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Matcha is the latest obsession of the Insta-generation. While Japan is undoubtedly the home of the best matcha, there are many incredible matcha cafes in Seoul too. In fact, South Korea is one of the large producers of matcha powders locally, especially in southern regions and Jeju Island.
No matter where it is coming from, matcha is incredibly cool and healthy and tasty and sexy! So, just for these little reasons, you should check out the incredibly delicious matcha cafes in Seoul on your next trip to South Korea.
What, Why, and How To of Matcha?
Matcha is a fine powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It is packed full with anti-oxidants and is rich in chlorophyll, fiber, and vitamins. Match can boost metabolism, burn calories, detoxify naturally and effectively. It can also calm and relax the mind. The caffeine content in matcha is less than coffee but it gives a longer lasting energy.
About Matcha in Korea
Korea has an incredible history of tea dating all the way back to Tang Dynasty China. Back then, tea was mainly used as a medicinal herb. Matcha on the other hand was used for ceremonial drinks and spirit offerings.
Over time, tea cultivation in South Korea has flourished and the country is now one of the main producers of green tea.
Incredibly Delicious Matcha Cafes in Seoul
COCO’S MATCHA (코코즈맛차)
Coco’s Matcha uses ceremonial grade matcha in their drink preparations. It makes them richer and purer in taste until you add any sweetener.
Their signature drinks include pink matcha, matcha lemonade, and pumpkin spice matcha latte.
MET CHA (맷차)
Met Cha boasts of some humble beginnings as a small matcha cafe in Ulsan. Now, it has expanded and reached the heart of Seoul, Myeongdong.
It is one of the speciality matcha cafes in Seoul with some amazing creations on the menu. There’s matcha latte, matcha espresso, and even matcha red bean drinks and matcha lemonades.
Matchcha is the ‘it’ place for all matcha lovers! They make their signature ‘Matcha Blanc’ in front of you where you can see it getting whisked into a delicious concoction.
It is a traditional tea house in Gangnam that serves a proper preparation of matcha along with other traditional Korean teas.
You can check out their events as they regularly organize tea tasting events and matcha ceremonies.
SUPER MATCHA (쓔퍼말차)
There are two outlets of Super Matcha in Seoul, Seongsu and Garosugil. Along with regular matcha preparations they make some exotic creations like Chai Matcha or Coconut Matcha.
You can even order your Super Matcha online to get a home delivery!
Located in the northern Nowon district, Gohobee cafe serves authentic matcha teas and lattes. The preparation is from a ceremonial grade Japanese matcha powder making it a unique matcha cafe in Seoul.
There are other non-matcha desserts in the cafe that you can try with the matcha latte or tea.
Valuto is not an exclusive matcha cafe but they do have some amazing matcha creations on the menu. You can enjoy matcha lattes, matcha mousse, and even ice cream. There’s even a matcha brownie – that is heaven!
They also make some yummy black sesame cakes that you must try!
NOCTURNE NO. 5 (녹턴넘버5)
This is the only cafe in Seoul that serves matcha gelato, pastries, and drinks.
Nocturne No. 5 is one of the best matcha cafes in Korea that offers matcha ice cream in six different intensities from weakest (level 1) to strongest (level 5+). The best part, you can try ’em all by ordering an ice cream sampler.
O’sulloc is the most popular green tea brand in Korea. Their plantations are spread all across Jeju and they sell some of the best beverages and desserts in their matcha cafes across the country. There is no way you can go wrong with O’sulloc!
You will find everything from matcha lattes to cakes at O’sulloc. It is one of the best and staple matcha cafes in Seoul.
Sobok is essentially a dessert restaurant with a specialty of natural ice creams. They are made with brown rice and grain milk and sweetened with a sweet rice syrup.
You can top your matcha ice cream with rice cakes, dried persimmon, roasted sunflower seeds, sweet pumpkin, and edible flowers to make it extra special.
Read more interesting articles from KoreaTravelPost about Korean tea:
- All You Need to Know About Korean Tea and Korean Tea Ceremony
- Top 6 Korean Traditional Teahouses to Visit in Seoul
- A Day Trip to Boseong Tea Fields – Daehan Dawong
- 6 Healthy Korean Teas That You Can Enjoy Throughout The Year