I know I’m biased as I was born and raised in Houston, but I think everyone could be sweet on Houston if they just spent some time getting to know the people, the culture, and the eats. The dessert scene in Houston is quite instagramable. Here’s a list of some of my favorites! I hope this list activates your sweet tooth!
Flower and Cream with their Instagramable Cones
This new ice cream shop is not only Instagramable with their balloon wall installation but also they have the biggest selection of flavored cones I’ve seen. From Matcha and Strawberry cones (pictured) to Lavender and Blue Corn. Their ice cream flavors are so good too. I’m partial to their Honey Rose flavor!
Flower and Cream
2617B W Holcombe Blvd Suite B, Houston, TX 77030
Egghaus Gourmet with their Instagramable Croissants
Egghaus Gourmet makes the most beautiful croissants and lattes! Sometimes they paint their croissants with gold and they often have special features for a limited time, like a crawfish croissant or a collaboration with Killeen’s barbecue.
2042 E T C Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
Blkdog Coffee and Beignets Are a Matcha Made in Heaven
I love working from this coffee shop in Chinatown. They have pretty matcha beignets and matcha lattes. They also have chicken karaage if you’re wanting something savory to balance your sweet tooth!
9630 Clarewood Dr suite a13-b, Houston, TX 77036
Matcha Cafe Maiko is Literally Gold
That’s 24k gold leaf on the matcha soft serve from Matcha Cafe Maiko. This global chain specializes in matcha drinks and treats. I love how strong the matcha flavor is in their matcha soft serve. For people who have asked, the gold dissolves instantly and is mostly just a gimmick for Instagram. (Which obviously, I’m not above!)
SMOOSH Cookies with Instagramable Icecream Sandwiches
SMOOSH Cookies are known for their ice cream sandwiches! They have cookies and donuts to make your ice cream sandwiches. I, of course, went for donuts when I ordered my ube ice cream sandwich.
Snowy Village with Instagramable Bingsu
You’re going want to share even the regular size bingsu at Snowy Village in Houston’s Chinatown. Their mango bingsu is a great go-to order. I went for strawberry and mango but wish I went full-on mango. It’s gorgeous but also tastes even better than it looks. The ice was very finely shaved and instantly melts in your mouth. They also had fruits at the bottom so you’re not just eating ice as you start to make a dent.
9600 Bellaire Blvd Suite 103-A, Houston, TX 77036
Twisted Love with Instagramable Soft Serve
Also in Houston’s Chinatown is this soft-serve dessert spot, Twisted Love. Twisted Love has intricate cone toppings! In the summer months, they’ve been offering soft-serve in refreshing fruit, like watermelon slices or hollowed-out pineapple!
9889 Bellaire Boulevard E #205, Houston, TX 77036
Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts
Can’t decide between savory or sweet? Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts is the perfect spot. My high school friend and decorated pastry chef in Houston, Alyssa Dole just signed on to be Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts pastry chef and she’s already blowing minds. Like a sour watermelon donut?! I also loved the glitter donut. (One of my favorite colors is sparkle.)
Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts
601 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
85°C Bakery Cafe
Famed 85°C Bakery Cafe recently opened their 1000th location in Houston and made a lot of people very happy. I took my parents opening week and they were like children in a candy store. Please get the cheese bread and the egg tarts. You’ll thank me later. Pictured is the delectable mango panna cotta.
85°C Bakery Cafe
9750 Bellaire Blvd Ste 168, Houston, TX 77036
Tout Suite with their wide array of Instagramable treats
Photo of me is by Thomas Chen Photography
Speaking of mangoes, I’m not a big fan of fruit tarts and admittedly ordered the mango fruit tart at Tout Suite for my Instagram, but ended up loving it. I would order it again and again. Tout Suite is a long-time favorite dessert and coffee shop of mine. Their space is gorgeous and airy and I’ve yet to eat a dessert there that I didn’t like. You can find macarons, tarts, gorgeous crepe cakes. There’s also delicious savory menu items!
2001 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002
Honey Art Cafe with their Instagramable Bubble Waffle
Another beautiful space in Houston is Honey Art Cafe. Their art murals are amazing. I’m very particular about the aesthetics of my Instagram, which means I try to avoid taking photos at night and under yellow light. But the owner of Honey Art Cafe specifically chose white light, a deliberate choice made by her artist self. I was there for the first time on a dark rainy day and still managed to grab some well-lit photos! You can see more of the beautiful space on my dedicated post about it.
Also, Honey Art Cafe will forever be the place I first had the bubble waffle cone.
Honey Art Cafe
3516 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098
Amorino has Instagramable Gelato Roses
Will you accept this gelato rose from Amorino? I have and will again! You can pick your flavors and these gelato slingers will give you the prettiest, delicious rose, topped with a macaron.
4444 Westheimer Rd C150, Houston, TX 77027
Kamalan Bakery is the only Houston bakery I know of that has taiyaki! Taiyaki is a Japanese treat that is a cake-like cone shaped like a fish. Kamalan Bakery fills it up with green tea ice cream and custard. And red bean paste if you’re into that. I know I am. They have a 12 dollar minimum for credit card, a great excuse to stock up on their bakery goods.
If you want to see where I found taiyaki in North Carolina, check out my frozen desserts guide.
9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036
Flo Paris Bakery Cafe
I was seeking a dessert food truck for my Instagram and to my dismay, my original destination was closed. As I roamed with my friends, now aimless, we found ourselves at Flo Paris Bakery and were charmed by their desserts and interior design. Pictured is the cream puff!
Flo Paris Bakery
5757 Westheimer Rd #105, Houston, TX 77057
So that concludes my list of Houston’s instagramable desserts. Do comment and tell me about some of yours! What did I leave off?
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