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.
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).
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.
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.