In between walking the Golden Gate Bridge, riding a cable car and touring Alcatraz Island, be sure to make time for a hot or ice cold cup of Matcha. Delightful coffee and tea shops are scattered throughout the City by the Bay, but these 5 make the best Matcha in town.
1. Samovar Tea
730 Howard St.
Open Sunday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
[Image: Samovar Tea Lounge Facebook]
The Matcha shots and Matcha shakes are splendid, especially the latter as they’re like a cross between a Matcha smoothie and milkshake. This Samovar Tea location is the lounge where you go to relax and enjoy a nice cup of Matcha along with a complete food menu. So try the Japanese Service food and tea pairing where you get steamed brown rice, seaweed salad, seasonal veggies and Ryokucha Green Tea. Green Ecstasy is also quite tasty and very popular drink of theirs. Samovar Tea also has SF tea lounges in Hayes Valley and The Castro as well as a tea bar in The Mission.
17 Kearny St.
Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays
[Image: Asha Tea House Facebook]
Some have claimed Asha Tea House’s Matcha latte to be the purest and most delicious Matcha latte they’ve tasted within the city. But a newer option that’s also worth trying is the Matcha Fresco, which is made by blending Matcha and sencha green tea. Whatever you order, you’ll experience pure, well-balanced flavor. And with its modern design and friendly, knowledgeable staff who give great recommendations to newbies, Asha Tea House is a tasty treat inside the Financial District.
3157 Geary Blvd.
Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
[Image: Fifty/Fifty Facebook]
Fifty/Fifty is a simple and minimalistic coffee and tea shop, but it sure provides a major flavor explosion in your mouth. The cold Matcha milk tea and Matcha iced latte with boba are both amazing. The Jasmine tea latte is a real tea crowd pleaser as well, and you can’t come here without trying one of Fifty/Fifty’s beautiful and delicious pastries.
3139 Mission St.
Open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
[Source: CoffeeShop Facebook]
Want a dirty Matcha? Matcha latte with soy milk? Matcha latte with Almond milk? You can get all of the above here and more—and everything is scrumptious and goes down like a smoothly sophisticated caffeine boost. CoffeeShop also makes a mean sherpa coffee that, according to one Foursquare reviewer, tastes just like coconut candy. They also have great pies and even better customer service.
1435 Irving St.
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
[Image: Hollow Facebook]
Hollow is known for its good location, relaxed and warm atmosphere and rich coffee flavors. In terms of Matcha, try the spiced Matcha green tea latte. It doesn’t have a strong Matcha taste or smell to it; the Matcha kicks in as more of an aftertaste. And if anyone goes with you who’s not a fan of Matcha (their loss), have them try the butterscotch or vanilla bean latte. You’ll want to get an oatmeal cake too; people can’t say enough good things about it. For a cozy, hole in the wall type of place, Hollow is your Matcha stop.
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