Matcha cafes are coming in hot — here’s where you can find the best around KL.
The cafe culture in Malaysia is particularly vibrant; we have your run-of-the-mill cafes to your more specifically-curated cafes for a certain niche. One of the more popular choices would definitely be matcha, a product from Japanese green tea leaves that not only provide great health benefits but also exceptionally delicious when done well.
What’s great about having matcha cafes around KL is that each location offers a different take on how matcha should be like. Of course, the main criteria of this list is that the eatery is a matcha-centric establishment.
Now, it’s also worth noting that we are still in the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which means that inter-district travelling amongst other things is prohibited. If you’re living too far away from one of these places, we suggest having it delivered instead. We don’t need to tell you that these are trying times so the more we can all stay at home, the better we can fight against this pandemic.
With that said, be sure to read on for the full list of matcha cafes you should check out in KL.
When talking about matcha, one of the first names you’ll hear is Niko Neko. It knows itself to be a contemporary artisan matcha brand, one that specialises in pure single-origin speciality matcha green tea. What’s great about Niko Neko is that it also offers other types of tea like genmaicha and houjicha. As for its matcha, you can choose to have it in three ways — Ren, Kiku, and Yuri, all of which has its own levels of bitterness and umami. You can have these drinks in its latte form or in a signature mocktail. If you’re feeling nibbly, their exclusive crunch cubes are to die for as well as their matcha sourdough croissant and the mini houjicha cheesecake.
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On the streets of Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, TTDI, you’ll notice a bright pink storefront with a contrasting dark green shade. Oh Cha Matcha is all about providing an authentic experience when it comes to drinking matcha. What’s great about Oh Cha Matcha is that its product is imported directly from Uji, Kyoto in Japan, which is considered to be the holy grail of the exotic green powder. If you’re having any health concerns, fret not as Oh Cha Matcha is a sugar- and dairy-free cafe that only uses natural ingredients. By default, its drinks come with soy milk and stevia, which is a much healthier alternative to sugar. Aside from its classic lattes, you can also opt for the #LayerYourLatte, allowing you to have your matcha with a number of different ingredients and fruits.
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108 Matcha Saro makes its way into Suria KLCC, classifying itself as a premium matcha dessert shop — and with good reason. 108 Matcha Saro has a diverse menu, like soft-serve ice-cream in a cone or a cup, which is also called a parfait. There’s also various lattes, floats, and smoothies to choose from if you’re feeling thirsty. As for snacks, you can make do with the obanyaki and warabi mochi. Speaking of the former, do look out for its red bean paste – matcha dough obanyaki; it is to die for. Its soft-serve parfaits are also a huge seller alongside the signature matcha latte.
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Located within EkoCheras Mall resides P.S. Tokyo, a Japanese soft-serve cafe that utilises only the finest quality matcha in its ice cream. P.S. Tokyo prides itself from being a different type of soft-serve cafe, using its own recipe to draw in the crowd. Be sure to look out for the mini soft-serve set that comes with five different flavours. Aside from that, P.S. Tokyo also serves its own rendition of Tokyo Burnt Cheesecake with a matcha option.
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After the closure of its outlet in Uptown Damansara, you can find Tsujiri in J’s Gate Dining within Lot 10 in the heart of KL. This time, Tsujiri is back with its signature shaved ice, soft-serve, and floats. It also serves up cakes and mochi as well. Of course, authentic matcha flown in from Uji, Kyoto in Japan is still being used. If you want to have it delivered, you can look for Tsujiri on either GrabFood or Foodpanda.
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