Matcha has traditionally been part of Japanese tea ceremonies, and its modern version of Matcha Latte has become popular with café-goers.
I love it for its smooth, creamy flavour and after-taste of distinct subtle bitterness.
As to the difference between Matcha and normal green tea, Matcha powder contains the whole ground tea leaves, and is said to contain up to 10 times antioxidant of the standard type.
Matcha also contains caffeine, which is is alkalizing (rather than coffee which can be acidic) and is released into the bloodstream slowly.
Here are some 10 Best Matcha Latte In Singapore – Cafes With Delicious Japanese Green Tea:
The Matcha Project
2 Marina Boulevard, #B1-08C, The Sail, Singapore 018987 (Raffles Place, Downtown MRT Station)
Tel: +65 9223 0245 (General Enquiries)
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun, PH
The quaint little shop tucked in a corner of CBD at The Sail specialises in Japanese Matcha beverages, and DFD’s previous post on the café turned out to be quite viral, indicating readers’ interest in Matcha drinks.
The Matcha Project imports Matcha and other tea powders directly from Kyoto, Uji in Japan, and prepares their Matcha Latte ($5.50 for hot, $6.00 for iced) ala minute.
The matcha powder is a summer-harvest type, where flavours are bolder and stronger, and flavours can cut through the milk.
The additional good thing is, their Matcha Latte has minimal sweetness for us fans to enjoy the original flavours of the matcha. The Matcha Project (The Sail, Raffles Place)
331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers #02-01 Singapore 188720
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:00am – 3:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun
A friend bought me a takeaway cup, and I went ”This is LEGIT”, and IMMEDIATELY went down to the café to try more after that.
The Matcha Latte ($5) available in both hot and iced, was made using Morihan matcha powder from Kyoto. Morihan is one of well known, long established green tea shops over there.
Smooth and slightly milky, with distinct matcha notes. Kurasu Singapore (Odeon Towers)
100AM, 100 Tras Street #01-14, Singapore 079027 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6543 6110
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Other branches: The Centrepoint, The Central @ Clarke Quay
Probably one of the most known Japanese green tea café in Singapore. Tsujiri is said to be a 155-year-old traditional Japanese tea brand serving the highest quality Matcha with a contemporary twist.
However, do not confuse them with Japan’s Gion or Saryo Tsujri – which the Japanese are more familiar with.
The O-Matcha Latte ($5.60, $6.20) is a customer favourite, made using matcha harvested from Tsujiri’s own plantation in Uji, Kyoto.
I found the latte slightly sweeter than the usual Japanese style, but was still a smooth, refreshing drink.
435 Orchard Road #01-18C Wisma Atria Singapore 238877 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm Daily
Kotobuki Coffee is an off-shoot from Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant, specialising in Kyoto-style cold drip and siphon coffee.
To be honest, I was intrigued more by the appearance of the Matcha Latte ($9.90), a gorgeous-looking cup featuring “sakura art”. If you have stomach space, I could suggest you go for the Matcha Roll Cake Set ($15.00) which is more value for money.
Also on its menu are Iced Matcha Latte with a Matcha Donut ($9.90), or Matcha Melon Pan ($9.90) placed on top of the cup (Eh, how to eat?). For Instagram, I suppose.
313@Somerset #B3-50 (Somerset MRT Station)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Hvala has changed its concept from waffles, egglets to… MATCHA. The owner revealed they always wanted to do “Matcha”, but finally got the chance when its neighbour Tsujiri moved away. I see.
They currently serve Matcha Latte using matcha from 2 different regions in Japan – the Uji Matcha Latte ($5.20) in which the flavour profile is described as “vegetal and slightly astringent”; and Nisho Matcha Latte ($5.60) with a rounder flavour and more vibrant colour comparatively.
I was pleasantly surprised to see my Matcha on the Latte being hand whisked (to ensure freshness), and am currently hooked on its Matcha + Houjicha Latte.
Icon Village #01-72, 12 Gopeng Street, Singapore 078877 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 9837 3187
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 8:00pm Daily
Other branch: The Cathay #01-08, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Established since August 2015, Matchaya aspire to be the first locally branded modern Japanese teahouse in Singapore, and they source their raw materials from different prefectures in Japan.
Their Matcha Milk ($4.50 for hot, $4.90 for iced, $5.40 for bottled) contains matcha specially sourced from 4th generation tea farmers in Uji and a 3rd generation grand tea-master in Shizuoka.
Only the 1st flush spring harvest shaded green tea is utilized, which is shaded for a minimum of 14 days.
We found their Matcha slightly on the lighter side, and preferred the Houjicha – if we need to choose one. Matchaya (Tanjong Pagar)
The Assembly Ground
2 Handy Road #01-21, The Grand Cathay, Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)
Tel: +65 6733 3375
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Even though The Assembly Ground which is set up by the Benjamin Barker team is technically not a Japanese café, their Green Tea Latte has gained some popularity among café hoppers.
The Green Tea Latte ($6.50 Hot, $8.00 Iced), is known for its creaminess and frothiness, with a good balance of the bitter notes of matcha and sweetness.
They have also just introduced a Matcha Cold Brew ($8) if you want your drink in a convenient takeaway bottle.
Nana’s Green Tea
The Atrium @ Orchard, Plaza Singapura, 60B Orchard Road, #03-80/82, Singapore 238839 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 6684 4312
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Established 15 years ago in Tokyo, Nana’s Green Tea is a Japanese cafe specialising in matcha from Kyoto.
The Matcha Latte ($6.50) contains premium fine powdered green tea leaves blended with milk.
Take note that the hot version is unsweetened, while the cold latte is sweetened. Nana’s Green Tea Café (Plaza Singapura)
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-96 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9:30pm Daily
Pullman Bakery, famous for their Hokkaido curry buns and other Danish pastries, is a name that Japanese bread lovers should recognise.
Do you know that it first started off as “Tachihara Bakery” way back in 1978 in Hokkaido Japan?
The Ice Matcha Latte ($4.50) was relatively sweet, overpowering everything else. As a matcha lover, I would have preferred more distinct notes of green tea. Tachihara Coffee (Millenia Walk
Maccha House Singapore
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #B1-40, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Maccha House specialises in traditional Maccha beverages and desserts created from this fine green tea powder, all sourced from Kyoto Japan.
While they also serve hot food items, most are really here for their desserts, such as the Maccha Soft Serve Anmitsu with Rice-flour Dumplings, and Maccha Parfaits which come with rice flour, chocolate or soy milk pudding.
They serve the Hot Maccha drink the traditional way – whisked with a bamboo chasen out of a bowl. Their Maccha Latte is considerately not as bitter, so some may like this version? Maccha House (Orchard Central)
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