Spice up your life: The best hot drinks to wrap your hands around this Autumn

 There's nothing like wrapping your fingers around a steaming mug of something when it's getting cold outside. Here's our pick of the best places in Dublin this season.

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Autumn has fully happened by now, leaves on the ground, the heating’s been on at least once and that well known coffee shop has been pedalling it’s famous pumpkin spiced latte (or PSL if you’re in the know), all around town. But if, like most of us, you’ve never really had a pumpkin pie and prefer to keep things local, here are some wonderfully creative and warming lattes to seek out around Dublin.

Proper Order, 7 Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin 7

This charming cafe just off Smithfield Square is run by Niall and Aliona, who between them have won a plethora of barista championships including the Irish Brewers Cup and Irish Barista Championship, so experimenting with drinks is sort of their thing.

Their version of the PSL has yet to appear, but they assure me it’s coming, and when it does I'll be seeking it out. Like all their flavoured lattes, the syrup is homemade and tasted and tweaked until they get it just right. It’s sweet and spicy and topped with an organic pumpkin crisp and finely ground chai.

Kale & Coco, 18 Grangegorman Lower, Dublin 7

Starting out as a smoothie bowl pop-up, the wonderful Kale & Coco now have a beautiful, very insta-worthy permanent cafe in Stoneybatter. It’s all about superfoods here, even their selection of coffee and milk-free rainbow lattes.

Choose from Matcha latte with rice milk, Golden latte with coconut milk and the pretty pink Beet latte. They even have a 'Shroom Latte, which in case you didn’t know, is tipped to be the next big thing, made with mushroom powder cashew milk and maca powder. All their mixes are made in-house too.

Cloud Picker Cafe, 42 Pearse St, Dublin 2

Dublin based coffee roasters Cloud Picker have been supplying beans to some of our favourite cafes for the last few years and now have their own standalone cafe space on Pearse Street, which has been getting a lot of love for their homely food and, of course, great hot drinks.

Amongst their coffee offerings they do an After Eight-Latte, a double shot of Cloud Picker Coffee with Proper Chocolate and peppermint. Those of us who still remember when After-Eights were the height of sophistication will particularly appreciate this.

Kaph, 31 Drury St, Dublin 2

While the city centre may seem saturated with options for said spiced lattes, don’t succumb. Instead, seek out Kaph on Drury Street for a knock out cup of coffee. Their Matcha latte is widely regarded as the best in town, and judging by how busy this spot always is, the rest of their drinks are pretty spot on too.

They offer an extensive non-dairy ‘milk’ selection too.

Póg, 32 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1 and Trinity Plaza, Tara St, Dublin 2

Póg cafes on Bachelors Walk and Tara Street have no end of pretty, instagrammable food and drinks with lots of healthy and fun options. This extends to their hot drinks of course and they have an adorable selection of non-coffee lattes. Choose from a rainbow selection of matcha, pink beet chai, charcoal or tumeric. All come adorned with filter friendly floral decor.

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