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Today I want to share the 15 dessert cafe you would totally fall in love with! (Because who doesn't crave sweets right?) If you haven't checked out my Monthly Favorites, please do.
Without further ado, let's get right into it!
1. Milk & Cookies
A familiar photo? Yes! I uploaded on my Instagram yesterday for a sneak peek for today's post :)
On the left, I ordered two scoops of lavender honey ice cream and on the right, it's one scoop of blueberry cheesecake! Two scoop is a lot, one is enough. Both of them were so delicious and rich in taste! They were really sweet as well. Milk & cookies flavored ice cream was my first choice (but they said they are all sold out - I went 1 hour before it was about to close; maybe I'm gonna go early next time). They also sell just made croissants and other various bread. You can park in the front.
2. Sweet Paris
This dessert place is nicely decorated. I usually go to the one in Rice Village, but they are also located in City Centre as well. Sweet Paris is popular mainly for their sugary crepes. My favorite is probably with Nutella & strawberries.
Fun fact is they also sell meals! What?! Basically, think as a sandwich but instead of ingredients between two slices of bread, they are placed inside the crepe. At first, I thought it was a weird combination. However, after I tried it, I couldn't resist but wanted to go back. The fluffy texture of crepe makes everything more delicious. Seriously, you must try it if you haven't eaten before. My favorites are chicken Alfredo and prosciutto savory crepes.
3. Dolce Delights
This small café is adorable! Great place for a date with a friend, boyfriend, or a girlfriend. When you pass by this place, you can’t but notice how bright their exterior and interior is. Then you will wonder “where is that?” “I want to try! “.. and I did. It was totally worth it, want to go back!
Basically, once you go in, you will see a lot of various cakes and macarons. They are so colorful; you would want to snapchat it. I ordered this cake called crush on you, and it was tasteful and soft! It was so good, I wanted another one.
On the side, they sell phone cases and they have a decorated wall where I think it’s a photo zone.
The chairs are huge but seats are hard. So, it’s comfortable but not that comfy at the same time (if you get what I mean).
The parking can be a bit difficult. There is a garage for free public parking right next to it, but normally there are full. The first floor is for valet parking, so go to 2-4th floors.
4. The Teahouse & Tapioca
My go-to teahouse is this one on the Westheimer road. They also have one in the memorial drive. Memorial one is quiet, with lesser people, and they close early. Westheimer one on the other hand, is loud, packed with college students. There are normally two types of people in this teahouse. You are either there to study or to chill while playing board games with your friends. YES, the fact that they have board games and free Wi-Fi makes everyone to stay longer until it closes. There are actually only few games to play out of all they have because either they take too long or they don’t have the directions inside the game. They close at 12am on weekdays, and 2am on weekends.
They have a lot of tea, smoothie, and others to choose from. They offer free popcorn. You can also buy chips and cookies in the front as well.
They have a point system linked to your phone number. Every time you buy a drink the points save up. Later, you can get free drink with the points. Also, you can get 5-10% off on your purchase if you play Pokémon. If you are level 10 or less, you will get 5% off, 11 or up, you will get 10%.
Once you go in, you will see long tables in the front, 4 sets of small round tables in the middle, couches and more long tables at the back.
The parking is not bad at all since they share the parking with the people in the plaza.
5. Bite Macarons
Tiny little café in West University. Normally I don’t see a lot of people actually sitting here to eat macarons, I see more who take them out. I am one of the people who to-go the macarons. Their interior & decoration is pretty and adorable, as the other dessert café. They have a lot of macaron flavors to choose from. If you order 6 of them, it’s $15, a dozen it’s $25. (this is the one I always get). They have macaron tree where macarons are decorated in a tree shape.
All the flavors were good except, the chocolate and the pumpkin. (I was craving macarons so bad, I ate all of these 12 in a day and got sick for few days; so, don’t do it!)
Parking isn’t bad, since the place is inside a plaza where everyone is supposed to share the huge parking lot.
6. Red Mango
This frozen yogurt place is in City Centre right next to the fountain area and Ruggles Green! Red mango used to be in Rice Village as well, but I think they closed. Although I know them as a frozen yogurt place, they also have smoothies, parfaits, and juices. I haven’t tried them yet, but I like their frozen yogurt! I also like their logo. It’s simple and easy to remember, and I think it goes along with the name “Red Mango”.
One of the frozen yogurt places I used to go the most! This one is located at the Weslayan road. Although I normally get the basic plain yogurt with few toppings, they have a lot of flavors and toppings to choose from. I like how they often change up the flavors. So when you go in, you will be like “ooh, there’s a new flavor, let’s try it”.
They have a rewards program where you accumulate 50 smiles, you will get $5 rewards. It’s called smiles not points because the reward program is called Smileage! (Isn’t it cute)
They also have #MenchiesMonday, where on Mondays after 8pm, you can get as much as you want and it’s going to cost you $5 no matter how heavy your frozen yogurt weighs. At first I thought it was a good chance, but later I realized, I don’t even get $5 worth frozen yogurt; I normally get $3 amount. This concept seems like you are getting advantage, but unless you eat a bunch it doesn’t really benefit you. (just saying)
8. Tutti Frutti
Another small frozen yogurt place located in Montrose. I actually never heard of Tutti Frutti until I found it near my workplace and decided to give it a try. Honestly, I prefer Menchies or Red Mango better. The reason was because it was really sweet. I felt disgusted. Also, because it was a small store, there were not a lot of flavors to choose from. I think other stores might have more flavors, but the Montrose area one doesn't.
9. Marble Slab Creamery
I went to this place inside the memorial mall. Totally loved it! Though their ice cream is a bit pricey, I think the texture and taste makes up to it. It definitely tastes better than any other ice cream. It has it’s own rich flavor to it which I really love. I am going to try again next time. The flavor I got was strawberry!
10. Caffe Bene
Small café opened last year in downtown Houston! I love the fact that this place opened up, but because finding parking isn’t easy around here, I don’t go here often. I actually wrote a blog post about this place, click here to read! But yeah, they have a lot of shaving ice to choose from as well as beverages and pastries. I love their ambience. If you sign up for their rewards membership thingy (its free), you get text messages for free or discounts on the desserts which is awesome!
11. Class 502
The rolling ice cream shop in Bellaire! The staffs there are all wearing school uniforms which is their brand concept. If you go during the late evening in weekends, there’s probably a long line. Try going early or during the weekdays. Basically, as you have seen before, it looks like this (photo below). I think this place’s hype is more about how they make rather than the taste. Maybe it was just me, but it tasted like cheap ice cream. (the $2 ones where you used to eat when you are a kid) But still, I think if you haven’t been there, it’s interesting watching how they make it.
12. Nu Cafe
Shaving ice café! This place is also located in Bellaire and usually crowded during the weekends. Basically, you select which size, flavor, and toppings you want, check the boxes on the paper, and hand it to the cashier. Once you are done paying, they will call your number and you will be able to pick up your dessert!
The shaving ice cream was actually really delicious, and it is a good place to hang out with your friends!
This French ice cream shop has its own spin to it. They decorate their ice cream in rose shapes. I thought it was really cool; I got the macaron rose one. I didn’t know until I got the ice cream, but you can get as many pedals of ice cream flavors you want. I only got two, but on the menu, it says you can get as much as you want. The waffles are so delicious as well. Waffles with whip cream & ice cream…OMG.
Their interior is nice, there is not a lot of place to sit inside, as well as outside. They do have limited space, but you can always walk around since its inside the River Oaks district area.
I definitely want to go back here, just to try other flavors of ice cream as well.
14. KungFu Tea
Another bubble tea place in midtown. It’s a small café, but they still have couches on the right and tables on the left. I don’t see much people actually staying at the shop, most of them just take out the drinks. They have their stamp reward card where when you buy 10 times, the next one is free!
Since this place is located 5min from my work (walking distance), I got the 11th free. Now that I think about it, the stamp card definitely does its role by making people wanting to get that free bubble tea… Another part is they don’t accept credit cards under $5. I think it’s stupid, and that is probably my main reason I am not going back. If you go with a friend, pay together, it’s fine. But if you go alone, and even if you add tapioca, it will be under $5. Then, you will get frustrated and don’t know what to do. (I would just let them charge $5 + tax thinking I gave them tip)
But I like their tapioca; it's chewy! :P
This place is where they make nitrogen ice cream! I remember people were all hyped because of its unique way of making it. They have a lot to choose, which can be slightly overwhelming. We got the creations: strawberry bond & quantum coffee. Ice cream always tend to melt, so I like how they gave it inside the cup. The portion is huge; it is difficult to finish the whole thing because it’s sweet. I think one is enough to share for two people. I also remember the price was a bit higher than I thought it would be. But definitely try the place if you haven’t!
So there it is, the 15 dessert cafe I want to share with!
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