London is home to a wide range of cafés, tea houses, restaurants and pastry shops serving up delicious matcha-based creations. From matcha lattes and bubble teas through to ice cream and desserts, lovers of matcha are spoilt for choice. Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite locations
Kova Japanese patisserie fuses East and West, and uses only the finest ingredients. Pair Kova’s light and delicate sweet treats with its coffee and organic teas sourced from Shizuoka and Kyoto. The menu features plenty of matcha options, including stunning mille crêpes, tiramisu and tarts. Visit the main location in Soho or stop by the concession at the Food Hall in Selfridges.
Kova, 9-12 St Anne’s Court, London W1F 0BB, +44 (0)20 7494 9866
Located near Piccadilly, Machiya takes its name from Kyoto’s traditional townhouses. The restaurant and bar serves up homestyle Japanese cooking, with classic dishes such as tonktasu or teriyaki – just make sure you save room for the delicious matcha desserts. The pastry team’s creations are based on Uji matcha and include roll cake, traditional warabimochi jelly and fondants.
Machiya, 5 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DL, +44 (0)20 7925 0333
Those with a combined love of matcha and bubble tea should head to Biju, a bubble tea shop in Soho. Biju stands out from other bubble tea shops as it uses fresh organic British milk in its drinks, rather than powdered creamer. Those who prefer dairy-free options need not worry as Biju also offers a wide range of alternatives, such as organic oat, almond or soya milks. Choose from cold or hot Matcha Milk Teas or the Matcha Salted Cream Tea – a sweetened matcha drink topped with a layer of salted cream which Biju’s team compares to a liquid cheesecake. Finish your matcha bubble tea with your choice of a wide range of toppings.
Biju, 45 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HQ
Farm Girl Café
Based on Australian café culture, Farm Girl Café has become something of a cult brunch spot in London, with branches in Chelsea, Notting Hill and Soho. As well as the healthy and delicious food you’ll also find matcha on the menu, be it the regular Matcha Latte; Hibiscus Matcha, a latte made with organic red matcha and coconut milk; or Butterfly Matcha, made using organic blue matcha powder and almond milk. Enjoy alongside one of Farm Girl Café’s Instagram-worthy dishes, such as eggs, pancakes or salads.
Farm Girl Café, 59 Portobello Road, London W11 3DB, +44 (0)20 7229 4678
Lanka was founded by Japanese chef Masayuki Hara, a specialist in French cuisine, after various stints working at Michelin-starred restaurants. Lanka is known for its exquisite home-made French-style patisserie with a Japanese twist. Amongst the offerings you’ll find a number of matcha-based delights, such as matcha panna cotta with azuki beans, as well as tarts, mousses, tiramisu and cakes.
Lanka, 9 Goldhurst Terrace, London NW6 3HX, +44 (0)20 7625 3366
Located in one of Islington’s most beautiful buildings, Katsute 100 is a Japanese boutique and tea rooms: here you can buy Japanese ceramics, glassware and tea accessories as well as enjoy a moment of calm over a cup of tea, matcha or sake. The drinks menu comprises Japanese leaf teas, infusions and, of course, a range of matcha drinks, including affogato, hot chocolate and floats. Katsute 100 also offers a mouthwatering selection of home-baked cakes, desserts and snacks which bring together Japanese flavours with Western classics: scones, brownies and sundaes are just some of the enticing matcha options.
Katsute 100, 100 Islington High Street, London N1 8EG, +44 (0)20 7354 8395