty stack are pumpkin pancakes with a vanilla cream cheese filling. Topped with caramel sauce, a drizzle of sweet cream, candied pecans, and powder sugar. If you’re wanting to go all out into a sugar coma, please indulge in one of their delicious handcrafted drinks but a classic drip coffee from the bar will sure balance this sweet concoction.


photo credit/permission: @noelledowning

Sparky’s Old Town Creamery 
510 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-6228 

After dining in one of Downtown Tempe’s many restaurants, head to Sparky’s for some Caramel Pumpkin Porter Ice Cream (made with Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter).

24 Carrots
1701 E. Guadalupe Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283

Vegan and delicious, yes please! 24 Carrots has rotating pumpkin goodness each week. This week they have a Gluten/ Soy Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cookie Sandwich, Gluten Free Antonio Cake, Gluten Free Cake Popsicle, containing Gluten- Cookie Butter Cake and lots more!

24 Carrots Chocolate Pumpkin Cookie Sandwich
photo credit/permission 24 Carrots

Wildflower Bread Co. 
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 838-9773 

Our favorite thing about the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins at Wildflower Bread Co. is that we can buy them year-round. The rich pumpkin flavor is a perfect complement to the loads of chocolate chips and sweet streusel topping. 


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Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.