Bouchée Patisserie, Post Oak Hotel (Uptown)

The upscale coffee shop Houston needed is in the Post Oak hotel. Bouchée Patisserie serves, “extravagant Parisian-inspired indulgences” per their official tagline, which I can confirm as I enjoyed every second of my visit there.

Located at: 1600 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027

I’ve been to several coffee shop / cafes from all across America to Europe to Central America. Each has to be judged on its own merits because they all offer their own unique vibe.

Bouchée’s vibe? Upscale charm with approachable luxury and contemporary old-world style.

This is what makes coffee shops so interesting. They inspire thought, introspection and wandering conversations. What Amazon did to bookstores, Starbucks hasn’t been able to do with uniquely appointed coffee shops.

A few of my favorite place to enjoy coffee, pastries and company in Houston include the long standing Agora (a traditional Greek inspired coffee shop), the upgraded French Riviera (a French themed cafe), Cafe Epicure (an epicurean cafe) and the patio at Hotel Granduca (currently not open to the public due to Covid-19).

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We are excited to announce that we will be resuming operations Saturday May 2. New hours for the time being will be 9am-10pm everyday. We will go above and beyond in following all rules and regulations issued by Governor Abbott and his task force. Things for the time being will be a little different. Here is what to expect when you visit us. 1. 25% capacity (applies also to the patio) 2. Face covering to enter the establishment will be mandatory for the time being 3. All chairs and tables will be wiped down after each use 4. 1 person at a time will be allowed in the restroom 5. All employees will have there temperatures checked before each shift 6. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout our establishment 7. Condiments for your coffee and pastries will be provided upon request All of our staff have been working very hard to ensure everybody’s safety. Please if you or a family member have been sick lately stay home. We are all in this together. Please send us a message or give us a call with any questions you may have. We can’t wait to serve you. #houstonstrong #supportsmallbusiness #tosmalltofail

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There are several other cafe’s and coffee shops in Houston, but none quite as polished and quaint as Bouchée Patisserie.

Marché is also quite nice, but it along with La Table have been closed since quarantine.

Bouchée Patisserie is located in the luxurious Post Oak Hotel, that just earned the elusive Forbes Magazines Double Five Star Rating.

While you can take the long way through the scenic hotel to enter the elegant cafe, you can also walk through the road facing front door just one door down from Craft F&B.

Pro Tip: There is extremely limited self parking around the hotel so I recommend either valet parking or Ubering to avoid the fuss.

The pâtisserie has indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor patio has two ceiling fans that do their best to counteract Houston’s searing heat, but I don’t recommend mid-day outdoor dining; especially if you are having coffee or gelato.

Fortunately, Bouchée is open Sunday thru Thursday 7 am to 6 pm plus Friday and Saturday from 7 am to 9 pm; so there are plenty of hours where you can dodge some of the heat Houstonian’s love and hate.

If you do sit outdoors then you are not only treated to a pretty patio, but you will also see plenty of cars and pedestrians passing by, as well as, a series of Rolls Royce’s, Bentley’s and other luxury cars parked within view.

The land yachts are part of Bentley of Houston’s inventory whose show room is a few yards away.

This all makes for a unique coffee shop experience that only a luxury compound like the Post Oak Hotel can offer.

Indoors dining is just as luxurious in addition to being cool and comfortable with a beautifully decorated seating area; which includes a clear view of the display case full of pastries, desserts and gelatos.

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I had the mini strawberry opera cake, a vanilla cake topped with pears and covered in a chocolate globe and a cup of drip coffee. My dining partner had a vanilla gelato, a lemon meringue tart and a tea.

My total tab was $30 before tip.

Once I placed our order, we took our seats on the patio and they brought our desserts and drinks to us.

Everything was well executed as expected and to be honest, I really enjoyed the pear dessert. Anytime I see pear or pistachio on a dessert menu, I am going for it and never does either choice fail; unless flavoring is used in place of the real thing, then I feel truly offended.

But that certainly doesn’t apply to Bouchée as they live up to their luxurious persona and deliver a coffee shop experience encapsulated in a high end environment.

It’s a perfect place for a casual, but upscale date or a place to spoil your kids; in any case I suspect you will enjoy it as much as I did.