Fall Is For #Lattes

Now that the weather has finally turned to fall-like here in The ‘Burgh, Shades on Point Brand Ambassador Jensen has a list of must-see coffee spots around the city. We couldn’t think of a better way to explore some of the great neighborhoods Pittsburgh has to offer than to sample these tummy-warming treats. This kicks off our month-long celebration of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Check back for more fun news!

Pittsburgh Coffee Shops to Try This Fall

My absolute favorite season is finally here: FALL! There is so much to love about this amazing time of year. From oversized, cozy sweaters and riding boots, to football season, tailgates and haunted hayrides, autumn is a truly a time to be alive. As much as I enjoy the crisp, colorful leaves fluttering to the ground, the Reese’s pumpkin-shaped peanut butter cups and the abundance of autumn candles that overtake my apartment, a favorite fall staple of mine is simply a nice, warm pumpkin spice latte. Coming from a girl who is always freezing (ask my parents, whose heating bill skyrockets when I’m at home), nothing puts a larger smile on my face than a piping hot pumpkin, caffeinated beverage to keep me warm. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite local coffee shops for you to try around Pittsburgh.

 Big Dog Coffee

 Big Dog Coffee

The good vibes I get from this place are through the roof. From the exposed brick walls, the vibrant Baron Batch artwork, and quaint outdoor seating options, Big Dog Coffee in South Side is sure to lift your spirits on a cool, fall day. I’ve never had a latte from here I haven’t loved, plus their baked good selection is out of this world. 

Delanie's Coffee

Delanie’s Coffee

With some of the best customer service I’ve ever experienced at a coffee shop, I would recommend Delanie’s Coffee, also located in South Side, to anyone. Not only to they offer an extremely wide variety of beverages, but they also have a selection of gourmet grilled cheeses on their menu. I have not tried one, but my fellow Brand Ambassador Kirsten has and couldn’t stop raving about it. Just like Big Dog, the art and exposed brick in this shop helps to add to the overall experience. Oh and another bonus, they sell Just Good Donuts here as well (and from my experience, they are more than just good).

 Beans n Cream Coffee

Beans ‘N’ Cream

My first experience at Beans ’N’ Cream in Aspinwall was on a Friday morning around 7:30 AM. Even at this hour, this place was BOOMING. There had to be at least 10-15 people sitting outside. For this early in the day, you know this place must be serving up some seriously good coffee. The Rock & Roll/Beatles/retro theme adds so much character to the shop. And the name Beans ‘N’ Cream, well it’s pretty self-explanatory. Not only do they sell tremendous coffee, but they are also serving up delectable Dave and Andy’s homemade ice cream. Coffee AND ice cream, what more could you want in life?

 La Prima Expresso Company

La Prima Espresso Company

When I told a friend I was going to the Strip District on a Sunday morning, she said I HAD to get coffee at La Prima Espresso Company. With a line almost all the way out the door, I knew the coffee was going to be top notch, and I was correct. I had the most incredible butterscotch latte (I’m a sucker for all things butterscotch). This place is a must-do on your next Strip District visit.

 Redhawk Coffee

Redhawk Coffee

I saved one of my all-time favorite coffee shops for last: Redhawk Coffee located in South Oakland. Maybe I’m biased (because I live in Oakland), but this shop ranks up at the top due to the kind staff and tremendous coffee selection. This shop is always busy! The staff really takes the time to make sure you have a good experience along with your incredible drink. I’m very thankful that this place is in walking distance from my apartment, job and classes. And if you’re hungry, Peace, Love, and Little Donuts is right next door (and I can almost guarantee you won’t be able to resist the warm, donut aroma walking by).

I obviously love Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, but I personally would rather support a local coffee shop. I enjoy trying out different Pittsburgh companies, especially when they offer amazing beverages and service to boot. You now have five places to try some lattes which are guaranteed keep you warm through the fall chill. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be ordering a pumpkin one before everything peppermint soon takes over. Happy fall y’all!

                                                                      Jensen Constantino

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