You Have to Try These Matcha Desserts in Kyoto
You'll never run out of choices.
With their unprecedented popularity, matcha sweets continuously evolve, be it through how the items are presented, how they taste, or what ingredients are combined with them for a treat like no other. Below are 15 matcha sweets that are guaranteed to make any matcha lover’s heart skip a beat.
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto Lounge (All Day Dining Kaza)
1/F 1 Taimatsucho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (last order is at 8:30 p.m.)
The Funwari Koicha No Panke-ki or rich tea fluffy pancake showcases matcha’s bitter yet aromatic taste. Enjoy this treat even more by pouring a serving of dark molasses over it. A drink set is available as well at ¥2,020.
Funwari koicha no panke-ki (¥1,782)
Chanoki by FUKUJUEN
2/F Kyoto Marui, 68 Shincho, Higashi-iru, Kawaramachi, Shijo-doori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last order is at 8 p.m.)
Renowned for their expertise in Japanese tea production, Fukujuen opened a self-service style Japanese tea café called Chanoki by FUKUJUEN. This is where you can savor a variety of drinks and sweets made from finely ground matcha. For starters, try the Matcha Souffle Glace, an orange-flavored ice cream topped with matcha powder. It’s so good—even the leaf on top is delicious.
Saryo Suisen (Main Branch)
1/F Takatsuji Bldg., 521 Inaricho, Higashi-iru, Higashinotoin, Takatsuji Doori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last order is at 5:30 p.m.); closed on Wednesdays and from July to November
The main branch in Takatsuji is designed like a traditional tea house. It’s home to several matcha sweets that use Uji matcha. This kind of matcha is appraised by Uji tea appraisal master Morita Akihide.
Their Matcha Mont Blanc highlights the original scent, taste, and color of matcha. It has a mild sweet taste recommended for matcha fanatics who are not big fans of sweet desserts.
447 Sakuranocho, Higashi-iru, Shinkyogoku Doori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last order is at 6:30 p.m.); closed on Wednesdays
Esperanto words “Teo,” which means “tea,” and “Kafon,” which means “coffee” are the inspirations behind the concept of this new café in Kyoto. Aside from combining Western and Japanese-style café concepts, customers can also sift finely selected matcha by themselves!
For those who want their fill of matcha but with a twist, their sampler set is worth a try. Dubbed as the Matcha Sweets Plate, it comes with a matcha tart, roll slice, choco ball, an éclair, and more.
27 Nakanocho, Tomikoji Higashi-iru, Sanjo Doori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
A name that’s popular in the world of chocolatiers, Jean-Paul Hevin has conquered Kyoto, the only shop where you can find this brand’s matcha-flavored sweets. Their goodies are made of premium quality chocolate and aromatic, bitter matcha.
The Kibune is a cake layered with matcha, chocolate mousse, Griotte cherry biscuits, and pistachio nougatine.
WA CAFÉ KI NO NE
4F Kuramoto Bldg., 384 Komeyacho, Shijo-agaru, Kawaramachi Doori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (last order is at 6:30 p.m.); closed on Tuesdays
WA CAFÉ KI NO NE features a lineup of Japanese sweets and tea that represent Kyoto—from the famous matcha down to gyokuro and sencha, two shaded types of green tea. It is one of the very few Uji matcha cafés in Kyoto that have established a reputation for serving delectable matcha.
Their Koicha Mont Blanc showcases the rich flavor of matcha cream, freshly prepared every morning in the store.
Chocolat BEL AMER – Kyoto Branch
66 Masuyacho, Higashi-iru, Sakaimachi, Sanjo Doori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (last order is at 7:30 p.m.)
The Chocolat BEL AMER in Kyoto is a café that specializes in chocolate, with an aim to produce a menu that goes well with Japan’s climate and season. Apart from the chocolate-infused drinks and desserts, they also make use of seasonal fruits for their seasonal products, and matcha desserts combining Western and Japanese tastes.
Enjoy the best of chocolate and matcha with their Kyo-matcha Souffle. Upon serving, its soft and light texture slowly gets moist after a time. It is served with a rich chocolate sauce that matches the dessert perfectly.
559-9 Yugyomaecho, Kita-iru, Otanimae, Gojobashi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
This café’s menu has plenty of matcha-flavored delights available for dine in and take out. If you’re a fan of waffles, you must try the Kyo Waffle Premium Uji Matcha, a matcha-flavored waffle generously sprinkled with matcha powder.
551 Higashi-iru, Honmachi, Shichijo Doori, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last order is at 5:30 p.m.)
Shichijo Kanshundo is a Japanese confectionery that started as far back as the Edo period. This main branch of Kanshundo selling Kyoto sweets is connected to Jaza Kis-sa dessert place where they serve seasonal Japanese sweets with green tea.
They also offer the Macha Hon Warabi Mochi and Green Tea, a chewy and super smooth confection made from bracken starch and is served with an authentic green tea.
Kura Café Yanozen
1-9-11 Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka
Open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily (last order is at 5:30 p.m.); closed on Sundays, Japanese public holidays, and some Saturdays
Yanozen is a café that used to be a warehouse constructed about a hundred years ago. Apart from the several types of Japanese Uji tea served with a variety of temperature and length of extraction, they also have a bunch of choices for sweets made from tea.
Their Matcha Pudding is a smooth green tea pudding topped with strong-flavored matcha syrup that will have you enjoying its rich taste until the very last scoop.
Kanto-chaya Umezono – Sanjoteramachi Branch
526 Tenshojimaecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily (last order is at 7:20 p.m.)
The fifth branch of Kanto-chaya offers around 10 variations of Uji matcha sweets, including the Uji Hiyashi-zenzai, a cold red bean soup with mochi balls, yomogi dumplings, agar jelly with black sugar, and matcha ice cream.
Kitten & Donuts
333 Shioyacho Takoyakushi Sagaru, Kawaramachi Doori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily or when products are sold out
In Kawaramachi Doori, you will find Kitten & Donuts, a kawaii and colorful donut shop where donuts are made using locally harvested wheat. These donuts don't have eggs or milk, and have a gentle, sweet taste to them.
This Kitten charmmy Matcha is not your ordinary ice cream cone--you can have your choice of donut to go along with your ice cream.
577-3 Minamigawa, Gion, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily (last order is at 6 p.m.); closed on Tuesdays or the next day if it falls on a public holiday
Everything served at TEA VENIR, along with its variety store, SOUVENIR KYOTO, is made with ingredients coming from Kyoto. Their staple product is the French toast, which has just the right amount of sweetness and is bursting with matcha flavor.
Their Matcha no French Toast is a thick slice of Danish bread soaked into a matcha and egg mixture and is served with vanilla ice cream on the side.
Marukyu-koyamaen – Nishinotoin Branch
Nishigawa, Oikesagaru, Nishinotoin Doori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays and public holidays
A tea plantation that has a long history of business since the Genroku period is producing confections using Uji tea and other tea types. Being a tea manufacturer, they use an abundant amount of high quality green tea for their roll cake. With an ambience of an old tea plantation, this is a must-visit!
While you’re there, indulge yourself in the Matcha Rollcake Set, a fluffy cake that’s made out of a mixture of sweetened cream and generous amounts of green tea.
2-7-12 Uchikyuhoji, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except on Thursdays
This establishment only wants to have good quality ingredients to find their way into the menu items, which is why most of them are made using organic ingredients.
A perfect example of this is their Organic Matcha Chocolate Gateau, which, as the name implies, makes use of organic green tea! It’s served a bit warm with a seasonal fruit on the side.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (05 October 2017)