13 Places to Indulge in Your Pumpkin Passion in Durham’s Downtowns

Simple icon of two tall buildings. Downtowns of Durham

Ah, pumpkin season. Some love it and some love to hate it. Pumpkin, or pumpkin spice that is, has become a polarizing pick-me-up, with some cherishing it’s early arrival at the end of summer, never quite getting their fill before the season is over. While others see pumpkin spice as an invader, something that arrives too soon and completely uninvited. Pumpkin spice season has become a Canadian tradition. And did you know that the pumpkin fruit also packs a nutritional punch? Full of vitamin A and antioxidants, pumpkin is a delicious and nutritious addition to both sweet and savoury dishes—from soups to pies, curries, breads, gelato and even beer. And of course, it’s mighty fine in a latte as well.   

Here is a list of 13 downtown Durham Region cafes and restaurants where you can indulge in your pumpkin passion, while strolling along our main streets taking in the sights and sounds of our beautiful community. 

1. Downtown Ajax: Rotilicious

89 Commercial Ave., Ajax

I’m sure you’ve tried a pumpkin spice latte, but how about a dose of pumpkin in a different form? Rotilicious has been serving up delicious Caribbean and Chinese cuisine in Ajax for more than 32 years, so if you haven’t been before, you have some time to make up. Why not jump right in and try their Pumpkin Roti, pumpkin from the Islands cooked with special seasonings and potatoes. Yum! 

Close up of someone's hand holding a pumpkin roti.
Pumpkin Roti, Rotilicious
Source: Durham Tourism


2. Downtown Beaverton: The Shortis|s Cafe|Bar

375 Simcoe St., Beaverton

For a special treat, visit the Shortis|s Café|Bar in beautiful downtown Beaverton. Located in a historic and charming building, originally operated as the Shortis(s) Hotel in the 1800’s, you can enjoy specialty coffee, tea, hygge lunches, sweets and more. Try their pumpkin chocolate scones or a pumpkin pie iced latte for some sweet bliss.

Pumpkin pie iced latte and a pumpkin chocolate scone sitting on a table with a vase of orange flowers.
Source: The Shortis|s Café|Bar


3. Downtown Bowmanville: The Toasted Walnut

50 King St. E., Bowmanville

Stop. You don’t need to read any further. Jump on your bike, get in your car, or strap on your rollerblades and start heading to The Toasted Walnut. Three words: Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake. You’re welcome. Oh, but I guess we should tell you, call ahead to make sure they have it when you’re going. If not, they have many drool-worthy goodies for you to enjoy too.

Close up of a Turtle pumpkin cheesecake.
Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake, The Toasted Walnut
Source: The Toasted Walnut


4. Downtown Brooklin: Goodberry

55 Baldwin St., Brooklin

For a yummy pumpkin spiced latte, stop by The Goodberry, a frozen yogurt and espresso bar in Brooklin’s heritage district. While there, indulge in their many healthy treats like panini sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods, and frozen yogurt of course!

Downtown Brooklin streetscape.
Source: Durham Tourism


5. Downtown Newcastle: Sift

109 King Ave. W., Newcastle

Sift is a local bakery located in downtown Newcastle with mouth-watering pastries, cupcakes, desserts and drinks. From pumpkin cheesecake filled muffins to pumpkin sweet cream iced coffee, you might want to show up early or call ahead because these fresh baked goodies are snapped up quick.

Close up of a pumpkin muffin.
Source: Sift


6. Downtown Orono: Buttercup Hollow Pantry

5340 Main St., Orono

Located in picturesque downtown OronoButtercup Hollow Pantry is a great place to stock up on ready-to-go meals and baked goods. From pumpkin muffins to pumpkin cheesecake crumble bars and seasonally available pumpkin pie, there are many options to choose from to get your pumpkin fix.

Buttercup Hollow Pantry store exterior.
Source: Durham Tourism


7. Downtown Oshawa: Cupcake Goodness

39 Bond St. E., Oshawa

You may like baked goods, but do you really get your fill? Why not join one of the monthly baked good subscriptions from Cupcake Goodness. From scone of the month club to monthly cake slices and monthly pie club, you can get your fix and keep it coming. And of course—best thing ever—October’s flavour is pumpkin spice! If that’s too much goodness for you, they also sell items individually, like this delicious pumpkin bread.

Close up of a loaf of pumpkin bread.
Pumpkin Bread, Cupcake Goodness
Source: Cupcake Goodness


8. Pickering Nautical Village: Mr. Delicious Fine Dining by the Lake

591-617 Liverpool Rd., Pickering

If you’re looking for some savory pumpkin, Chef Glen at Mr. Delicious Fine Dining by the Lake has you covered. Serving up seafood and Caribbean dishes, you can enjoy their beautiful patio while getting your pumpkin fix from dishes like pumpkin soup, rasta pasta, or a plate of fresh steamed vegetables.

Beautifully plated pumpkin soup with bread for dipping.
Source: Mr. Delicious Fine Dining by the Lake


9. Pickering Village: Bean and Basket

62 Old Kingston Rd., Pickering Village

There’s a new coffee bar in town, located in gorgeous Pickering VillageBean and Basket is a one-stop shop for locally made goods, sustainable home solutions and now, great coffee. Stop by to sample their newly released pumpkin drinks and pumpkin baked goods.

Bean and Basket store interior.
Source: Bean and Basket


10. Downtown Port Perry: The Perfect Scoop

158 Water St., Port Perry

Pumpkin pie gelato? Yes please! From freshly-made tasty gelato, ice cream, smoothies, shakes and espresso, there is something for everyone at The Perfect Scoop. Stop by to get your pumpkin fix and then stroll along their beautiful waterfront path to take in the fall colours.

Downtown Port Perry streetscape.
Source: Durham Tourism


11. Downtown Sunderland: River Street Café

93 River St., Sunderland

For those that truly love pumpkin spice, it can be a stressful time of year trying to maximize pumpkin spice goodness in a limited, seasonal window. Stress no more, because the River Street Café in downtown Sunderland serves up pumpkin spiced lattes all year round. Pumpkin spice lovers unite and drive to Sunderland!

River Street Café store exterior.
Source: Durham Tourism 


12. Downtown Uxbridge: Annina’s Bakeshop & Café

300 Durham Regional Hwy 47, Goodwood

What’s better than pumpkin pie? How about pumpkin tarts? Stop by Annina’s Bakeshop & Café in Uxbridge to enjoy many of their delicious treats from country style breakfasts to tasty lunches. And good luck not eating all their scrumptious desserts.

Close up of a pumpkin butter tart.
Source: Annina’s Bakeshop & Café


13. Downtown Whitby: Brock St. Brewery

244 Brock St. S., Whitby 

Located in historic downtown Whitby, Brock St. Brewery is must-stop for craft beer lovers. From small batch vodka sodas to hard iced teas, and of course craft beer, there is something for every palette. If you like pumpkin, you’ll want to try their seasonal, full-bodied amber ale, which has notes of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices.

Close up of a can of Brock St. Brewery pumpkin pie ale.
Pumpkin Pie Ale, Brock St. Brewery
Source: Brock St. Brewery

 At the time of publishing, Durham Region and the Province of Ontario are in Step 3 of the 
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