PHOTOS BY KIERA FRANKS
October is finally here and that means it is officially fall! Time to get lost in corn mazes, carve up some pumpkins, add hundreds of new sweaters to our closets, and drown in pumpkin spice lattes. But if the basic Starbucks life just isn’t for you, here are some of the best places to go to get your fall-themed coffee and pastries.
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters: Location, Location, Location
1334 Neil Ave.
Seasonal Item: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin
The caffeine addict in me was buzzing this week after hearing that Stauf’s Coffee Roasters was adding a new location. What used to be a beautiful stone church on Neil now holds within its ancient walls a modern coffee shop, with more space than other Stauf’s locations. Large windows and beautiful stained glass designs keep the original vibe of the building alive. What most of us care about, though, is how Stauf’s is celebrating the arrival of autumn. The chocolate pumpkin muffin is checking every taste bud box and proving that Stauf’s is just as much a fan of pumpkin as we are. Stauf’s takes fall festivity seriously and it shows in this muffin.
Kafe Kerouac: The Hipster of OSU
2250 N High St.
Seasonal item: Pumpkin Streusel Muffins & a Graham Greene
Kafe Kerouac is the alternative child on campus. It’s darker, cozier, and its drinks are named after famous authors. They host poetry readings and concerts, sell records and books, and are two-thirds bar. They provide a great study spot and the perfect ambiance for a cozy, fall date. Make sure to bring a little extra cash to get your hands on that perfect indie record you’ve been waiting for. If you’re looking for something fall-themed here, try their pumpkin streusel muffins with a cup of Graham Greene, a mixture composed of chai and spiced rum. (Fun fact: their bakery items are provided by the inspired baking of one of the worker’s mothers, so flavors vary from day to day! This picture is of their chocolate chip muffin.) You’ll be warm, cozy, and full by the time you leave this coffee haven.
Fox in the Snow: An Aesthetic Classic
1031 N 4th St.
Seasonal Item: Carrot Cake
Fox in the Snow has some of the best pastries I’ve ever tasted. If you haven’t already tried their coffee cake or cinnamon rolls… Where have you been? Their shops are beautiful, full of plants year-round, and a wonderful place to get cozy when the temperature starts dropping. This aesthetic icon of a cafe thrives when autumn rolls around and they want you to thrive, too. Their new fall pastry is their carrot cake and it looks positively sinful. It’s filled with carrots, pineapple, and coconut and topped with their classic cream cheese icing. Let me tell you, no one does icing like Fox in the Snow.
The Stack: A New Player on Campus
262 W Lane Ave.
Seasonal Item: Carrot Cake Cold Brew
The Stack coffee shop opened this summer on Lane Ave. down by the Panera. Their location is small but definitely worth dropping by for an iced coffee before class. The aesthetic is fun and they have something for everyone, even the non-coffee drinkers. Take some of these concoctions for example: a Milk and Honey latte, Flora latte (lavender vanilla), or Cherry Pie of my Heart! This newer shop also serves a smorgasbord of donuts. Try an apple fritter, cinnamon roll, or just stick with a classic chocolate-sprinkled. It seems like everyone is hopping on the carrot cake train this fall, and I don’t blame them! With cinnamon, carrot, and nutmeg flavors, The Stack’s cold brew is creative and classic at the same time. It’s sure to get you into the fall spirit. Who knew that carrot would be the fall flavor to finally defeat pumpkin?