People raved about matcha, but what is it exactly? Matcha is specially grown, and processed ground powder of green tea leaves. What seems to interest the people more than that, is its significant health benefits. Matcha is full of antioxidants; it boosts metabolism and burns calories; it is also known to calm the mind and relax the body. A tea added in desserts, drinks, and other snacks that can help you prevent diseases? We can’t ask for more. So here’s our top pick of the best green tea cafes in Hong Kong for you!
1. Nakamura Tokichi Hong Kong Ten
The 161-year-old brand owned by the Nakamura family has been satisfying the craving of matcha lover ever since they came in town. With HK $98 you can have a taste of their best sellers, the maruto matcha parfait, and the kyo no fukiyose. Aside from running the cafe, they also have a workshop about the art of grinding tea for only HK $50.
2. Fairy Tale Cafe
With the 32-year old owner and head chef, Karl Yiu Ka-ho, who makes all the recipes, the café made it on our list. The must try in their menu are red bean matcha roll (HK$36), matcha bavarois (HK$53). The latest food on the menu is Autumn (HK$58), a matcha parfait.
After Hero Leung Hei-noh (22), graduated from the Chinese University, she co-founded the restaurant with Brian Christopher Aguilar, 30, a Filipino. Kale is more of a healthy and nutritious type of cafe, so it is not the first one to pop in mind when you talk about desserts. But they released Matchalo (HK$58), a Filipino-inspired dessert, and it’s worth a taste.
4. Sense Dessert Cafe
Known as the first place in the city to serve little desserts, the bright idea of the Poon brothers – Ricky, Joe, and Jan, has been continuously gaining popularity in this field. The most famous treat in their menu is the tiramisu (HK $45) that comes in three flavors: original, white chocolate and matcha.
Next on our list is Hiroshi, a perfect place for matcha lovers. Owned by 71-year old Ouchi Hiroshi, the cafe is very known for its sweet treats. The best seller is matcha cake roll (HK$30). Also, you can try chiffon (HK$30), and the green tea parfait (HK$44).
6. Sinmei Tea
32-year-old owner and founder, Cheung Sin Mei, who’s also known as the Tea Lady for her avid love of tea, has been in this industry for more than 15 years. There are many items on their menu that is worth the try, one is the matcha sizzling brownie (HK$78), and they also have matcha angel cake (HK$40). The latest item on their menu, watermelon tea lover (HK$60).