If there’s one flavour that will never truly go out of style, then it’s got to be Matcha. Seriously, the trend will never go out of vogue. There’s just something about the vivid green colour and earthy deep flavour that keeps people going back for more. Whether to warm you up during the chilly, rainy days or to refresh your body in Singapore’s warm weather, matcha tea will always be there for you.
As we are all aware, matcha tea has long been used in Japanese tea rituals, and its modern equivalent, Matcha Latte, has grown popular among café patrons. Us, included! You can find this refreshing drink at almost every cafe in Singapore.
Though with so many places available, how do we know which spot offers the highest quality of matcha latte to their customers? Worry not, Glitz got you covered.
1. 108 Matcha Saro
108 Matcha Saro makes amazing, drool-worthy matcha lattes for only $4.90, making it one of the most inexpensive matcha lattes ever. As one of Hokkaido’s most popular matcha cafés, you can be certain that their matcha is of high quality. Their matcha latte is crafted using ceremonial-grade matcha powder, which gives it a vegetal, flowery flavour with a lingering smoky aftertaste.
|Where:||5 Temasek Boulevard Suntec City, #B1-K5, Singapore 038985|
|Operating Hours:||Everyday, 11am – 10pm|
|Contact Information:||+65 6259 4704|
2. % Arabica
One of Singapore’s under dog cafes, % Arabica and its matcha latte hail directly from Kyoto, Japan. If you like your matcha lattes on the mild side with a stronger quantity of creamy milk, % Arabica’s matcha latte is for you. Because of the harmonic balance of milk with their high-quality matcha, the matcha here is more flowery, earthy, and creamy.
|Where:||56 Arab Street, Singapore 199753|
|Operating Hours:||Everyday, 8am – 8pm|
3. The Matcha Project
The cute little business nestled away in a nook of The Sail in the CBD specialises in Japanese Matcha beverages. The Matcha Project imports Matcha and other tea powders from Kyoto, Uji, Japan, and later creates their own signature Matcha Latte. Another plus is that their Matcha Latte is not too sugary, allowing us to savour the authentic matcha flavours.
|Where:||2 Marina Boulevard, #B1-08C, The Sail, Singapore 018987 (Raffles Place, Downtown MRT Station)|
|Operating Hours:||Everyday 8am – 6pm / Closed Sat, Sun, PH|
One of Singapore’s most well-known Japanese green tea spots. Tsujiri is a 155-year-old traditional Japanese tea company that serves the best quality Matcha with a modern twist. However, do not mistake them with Japan’s Gion or Saryo Tsujri. The coffee was a little sweeter than normal for a Japanese latte, but it was still a smooth, pleasant drink.
|Where:||6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central #01-74, Singapore 059817|
|Operating Hours:||Everyday, 11am – 11pm|
|Contact Information:||+65 6221 4282|
Hvala’s Japanese-style minimalist decor is highly relaxing, making it the ideal spot for a little catch-up session with your friends. This matcha café focuses on employing high-quality matcha powder in all of their dishes and drinks. Their Matcha latte is freshly whisked before being delicately poured over milk to produce a gorgeous gradient. When you sip it, the sharp flavour of the matcha is offset by the milk and a touch of sweetness surely runs through your system.
|Where:||111 Somerset Road, TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164|
|Operating Hours:||Everyday, 11.30am – 9pm|
6. Maccha House
Maccha House provides a variety of Japanese-style savoury mains (think udon and rice bowls), but we recommend skipping the mains and diving straight into their excellent desserts and cocktails! The matcha latte is an absolute must-try! It’s really smooth and has a pleasant flowery aftertaste. To make it a little sweeter and creamier, add the whipped cream on top.
|Where:||181 Orchard Road, #B1-40 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896|
|Operating Hours:||Everyday, 11am-11pm|
|Contact Information:||+65 6636 5830|
7. Matchaya – The Cathay
Matchaya, which has been open since August 2015, aspires to be Singapore’s first locally branded modern Japanese teahouse, and they obtain their raw products from several prefectures in Japan. Their Matcha Milk is made using matcha from 4th generation tea growers in Uji and a 3rd generation grand tea-master in Shizuoka. The pricing is quite reasonable; you can have your matcha for less than $5.00.
|Where:||The Cathay, #01-08/09, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233|
|Operating Hours:||11am – 10pm (Sun – Thu), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri – Sat)|
8. Nana’s Green Tea
Nana’s Green Tea is a Japanese cafe in Tokyo that has been open for 15 years and specialises in Kyoto matcha. The Matcha Latte, which features quality fine powdered green tea leaves combined with milk, costs $6.50. You can ask them to add additional sugar syrup if you opt for a sweeter version of matcha latte.
|Where:||The Atrium @ Orchard, Plaza Singapura, 60B Orchard Road, #03-80/82, Singapore 238839 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)|
|Operating Hours:||Everyday, 11am-9.30pm|
|Contact Information:||+65 6684 4312|
9. Tachihara Coffee
Tachihara Coffee was founded by the same folks who founded the famed Japanese bakery Pullman Bakery, and its coffee and sandwiches are just as popular as the bakery’s bread and baked goods. They also have an excellent matcha latte. The Ice Matcha Latte was very sweet and overpowered everything else. If you love a good strong flavour, this one’s for you.
|Where:||9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-96 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596|
|Operating Hours:||7am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 7:30pm (Sat – Sun)|
This Japanese coffee shop is hidden away in Odeon Towers, right in the middle of town. Their simple style, aromatic coffee fragrance, and peaceful environment attract many creatives and those looking to unwind or catch up on work. They utilise Morihan matcha powder from Kyoto. Their Matcha Latte is sweeter than other matcha beverages, therefore people who dislike the harsh aftertaste should love it.
|Where:||Kurasu Singapore, 331 North Bridge Road, #02-01, Odeon Towers|
|Operating Hours:||Everyday, 8am-5pm|