Everyone loves dessert, and in Texas thankfully everything is bigger and better when it comes to food. So go big or go home and fully indulge your sweet tooth in one of the top 10 sweet heavens across the city of Houston.
For a little slice of heaven, look no further than Three Brothers Bakery. Behind every good bakery is a phenomenal story, and this spot’s got an amazing one; brothers Sigmund, Sol and Max survived concentration camps in Poland, after which they moved to Houston to open their bakery on May 8, 1949 (four years after Liberation Day). From lavish pastries to cakes, cookies, muffins and challah, they have you covered. Three Brothers holds multiple awards for having the best pecan pie in America.
Who doesn’t love ice cream? Fat Cat Creamery is the cat’s meow. This tiny ice cream parlor has seasonal and permanent flavors that will have you coming back for more. Their perfectly creamy ice cream is made with the highest quality local ingredients; the whole milk used in their recipe comes from the Mill-King Creamery in McGregor, and the eggs are delivered from Ole Dad Farm. The old-timey sodas will make anyone purr! Convinced? The proof is in the pudding.
There is only one place to find the perfect macaron in Houston, and that would be Bite Macarons. With its sleek shop design, calming atmosphere, and beautifully crafted macarons, this place is in a league of its own. From macaron towers to individual portions, these mini, melt in your mouth meringues will make your day. Prepare to be distracted by all the mesmerizing colors and flavors of these delectable treats.
One stop here and it’s game over; you will be hooked. Red Dessert Dive specializes in classic desserts with a magical twist. Between the Butterscotch S’more Blondies, the varying Three Layer Cakes and the Bread Pudding with Texas Bourbon Caramel Sauce, you will be transformed. If you’re still not convinced, they also serve beer, wine, hot chocolate, and Italian soda. Reds is committed to treating the planet kindly. Their use of reclaimed wood in the store design, recycled packaging, and top ingredients make it the perfect sweet spot for hipsters.
Phoenicia is the cherry on top when it comes to confectionary and mouthwatering European-style eats. This unique international food market is situated next to Discovery Green, and the chefs specialize in European pastries. Addicted to baklava? They have it, nearly twenty types, to be precise. Make sure to indulge your taste buds at the gelato bar and stock up on international candy.
Common Bond Cafe and Bakery has a stellar reputation as one of the best sweet tooth spots in Houston. The rustic hip atmosphere, great location and exceptional staff will make anyone’s day, as will the tantalizing selection of sweets. This place hosts a vast array of macarons, making it hard to take your pick (the passion fruit and PB&J are divine). For those who are fans of sweet and buttery desserts, stock up on croissants, brioche, and kugelhopf.
At House of Pies, the name says it all. Who wouldn’t want a dessert establishment that’s open 24 hours a day and specializes in pies? A word of advice, though, it can be overwhelming. Whether it is just a slice or a full pie, this place has it all. Taste their Bayou Goo, which involves a pecan crust, sweet cream cheese, and vanilla swirled custard. The German chocolate cake and turtle cheesecake are also amazing.
What happens when an Italian pastry chef from New Jersey opens up shop in Texas? Award-winning Drew’s Pastry Place is one of Houston’s best bakeries. Chef Drew’s Italian heritage and pastry skills make for a truly authentic New York style bakery, so expect an abundance of cannoli, Italian cookies, cream cakes and tiramisu. Drew and his family even appeared on TLC’s show Bakery Boss. Buddy Valastro gave top marks for their cannoli, as will you.
Candylicious is not for amateurs. Home to an extraordinary amount of candy in all forms, this sugar paradise is straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The fun, retro candy is a welcome blast from the past and a trip down memory lane. Candylicious is strategically placed inside the equally addictive Chocolate Bar.
A stop by Dolce Delights By Candace Chang will satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooths, and you will never know that the desserts are healthier than most. Owner and head pastry chef Candace Chang creates edible art; specifically, dainty ornate bite-sized cakes, which also happen to be naturally semi-sweet. Chang has years of baking experience and approaches all desserts with an artisanal, contemporary flair. Expect to arrive on cloud nine when you try the mousse cake.