Tired of all the macchiatos, black coffees and lattes? Go for a cup of matcha.
Minus the caffeine crash, matcha has a significant amount of health benefits, including being rich in antioxidants to boost a natural glow in skin and help reduce stress. Matcha is a type of green tea but differs from its parent by grinding the tea leaves rather than infusing them in water. Convinced? Try these spots the next time you’re looking for your matcha fix in Hong Kong.
Self-explanatory, hence its name! Matchali is Hong Kong’s first home-grown contemporary concept store serving ceremonial grade matcha. The store provides a wide variety of matcha, from its original matcha latte ($50) to unique innovations such as purple lemonade matcha ($60) and a personal favourite, Matcha Chai Latte ($55). Whilst the store does not serve soya milk, it offers plenty of other alternatives like almond and oat milk as well as boosters shots such as collagen or CBD drops. The CBD drops are designed to amplify the serenity faster and are made to be absorbed 4 times faster than alternatives.
Matchali, Shop 200D, Level 2, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 9880 7661
Founded in 2013, Elephant Grounds has become a local favourite with various shops around the city and even across Asia. The vibrant, green-pigmented matcha here means there a higher concentrate of L-theanine, which provides for a sweeter taste. Their matcha latte ($60), can be enjoyed hot or cold, indicates a high-quality ceremonial grade. With an optional shot of CBD, this local favourite is definitely a spot to check out.
Elephant Grounds, various locations including Shop 705, 7/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3468 2669
This famous Kyoto-chain coffee shop is known for its beautiful, minimalist store design. For matcha enthusiasts, % Arabica’s matcha latte (cold) ($60) is made from its self-produced matcha powder. If you like the bitter taste of matcha, this drink is made for you. For those wanting a more creamier flavour, try the hot matcha latte instead.
% Arabica, various locations including G/F, 28 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2326 4598
Also originally from Japan, Teakha’s tea leaves are sourced by their sister brand, Plantation by teakha. This tea house is inspired by the brews that are popular among street cultures around the world. Their matcha soy latte ($62) creates a bittersweet texture with the creamy milk and potent matcha. They also have a sparkling matcha with Yuzu honey that’s worth trying!
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2858 9185
Although a popular dessert shop, the matcha latte ($42) includes latte art representing the patterns and colours of Japan. For those that wish to try other matcha-infused nibbles, there are plenty of options including matcha soft serve, matcha roll cake and a matcha cheesecake among others.
Via Tokyo, various locations including G/F, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2895 1116
Made to resemble a snow-capped Mount Fuji, similar to the viral TikTok Dalgona coffee, the matcha latte ($60) at The Coffeeology almost overflows the glass with a creamy texture of the milk for a sweeter finish. A bite of the soft matcha cheesecake will be a perfect accompaniment to the umami-packed brew.
The Coffeeology, G/F, 12 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2898 8805
NOC is short for Not Only Coffee and the matcha latte ($50) here is made from premium Kyoto Uji matcha powder with a smooth, buttery textures that tastes exceptionally sweet with its latte art.
NOC, various locations including, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 3611 5300
Originating from Tokyo, this minimalist, calm coffee shop is designed with two separate counters: the classic Mameya counter, a replica of the original in Omotesando Tokyo, and its signature cube coffee bar counter. The matcha latte ($60), comes with a beautiful tulip pattern on top, is quite milky at first sip but rounds out with a slight natural bitterness.
Omotesando Koffee, G/F, Shop 24-25, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2601 3323
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