With its vibrant green colour, distinctive taste, and versatility in both food and drinks, it's no surprise that matcha has become a big hit in London. From traditional tea-drinking experiences to innovative desserts, there are lots of ways to get your matcha fix in the capital. If you're a devotee of the green stuff and are wondering where you can get the finest drinks and treats in the city, we've got some great tips for you. This is our guide to the best matcha in London.
Guide to the best matcha in London
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The best places for matcha in London
- How Matcha – Green drinks in pink surroundings
- Tsujiri – Choice of matcha treats
- Tombo – Japan in South Kensington
- Noxy Brothers – Much-loved matcha lattes
- Matcha Venture – Creative matcha drinks
- Katsute100 – All about Japanese tea
- Tab x Tab – Brunch, coffee, matcha drinks
- Soft Serve Society – Exciting soft serve
- WA Café – Japanese patisserie treats
- Café Kitsuné – Café for fusion food
- Shibuya Soho – Feel at home
- Omotesando Koffee – Minimalist coffee shop
- Machiya – Japanese food all day
- Kova Patisserie – Sweet Japanese treats
- Jenki – Making matcha a big deal
- Kuro Coffee – Expertly-crafted matcha drinks
- Blank Street Coffee – New York coffee shop
- Milk Train – Original ice creams
The best places for matcha in London
Green drinks in pink surroundings
Matcha truly is a passion at How Matcha. You can sample the ingredient in lots of different ways, from hot or cold drinks to cakes, cookies, and brownies. This buzzy Marylebone café has a contemporary look and, despite serving green drinks and food, it's decorated in cute shades of pink.
Choice of matcha treats
Japanese teas and desserts are available at Tsujiri. This place is renowned for its matcha products - get a soft serve ice cream, sundae, or ice cream float, try a matcha chocolate tart, or various hot or cold matcha drinks. You can also buy powder to drink at home. The space has a slick and modern design.
Japan in South Kensington
Award-winning café Tombo gives you the feel of Japan without leaving London. It's a peaceful space that serves Japanese cuisine and teas, including plenty of matcha. If you're hungry, sushi, noodles, and donburi are served, as well as desserts and ice cream. Matcha fanatics can try their favourite ingredient in ice cream, shaved ice, cakes, and hot or cold drinks.
Much-loved matcha lattes
There's a real passion for coffee at Noxy Brothers but that's not all that's available. Running a few modern coffee spots around town, this place is also well-known for its matcha lattes. Food is available at this trendy venue too. You can try pastries and mini cakes or bagels with delicious sweet or savoury fillings.
Creative matcha drinks
Brick Lane's Matcha Venture is serving up some of the city's finest matcha. This friendly and creative venue serves premium matcha sourced from Japan, with lots of ways for you to enjoy it. Try a matcha latte, iced drinks, or imaginative options like a matcha slushie. Sweet baked treats are also available to complement the drinks.
All about Japanese tea
At Katsute100 you'll find a bustling Japanese tea room and boutique. Various types of Japanese tea are available here, including matcha. Shop here for tea, sake, whisky, and gift items, or stop for a drink. Matcha is available as a latte, in hot chocolate, or affogato. Matcha snacks are served, like scones, cookies, cheesecake, and brownies.
Brunch, coffee, matcha drinks
West London café Tab x Tab specialises in coffee and brunch, but that's not all it has to offer. This place is also known for serving a number of matcha drinks, with hot and iced options available. This modern spot has industrial stylings and is also a popular space for working remotely.
Exciting soft serve
If you prefer your matcha in ice cream form, head over to Soft Serve Society. This vibrant ice cream shop serves sundaes, cones, and drinks in all sorts of exciting flavours. They look good enough for Instagram too. Try matcha soft serve, a matcha sundae with mochi balls, iced or hot matcha drinks, or a matcha cookie.
Japanese patisserie treats
WA Café is a patisserie that combines French techniques and unique Japanese flavours. There are a few peaceful and minimalist locations dotted around the city. Plenty of imaginative treats are served here, including lots flavoured with matcha. Try a green Swiss roll, tiramisu, mochi pan, melon pan, or gateau here. Many of these treats are vegetarian and halal-friendly.
Café for fusion food
Part of Pantechnicon, Café Kitsuné is a Japanese-French fusion café. The space is relaxing and modern with an outside terrace. Takeaways are available too. At this venue you can try sandwiches, pastries, treats, and hot drinks. Matcha drinks are served, as well as blondies and cookies that incorporate the ingredient.
Feel at home
Shibuya Soho specialises in Japanese cuisine and tempting desserts. The space is minimalist and homey with wood panelling. Matcha shaved ice and croffles are served here, as well as matcha lattes and other hot and cold drinks. Savoury hot food like noodles and curry rice is also on the menu.
Minimalist coffee shop
The Fitzrovia location of Asian coffee chain Omotesando Koffee has a calming minimalist style, decorated with light wood. This design-centric spot serves drinks from a central cubicle. Of course, coffee is a popular choice, but the place has a serious reputation for its matcha. Hot and iced matcha drinks are on the menu.
Japanese food all day
Japanese restaurant Machiya is located in the heart of the city. This all-day venue serves classic Japanese dishes in a bright and modern environment. Matcha fans had better save room for dessert – after trying a katsu curry or donburi, you can tuck into matcha ice cream mochi, mille crepes, or a matcha and white chocolate fondant.
Sweet Japanese treats
There are a number of branches of Kova Patisserie around the city. These modern and bold venues serve indulgent Japanese desserts and hot drinks. You can also get unique celebration cakes here. Sample a hot or iced matcha drink or try matcha bubble tea. You can also eat your matcha in the form of shortcake, tiramisu, and mille crepe.
Making matcha a big deal
Focusing on all things matcha, Jenki is a sleek and modern spot that aims to make the green stuff as popular as coffee. Everything available here is focused on matcha, with takeaways also available. You can try sweet snacks like cookies and blondies with matcha, or a wide variety of hot and cold matcha drinks.
Expertly-crafted matcha drinks
Kuro runs a number of minimalist venues in London serving food, drinks, and fresh bakes inspired by Japan. Visit Kuro Coffee if you fancy some matcha – this venue is a coffee specialist but is also known for its traditional matcha drinks, prepared with care and precision. Pastries and sandwiches are also available here.
New York coffee shop
New York transplant Blank Street Coffee now operates numerous coffee shops around London. These buzzy modern venues source the finest coffee from around the world but other drinks are on the menu too. Hot and iced matcha drinks are available here, with sandwiches and sweet or savoury pastries to go with them.
Original ice creams
Milk Train serves up seriously imaginative ice creams that come with a candy-floss cloud – no wonder they've been a big hit on social media. Fittingly looking like a rather futuristic train, you can sample inspiring and original ice creams in a whole load of flavours, with matcha being a favourite.