Pumpkin spice everything. Chai + apple cider. Maple lattes. These are the fall flavors that abound in Madison, Wisconsin this season. No matter what your fall vibe is, you’ll find something you love when you walk into these coffee shops. Here are four must-try fall drink flavors.
Nothin’ Finer than Chaiders
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If apples are your fall hero, we’ve got you covered. Chaiders take all the spiced goodness of a chai latte and combine it with the sweetness of apple cider, creating the perfect blend of autumn. Find chaiders at lots of local spots, including Grace Coffee Co and Crescendo at Hilldale.
Pumpkin Spice Season
Let’s get back to the basics with this one, but not too basic. Madison Chocolate Company on Monroe Street took this classic above and beyond with house-made delicious pumpkin whip to top the whole thing off. You haven’t truly lived your best PSL life until you’ve had this one. Forward Craft & Coffee on Atwood is offering a PSL, and Mercies on the east side is pouring pumpkin pie lattes all fall. Colectivo is featuring a pumpkin spice fluff latte with dairy-free, homemade fluff for all the dairy-free PSL lovers.
Creamy & Cozy Caramel
On chilly fall mornings, sometimes nothing sounds better than cozying up with a classic. Enter the longstanding masterpiece that is caramel. Michelangelo’s on State Street offers a caramel mocha that is decadently delicious, and a little closer to campus you'll find one at Fair Trade Coffee House. If you’re closer to King Street, try the caramel latte on Ancora’s menu.
The maple pumpkin latte at Barriques is a must-try that combines two of the seasons hottest flavors and features real maple syrup and homemade pumpkin syrup. The maple spice chai at Colectivo offers another can’t miss flavor combo. Cargo Coffee on East Washington is serving up a maple pancake latte to really start your morning right.
Fall Vibes All Autumn Long
We couldn’t end our guide to fall drinks in Madison without mentioning some of the coziest coffee shops in the county. The Sow’s Ear in Verona is a coffee and knitting shop combined into one sweet spot. Shelves lined with yarn and handmade creations for sale help make this café extra cozy in colder weather. As a bonus, you’re sure to get the urge to be crafty while sipping on something warm.
If you’re more of a reader than a crafter, Leopold’s on Regent Street is the perfect spot. With coffee, cocktails and a full bookstore, guests can grab a book and a beverage to stay warm this fall. Can’t decide between caffeine and a cocktail? Have both with their iconic espresso martini.
Dreaming of a warm, Nordic meal, walls lined with homemade chocolate, and delicious drinks? Who isn't? Sjolinds Chocolate House in Mt. Horeb is a can’t-miss destination for the ultimate soups and sips.
No matter what flavors, vibes and neighborhoods you're hoping to frequent this fall, Madison's coffee shops and cafes are perfect for cracking open a good book, catching up with friends or knitting a new scarf for a loved one.