Honolulu is known for its beauty, beaches and near-perfect temperatures. What some may not realize is the capital of Hawaii is also home to a variety of ethnic groups, including the Japanese who make up the biggest ethnic group. The finest green tea comes from Japan, so it’s a safe bet that those in Honolulu know how to serve up a great cup of Matcha.
You’ll find all kinds of coffee shops spread throughout this tropical city, but if you’re looking for the best Matcha in town, then stop by one of these 5 places.
3538 Waialae Ave.
Open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
[Source: The Curb Facebook]
The Curb gets rave reviews about its quality of brews and quick, quality service. And some have said this is where you get the best Matcha latte on the island. It has a thick, frothy finish, and a dash of the right amount of sweetness. Seating is limited, so get there when they open, or grab yours to go and drink it on the beach. Another cool thing about The Curb is if you bring your own cup they’ll give you a discount on your drink. We’ll drink to that!
2310 Kuhio Ave. #143
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Calling all Matcha enthusiasts—this is your one-stop shop for everything Matcha flavored. Seriously, one Yelp reviewer called Matcha Cafe Maiko a “Matcha green tea paradise!” Choose from a regular Matcha or Matcha lemon tea, a Matcha frappe, an assortment of Matcha lattes, Matcha floats, Matcha soft ice cream and Matcha parfaits. Whether you get the green tea or try a Matcha and vanilla swirl ice cream in a delicious waffle cone, you’ll get all the benefits of Matcha and the best tastes in town.
2301 Kalakaua Ave. #C215
Open daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
[Source: Island Vintage Coffee Facebook]
The baristas at Island Vintage Coffee don’t just look the part, their drinks prove they know how to brew up a mean cup of caffeine. The Matcha green tea latte here not only looks delicious, it’s also quite refreshing after catching some waves. And while you’re here, try the acai bowls. We hear they’re a flavorful explosion in your mouth.
4. Mr. Tea Cafe
909 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite A
Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
[Source: Mr. Tea Cafe Facebook]
Mr. Tea Cafe is the local favorite milk tea shop, and with your first glass you’ll know why. Their Matcha milk tea satisfies the palate of every true green tea lover. It’s made from 100% real Matcha, and it’s bold green tea flavor will have you ordering another cup to go. With its delicious Matcha milk tea, kind and helpful baristas and their yummy macaroons (trust us, you have to order some), Mr. Tea Cafe easily made our top 5.
900 Fort Street Mall #100
Open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., closed Sundays
[Source: Downtown Coffee Honolulu Facebook]
Do you have a green obsession? Downtown Coffee has one too. And their must-try green concoctions are their Matcha latte and Matcha torte—the latter is like a green tea brownie topped with nuts that’s to die for. Although a small-sized business, their drinks and service prove that great things really do come out of small packages.