The Best Matcha And Green Tea Desserts Spots In Hong Kong
Need a refreshing treat this summer? These heavenly creations should be on every sugar fiend’s dessert bucket list
In theory, any dessert that shares the same colour with moss would fare poorly at inciting instant cravings but the magic of matcha defies all logic. It’s not exactly news that the Japanese tea powder has set off a dessert craze in Hong Kong (and elsewhere) but with practically every cake shop and cafe trotting out green creations, remaining selective seems to be the right protocol.
With Hong Kong's summer heat, a refreshing dessert is the perfect companion to cool down. If you've already tried our mochi desserts, shaved ice, vegan ice cream then it's time to dip your taste buds into matcha-flavoured treats this season.
We’ve compiled a definitive list of desserts made with matcha and its similar but more commonly available brethren, green tea that do warrant your attention and time for queuing up. Matcha and green time come from the same plant, the difference is in the cultivation and processing as matcha is in powder form while green tea is in teabag form. Regardless though, both are equally delicious.
Browse through our list to indulge in your sweet tooth.
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One cannot think of matcha and not mention Via Tokyo, one of the most well-known and must-try matcha dessert places in Hong Kong. The signature here is definitely the matcha soft serve which blends the green tea well with the smooth ice cream.
But if you're not a fan of ice cream, you still have plenty of options to choose from including parfaits, mochi and hojicha lattes. In fact, you'll never run out of matcha offerings to indulge in.
Via Tokyo, Shop 1A–1B, G/F, Leishun Court 106–126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2895 1116
The interior design of this quaint cafe isn't just perfect for Instagram photos but the matcha offerings are also just as photogenic. Their matcha roll cake and matcha cream double waffle make the journey to Ma On Shan worth it. Those looking to treat themselves to pure matcha goodness can even opt for matcha milk tea.
Uchi Coffee, Shop 4A, G/F, Double Cove, 8 Wu Kai Sha Road, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong, +852 2662 0102, facebook.com/uchicoffee
Teakha founder Nana Chan wanted to recreate a space where tea and cakes were not only delicious but also to bring people together and true enough, Teakha has transformed into a leading go-to destination for tea in Hong Kong.
While their tea offerings are definitely worth a try, inspired by a multitude of teas among various cultures, the cakes are just as delicious and with a personal touch—it's inspired by the cakes that Chan's mother used to make. It combines home-style cakes with Asian fineness and touch and incorporates elements of tea into the pastry. The signature green tea cheese is the perfect afternoon tea snack.
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2858 9185, teakha.com
Shari Shari Kakigori House
To survive (and enjoy) Hong Kong's summer heat, shaved ice dessert is the perfect companion. Shari Shari Kakigori House is perhaps the city's premier Japanese shaved ice spots. While they offer a multitude of flavours, one of the crowd favourites is matcha shaved ice. With this dessert spot's minimalistic interiors, you feel like you're on one of your trips to Japan or if you've never been there, at least feel like you've been transported there.
G/F, 14 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2529 1223
G/F, 47 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, +852 2661 2347, facebook.com/sharishari.kakigori
Lady M is loved for their signature mille-crepes cake and prides itself in creating the freshest cakes using the finest ingredients. And while they offer a range of flavours for their mille-crepes, we can't recommend the matcha-flavoured one enough.
Fine green tea powder is infused to make this delicate dessert and the result is no less than 20 lacy thin crepes enveloping the lightest pastry cream with the vibrant green tea flavours (and colours!) melting in your mouth.
Hokkaido milk was all the rage when it first dropped in Hong Kong and Luna Cake combines two cult-favourites: Hokkaido milk and matcha. It's actually one of the first shops in Hong Kong to offer Hokkaido double cheesecake that's naturally made.
Their matcha cheesecake is a must-have, made from matcha powder sourced from Kyoto. The two layers of cheesecake—with matcha on the top and cheese at the bottom—just melts perfectly with each bite.
Matchali, Hong Kong's first homegrown Japanese tea concept is well-loved for its hand-crafted matcha drinks and its newest store in K11 Musea is surely going to whisk you away for a relaxing afternoon. Regardless of what drink you pick, you'll be in for a refreshing treat.
You can opt for the matcha chai latte, mango matcha latte or red bean matcha latte, which are all equally delicious. For something more tropical, we recommend the pink coconut matcha and watermelon passion fruit matcha.
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Basao is all about capturing tea aromas, fragrances of seasons and the spirit of traditions as well as the strength of nature—that's why we're loving their roll cakes and double matcha mousse because it's made with extra TLC.
They even have certified tea sommeliers to help you understand tea better whether it's Chinese Gongfu tea ceremonies or classic Japanese matcha preparation. Did I mention how Instagrammable their selection looks?
Basao Tea, 17 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2338 8172
16 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2952 3312, basaotea.com
Fonji Cafe and Bakery
A lot of cafes have been popping up in Sham Shui Po over the last few months, contributing to the thriving cafe and coffee scene in the neighbourhood. If you're around, we recommend dropping by Fonji Cafe to try their delicious matcha series whether it's drinks or a cake. The homey feel of the cafe is also a big plus when you just need a day to unwind and munch on some good matcha dessert.
While Fonji Cafe allows walk-in, we recommend reserving an appointment to make sure you have a seat.
G/F, No.5 Maple Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Homegrown dessert shop Lamlamli Bakery has garnered a local following thanks to its selection of delicious mille-crepe cakes. Ranging from earl grey, caramel, passion fruit, blueberry cheese, taro and more, you'll definitely be scratching your head on which flavour to get.
Of course, we recommend the matcha-flavoured cake that just oozes with each bite. Due to popular demand, their cakes need to be booked in advance—a sign that you should start putting in your orders.
Lamlamli Bakery, Shop 697, 3/F, Winner Mansion, 691–697 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, instagram.com/lamlamli_bakery
This article was originally published on March 10, 2016 and was updated on June 7, 2021.