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Experience Matcha Mania With These 13 Dishes in LA

The centuries-old powder is trendier than ever

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| Crystal Coser

What, exactly are all the radioactive green-tinted food items taking over your Instagram feed? That's probably matcha, the fine powder made from shaded, de-stemmed green tea plants. The antioxidant rich foodstuff is far from a new phenomenon—matcha has been a part of ceremonial tea ceremonies for thousands of years.

Heck, matcha isn't even new in LA, with places like Little Tokyo serving it up as teas and lattes for quite some time now. More recently, the resurgence of interest in the wellness powder has led to a plethora of creative preparations in mostly sweet varieties. The originator of mochi ice cream, LA's Mikawaya, has made green tea mochi popular not only in LA but across the country with its mass-produced supermarket staple. Newcomers like Matcha Box and New York-transplant MatchaBar have even partnered with local bakeries to make a matcha-flavored goods in myriad preparations.

Here now, 13 fantastic places in LA to get your matcha fix.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse's Matcha Croissant

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111 South Avenue 59
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-0473
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Topping all the buttery, flaky glory that is a Mr. Holmes' croissant is a mix of matcha and pate a glacer, a white chocolate coating. Chances are high the bi-colored croissant will make your Instagram feed.

2. Mikawaya's Green Tea Mochi

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118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 624-1681
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The originator of mochi ice cream, Little Tokyo’s Mikawaya is the place to go for the traditional Japanese confection wrapped around balls of ice cream, and is offered in a wide variety of flavors, including, of course, the very popular green tea.

3. MatchaBar's Mochi

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3534 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

MatchaBar partnered up with Gjusta to create tiny matcha mochi. Using ceremonial-grade matcha, these pistachio-topped treats are the perfect lightly sweet accompaniment to your afternoon matcha latte.

4. Tsubaki's Roasted Green Tea Soft Serve

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1356 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 900-4900
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You can probably tell from the lack of bright green color that this isn’t a true matcha item. However, Tsubki’s hoji-cha, or roasted green tea, soft serve has a refined nutty flavor so delightful that it would be a shame not to include it on any green tea-related list.

5. Terra Cotta's Matcha Mille Feuille

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3760 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 365-1077
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Literally translated to one thousand sheets, mille feuille is a flaky French pastry filled with a decadent pastry cream. Koreatown hot spot Terra Cotta puts a twist on theirs by stuffing layers of caramelized phyllo with intensely flavored dabs of silky matcha cream.

6. Lady M Cake Boutique's Green Tea Mille Crepes

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8718 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(424) 279-9495
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Another layered dessert, West 3rd’s Lady M Cake Boutique stacks no less than 20 lacy crepes with an airy green tea pastry cream, then dusts the top with matcha for an extra kick.

7. Café Dulcé's Matcha Doughnut

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134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall Bldg E
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 346-9910
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Little Tokyo gem Café Dulce offers its green tea goodness in the form of its best-selling custard-filled doughnut.

8. Matcha Box's Matcha Shortbread

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8036 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 845-9392
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Accompany your afternoon caffeinated beverage with these button-sized shortbread cookies. Need a bigger sweet treat? Matcha Box partnered with the Sweet Nuns for tasty matcha cream puffs.

9. Midori Matcha's Softserve

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Weller Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You may have seen this bright green soft serve pop up on your Instagram feed lately. It’s no surprise, as Little Tokyo’s new darling offers a generous twirl of the tea-infused ice cream for only four bucks.

10. Pitchoun's Matcha Tea Loaf

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545 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 689-3240
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Downtown’s Pitchoun is actually the bakery partner of Midori, supply the specialty store with everything from matcha eclairs to Napoleons. The French bakery uses premium ceremonial matcha imported from Japan, and reduces the amount of sugar in the pastry to bring out the flavor of the high-grade tea. The newest matcha item that can only be found in-store is the matcha tea and dried apricot loaf for a more savory use of the antioxidant-rich powder.

11. ROKU's Matcha Tart

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9201 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060
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The newest sweet addition to the Sunset Strip Japanese eatery, the matcha tart at ROKU—a nice preparation of matcha-pistachio mousse, housemade tangerine sorbet, and candied tangerine segments—is a refreshing way to cleanse your palate after a long meal.

12. Shuhari Matcha Café's Matcha Azuki Parfait

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1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291

Abbott Kinney’s Shuhari Matcha Café takes matcha ice cream to new heights with a show-stopping sundae layered with sweet red bean paste and corn flakes.

13. Urth Caffé's Matcha Tiramisu

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8565 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 659-0628
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Swapping out matcha for espresso, Urth Caffe’s matcha tiramisu is a nice afternoon pick-me-up that comes with a mild caffeine buzz.

1. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse's Matcha Croissant

111 South Avenue 59, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Topping all the buttery, flaky glory that is a Mr. Holmes' croissant is a mix of matcha and pate a glacer, a white chocolate coating. Chances are high the bi-colored croissant will make your Instagram feed.

111 South Avenue 59
Los Angeles, CA 90042

2. Mikawaya's Green Tea Mochi

118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The originator of mochi ice cream, Little Tokyo’s Mikawaya is the place to go for the traditional Japanese confection wrapped around balls of ice cream, and is offered in a wide variety of flavors, including, of course, the very popular green tea.

118 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012

3. MatchaBar's Mochi

3534 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

MatchaBar partnered up with Gjusta to create tiny matcha mochi. Using ceremonial-grade matcha, these pistachio-topped treats are the perfect lightly sweet accompaniment to your afternoon matcha latte.

3534 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

4. Tsubaki's Roasted Green Tea Soft Serve

1356 Allison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

You can probably tell from the lack of bright green color that this isn’t a true matcha item. However, Tsubki’s hoji-cha, or roasted green tea, soft serve has a refined nutty flavor so delightful that it would be a shame not to include it on any green tea-related list.

1356 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Terra Cotta's Matcha Mille Feuille

3760 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Literally translated to one thousand sheets, mille feuille is a flaky French pastry filled with a decadent pastry cream. Koreatown hot spot Terra Cotta puts a twist on theirs by stuffing layers of caramelized phyllo with intensely flavored dabs of silky matcha cream.

3760 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

6. Lady M Cake Boutique's Green Tea Mille Crepes

8718 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Another layered dessert, West 3rd’s Lady M Cake Boutique stacks no less than 20 lacy crepes with an airy green tea pastry cream, then dusts the top with matcha for an extra kick.

8718 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

7. Café Dulcé's Matcha Doughnut

134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall Bldg E, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Little Tokyo gem Café Dulce offers its green tea goodness in the form of its best-selling custard-filled doughnut.

134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall Bldg E
Los Angeles, CA 90012

8. Matcha Box's Matcha Shortbread

8036 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Accompany your afternoon caffeinated beverage with these button-sized shortbread cookies. Need a bigger sweet treat? Matcha Box partnered with the Sweet Nuns for tasty matcha cream puffs.

8036 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Midori Matcha's Softserve

Weller Court, Los Angeles, CA 90012

You may have seen this bright green soft serve pop up on your Instagram feed lately. It’s no surprise, as Little Tokyo’s new darling offers a generous twirl of the tea-infused ice cream for only four bucks.

Weller Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012

10. Pitchoun's Matcha Tea Loaf

545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Downtown’s Pitchoun is actually the bakery partner of Midori, supply the specialty store with everything from matcha eclairs to Napoleons. The French bakery uses premium ceremonial matcha imported from Japan, and reduces the amount of sugar in the pastry to bring out the flavor of the high-grade tea. The newest matcha item that can only be found in-store is the matcha tea and dried apricot loaf for a more savory use of the antioxidant-rich powder.

545 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

11. ROKU's Matcha Tart

9201 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

The newest sweet addition to the Sunset Strip Japanese eatery, the matcha tart at ROKU—a nice preparation of matcha-pistachio mousse, housemade tangerine sorbet, and candied tangerine segments—is a refreshing way to cleanse your palate after a long meal.

9201 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069

12. Shuhari Matcha Café's Matcha Azuki Parfait

1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Abbott Kinney’s Shuhari Matcha Café takes matcha ice cream to new heights with a show-stopping sundae layered with sweet red bean paste and corn flakes.

1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291

13. Urth Caffé's Matcha Tiramisu

8565 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Swapping out matcha for espresso, Urth Caffe’s matcha tiramisu is a nice afternoon pick-me-up that comes with a mild caffeine buzz.

8565 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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