Last week was a difficult one for pumpkin spice fans in the UAE.
It was confirmed that Starbucks would not be selling its famous autumnal drink in the region this year as it has decided to stock toffee nut instead. The reason behind the cancellation of the popular drink? Surplus stock, courtesy of the work-from-home situations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, if you're among the many who feel like it's just not autumn without the seasonal drink, fret not. Here's a look at other places in the UAE you can visit for that pumpkin spice fix.
The Instagrammable cafe has launched the fall drink with a twist. Tania's Teahouse has a pumpkin spice chai latte, made with a black tea base, elements of apple, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and, of course, pumpkin. The best part is that all the ingredients are natural (no artificial flavours are used) so UAE residents can enjoy the treat, relatively guilt-free.
The casual restaurant and all-day breakfast spot has introduced a limited-edition version of the drink, infused with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Guests can enjoy both hot and cold versions of the drink. It can be customised on request, be it an extra shot of coffee or more cream. There's even a vegan version of the drink, recreated with almond or coconut milk. The pumpkin spiced drinks are available until the end of October.
The burger joint will be bringing back its popular Pumpkin Pie shake to celebrate American Thanksgiving in November. The crazyshake features mini marshmallows, whipped cream and a whole slice of pumpkin pie to satiate those sweet cravings. Black Tap's Pumpkin Pie shake will be available from Wednesday to Saturday, November 25 to 28.
Price: Dh62 at the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall branches; Dh69 at the JBR and Jumeirah Al Naseem venues.
Abu Dhabi residents can get their own pumpkin spice fix at this quaint cafe located in Al Khalidiya. Turf Cafe launched its pumpkin spice latte on Thursday, October 1, available iced or warm, with the syrup made in-house. Even better, the cafe has also launched pumpkin spice doughnuts for those who just can't get enough of the fall favourite.
Price: Dh26 for the drink; Dh22 for the doughnut. The restaurant also sells six doughnuts by pre-order for Dh100.
Looking for a version of the popular drink that is on the healthier side? This JLT spot, known for serving keto diet-friendly dishes, has a pumpkin spice latte made with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, chia seeds, coffee and nutmeg, topped with cinnamon and walnut. All the ingredients for a healthy morning cuppa.