Bite into fresh-baked goodies at these top bakeries in Greater Houston

Macarons from Common Bond Bakery | Courtesy of Common Bond

Taste your way through the Houston bakery scene at our picks for the top bakeries, panaderias and cafés for sweet treats around Greater Houston.

What better way to start your day than with a fresh-baked pastry and a cup of coffee from one of Houston’s beloved bakeries?

We’ve gathered just a handful of bakeries from the city’s diverse array of sweet and savory purveyors that come from all corners of the globe.

So, prepare your forks for a tour of Houston’s bakery scene—and make sure you arrive early before it’s all sold out.

Top Bakeries Around Greater Houston

Pan dulce galore can be found at one of three El Bolillo Bakery locations | Courtesy of El Bolillo Bakery
  • El Bolillo Bakery at Multiple Locations – Found in Pasadena, along Wayside Drive in Gulfgate, and on Airline in the Heights, the beloved Mexican panadería satisfies any sweet tooth with its pan dulce offerings of colorful, fresh-baked conchas, fruit-filled varieties, cookies, and cakes. Plus, you can bring home seasonal goodies and savory staples like bolillo breads and tortillas. 6am to 10pm daily at all locations.
  • La Sicilia Italian Bakery & Café in Montrose – Dig into classic Sicilian dishes for breakfast and lunch alongside Italian offerings like cannoli, cornetto, bomboloni, cartocci, sfogliatella, pastries and more at this authentic bakery from Chef Diego Chiarello, just a few blocks from Montrose Boulevard. Wednesday to Saturday 8am to 3pm; Sunday 9am to 2pm.
  • Magnol French Baking in Spring Branch – With experience in Michelin-starred kitchens around the world, Salvadoran-born Chef Otto Sanchez returned to his adopted hometown of Houston to open this authentic French bakery in 2019, serving a variety of organic breads, delicate croissants, and pastries packing rich flavors. Tuesday to Friday 8am to 5pm; Saturday 8am to 2pm; Sunday 8am to 1pm.
  • Ms. Myrtle’s Bakery Shoppe in Third Ward – Now in its third decade, the Third Ward bakery (formerly known as Not Jus’ Donuts) continues the legacy of Ms. Myrtle Jackson, who passed away in late 2021. Today, her children carry on the business of cream and fruit-filled cakes, gourmet cupcakes, cookies based on Grandma’s recipes, pies, cheese cakes and more fresh-baked goodies. Hours vary.
  • Bombay Sweets in Sharpstown – At the intersection of Harwin and Hillcroft, Bombay Sweets provides a delicious vegetarian buffet of Indian classics, though its known for the mouth-watering display of take-home sweets like the syrupy gulab jamun, rings of orange jalebi, diamond-shaped burfi, and much more. 10am to 9:30pm daily.
  • Common Bond at Multiple Locations – What began in 2014 on the corner of Dunlavy and Westheimer has grown into several locations across the inner loop area and an expansion into Spring. The bakery, which also provides bistro menus and on-the-go service at various locations, is known for its intricate cakes and pastries, fresh-baked breads, muffins, tarts and macarons. Hours vary by location.
Fresh baked breads from Magnol French Baking | Courtesy of Magnol
  • Moeller’s in Bellaire – Serving Houstonians for more than 90 years, this family-owned bakery specializes in sweet and savory items, including bread rolls and loafs, cheese straws, traditional cakes, a wide range of handmade cookies, pastries, petit fours and pies. Monday to Friday 6:30am to 6:30pm; Saturday 7am to 5pm; closed Sunday.
  • French Gourmet Bakery in River Oaks – For nearly 50 years, Mary and Patrice Ramain have brought generations of French baking tradition to Houstonians through French bread loafs, fluffy croissants, cookies, quiches and other pastries. Make sure you swing by earlier in the day to have at the full selection, as they are prone to sell out of some goodies by the afternoon. Monday to Friday 7:30am to 3pm; Saturday 9am to 3pm; closed Sunday.
  • Kamalan Bakery in Asiatown – With a slate of offerings like Taiwanese pork floss bread; buns that deliver punches of taro, pineapple, and red bean; layer cakes with intricate icing and fresh fruit flavors; and an assortment of smoothies and teas, Kamalan Bakery along Bellaire Boulevard has become a beloved spot for baked goods—and recently has planted an outpost on Westheimer in Montrose. Hours vary by location.
  • Fluff Bake Bar in the Heights – Having worked with chefs like Chris Shepard and Charles Clark, Rebecca Masson set out to open her own bakery on 15th Street in the Heights, which marries the traditional French pastry with her own homemade faves reminiscent of her childhood in Wyoming. Stop by to enjoy classic cookies, specialty fudgy bars packed with things like cookie dough and salted caramel, tarts, pies, cupcakes and more. Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday noon to 6pm.
  • La Guadalupana in Montrose – The family-owned Mexican breakfast staple fills up early on the weekends—and not just for the no-frills plates of familiar faves. The front counter is well-stocked with fresh baked pastries, pan dulce, and delicious cakes that make for a popular early morning stop before the day begins. Tuesday to Sunday 7am to 2pm.
Orange jalebi from Bombay Sweets | Courtesy of Bombay Sweets
  • Azucar in West Houston – Just west of the Galleria area, you’ll find this Cuban bakery and café that serves up pastry classics and authentic Cuban delicacies like mille feuille, tres leches, empanadas, mantecados, danishes and savory Cuban sandwiches and light bites. Monday to Friday 7am to 8pm; Saturday 8am to 7pm; Sunday 8am to 6pm.
  • Three Brothers Bakery at Multiple Locations – Originally opened in Houston in 1949, Three Brothers makes a great place to stop for a midday pick-me-up with hand-roasted coffee and any of the dozens of delectable treats to be found in its counter display. From bagels and bread rolls to pies, stacked cupcakes, and seasonal offers like the towering pumpecapple piecake, this longtime bakery vanquishes any craving. Hours vary by location.
  • King Bakery in Asiatown – In Dun Huang Plaza, this traditional Chinese bakery is known for its simple menu of about a dozen pastries and buns that range from the savory BBQ bun, filled with sauced pork in a soft and toasted bun, to the popular pineapple bun topped with crispy custard. This bakery is cash only. Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 7pm.
  • Rustika Café & Bakery at Multiple Locations – From its original West University spot to outposts in Sugar Land, League City and Friendswood, Rustika is renown for its cake baking, handmade cookies, tasty pastries, pies and custom orders for all kinds of events. What’s more is that they can all be enjoyed after munching on the café’s extensive menu of globally-inspired breakfasts, sandwiches, soups and salads. Hours vary by location.
  • Mademoiselle Louise in Downtown – On the bottom floor of the Skyhouse apartments on Jefferson and Main Streets in Downtown, this traditional French bakery was founded by the Normandy native, Chef Frederick Fortin. In addition to take-home baguettes and foccacia, visitors can dig into savory croissants and other homemade French viennoiseries, along with delicate pastries like eclairs, cakes and pies. Wednesday to Saturday 8am to 4pm; Sunday 9am to 3pm.
The display counter at La Sicilia Italian Bakery & Café | Courtesy of La Sicilia

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.