Having been around and back again, matcha specialists Matchali returns to Central with a six month pop-up at IFC. 

If you’re a fan of matcha, you’d know about Matchali. The Hong Kong home-grown contemporary tea brand is founded by cousins Laura Li and Cara Li and favourited for its antioxidant-packed beverages made with ceremonial grade matcha — a superfood boosted with calming abilities and a clear-headed energy — while remaining true to traditional tea rituals.

Adding on to its previous post at Pacific Place, the IFC pop-up — a cosy triangular pavilion with a standing bar and laid-back seating — brings along classic crowd favourites, including the matcha latte, traditional hand-whisked matcha, among other matcha-infused treats: dipped croissants and canèles. It also marks the first introduction of the brand’s sustainable zero-waste program with the design addition of two composting bins. The composted waste will then be recycled into nutrient-rich soil through a partnership with the Eco Community Promotion Association.

Matchali’s traditional beverages are a guilt-free pick-me-up on afternoons that require an energy boost with customisable options of added shots like collagen, CBD drops or superfoods including Ashwagandha, a medicinal herb that reduces anxiety and stress, or the vitamin C- packed Camu Camu. The original creations — naturally full of nutrients; minimal levels of sweeteners — are tasty thirst-quenchers too. The kind you won’t mind having double, or triple glasses of.

matchali

Yuzu lemonade matcha

If you’re ever looking for an afternoon refresher after a brisk walk from SoHo to Central, then this bright, citrusy concoction is a beverage (HK$55) worth stopping for. It stirs together a zesty blend of yuzu, lemonade, soda and matcha for a instant cooler.

matchali

Kiwi sencha cold brew

Tart and tangy, this kiwi sencha cold brew (HK$55) is light and subtle. The infused green tea leaves lingers while the fine-chopped kiwis bring upon a welcomed zing. A new Matchali addition, but it’ll surely maintain status as essential through the Hong Kong summer heat.

matchali

Matcha piccolo

A mini matcha latte (HK$55) for a mini midday break. It’s small. It’s adorable. It’s decorated with a foamy heart. This all-time Matchali favourite will give you the boost you need to get through busy schedules. If not, it’s simply a tasty drink in itself.

matchali

Strawberry matcha latte

If there was a latte dedicated to the summer season it would surely be this. Sweet, refreshing and oh-so tasty, the iced strawberry matcha latte (HK$60) is a pretty tiered creation of fresh strawberries, creamy milk (of your choice) with a final top-off of that signature deep matcha green.

matchali

Pink coconut matcha

A simple recipe of pink coconut water mixed with an energy-boosting shot of matcha (HK$55) makes this a wonderfully drinkable drink. This is the kind of no-fuss, grab-and-go beverage that we think will be so perfect for outdoor trips in the sun. Especially poolside.

Matchali ifc pop-up will run from now through to 3 September. Shop LA2, Podium Level 1, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9880 7661

Lorria Sahmet
Style Editor
Two years of covering luxury retail later, Lorria is thrilled to be dedicated to writing about fashion, food and lifestyle. When not roaming around garden centres hauling back new plants for her indoor jungle, she is most likely hunting down the best fries in the city. She's happiest by the ocean with a fishbowl glass of ice-cold Aperol spritz.