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Celebrate Fall in Philly With These Spiced Vegan Treats

Where to find vegan sweet potato pies and sticky toffee pudding with banoffee ice cream at bakeries and restaurants around the city

An overhead shot of a sweet potato pie with one slice taken out on a plate with pumpkins and eucalyptus scattered around. Crust Vegan Bakery

Fall is in full swing, and so too is the season for cozy treats. You’ll find plenty to choose from at local restaurants and bakeries, including an abundance of vegan options that won’t leave you missing dairy. From ice cream floats made with mulled cider to spicy sweet potato pie to cheesecake-filled pumpkin doughnuts, here are some of the best vegan treats to try this fall in Philly.

Sweet Potato Pie at Crust Vegan Bakery

4409 Main Street, Manayunk

Sure, classic pumpkin pie has its place. But this extra custardy option at Crust Vegan Bakery is a conversation starter, packed with caramelized, oven-roasted sweet potatoes and notable hints of cardamom. There’s coconut milk in it, too, adding a creamy richness, and maple syrup for extra sweetness. Preorder the 9-inch pies for Thanksgiving, or snag a 4-inch miniature version at the bakery, rotating on and off the menu through November.

Sticky Toffee Pudding at Vedge

1221 Locust Street, Washington Square West

Sweetened with dates and covered in rich toffee sauce, this cold-weather classic gets turned up a notch at Vedge, where house-made banoffee ice cream tops every spongy cake. The soy-coconut ice cream is loaded with roasted bananas and nutty dark roast coffee. There’s a hazelnut tuile on top, too, adding a finishing crunch and a hint of salt.

A white wide bowl with a square of sticky toffee pudding topped with caramel sauce and a scoop of ice cream. Vedge

Pumpkin Cheesecake Doughnuts at Dottie’s Donuts

4529 Springfield Avenue, Cedar Park

While Dottie’s puts out new flavors daily, its pumpkin cheesecake doughnut remains among the most popular annual options. It starts with a classic yeast-raised doughnut that’s tossed in powdered sugar, then filled with a soy-based cream cheese blended with pumpkin puree, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Find it on the menu at least a few times per week throughout November.

Chai Latte Pops at Lil Pop Shop

265 South 44th Street, Spruce Hill

Welcome fall without fully saying goodbye to summer with these creamy popsicles, steeped in flavor from star anise, cardamom, black tea, rose petals, and cinnamon. The spiced chai is cut with coconut milk, creating a light — yet creamy — pop.

An overhead few of a traditional popsicle with a stick that says Lil Pop Shop, surrounded by cinnamon sticks and rose petals. Lil Pop Shop

Pumpkin Pie Shakes at HipCityVeg

127 S. 18th Street, Rittenhouse

Spice up your order of a vegan burger and fries with HipCityVeg’s newest seasonal item, transforming pumpkin pie into thick and creamy milkshakes. The shakes feature soy-based ice cream that’s swirled with pumpkin puree and a pumpkin spice blend.

A long line of pumpkin vegan donuts on a baking sheet drizzled with white maple glaze. High Fidelity Bakery

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Donuts at High Fidelity Bakery

932 E. Passyunk Avenue, Bella Vista

Gluten-free doughnut lovers will rejoice in High Fidelity’s cake-style pumpkin doughnuts, made from gluten-free flour, almond meal, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and classic pumpkin pie spices. While the doughnuts are baked, a generous layer of sweet maple glaze makes each an indulgent choice. Preorders open on Sundays; order directly through the bakery’s website by Wednesday for Saturday pickup.

Mulled Cider Pumpkin Ice Cream Floats at Franklin Fountain

116 Market Street, Old City

Franklin Fountain’s coconut pumpkin ice cream and mulled cider are delicious on their own. But order them as a float for a dream fall combo. The ice cream comes layered with Pennsylvania Dutch pumpkin butter, a sweet complement to the tangy, spiced cider, mulled with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and orange slices.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies at Soy Cafe

630 N. 2nd St, Northern Liberties

Every fall, Soy Cafe roasts pumpkins in-house to make its own pumpkin puree. Find it as the star ingredient in the popular pumpkin whoopie pies, a decadent gluten-free treat that sandwiches a thick layer of vanilla-cinnamon coconut cream.


Crust Vegan Bakery

4409 Main Street, , PA 19127 (215) 532-7867 Visit Website

HipCityVeg

1300 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, , DC 20036 (202) 318-6010 Visit Website

Soy Cafe

630 North 2nd Street, , PA 19123 (215) 922-1003 Visit Website

The Franklin Fountain

116 Market Street, , PA 19106 (215) 627-1899

Dottie's Donuts

4529 Springfield Avenue, , PA 19143 (215) 662-0379 Visit Website

Vedge

1221 Locust Street, , PA 19107 (215) 320-7500 Visit Website

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