Matcha (green tea) sweets are famous for their delicate bitter taste and aromatic flavors. Matcha anmitsu (dessert consisting of agar jelly, sweet red bean paste, fruits and brown sugar syrup), matcha parfait, matcha chocolate…the list goes on and on. Now, here are some of the best shops that offer superb matcha sweets in Tokyo, perfect for people who love matcha.
1. Suzukien Asakusa Main Branch
Suzukien is a shop where you can taste the ultimate matcha gelato that will surely hit the spot for matcha lovers. Ranked from Level No.1 to Level No.7 in terms of richness, the matcha gelatos here are lined up in a case with a beautiful gradation. Even the No.1 matcha gelato gives off a sense of adequate richness. You will taste the milk and mild sweetness in all the gelatos, but the higher the number of the gelato, the more the taste of matcha overpowers the taste of milk. When the degree of richness reaches No.5, the bittersweet taste of the matcha will become stronger. And now they’re saying the No.7, the world’s richest matcha flavor, has been turned into a gelato? You’d think that you're literally eating the tea. This shop is located behind Sensoji, and when it is crowded, you may be led to the waiting area. It is an extremely popular shop where you have to queue just to get inside.
2. Marunouchi CAFE Kai
A joint venture between Ito En, an expert in teas, and Tully’s, a specialist in coffees, Marunouchi CAFE Kai is a restaurant where you can casually enjoy authentic Japanese teas and coffees brewed by a barista. It also offers a full lineup of matcha sweets that go well with tea or coffee, with the bright and beautiful Uji Matcha Tiramisu (620 JPY) especially recommended. You will get addicted to the aroma of matcha from Kyoto’s Uji district, and the creamy taste of this dessert. Enjoy this Japanese dessert with superior compatibility as it goes really well with café latte that is made by hand, cup by cup, and this shop’s specialty, Japanese tea.
3. Gion Tsujiri Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Branch
Located inside Solamachi, the commercial complex at Tokyo Skytree, Ujicha Gion Tsujiri is a shop that is famous for its Uji tea from Kyoto’s Gion area. Here, you can easily take out a wide variety of matcha sweets, including soft-serve ice cream and drinks that use lavish amounts of Uji tea. You can also eat your food while sitting in the huge rest space inside the shop. Foreign guests will have a lot to be happy about when they visit this shop, as this restaurant offers an English menu, and provides a lot of sample displays at the counter to make it easier to order. It also sells tea leaves and matcha candies that you can buy as souvenir for those back home.
4. JAPANESE ICE OUCA
JAPANESE ICE OUCA is a rare and unique shop where you can eat freshly made ice cream with a refreshing Japanese taste that changes from season to season. It’s an extremely popular shop that is flocked by many customers from faraway areas on weekends. To order, all you have to do is choose the size of the cup and have up to three scoops of your chosen ice cream flavors put inside the cup. With 12 attractive Japanese-flavored ice creams constantly on display inside the case, it won’t be easy to decide which flavors to choose. However, the rich and smooth matcha is a standard favorite among customers that you have to taste. This shop is open until 11:30 pm, so you can eat ice cream until late at night. Make sure to remember that fact.
Business hours: 11:00 am – 11:30 pm from March to October (last order at 11:00 pm)
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm from November to February (last order at 10:45 pm)
5. Kagurazaka Kinozen
Kinozen is a shop that is located in Kagurazaka, a tourist spot that has become famous in recent years thanks to its being a town where the atmosphere of the Edo period (1603 – 1868) still lingers in the air. Here, the Matcha Bavaroise (850 JPY, and 640 JPY for take-out) with a rich and mild taste is popular. It is called an adult’s dessert as it perfectly blends the fine flavors of matcha with azuki (red beans) and whipped cream. In the summer, the Kori Ujikintoki (850 JPY) is also recommended. Kagurazaka has stone-paved and labyrinthine alleys, so it is best toured on foot. And when you feel exhausted from all the walking, this shop is the perfect stopover when you want to take a break to catch your breath.
Matcha is hugely popular not only as a tea, but also as a dessert. Even when it’s turned into a pastry, its unique aroma and refreshing taste do not disappear. Enjoy the evolving world of matcha sweets.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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