7 Matcha Lattes to Try in the Tokyo Area
Actually, matcha isn't some sort of special drink, and you can find it in many cafes around Japan. If you mix bitter matcha powder with milk then it becomes much easier to drink. Today try taking a matcha break instead of a coffee break! Here are some cafes where people who have never had matcha before can easily try it.
Feb 07 2016 (Sep 09 2020)
1. nana’s green teaThis popular Japanese cafe chain has many branches, so you can easily stop by one during your travels. They offer many drinks and parfaits using matcha, Japanese tea, and red bean, at very reasonable prices. For example, their basic matcha latte is 430 yen. The fragrant matcha goes well with the milk. You can also get drinks to take out, so you can enjoy this hot drink as you walk around in the cold winter.
HP: www.nanasgreentea.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Maru Building B1F, 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Yojiya Cafe [Shibuya]Mr.Sai/flickr
Did you know that Yojiya, the Kyoto brand famous for oil blotting sheets, has a cafe? The latte art made with matcha powder has visual impact, and their matcha cappuccino is their most popular drink. Even though the matcha is very rich, it's very easy to drink. They also have many drinks, so it's a perfect place to take a rest. There's also a branch in Haneda Airport.
HP: www.yojiyacafe.com/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B1F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
3. Kagurazaka Cha-an Honten [Kagurazaka]This simple matcha latte is made with nothing but Japanese matcha and milk. The sweetness comes from the brown sugar syrup from the Okinawan island Hateruma. Its richness makes the fragrance of the matcha powder stand out even more. The renovated 2-story building was originally an apartment building, so the store interior is also very stylish and calming.
HP: www.saryo.jp/kagurazaka.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 5-9 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. Kosoan [Jiyuugaoka]kush**/flickr
If you want to take a break, this is the place to go as it's in an old residence and has a beautiful garden that you can gaze at as you enjoy your drink. You can get a matcha au lait both hot or cold. Your drink also comes with wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets. Having to take off your shoes before you enter helps bring you into the traditional atmosphere. There are old tea ceremony tools decorating the interior, so if you like antiques, you should stop by!
HP: kosoan.co.jp/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-24-25 Jiyuugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
5. Tokyo Disneyland [Maihama, Chiba]This is a must-have for Disney fans! This winter-only matcha latte has cute hearts and a Mickey head floating in it. At the bottom of the drink are plenty of red beans. This sweet matcha latte is a very popular drink for those who want to warm themselves up in the cold winter.
HP: www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/fantasy/tdr/menu/dsdelights/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba (Google Map)
6. Kayaba Coffee [Yanaka]HAMACHI!/flickr
This retro cafe was originally established in 1916. It's a cafe that's beloved by many people, from the neighborhood regulars to foreign tourists. Their drink and food menu is very wide, and the matcha latte is just one popular drink. There is a tatami area on the second floor that is extremely comfortable, so if you go up there you might find yourself staying longer than you expected to.
HP: kayaba-coffee.com/top.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 6-1-29 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
7. ZENCha' fe [Nihonbashi]
This cafe has plenty of drinks made with matcha. The fluffy matcha au lait and the green tea are particularly popular. You can also enjoy their food menu and the easy atmosphere while using their free WiFi.
HP: zenchafe.co.jp/index1.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-11-2 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.