The 10 Best Macarons in Houston

Categories: Sweets, Top 10

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Macarons are popping up all over the place, but we have the ten best places to buy the French treats.
We've written about macarons, noted their rising popularity over cupcakes and have suggested them as holiday treats or gifts for friends and family. But we have never ranked the ten best macarons in Houston.

Our great city has a multitude of shops selling the French cookies and it's no secret why they are appearing everywhere. Macarons are made from almond flour, egg whites and sugar; once they're baked and cooled, a thin spread of ganache, buttercream, fruit jams or preserves is sandwiched between two cookies of the same size. Macarons take much skill and practice to create. But when they're done right, the result is magnificent.

People travel all the way to Paris just to try the macarons at Ladurée, one of the most popular patisseries in the world. Over the past few years, America has embraced the macaron craze and brought the French treat across the ocean. To help you find the best of the best in the Bayou City, here are the ten best macaron shops in Houston.

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Macarons at Petite Sweets are bright and colorful and each bite is like a sugary explosion.
10. Petite Sweets
It's slightly ironic that the macarons at Petite Sweets are a bit bigger than most of the other treats in the display case. But you don't see us complaining about the larger portions. The macarons come in a variety of vibrant, bright colors just as all of Petite Sweets' desserts do. Don't expect to find standard French macaron flavors like lavender and rose, though. This West Alabama bakery stocks its shelves with American flavors: S'mores, mint chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter, red velvet cake and cotton candy. Just a warning: You might get an overwhelming rush of sugar with one bite, but that's a good thing.
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I just can't get enough of that hazelnut macaron from Foody's Gourmet.

9. Foody's Gourmet
You know the macarons are popular at this store when there are only three flavors left at 5 o'clock on a weekday. Foody's Gourmet is a French bakery specializing in classic Parisian pastries and desserts. While the French baguettes, strawberry tarts and Napoleons are tempting, don't leave without a macaron. The first thing you will notice is the excellent "feet" on each cookie (the ruffled circumference), so you know it's well-crafted. Once you bite into it, you discover the soft, fluffy interior, which melts in your mouth. The hazelnut macaron (one of the best flavors) is topped with a hazelnut powder and filled with a smooth cream similar to a caramel spread.
8. Maison Burdisso
It sucks when you can get incredible macarons only twice a week. Maison Burdisso sets up shop at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Eastside on Saturdays and the Rice University Farmers Market on Tuesdays. The Parisian macaron vendor always brings a wide range of exotic and classic flavors. Purchase a traditional vanilla bean almond sandwich cookie and a not-so-typical bananas foster macaron at the same time. No matter which flavor you get, the pastry will be sweet and chewy, just as a macaron should be.
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Ganache Dessert Bar also sells its macarons at Ba Mien Bistro.

7. Ganache Dessert Bar
If you ate a macaron at Ganache Dessert Bar without looking at the treat or knowing its flavor, your taste buds could easily tell you what it is. Pastry chef Michael Jones has perfected the transformation of common and distinct flavors like green tea and cafe sua da into a French delicacy. Kaitlin Steinberg ranked Ganache Dessert Bar's macarons as her No. 57 favorite dish in 2013, saying that "Every single one of the dozens of macarons I've tried at Ganache is 1. Beautiful; 2. Delicious; and 3. Structurally Sound."

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Location Info

Petite Sweets

2700 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Foody's Gourmet

1400 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Urban Harvest Eastside Farmer's Market

3000 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: General

Ganache Dessert Bar

9305 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bite Macarons

5172 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Dolce Delights

3201 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Common Bond

1706 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Oui Desserts

3411 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Macaron by Patisse

2033 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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17 comments
akhan26
akhan26

Seriously, guys if you have not tried macaron by patisse, don't bother. They're WAYoverrated. They taste nothing like what they're supposed to. In fact, if u buy a dozen, you won't know what you're supposed to be tasting because they lack flavor. Not only that, but they cost more just because they're off w. Grey and are smaller in size. You're better off getting them at central market if actually like patisse's macarons. Although I don't know who patisse is considering the owners are Indian. The writer of this article clearly is friends with the owners because it does NOT deserve to be #1. Petite Sweets and even aräya and arroyo are better. Try petite sweets because they taste better, are bigger and they are flavored as they are supposed to be. Also, I'm not sure if you guys have ever tried to eat a macaron by patisse the next day, they're awful! Their consistency changed and they start falling apart. That's never happened to me anywhere else. Waste of money.

akhan26
akhan26

Such bullcrap, macarons by patisse is the crappiest macaron around town!! Their flavors taste like nothing, they charge more and their mavarons are smaller!! B.S. The writer is clearly best friends with the owners or something cause they're nasty! You might as well buy them at central market.

Petite Sweets
Petite Sweets

We do have lavender macarons - not daily - but we had them several times last week! Come check us out! Thanks for including us! Anytime you need photos, let us know...we have some great ones!

Kristi Arroyo
Kristi Arroyo

Absolutely! In celebration of the healing of your extraction, lol.

Giovanna Pineda
Giovanna Pineda

Kristi Arroyo I've only tried 2 of these; let's get to work!!! Hahaha

Kim Gandy
Kim Gandy

Dionella were we talking about petite sweets last night?

Elisa Loper
Elisa Loper

When I saw this the other day, I was happy to see the one we visited made spot 1. This will definitely be a summer hit list.

Evelyn Arevalo
Evelyn Arevalo

Every body jumped on the wagon ... I started the trend. Richard Lopez

laurentamale
laurentamale

The one time I tried Patisse, the macarons were burned. No idea how you could rank her higher than anyone else on the list, or even Sweet which was overlooked.

jimbo1126
jimbo1126

I don't know why I thought Macaron by Patisse was a clothing boutique. I am so there. 

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