Matcha green tea is one of the cornerstones of Japanese tradition and the bitter yet fragrant tea have been loved by Japanese people for a long period of time. Today, various stores around Kyoto serve unique sweets that blend the traditional Matcha green tea with today’s favourites. Here are some recommended shops which serve fantastic Matcha sweets!
Matcha Roll Cake from Marukyu Koyamaen: deliciousness that melts in your mouth
Marukyu Koyamaen is a green tea store that has received various accolades over the years. It is one of the best places to enjoy various Matcha sweets while viewing the beautiful Japanese-style garden.
The shop is most famous for the Matcha Roll Cake set where you will be served with a delightful Matcha Roll Cake together with a choice of drink such as Matcha Green Tea, Matcha Soda, Hojicha (roasted Green Tea) and more. The roll cake has a splendid balance between milk and Matcha and its bitter-sweet fragrance creates a heavenly experience as it spreads through your mouth.
丸久小山園 Marukyu Koyamaen
Address: Terauchi-86 Ogura-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto
Access info: 6-minute walk from subway Karasuma Oike Sta. (K08, T13), Ext. No.4-1, 6 min. walk from subway Nijojo-mae Sta. (T14), Ext. No.2
Opening hours: Shop: 9:30 am - 6 pm / Tea house: 10:30 am - 5 pm
Fixed holiday: Every Wednesday, 1st, 2nd & 3rd of January
Contact: Tel. +81 75-223-0909
Amazing Matcha Warabi Mochi at Saryo Suisen
Warabi Mochi is a type of jelly-like Japanese sweets made from bracken starch. Various flavours of Warabi Mochi are available such as plain, Matcha and sakura.
At Saryo Suisen, it is recommended that you try the Matcha Warabimochi that is made on the spot when you order it. The warm Warabi Mochi is so smooth that it requires extreme skill to pick up with chopsticks. Served together with the Matcha Warabi Mochi are red beans and Shiratama Dango, a type of Japanese dumpling. You can also pour some Kinako (toasted soy bean sauce) and black sugar syrup for more sweetness!
茶寮 翠泉 Saryo Suisen
Address: 1F Takatsuji Bldg., 521 Takatsuji-dori Higashiborain, Higashiiri Inaricho, Shimogyo-ward, Kyoto-city
Access info: 5-minute walk from the subway Karasuma Line Shijo Station Exit 5
Opening hours: 10:30 am - 6 pm
Fixed holiday: Wednesday
Contact: +81 75-278-0111
Heavenly pancakes from Umezono Café & Gallery
Umezono Café & Gallery is a café that is the sister store of Kanmidokoro, a shop famous for splendid Mitarashi Dango (Japanese dumpling with soy-sauce based sauce). Umezono Café & Gallery is a café that blends Japanese flavours and modern favourites together and there are various sweets available such as Warabi Mochi.
The most popular menu there is the Matcha Pancake. The thick and soft pancake made from egg is almost like Soufflé, and the fragrance of Matcha permeates your mouth once eaten. The Matcha pancake comes with black sugar syrup and red beans but it is recommended that you try it plain for the first few bites. It’s that amazing!
うめぞのカフェ＆ギャラリー Umezono Café & Gallery
Address: 180 Fudocho, Nakagyo -ward, Kyoto-city
Access info: 7-minute walk from Shijo Subway Station, Hankyu Kyoto Line Karasuma Station
Opening hours: 11:30 am - 7 pm
Fixed holiday: No fixed holiday
Contact: +81 75-241-0577
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Unique donuts from nicotto&mam
nicotto&mam is a donut store located near Karasuma Oike station where about 6 - 8 varieties are sold each day. The menu there are rotated among the days with flavours ranging from plain, chocolate to cinnamon.
Of the choices available, it is recommended that you try the Matcha Milk flavour and Matcha flavour donuts. Matcha is blended together with white chocolate and forms a creamy coating on top of the fried donuts. The donuts, despite being fried, are not oily at all and they are fantastic when enjoyed together with red tea. During summer, nicotto&mam also serves other sweets such as Matcha smoothies.
Address: Nishioshikojicho Nakagyo-ward, Kyoto-city
Access info: 2-minute walk from the Karasuma Oike Station No. 1 exit
Opening hours: Weekdays 11 am - 6:30 pm / Saturday & Public holidays 11am - 6 pm
Fixed holiday: Sunday
Contact: +81 75-223-3630
Noodles? No, those are Tokoroten: Macha an Yamagishi
Tokoroten is a type of jelly-like Japanese sweet extracted from seaweeds that are shaped like noodles. At Macha an Yamagishi, you can enjoy the unique Matcha Tokoroten.
Macha an Yamagishi is located in Pontocho, a town in Kyoto famous as the home of various Japanese traditions such as Maiko and tea houses. The café was originally a tea house too, making their Matcha Tokoroten one of the best in town. The bitter-sweet flavour and firm yet slippery texture is a sweet perfect for an afternoon break.
抹茶庵やまぎし Macha an Yamagishi
Address: Sanjo Shitaru (area: Kiyamachi-Ponto-cho), Ponto-cho, Chukyo-ward, Kyoto-city
Access info: 4-minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station
Opening hours: 2 pm - 8 pm
Fixed holiday: Wednesday , 3rd Tuesday , 3rd Thursday
Contact: +81 75-221-5298
Matcha together with fruits!? Jouvencelle Gion Branch
Jouvencelle Gion Branch is located at Gion and is a quiet café that has been featured in various television programmes and magazines before.
There are various sweets available in Jouvencelle Gion Branch but it is most famous for the Gion Fondue. A cup of Matcha-Chocolate Sauce is served along with two boxes of cakes and fruits such as banana, strawberry and oranges. You can then dip the various sweets and fruits into the sauce and delight in them. After finishing your sweets, there will likely still be plenty of Matcha-Chocolate Sauce left but have no worries. The staff will help you pour hot milk into the cup, allowing you to enjoy a fantastic Matcha-Latte at the end of the meal.
ジュヴァンセル祇園店 Jouvencelle Gion Branch
Address: 482 Kyoto Editioin Building 2F, Yasaka Toriimae Minami Hairu Kiyoi Cho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
Access info: 10-minute walk from the Gion Shijo Station, 15-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi Station
Opening hours: 10 am - 6 pm
Fixed holiday: Irregular
Contact: +81 75-551-1511
Creative Matcha sweets at Chakobo Nagatake
Chakobo Nagatake is a shop which specialises in tea, and varieties such as Chinese Tea, Red Tea and Green Tea can be enjoyed there.
Apart from that, there are numerous creative Matcha dishes you can enjoy in this café. Among them is the Yoghurt Cake (shown in picture) where Matcha Ice Cream is placed on a yoghurt-cake containing tea leaves. The thick ice cream is home-made and have a strong fragrance of Matcha.
Also available are menus such as the Matcha dumpling, Matcha Warabi Mochi and Matcha Daifuku, where rich Matcha paste is filled in a rice cake called Daifuku. There is also the Matcha Kakigori (shaved ice) available which is fantastic during summer!
茶香房長竹 Chakobo Nagatake
Address: #8 Roji, 189 Zaimoku-cho, Pontocho-dori Sanjo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ward, Kyoto-city
Access info: 271 meters (890 feet) from Keihan Sanjo Station
Opening hours: 1 pm - 11 pm
Fixed holiday: Wednesday
Contact: +81 75-213-4608
The fragrance of Matcha Green Tea might be an acquired taste for some people. However, with creative ideas that blend them well with today’s popular sweets and confectionary, you too will be able to enjoy high-quality Matcha sweets in Kyoto!
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