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
Why Drink Matcha?
Here’s a list of the best benefits of matcha:
- High in antioxidants
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Helps detoxify the body
- Boosts the immune system
- Provides protection against infections
- Helps control type 2 diabetes
- Boosts energy
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
For more information about tea culture in Korea, check out my ultimate guide to tea in Korea.
10 Incredibly Delicious Matcha Cafés In
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
Address: 명동1가 37-1번지 (for Ulsan & Gwangju location check their Instagram)
This is one of my favorite matcha cafés in
Address: 48 Dosan-daero 19-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu,
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,
You can find Super Matcha at two locations in
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
Address: Dongil-ro 186-gil, 77-17, Nowon-gu
Nocturne No. 5
This is probably the only café in
Address: Poeun-ro 117, Mapo-gu,
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,
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,
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
Address: 12 Myeongdong 7-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu (for other locations check their Website)
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