Brightly colored, with just the right crunch that transcends into a pillowy softness, French macarons (not to be confused with the denser macaroons made mostly with coconut) are a beautiful dessert. Their bright colors and unexpected flavors naturally make them perfect for either dessert trays or a simple, guilt-free treat at the end of a long day.
Luckily, many places in Houston—including commercial bakeries, cafes, retail shops, and home bakeries—create these traditional French desserts with aplomb. There are endless macaron options. Some bakers even infuse macarons with flavors that are distinctly Texan. The below list shows where to get your macaron fix for business or pleasure. We’re also including a map below so our readers can find their closest macaron purveyors.
Artisans, 3201 Louisiana: Though not a regular menu item, the French restaurant does take special orders for single-color macarons with up to 48 hours’ advance notice. Customers can choose from red, pink, green, blue, white, or yellow shells, and opt for the following fillings: pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry. For special orders, there is a 5 dozen minimum for one-inch macarons, which sell for $9 a dozen before tax (a total of $45 for the minimum order, or a very reasonable $1.33 each).
Bite Macarons, 5172 Buffalo Speedway B: Clean, airy and modern, this shop near West University focuses solely on macarons and cakes. Featuring modern flavors likeEarl Grey, Rose, Honey Lavender, and Black Currant with Dipped Chocolate, the spectrum of colors combined with Bite’s chic packaging makes excellent—and delicious—gift options. Macarons sell for $2.25 each, with one dozen at $25 and two dozen for $45.
Common Bond, 1706 Westheimer: Perhaps best known for its bread, viennoiserie and pastries, the chic Montrose bakery’s macarons don’t always get the same attention as Common Bond’s other flaky morsels. The decidedly more colorful desserts come in a variety of flavors, with four mainstays always in the case—vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and tiramisu. Other flavors vary by season—or maybe just by whimsy, mixing of-the-season produce with trendy and classic flavor combinations. Current variations include: mango coconut, lemon lavender, cookie dough, fig & goat cheese, blue cheese & honey and matcha, among others. All macarons are $2.25, regardless of quantity ordered.
Dolce Delights, 3201 Louisiana: A great spot for a quick, sweet pick-me-up in Midtown, the small shop makes a great stop for a midday macaron or after-dinner dessert while walking off dinner. For those who’d like to stay a while, the casual ambience and comfortable chairs mean it’s a great spot to sip on Thai iced tea paired with a classic or seasonal macaron selection. Each macaron sells for $2.25, regardless of quantity.
Foody’s Gourmet,1400 Eldridge, Suite B: Perhaps it’s not surprising that the winners of this year’s Best in Show competition at the Texan French Alliance 2017 Macaron Festival and Competition were the owners of Foody’s Gourmet, who hail from the south of France. That’s where their families have spent three generations in the restaurant business. The dedication to French baking shows in their daily baked goods, which includes eight rotating flavors of macarons made in-house. Each sells for $2, regardless of quantity.
Flo Paris Bakery,5757 Westheimer Rd, Suite 105: The Parisian-style bakery makes its products daily from scratch, and aims to provide customers with the taste and feel of a Paris cafe. In addition to traditional flavors and sizes, Flo Bakery offers a larger ispahan macaron (a blend of raspberries, lychee and rose made famous by Pierre Hermé), which includes a mix of cream and fresh fruit sandwiched between two macaron shells. Regular macarons are sold for $2.25 each; orders of five or more are discounted to $2 a piece. Price varies for larger orders.
The Happy Macaron, Heights Epicurean Farmers Market or by special orders: Rosa Caraglia started her Heights-based macaron business when friends and family encouraged her to sell the treats she’d made at her wedding in 2014. Since then, she’s become a regular at the Heights Epicurean Farmers Market and a favorite neighborhood vendor for parties and events. Though Caraglia won’t return to the market until the fall (macarons don’t do well in Houston’s summer heat and humidity), she continues to take orders and make macarons from her home kitchen via her Facebook page. Singles sell for $2 a piece, while boxes of 6 sell for $10. Catering prices and special orders are priced on request.
Macarons at La Table, 1800 Post Oak, #6110: Evoking a walk through Paris and a stop inside a modern French patisserie, the downstairs bakery at La Table offers many baked goods, but has just one name: Macarons. Among the gray marble and light blue countertop, surrounded by vintage fixtures and an assortment of coffee drinks, guests can choose from the bakery’s classic namesakes in chocolate, vanilla, orange blossom, lemon, pistachio and raspberry. Single macarons sell for$3 each and a box of 5 assorted macarons is $15. A full dozen rings in at $36.
MACARONS by Patisse, multiple locations:The bright and colorful space bills itself as “Houston’s premiere French macaron boutique,” focusing solely on the art of perfecting its gluten-free creations. Each is made in-house, at just 50 calories a piece, so you won’t have to feel bad ordering extra. Those in the mood for something different can opt for a macaron gelato pop or a macaron from the signature series, which includes fresh fruit nestled in cream between a macaron shell. Regular macarons sold individually for $2.25 each; one dozen costs $25, two dozen costs $45 and three dozen costs $65. Specialty macaron costs vary.
Maison Burdissio, various cafes, shops, farmers markets: Macarons are in Jackie Burdissio’s blood. Using a family recipe passed down by her French forebears, her homemade creations have found a popular following in brick and mortars around the city, in addition to farmers markets around the city. Currently, you can find some of theover 60 flavorsproduced at The Honeymoon Cafe and Boomtown Coffee. Each sells the macarons individually and offers three or four flavors that change weekly. On weekends, Houston Dairymaids carries them prepackaged in pairs. The cost is currently $2 each at farmers’ markets, with varying prices at retail shops.Bulk orders and macaron towers are available for catering upon request via the website and the Facebook page.
Mon Chéri Macarons, Farmers Market at Imperial Sugar Land and special orders: Sugar Land residents with a penchant for colorful confections turn toSherry Shao for her rotating menu of macaron flavors.Some favorites include unique options like watermelon, key lime, cotton candy, and birthday cake, in addition to classics such as strawberry, raspberry, lemon, lavender, rose, and pistachio. Find Mon Chéri Macarons at the Farmers Market at Imperial Sugar Land on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., orplace custom orders in advance for any special occasion. Shao posts her newest flavors on Fridays on the Mon Chéri Instagram and Facebook accounts. Individual macarons at the farmers market sell for $2 each. Prices for specialty and catering orders vary.
Paris Sweet Pastry Shop,13505 Westheimer, #8: With over 20 flavors available daily, the Alief-based family bakery offers a cozy spot in North Houston to sample a variety of macarons that satisfy a sweet tooth with subtle flavoring that’s satisfying rather than saccharine. Vietnamese flair adds new flavors and characters to classic macaron repertoire, expanding on traditional French options. Each macaron sells for $1.50 each, regardless of quantity.
Parisian Bakery & Café,9938 Bellaire Boulevard: At this family-owned shop in Bellaire, order a Vietnamese sandwich or puff pastry for lunch, and then follow it up with a classic French macaron (or two). Options include a variety of flavors, including pistachio, vanilla, coffee, lavender with apricot, and coconut with passionfruit, among others. Those who prefer their macarons on-the-go or as gifts can buy them packaged in a gift bag.Macarons sell for $1.25 each, regardless of quantity.
Pâtisserie Paris Je T’aime, 11660 Westheimer, Suite 107A: Though the menu changes daily at this small artisan bakery on the west side, you can always find 10 different types of macarons made in-house. Expect to find classic fruit options in addition to creative flavor combinations in the French tradition, like theaward-winning Marrons Glacés Macaron. Each macaron sold individually for $2.50 each, with a discount for large orders of three dozen or more.
Petite Sweets, 2700 West Alabama: When it comes to Instagram-worthy desserts, the name of this bakery says it all. Along with a variety of treats to sate a sweet tooth, colorful macarons of all shades come in the form of 20 flavors that rotate daily. With an eye toward seasonal and specialty options, there are plenty to choose from whether you’re a classic lemon lover or in the mood for summer’s sour watermelon. Each macaron sells for $2 each, regardless of quantity.
Ooh La La, multiple locations: Ooh La La’s creative repertoire of baked goods is especially notable when it comes to specialty seasonal and holiday macarons—always a plus when hosting a party or looking for the right dessert to gift a host. But traditionalists and classics enthusiasts can always rely on classic standbys like chocolate, raspberry lemon, pistachio or the American-influenced chocolate chip cookie dough and dreamsicle flavors. Macarons sell for $2.25 each, or $27 per dozen.
SWEET, 801 Town and Country Boulevard, Suite A120: As one of the first cafes in Houston to sell macarons, SWEET is a go-to spot for the colorful desserts in Houston. Macarons were a mainstay after the shop opened in 2011 in CityCentre.Everything is made in-house, and there are usually 18-21 flavors on a given day. All macarons are $2 except the S’mores, Tiramisu and Creme Brulee flavors. On Macaron Mondays SWEET offers a deal to “buy three, get one free.”
Sweets By Belen, 6001 Hillcroft (Added 8/1/2017): This is a unique Peruvian and South America bakery that’s relatively new on the scene, having opened in late 2016. All their baked goods are made from scratch. That includes the macarons, of course. Here patrons will find unique versions featuring tropical flavors, such as passion fruit, lucuma (a tropical fruit native to the Andes), mango, guava and chicha morada (Peruvian purple corn). Traditional flavors, such as strawberry, are also available. Single macarons are $2 each while an order of 50 or more gets a price break; the cost per each drops to $1.80.
Updated, 7/18/2022: According to Yelp, this is now closed. Sweets By Jewel: The artistry of cottage baker Jewel Reyes has earned her over almost 44,000 followers on Instagram, which is where the owner says many orders for her macarons come from. She also claims to be the originator of the “giant macaron cake,” or a cake decorated and topped with macarons. Other specialties includegalaxy-, unicorn- and ice cream-themed macarons. During cooler weather, customers can get a first-hand look at Reyes’ fancy little cookies at the farmer’s market on Tamina Road in Magnolia.Prices are 6 for $11 or a dozen for $22.
Tout Suite, 2001 Commerce: This busy cafe in East Downtown (or East of Downtown, or EaDo; take your pick) offers plenty of sweets to pair with coffee, but it’s hard to pass up the macarons beckoning brightly from behind a case as you wait in line. With 19-22 flavors available daily, the macaron menu changes twice a year: in the spring and the fall. In addition to classics like vanilla, chocolate and pistachio, guests will find flavors like creme brulee, s’mores, and fruity pebble. These and many other flavors are all courtesy of Tout Suite’s experimentation, research, development and global bakery inspiration. Looking for a deal? Each macaron regularly costs $2, but on Mondays the cafe offers “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” as part ofMacaron Monday.
Lauren is a food writer and editor with a background in cheese and a penchant for pontificating on the joys of eating and drinking.