Special Alert

17 Places to Get Your Pumpkin Fix in Durham

Fall is here, and with the seasonal change comes one of most widely anticipated flavors of the year-pumpkin! Anticipating the demand for fall flavors, Durham's restaurants are ready to supply you with all your pumpkin needs. Explore the following list of sweet and savory pumpkin specials that will be on Durham menus this season:

Bean Traders

Bean Traders: This South Durham coffee shop and local roaster uses a house-made pumpkin syrup to create a selection of seasonal drinks. Try their Pumpkin Spice Tea Cloud, a loose-leaf tea blend with pumpkin syrup and steamed farm milk. Or if you prefer coffee, try the pumpkin affogato made from Homeland Creamery pumpkin pie ice cream topped with house espresso. They will also offer a pumpkin spice latte topped with fresh whip cream and spices, and a pumpkin cream iced coffee for warmer days.

Bull City Ciderworks

Bull City Ciderworks
: The cidery is featuring a pumpkin cider called Jack & Oak. The cider combines pumpkin, caramelized organic cane sugar, vanilla bean, and cinnamon with semi-sweet cider aged in light American oak.

Cafe Bellezza

Caffe Bellezza
: This mobile coffee bar makes its own syrups, including pumpkin. In October and November they will feature a pumpkin spice latte made from real pumpkin and five spices.

Chez Moi: This mobile food truck will have a pumpkin panna cotta with salted butter caramel sauce with chopped dark chocolate and pecan toffee sprinkled on top.

Cute and Sweet

Cute and Sweet Boutique
: This home bakery will be offering pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting that can be ordered fresh for any event.

Dynamik Duo Desserts: This bakery will serve a Pumpkin Bliss Cupcake with pie spice and brown sugar, and a pumpkin pie cheesecake in a spiced gingersnap crust topped with a cinnamon cream cheese dollop and a homemade caramel drizzle.

Fosters Market

Foster's Market
: The southern-focused restaurant and gift shop has something special this fall. Try pumpkin whoopie pies from the bakery case paired with a pumpkin spicy latte from the coffee bar.


Monuts Donuts: Monuts Donuts has two pumpkin specials for fall. Their pumpkin latte is made with real pumpkin and a house blend of fall spices. The roasted pumpkin mingles with Counter Culture's Hologram coffee, highlighting the natural sweetness and balance of both the pumpkin and coffee. The pumpkin latte also pairs well with Monuts' Orange Velvet Doughnut, a pumpkin cake donut with cream cheese icing and a gingersnap crumble.

Nantucket Grill & Bar: This restaurant and bakery will feature a pumpkin bread pudding with caramel sauce, pumpkin cheesecake, and vegan pumpkin cookies made from oatmeal, walnuts, raisins, and flax seed.

The Parlour: This ice cream shop will be serving a pumpkin pie ice cream made from fresh pumpkin.

Primal Food & Spirits: This gluten-free restaurant is serving a pumpkin-chai cocktail this season. The cocktail is made with roasted and pureed pumpkin with chai spices, rum, orange juice, and honey liqueur.

Refectory Cafe

The Refectory Café
: For a more savory pumpkin dish, head to The Refectory Café. Enjoy seared sea scallops with pumpkin and red pepper curry with garam masala rice, smoked scallions, cilantro oil, pumpkin chips, and fresh local micro greens. The café will also be featuring pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

Saladelia Pumpkin Gnocchi

Saladelia Cafe: This café will be offering a pumpkin gnocchi with brown butter sage sauce for fall. The gnocchi uses fresh North Carolina pumpkin and fresh herbs from their garden.

Six Plates Wine Bar: The wine bar and small plates restaurant will be featuring a pumpkin rosemary fritter that is made with pumpkin puree, parmesan, and rosemary with black pepper. They will also have a pumpkin marshmallow!


Smallcakes Durham: For a decadent treat, savor a pumpkin cheesecake cupcake. The cupcake features a pumpkin cake with bite-sized pieces of cheesecake baked in the cake. The cake is topped with a cinnamon spice cream cheese icing and garnished with a brown sugar and caramel drizzle.

Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti
: This frozen yogurt store goes the extra mile for their pumpkin pie yogurt. They use fresh local pumpkins, cook them, puree them, and add spices to a cream yogurt base. They recommend pairing the pumpkin pie frozen yogurt with crushed honey graham crackers.

Watts Grocery: This southern-inspired restaurant will be serving a pumpkin cupcake with maple icing for dessert.



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