10 Incredibly Delicious Matcha Cafés in Seoul
Matcha, matcha, matcha – I am obsessed with matcha. While the best matcha can undoubtedly be found in Japan, there are actually a lot of really great matcha cafés in Seoul, too. In fact, South Korea is also a big producer of local matcha powders, especially in the southern provinces and on Jeju Island. Either way, matcha is incredibly sexy (and healthy and delicious!), which is why you should absolutely check out some of these delicious matcha cafés in Seoul below.
Why Drink Matcha?
About Matcha in Korea
The history of tea in Korea dates back all the way to Tang Dynasty China, when the healthy green plant first found its way to the Korean Peninsula. Back then, tea was mainly used as a medicinal herb, but green tea powder (matcha!) also came to be used for drinks on ceremonial occasions and for spirit offerings (very much like in Japan).
The first tea plants in Korea were planted near the Ssanggyesa monastery on Mt. Jiri in Hadong County, Gyeongnam Province. Since then, Korea’s cultivation and production of tea has flourished and developed. Today, Korea is a main producer of green tea and also produces a lot of matcha powder and the number of matcha bars or matcha cafés in Seoul and other cities across South Korea continues to grow.
10 Incredibly Delicious Matcha Cafés In Seoul
Met Cha started out as a small matcha specialty café in Ulsan and has since expanded to Gwangju and then to Myeongdong, in the heart of Seoul. This specialty matcha café has amazing creations on their menu, ranging from matcha cream lattes and matcha espresso lattes to matcha red bean drinks and matcha lemonades.
Address: 명동1가 37-1번지 (for Ulsan & Gwangju location check their Instagram)
This is one of my favorite matcha cafés in Seoul! Coco’s Matcha uses ceremonial grade matcha in its drinks, making it richer and purer in taste without added sweeteners. Among their signature drinks are pink matcha (matcha + superfood powder from beet and hibiscus) as pictured below, a matcha lemonade or pumpkin spice matcha latte during autumn season in Korea.
Address: 48 Dosan-daero 19-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
This might just be the place for tea enthusiasts and anyone who simply loves all things matcha. Their signature matcha is called “Matcha Blanc”, which is matcha that is whisked right in front of your eyes, mixed with milk and topped off with a smooth chamomile cream.
Address: 685-450 Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
You can find Super Matcha at two locations in Seoul: in Seongsu and in Garosugil. Besides regular matcha, they also offer some exotic creations like Coconut Matcha or Chai Matcha (my personal fave!). The best part is, you can order your Super Matcha favorites online to be delivery to your door at home!
Address: 545-18 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu and 668-90 Seongsu 1(il)-ga 2(i)-dong, Seongdong-gu
This traditional teahouse in Gangnam is not only dedicated to the proper preparation of a good bowl of matcha, but also other traditional Korean teas. They also regularly organize tea tasting events and matcha ceremonies.
Address: Hakdong-ro 18-gil, Gangnam-gu
This lovely café in Seoul’s Northern Nowon district prepares authentic matcha teas and lattes made from ceremonial grade Japanese matcha powder. You can also grab some other non-matcha desserts here that go perfectly well with a matcha latte!
Address: Dongil-ro 186-gil, 77-17, Nowon-gu
Nocturne No. 5
This is probably the only café in Seoul dedicated to Solely serving matcha gelato, pastries and drinks. Matcha fans are going to be thrilled that they offer matcha ice-cream in a total of 6 different intensities, from the weakest (Level 1) to the strongest (Level 5+). Order the ice-cream sampler to try them all!
Address: Poeun-ro 117, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Even though Valuto does not only sell matcha desserts (they also have some yummy black sesame cakes, for example!), they do have some amazing matcha creations on the menu. You can find anything here from matcha lattes to cakes, mousse and ice-cream! There’s even a matcha brownie – doesn’t that sound like heaven?
Address: 1524-5 Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul
Sobok is a popular dessert restaurant and offers all-natural ice cream made with a mixed brown rice and grain milk and sweetened with jocheong, a sweet rice syrup. It’s so creamy and delicious – unlike anything I’ve every tasted before! Top your matcha ice-cream with sweet pumpkin, dried persimmon, rice cakes, roasted sunflower seeds, and edible chrysanthemum flowers for a special touch.
Address: Annyeong Insagong 155-2, Gwanghun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (for other locations check their Instagram)
O’sulloc is the green tea brand in Korea. They have their tea plantations on Jeju Island and sell delicious tea beverages and desserts in their cafés all across the country. You can really not go wrong with O’sulloc! From matcha lattes to cakes and even beautiful gift sets, you’ll find it all right here at O’sulloc. That being said, O’sulloc is one of the staple matcha cafés in Seoul.
Address: 12 Myeongdong 7-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu (for other locations check their Website)
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