From ice cream to cocktails, lattes to desserts, we've found the best places in Hong Kong for you to get your matcha hit
Hong Kong is full of great cafes, delightful dessert restaurants and Instagram-worthy ice cream stores, and it’s also mad for matcha. Infused into everything from ramen to yoghurt, the green tea powder has a unique taste and colours anything it touches in a wonderful shade of green. We’ve rounded up our favourite matcha cocktails, ice cream, lattes, tarts and other desserts, so that you can get your fix and harness its powerful antioxidants.
Everything at Nakamura Tokichi Hong Kong Ten
Purveyors of some of the world’s finest matcha goods, Nakamura Tokichi Hong Kong Ten is known for its delicious green tea inventions, and is the first branch of the famed restaurant outside of Kyoto. Sample traditional tea, lattes, parfaits and more at the tea room that blends all of its matcha with a bamboo whisk, the way it is done in Japan.
Want to learn more about matcha? Workshops are often held at Nakamura Tokichi Hong Kong Ten, so be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date.
Nakamura Tokichi Hong Kong Ten, Shop G65, G/F, Mira Place Two, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2796 2538, 尖沙咀彌敦道118-130號美麗華廣場二期地下G65號舖
Matcha Tart at Ce La Vi
The team at Ce La Vi in California Tower go all out when they create desserts, making irresistible offerings that taste divine, and the restaurant’s Matcha Tart is no exception. From inside a buttery shell, the warm molten filling oozes out when cut striking just the right balance of sweet and bitter notes. The dessert is served with 64% Valrhona manjari ice cream, and the intense colour of the tart makes it totally Instagrammable.
Ce La Vi, 25-28/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3700 2300, 中環蘭桂坊德己立街30-32號加州大廈25樓
Matcha Colada at Aqua
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Over in Tsim Sha Tsui, the team at Aqua have developed the way-too-easy-to-drink Matcha Colada cocktail. Using the finest green tea powder sourced from Nishio in Japan, the drink combines Tanqueray no. Ten gin, dark Crème De Cacao, Coco Lopez coconut cream and fresh pineapple to create a tasty summer cocktail; perfect for enjoying that stunning Aqua view.
Aqua also plays with the ingredient in its risotto served with lobster tail, shimeji mushrooms and matcha emulsion and its Matcha Zen Cocktail; check out the video above to see more.
Aqua, 29/F, Penthouse, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 3427 2288, 尖沙咀北京道1號29樓
Green Tea frozen yoghurt at Yo Mama
Perfect for cooling off in the summer heat, the green tea frozen yoghurt from Yo Mama has a subtle taste, with just the right amount of flavour. We love pimping this bad boy up with some red bean and nata de coco to give it just the right amount of Asian flavour, and how cute are those cups?
Yo Mama, Shop 404, 4/F, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2545 3999, 銅鑼灣告士打道311號皇室堡4樓404號舖
Matcha Affogato at Via Tokyo
The Godfather of matcha in Hong Kong, Via Tokyo gets seriously creative when it comes to green tea. If you are looking for total overload, then you can’t go past the matcha affogato, a warm matcha latte served with the house-made matcha ice cream that is crafted from the finest Kyoto green tea and smooth Hokkaido milk. Simply pour the warm drink onto the ice cream and you will be lost in a heaven of green amazingness.
Via Tokyo, Shop 1A-1B, G/F, Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2895 1116, 銅鑼灣禮頓道106-126號禮信大廈地下1A-1B號舖
Matcha Latte at Elephant Grounds
Those looking for a hearty matcha drink in Hong Kong need look no further than Elephant Grounds, a cafe that serves a delicious Japanese Supreme Maccha that is an Instagram favourite. This beautiful green beverage is an excellent coffee substitute for those looking to cut down on their coffee intake, and is always topped off with some stunning latte art.
Elephant Grounds, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, p.2535 7155, 半山堅道61號地舖