Fall In Love With These Special Seasonal Sips

By Tianna Edwards

It’s that time of year! I can hear the crunchy sound of fallen leaves under my feet as I go for a stroll and breathe in the crisp air – it’s Fall! This means saying goodbye to iced coffees and hello to spiced lattes, hot chocolates and all things warm and cozy. To help you embrace this beautiful season, I’ve rounded up some of the most delicious hot beverages in Kingston to curl up with this Fall – all produced by locally-owned vendors.


White Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar

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When I arrive at Sipps, this charming little cafe adjacent to Springer Market Square on Brock road, I see there are plenty of fall specials to choose from – so I chat with barista Derek about the most popular pick. He suggests the white pumpkin hot chocolate. I am a little skeptical at first but after a sip I warm up to the idea. It’s sweet – only slightly chocolatey – nothing like I’ve ever tried before. I enjoy it with a dusting of cinnamon on top.  
Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 7:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 10:00pm

33 Brock Street
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Peppermint Mocha Latte
The Elm Cafe 

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I test this latte from The Elm Cafe out on my husband, an avid plain coffee drinker, who doesn’t even take sugar in his cup of joe and doesn’t enjoy peppermint  – and he likes it! The peppermint is subtle and not too sweet. Co-owner Logan is behind the counter when I order and admits that they make the syrup in house which explains the subtle sweetness. It’s light and flavourful without masking the coffee. I recommend this latte for those who enjoy coffee and want a change from the everyday double double.
Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday + Sunday: 8:00am – 3:00pm


303 Montreal Street
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Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows
Juniper Cafe

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Who doesn’t love hot chocolate on a chilly day? The hot chocolate at Juniper (located in the Tett Centre) is a crowd favourite, especially with kids. The not-so-secret secret to this chocolatey treat are the house-made peppermint marshmallows that float atop like sweet little clouds and slowly dissolve into the piping hot liquid leaving light peppermint flavour.
Hours
Monday – Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

370 King Street West

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Caramel Apple Latte
Crave Coffee House and Bakery

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This bustling student hot spot has a few fall specials on the menu but the staff at Crave Coffee House and Bakery agree that the caramel apple latte is the most popular choice. It’s easy to see why! The drizzle of caramel on top is my favourite part. I wouldn’t say this is an everyday pick but definitely perfect for a treat yourself moment!

Hours
Everyday: 7:00am – 10:00pm 
166 Princess Street
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Nutella Hot Chocolate
Geneva Crepe Cafe and Bistro

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Where are my Nutella lovers? You’re going to give this cup of hot chocolate from Geneva Crepe Cafe and Bistro all of the heart eye emojis. It’s hot hazelnut goodness! James whips me up a mug topped with whipped cream in between flipping crepes. The strong Nutella flavour along with the savoury smell of crepe batter that wafts through Geneva makes for sensory overload. So good.
Hours
Monday –Wednesday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday – Saturday: 9:00am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

297 Princess Street

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Maple Latte
Kingston Coffee House Inc.

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Located across the street from picturesque Springer market square as well as in the plaza where Princess and Bath road meet, Kingston Coffee House Inc. is for coffee lovers. When I ask about the most popular fall drink, I am told it’s the Maple latte. “Probably because there is a shot of espresso in it,” confirms the barista. Makes sense. A friend of mine says it’s perfect because you can still get a strong coffee flavour. The maple is subtle and not too sweet so this would pair well with dessert!
Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

1046 Princess Street

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Pumpkin Spice Latte
The Common Market

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The famous pumpkin spice latte! For those who love what has become a fall staple with many an Instagram mention, try the adorable Common Market. It’s the perfect amount of pumpkin and spice and – you guessed it – it tastes nice!
Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Saturday + Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm

136 Ontario Street
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Honourable Mention: Apple Cider from Toast and Jam
In the hunt for the perfect fall beverages I came to the conclusion that most were located downtown. However, after a call to Toast and Jam – one of my favourite local west end spots – I am told they are working apple cider into their menu soon so thought it was worth a mention. Stay tuned!
Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 3:00pm;
Saturday + Sunday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

1530 Bath Road

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