Houston is one of the most diverse cities in America, and this is most evident when it comes to the incredible cuisines you can enjoy here from around the world. From dinky food trucks to exceptional world-class restaurants, you really can have it all in Houston.
The people of Houston fell in love with decadent French pastries and crusty loaves back in 1930 when Moeller’s Bakery proudly opened as the city’s first bakery stocking a selection of French goods. The number of French Bakery Houston has since then is evident from the small bakeries and boulangeries popping up all around and are incredibly popular eateries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Amazing French Bakeries in Houston
I have highlighted some of my favorite French bakeries within Houston to help you plan where to go on your next fresh produce shopping trip.
I have made a note of what makes these places so fantastic, specifying any specialties they offer that are utterly divine! Also included within some of the descriptions are ideas of where to go nearby for accompanying ingredients, such as farmer’s markets or anywhere pleasant for you to sit and enjoy your French snack.
Finally, a note on pricing: I have added the prices for a few items within the descriptions as a guide on what you can expect to pay at each establishment. I aimed to add the prices for simple menu items such as a butter croissant, a latte, or a standard éclair, as these will be found at most French bakeries.
Now, let’s take a look at the best places in Houston for baked goods!
1. Moeller’s Bakery
|Address||4201 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025|
|Opening Times||Monday - Friday 6.30 am - 6.30 pm, Saturday 7 am - 5 pm, Sunday closed|
|Price Example||White bread loaf $1.38, petit Fours $2.40|
Let’s start with Houston’s oldest bakery. This family-owned establishment has been a Houston favorite for more than 90 years, with no signs of that changing anytime soon. The bakery still uses the original oven to create that extra special crust on their freshly baked loaves, an oven that has traveled with the family through multiple locations.
Though Moeller’s does not particularly class itself as a French bakery, they do offer french staples such as deliciously delicate petit fours and pastries. You will also find classic American delights at Moeller’s; their pecan pie is unmatched!
Moeller’s has a large car park at both the front and the back of the building. You can order online and pick up if time is of the essence; Moeller’s does not currently offer a delivery service.
If you would like to enjoy your baked goods in the open air, Evelyn’s park Conservancy is the nearest outdoor space and can be reached in less than fifteen minutes by foot.
Evelyn’s Park Conservatory has some beautiful shaded areas to picnic in, as well as splash pads and play equipment for children to enjoy.
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2. Magnol French Baking
|Address||1500 N Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX 77055|
|Opening Times||Monday closed, Tuesday - Friday 7.30 am - 4.30 pm, Saturday 8 am - 2 pm, Sunday 8 am - 1 pm|
|Price Example||Butter croissant $3.75, latte $4.00, éclair $6.50|
Magnol French Baking is such a cool bakery to visit for anyone wanting to turn their mundane trip for a croissant and a coffee into an unforgettable experience. As you enter the establishment, you are met with a bold mural of all things French, from the magnificent Eiffel tower to a charming young boy running with baguettes.
As you sit down at one of the modern white tables, you can’t help but notice how hard the pastry chefs are working behind the scenes. Thanks to the huge glass window between the bistro area and the kitchen that lets you have a wonderful view of their work. Personally, I really enjoy going to eateries where you can clearly see into the kitchen. It’s not only fascinating but also assures you of the cleanliness of a place.
Magnol is an entirely organic, artisan French bakery and has been since 2019. Their selection of bread is overwhelming. Consider their humble seeded baguettes to the delectable cranberry walnut loaf, there is something everyone can enjoy here, no matter how adventurous. A handful of loaves require pre-ordering and are on the more expensive side.
There is a fantastic selection of teas available at Magnol to pair with your cake selection. The tea can be sweetened with local honey or homemade syrups. Conveniently there is a very large car park here. Items can be ordered online for collection; Magnol French Baking does not offer delivery.
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3. French Gourmet Bakery
|Address||2250 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098|
|Opening Times||Monday - Friday 7.30 am - 3 pm, Saturday 8 am - 3 pm, Sunday closed|
|Price Example||Éclair $4.99|
French Gourmet Bakery is a French American style bakery. Patrice Ramain was born into a family of bakers in France’s Loire Valley, a small area in central France known mostly for its dry white wines. Patrice moved to Houston and opened the bakery in 1973 with his wife, Mary. Their daughter Lauren has since taken over; however, Patrice is still heavily involved.
The menu here isn’t huge, but that’s just because everything is made in-house, fresh that day, by a small team of bakers. This simple menu consists of flavored croissants, pastries, quiches, and bread, alongside cookies, cupcakes, tarts, and petit fours. There are gluten-free options on the dessert menu; however, the loaves of bread are all made with high gluten flour.
You can book French Gourmet Bakery to cater an event. They can accommodate both corporate or private parties for either breakfast or lunch. Car parking is available at the bakery for collection as they do not offer a delivery service. Within the car park area are a handful of tables and chairs for customers to enjoy alfresco dining.
If you want to enjoy more fresh produce alongside your purchases from the bakery, the Urban Harvest Farmers Market is a short twenty-minute stroll away and has over one hundred local sellers. The Market is open on Saturdays from 8 am until 12 noon.
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4. Le Macaron French Pastries Vintage Park
|Address||130 Vintage Park Blvd G, Houston, TX 77070|
|Opening Times||Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 9 pm, Friday - Saturday 10 am - 10 pm|
|Price Example||Butter croissant $3.50, éclair $4.14|
There is so much to see and do at Vintage Park. The large shopping complex has a cinema, beauty salons, fitness centers, gift shops, and an utterly overwhelming number of places to choose from when it comes to eating! Le Macaron French Pastries is possibly one of the most temptingly colorful and exciting spots to choose for an indulgent mid-day sugar rush.
Besides their incredible desserts, the best thing about this place is that it is open later than any other bakery nearby. And this should be an opportunity that allows you to satisfy the sweet craving well into the night. Le Macaron specializes in the light, fluffy meringue-based confection known as macarons. These heavenly little bites have just the right amount of chew while still giving you that gentle melting sensation of baked meringue.
At Le Macaron, you will find so many irresistible flavor combinations such as blackcurrant chocolate, chocolate praline, lavender, and white chocolate, passion fruit and dark chocolate, and strawberry key lime. They also have a range of cake-flavored macarons, including red velvet and birthday cake.
There are so many treats to enjoy here it’s difficult to choose. You will find traditional handmade french pastries, cakes, and French gelato alongside the array of macarons.
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5. French Riviera Bakery Cafe
|Address||3100 Chimney Rock Rd Ste B, Houston, TX 77056|
|Opening Times||Monday - Friday 7.30 am - 2 pm, Saturday 8 am - 3 pm, Sunday closed|
|Price Example||Butter croissant $3.25, latte $5.00 (I recommend the lavender latte for $5.25)|
If you are looking for a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of seating to enjoy your baked goods, the French Riviera Bakery Cafe is a fantastic option. Their dining room is light, airy, and modern, with the odd splash of art to give it that Parisian vibe.
This contemporary bistro has a wonderfully traditional French menu, with many of the ingredients imported directly from France and Europe for the team to prepare and bake in-house. A few Italian twists are added to the specials menu every now and then to keep it interesting for returning customers.
The dessert menu is where French Riviera Bakery Cafe really shines. Most of the desserts can be ordered in a standard size or a large – It can be more cost-effective to order two standard plates as opposed to one large plate, so be sure to check the prices before ordering. For example, the éclair au chocolate is $2.25, and the large is $5.00.
If you are looking to make a day of it while in this area of Houston, be sure to stop at Post Oak Ice House, which is just around the corner from Riviera. This awesome bar has amazing cocktails, craft beers, and a gorgeous outside terrace area to enjoy the sunshine. You can enjoy live music, retro arcade games, and live sports here too.
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6. Bouchée Pâtisserie
|Address||1600 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027|
|Opening Times||Sunday - Thursday 7 am - 8 pm, Friday - Saturday 7 am - 10 pm|
|Price Example||Butter croissant $5.50, latte $5.50|
Situated within the five-star, Post Oak Hotel is the Bouchée Pâtisserie. A divinely luxurious French bakery run by an award-winning chef. You will only find extravagant desserts laden with sugar, rich cream, edible flowers, and gold leaf within the magnificently opulent dining room.
I highly recommend coming here to indulge in the afternoon tea for a special occasion. Reservations need to be made in advance at this sought-after establishment, and the experience comes in at $60.00 plus tax and gratuity per person.
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|Address||2435 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005|
|Opening Times||Monday - Saturday 7 am - 7 pm, Sunday 7 am - 5 pm|
|Price Example||Butter croissant $2.85, espresso $3.33|
Croissant-Brioché is a tiny, traditional French bakery in Rice Village. This is a superb, inexpensive place to enjoy a light bite or sweet dessert while in the area, with a handful of tables outdoors to dine on.
The flakey, buttery croissants are generous in size and can be filled with your choice of meats, salads, or sweets. They also offer free refills on regular coffee here.
There is very limited parking in this area, especially during peak hours, and there aren’t many outside areas within walking distance to enjoy your Croissant-Brioché as a picnic. You will find some fantastic high street shops near the bakery, so it’s a great place to make a pit stop during a shopping spree.
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8. Mademoiselle Louise
|Address||1725 Main St #1, Houston, TX 77002|
|Opening Times||Monday - Tuesday closed, Wednesday - Saturday 8 am - 4 pm, Sunday 9 am - 3 pm|
|Price Example||Butter croissant $3.50|
I have a fondness for all the bakeries included in this guide, but I feel with Mademoiselle Louise, I may have saved the best till last! This is one of Houston’s most authentic, atmospherically pleasing, delightful French bakeries.
From the comfortable seating and bold hanging lights to the array of colorful tempting pastries lined up along the counter, there is nothing not to like about this place. It gives off a real European holiday vibe which allows you to immerse yourself into the feeling of being in the metropolitan Aix-Marseille-Provence.
Mademoiselle Louise came about when owner and head chef Frederik Fortin left his home in Normandy to travel the globe. When he returned to France, he decided to share the pleasure of macarons, pastries, and other French delights with the world and so went to study as a pastry chef in Yssingeaux and Paris. Having family and Friends in Houston, it felt like the natural place to settle down.
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To Sum Up …
So, which sensational French bakery will you head to for your next gâterie indulgente?
I hope this has helped you create a shortlist of French bakeries to consider in Houston.If you would like to see what other sweet treats Houston has to offer, you might want to check out our guides to the best places to have waffles in Houston and the best cake shops in Houston for inspiration.