When on vacation, you owe it to yourself to indulge a little - that’s what vacations are for! And there’s no simpler indulgence than satisfying a sweet tooth. Fortunately, if the desire strikes, you couldn’t be in a better place than Houston, Texas. So, if you have a yearning for something luscious, candied, or sugar-coated, this list of the 10 best sweet shops in Houston, Texas, will have your mouth watering, in no time.
1. Petite Sweets is big on flavor
Sweeten up your Sunday with one of our delicious cakeballs!Posted by Petite Sweets on Sunday, 9 April 2017
When you don’t want to overindulge, Petite Sweets is the perfect choice. Petite Sweets offers all your favorite desserts, in miniature form. Bite-sized morsels of cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies and a wide array of distinctly flavored marshmallows, like salted caramel and chocolate toffee, are on hand. Along with cake pops and cake popsicles, Petite Sweets has an insane amount of rainbow-assorted macarons, that would rival any Paris bakery. Petite Sweets has you covered when you want just a sampling of the sweet stuff.
Address: 2700 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098
Contact: +1 713 520 7007
Website: Petite Sweets
2. House of Pies: Where pie enthusiasts reside
The name says it all - what you see is what you get at House of Pies. And what you’ll see when you walk in the door is row after row of fresh, delicious and beautifully presented home-made pies. In business for over 45 years, House of Pies has become the standard by which all other pies are measured in Houston. The proprietors are passionate about their pie-baking. Standouts at House of Pies are the sweet potato pie, made with Louisiana yams and real cream, and the house special Bayou Goo - chopped pecans with sweet cream cheese, under a perfect mix of vanilla and chocolate, topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar, and chocolate shavings.
House of Pies’ love for pie is without question and it’s the place for any pie lover. Don’t miss a chance to visit and take advantage of their full-service restaurant, also. The menu offers good old-fashioned home cooking, along with those amazing pies. Open late, House of Pies is at the top of any night owls’ list, for a late night slice of pie and a cup of coffee.
House of Pies
Address: 3112 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098, 6142 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 7705711311, and Fuqua St, Houston, TX 77089
Website: House of Pies
3. Sweet and savory, Common Bond Cafe & Bakery is the best of both worlds
Strawberry Shortcake so rich, it’s adorned with pearls and gold.Posted by Common Bond Cafe and Bakery on Monday, 19 June 2017
With a great deal of charm, Common Bond Cafe & Bakery has quickly become one of Houston’s most treasured bakeries, as well as a top-notch cafe that serves seasonal savory dishes, such as their Pepper Crusted Beef Medallions and Pan Seared Chicken over Spring Risotto. The owner, who was once a die-hard customer, displays a real devotion and love for making Common Bond Cafe & Bakery the best it can be.
As if their out-of-this-world kugelhopf, (a mini bundt cake brushed with citrus-flavored sugar), or homemade oatmeal creme pies, or unbelievably flaky croissants, were not enough to show the love, Common Bond Cafe & Bakery now offers a Daily Bake Sale, where guests can get 50 percent off many of their baked goods, like croissants, cookies, scones, and, of course, kugelhopf. The sale is held weekdays only, between 4.pm and 5.pm. Talk about spreading the love.
Common Bond Cafe & Bakery
Address:1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Contact: +1 713 529 3535
Website: Common Bond Cafe & Bakery
4. Gelazzi: Little piece of Rome in Houston
If you’re in Houston and have a longing for gelato, then Gelazzi is the only fix you will need. Gelazzi may be a small place, but it packs some very big gelato flavors. Located in Houston’s historic Heights area, Gelazzi offers a tasty and unique selection of rotating gelato and sorbet flavors, like pistachio, gingerbread, chocolate espresso, pear and much more. Sampling is never frowned upon at Gelazzi, and the atmosphere is cozy, hip, and relaxed.
With a vibrantly-colored exterior mural, with “Houston” emblazoned on the side of the building, you can’t miss Gelazzi’s location. Inside, there are lots of Italian memorabilia adorning the walls. You will feel like you stepped into a gelateria, in a piazza, in Rome. There are a few tables and chairs and, oddly, a short row of old-style movie theater chairs, along one wall, that adds a quirky air to Gelazzi. If you can, be sure to pay a visit during the weekend, when Gelazzi features live Italian accordion music, keeping Gelazzi true to its Italian origins.
Address: 3601 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Contact: +1 713 597 6257
5. Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique - An irresistible lure for the sugar fiend!
Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique is just as seductively sweet as it sounds. Whether it’s the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake, a decadent mixture of cake, chocolate chunks, gooey ganache, and chocolate buttercream topping, with chocolate chips sprinkled on top, or the Italiano, a delicious vanilla cake with chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans, topped with fluffy cream cheese icing, you’ll yield to temptation. Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique also shows its whimsical side, with such offerings as the Velvet Elvis, a red velvet cupcake, and Bunny Boo, a carrot cake cupcake.
But cupcakes aren’t the only thing on their menu. Pastry chef and native Texan Vanessa O’Donnell, who opened Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique in 2007, has created various sweet treats, from cookies and cheesecakes to mini pies and macarons. With so much variety under one roof, you’ll certainly find something to give way to your sweet tooth.
Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique
Address: 770 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX. 77024
Contact: +1 713 465 6338
Website: Ooh La La The Dessert Boutique
6. Attention chocoholics! The Chocolate Bar is your ultimate destination!
There’s no way around it, you must love chocolate if you enter the Chocolate Bar. Chocolate, in all its forms, is what you can expect here. From novelty dog-shaped chocolates to chocolate pizza, chocolate lovers will know true bliss with a visit to the Chocolate Bar. Even the Mexican flan gets a chocolate makeover with the Flantastic, a rich caramel mousse topped with a thick layer of chocolate ganache! And, strangely enough, the most famous item on the menu doesn’t even have chocolate in its title. The Texas Frito Brittle is a surprising, yet very tasty mixture of chocolate, Fritos, pretzels and pecans. The perfect sweet and salty blend even earned this dessert a featured spot on the Food Network!
The Chocolate Bar
Address: 1835 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77005 and 2521 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Contact: +1 713 520 8599
Website: The Chocolate Bar
7. Red Dessert Dive: Sweets on the wild side
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Red Dessert Dive is not your average sweet shop. The owner is a former architect, named Jessica Lusk, who, in 2014, abandoned her architectural practice and turned her attention to baked goods. Entering uncharted territory, the newbie baker did research and discovered that quality of ingredients and fresh, daily baking is the key to keeping people coming back for more. And one of the sweets that keep people coming back is the Debusker. A strange name, but a familiar dessert with a twist, an M&M cookie baked on top of a chocolate brownie - it’s literally two delicious desserts, in one!
When you enter Red Dessert Dive it certainly feels like you’ve crossed into a bizarre universe, where pastries and alcoholic beverages are displayed, side by side. You can enjoy a chocolate croissant with a fresh hand-crafted cappuccino or, if you’re bold, pair a salted caramel brownie with a local beer or glass of wine.
Want an insider tip? Red Dessert Dive offers Yesterday’s Treats boxes. Arrive early, (7 am on weekdays, 8 am on weekends), pay 10 USD and receive a mystery box, stuffed with tantalizing leftover pastries and other goodies from the day before. Life does not get any better than Red Dessert Dive.
Red Dessert Dive
Address: 1045 Studewood Houston, Texas 77008
Contact: +1 832 649 2977
Website: Red Dessert Dive
8. Three Brothers Bakery is triple the sweetness
What weighs 24 pounds, feeds 80 people and is the sweetest treat for the holidays? Our Pumpecapple Piecake! http://bit.ly/3BB-PumpPosted by Three Brothers Bakery on Saturday, 12 November 2016
The family-owned Three Brothers Bakery’s origins began with the Jucker family, in Poland, in the 1800s. Today, after opening their doors in Houston over 65 years ago, Three Brothers Bakery is run by fifth generation baker, Bobby Jucker. And he is surely making his forefathers proud. In 2016, he was named by Bake Magazine one of 25 Best Bakers. With that kind of recognition and a long history of quality baking, you know you’re getting the best of the best with a visit to Three Brothers Bakery.
While Three Brothers Bakery offers a myriad of cakes, cookies, bread and other fresh baked good, it is also the home of the Pumpecapple Piecake, a colossal dessert created by Bobby Jucker, and featured on Food Network’s Outrageous Food, in 2011. This wild and crazy dessert is essentially a pie baked inside a cake! One layer is a spice cake, with apple pie, another has a chocolate cake with a pecan pie, and finally, pumpkin spiced cake with pumpkin pie completes this mammoth creation.
But for all the attention the Pumpecapple Piecake receives, Three Brothers Bakery’s specialty is the Hamentaschen, a triangular cookie with a sweet fruit filling. No doubt a dessert whose recipe was handed down, through generations.
Three Brothers Bakery
Address: 4036 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025 and 4606 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Website: Three Brothers Bakery
9. Dolce Delights celebrates the sweet things in life
Salted Caramel Mousse cake... mmmm perfect harmony of sweet and savory, complemented with a refreshing raspberry center....Posted by Dolce Delights by Candace Chang on Friday, 6 February 2015
It seems Dolce Delights is determined to put a little “dolce vita” into everyone’s daily existence. With its luscious, bold and ornate desserts, Dolce Delights creates a sense of real pleasure that is a feast for the eyes, as well as the taste buds. When you cast your eyes over the assortment of sweet items in Dolce Delight’s sleek display case, it is nearly impossible to make a final selection.
Dolce Delights’ approach to healthier preparation, like farm fresh ingredients, low sugar and low calorie, make these sweet concoctions practically guilt-free. Dolce Delights also prides itself on creating some of the most eclectic goodies, like one of their signature cakes, the Hulk, which features a devil’s food cake on a crunchy hazelnut crust, covered in green tea mousse, or the award-winning Pink Peppercorn and the Chocolate Ganache Macaron.
So visit Dolce Delights and sit outside on the tree-lined front patio and relax with a cup of hot coffee and a scrumptious, fanciful banana caramel macaron. Enjoy the best of life at Dolce Delights.
Address: 3201 Louisiana Street, Suite 100, Houston Texas
Contact: +1 713 807 7575
Website: Dolce Delights
10. You'll want your hand caught in Michael's Cookie Jar!
Paying tribute to the wonderful childhood memory of drinking milk and eating cookies, Michael’s Cookie Jar is a bake shop, devoted strictly to cookies. Opened in 2006, Michael’s Cookie Jar features classics, like chocolate chip and oatmeal, but they also make a unique set of Fancy Tea Collection cookies, like espresso shortbread and Mexican wedding cake. Michael’s Cookie Jar offers custom decorated, seasonal and special occasion cookies, as well.
What makes Michael’s Cookie Jar special, besides its scrumptious wares, is the owner’s devotion to the Houston community. When the local baseball team, the Houston Astros, made the Major League Baseball playoffs in 2015, Michael’s Cookie Jar created a delightful, baseball shaped sugar cookie, with the words “Go ‘Stros” written across it.
When you’re in dire need of a sugar rush, cookies are the right size, every time. Michael’s Cookie Jar knows this and makes it its mission to deliver gratifying goodness to the people of Houston.
Michael's Cookie Jar
Address: 5330 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77005
Website: Michael’s Cookie Jar
Houston...the sky's the limit when it comes to sweets
Are you satisfactorily enticed? With so many sweet options, from cakes to cookies to pies and everything in between, the choices available to satisfy a sugar craving in Houston are endless. It’s easy to see Houston is serious about its sweet treats, and there’s no doubt when it is time to depart, the last thing you’ll need to satisfy is your sweet tooth.
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