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11 Essential Houston Kolache Shops

Savory and sweet pastries galore

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A snack perfect for any occasion
| Ellie Sharp/EHOU

In Texas, there is no pastry more revered than the kolache. Thanks to the Czech immigrants that settled throughout the state in the 1800s, Houston is home to a bounty of kolache shops that serve up pillowy, sweet and savory pastries that can cut right through a hangover and satisfy a serious dough craving.

Whether you’re into kolaches or klobasneks, traditional flavors or something more modern, these 11 Houston pastry purveyors have you covered.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Koala Kolache

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17415 FM 529 Rd
Houston, TX
(281) 859-0883
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Branch out at this bakery newcomer where flavor finds include fillings like cheeseburger, taco, mac & cheese, and cheese grits & egg. The minimally processed goods feature locally sourced ingredients and natural ingredients.

2. Charles' Donut Shop

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1358 W 43rd St
Houston, TX

Though the fillings at this Oak Forest neighborhood hangout aren’t anything extravagant, folks still clamor for the croissant-like breading that lends a tasty alternative to the traditional dough, which is thicker and more firm.

3. Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts

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601 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX
(713) 880-3550
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Create your own dozen with selections like breakfast sausage & cheese, ham & cheese or spicy boudin from this Heights shop famous for its quality ingredients and killer flavor combinations.

4. Christy's Donuts & Kolaches

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1103 W Gray St
Houston, TX
(713) 524-4005
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Finagle a spot in the “cozy” parking lot at this beloved old-timer for fan favorites like kolaches stuffed with boudin or jalapenos plus classics of meat, egg and cheese. Finish off with a donut, because you can and to balance out all that sodium with a sugar rush.

5. River Oaks Donut Shop

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3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A
Houston, TX
(713) 961-9458
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You could drive over an hour to sink your teeth into authentic kolaches from Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse in El Campo, or you can swing by this local spot that features a variety of selections for the aforementioned mainstay including sausage, sausage & cheese, sausage, cheese & jalapeno and bite-sized sausage & cheese “piglets.” Additional choices feature egg-based fillings with cheese, bacon, and potato or go outside the box with a whole-wheat variation stuffed with spinach and feta.

6. Olde Towne Kolaches

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8821 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 781-7144
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Pick from a robust menu of fruit, cream cheese, and fruit/cheese combinations of Czech kolaches in options like apricot, apple, poppyseed and strawberry or go for Tex-Czech varieties featuring Eckrich meats. Savory selections include the standard sausage, bacon and ham versions plus spinach, egg & cheese, ranchero and fajita.

7. Shipley Do-Nuts

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12403 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 589-3292
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Just like their sweet donut counterparts, the kolaches here enjoy a fierce following from locals and grace many an office kitchen across the city. Look for ham and cheese, sausage and cheese, plain sausage and jalapeno.

Shipley Donuts
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8. Kolache Shoppe

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3945 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX
(713) 626-4580
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Thanks to a loyal clientele and top-notich product, this nearly 50-year-old bakery has stood the test of time and remained in the same location for decades. The goods here are prepped fresh daily and include more than 25 sweet, savory, meaty and vegetarian varieties featuring classic combos, Polish sausage, venison and brisket plus seasonal and holiday recipes.

9. The Original Kolache Shoppe

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5404 Telephone Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 649-0711
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Find less common varieties like pastrami and roast beef with bacon, cheese and jalapenos, pastrami with bacon and cheese, and two kinds of fajita meat with cheese alongside expected sausage favorites at this Houston mainstay. In business since 1956, The Original Kolache Shoppe also serves sweet offerings with a variety of fruits, cheese and poppyseeds.

10. Pena's Donut Heaven & Grill

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11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste 103
Pearland, TX
(713) 340-3231
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Heading on a day trip to Pearland, or just live nearby? Pick up provisions including chorizo and egg, boudain or brisket stuffed kolaches a this family run diner that also offers typical varieties of sausage and cheese, ham and cheese, and sausage, cheese and jalapeno — a drive through window makes snagging nibbles extra simple.

11. Donald's Donuts

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1428 Bayport Blvd.
Seabrook, TX
(284) 474-2533
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Don’t miss this destination in Seabrook where the soft croissant-style breading hugs sausage sourced from Chappell Hill and signature mild & spicy boudain. Additional flavors include ham and cheese, plain sausage or sausage and cheese or sausage, cheese and jalapeno; the latter two are available in regular or large sizes.

1. Koala Kolache

17415 FM 529 Rd, Houston, TX

Branch out at this bakery newcomer where flavor finds include fillings like cheeseburger, taco, mac & cheese, and cheese grits & egg. The minimally processed goods feature locally sourced ingredients and natural ingredients.

17415 FM 529 Rd
Houston, TX

2. Charles' Donut Shop

1358 W 43rd St, Houston, TX

Though the fillings at this Oak Forest neighborhood hangout aren’t anything extravagant, folks still clamor for the croissant-like breading that lends a tasty alternative to the traditional dough, which is thicker and more firm.

1358 W 43rd St
Houston, TX

3. Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts

601 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Create your own dozen with selections like breakfast sausage & cheese, ham & cheese or spicy boudin from this Heights shop famous for its quality ingredients and killer flavor combinations.

601 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX

4. Christy's Donuts & Kolaches

1103 W Gray St, Houston, TX

Finagle a spot in the “cozy” parking lot at this beloved old-timer for fan favorites like kolaches stuffed with boudin or jalapenos plus classics of meat, egg and cheese. Finish off with a donut, because you can and to balance out all that sodium with a sugar rush.

1103 W Gray St
Houston, TX

5. River Oaks Donut Shop

3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A, Houston, TX

You could drive over an hour to sink your teeth into authentic kolaches from Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse in El Campo, or you can swing by this local spot that features a variety of selections for the aforementioned mainstay including sausage, sausage & cheese, sausage, cheese & jalapeno and bite-sized sausage & cheese “piglets.” Additional choices feature egg-based fillings with cheese, bacon, and potato or go outside the box with a whole-wheat variation stuffed with spinach and feta.

3601 Westheimer Rd Ste A
Houston, TX

6. Olde Towne Kolaches

8821 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

Pick from a robust menu of fruit, cream cheese, and fruit/cheese combinations of Czech kolaches in options like apricot, apple, poppyseed and strawberry or go for Tex-Czech varieties featuring Eckrich meats. Savory selections include the standard sausage, bacon and ham versions plus spinach, egg & cheese, ranchero and fajita.

8821 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

7. Shipley Do-Nuts

12403 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
Shipley Donuts
Shipley Donuts

Just like their sweet donut counterparts, the kolaches here enjoy a fierce following from locals and grace many an office kitchen across the city. Look for ham and cheese, sausage and cheese, plain sausage and jalapeno.

12403 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

8. Kolache Shoppe

3945 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX

Thanks to a loyal clientele and top-notich product, this nearly 50-year-old bakery has stood the test of time and remained in the same location for decades. The goods here are prepped fresh daily and include more than 25 sweet, savory, meaty and vegetarian varieties featuring classic combos, Polish sausage, venison and brisket plus seasonal and holiday recipes.

3945 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX

9. The Original Kolache Shoppe

5404 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX

Find less common varieties like pastrami and roast beef with bacon, cheese and jalapenos, pastrami with bacon and cheese, and two kinds of fajita meat with cheese alongside expected sausage favorites at this Houston mainstay. In business since 1956, The Original Kolache Shoppe also serves sweet offerings with a variety of fruits, cheese and poppyseeds.

5404 Telephone Rd
Houston, TX

10. Pena's Donut Heaven & Grill

11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste 103, Pearland, TX

Heading on a day trip to Pearland, or just live nearby? Pick up provisions including chorizo and egg, boudain or brisket stuffed kolaches a this family run diner that also offers typical varieties of sausage and cheese, ham and cheese, and sausage, cheese and jalapeno — a drive through window makes snagging nibbles extra simple.

11601 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste 103
Pearland, TX

11. Donald's Donuts

1428 Bayport Blvd., Seabrook, TX

Don’t miss this destination in Seabrook where the soft croissant-style breading hugs sausage sourced from Chappell Hill and signature mild & spicy boudain. Additional flavors include ham and cheese, plain sausage or sausage and cheese or sausage, cheese and jalapeno; the latter two are available in regular or large sizes.

1428 Bayport Blvd.
Seabrook, TX

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