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The Best Green Lattes, Thank You Very Matcha

Our passion for matcha lattes is nothing new, but it’s been mitigated by the fact that they’ve been hard to find. Until now, as they’re popping up on more and more menus. (We’ve even stocked the goop Home Shop with a book on the subject.) Here’s the really great thing: Matcha is known for its powerful health benefits, as it’s packed with antioxidants, including the powerful, cancer-protective epigallocatechin gallate. Combine that with its gentle caffeine boost, which is nowhere near as sweat-inducing as the one associated with coffee, and it’s an obvious alternative to an afternoon espresso. Below, some of our favorite spots.

Chicago

  • Sawada Coffee

    Sawada Coffee

    112 N. Green St., West Loop | 312.754.0431

    Hiroshi Sawada is the world latte art champion—his work is every bit as gorgeous as you’d expect, in a shop that’s got a cool vibe.

  • Cindy’s, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

    Cindy’s, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

    12 S. Michigan Ave., The Loop | 844.312.2221

    Drink it as is, or make it a “potion” (a.k.a. boozy) by adding gin and amaretto.

  • Real Good Juice Co.

    Real Good Juice Co.

    1647 N. Wells St., Old Town | 312.846.1897

    The excellently named Punky Juice-ster is really a juice (no milk involved), but it’s still creamy, minty, and wakes you right up.

  • Cocoa + Co.

    Cocoa + Co.

    1651 N Wells St., Old Town | 312.624.8540

    This chocolate shop and café offers a lot of amazing things (think: next-level hot chocolate, fresh-baked pastries from local chefs), but their ceremonial grade matcha—which you can order in the form of tangerine lavender, mango honey, or cardamom rose flavor—is the real draw.

Los Angeles

  • Alfred Tea Room

    Alfred Tea Room

    705 N Alfred St., Melrose | 323.592.3465

    Regulars have always loved Alfred’s coffee shops for their design-conscious interiors, but their tea room is downright indulgent, aesthetically speaking. The menu here specializes in tea; in addition to matcha (which you get at any Alfred location), there’s a lengthy list of loose leaf and several flavors of boba, which are made from scratch.

  • Urth Caffé

    Urth Caffé

    Locations in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Downtown, and Pasadena

    Sure, it’s a borderline tourist trap, but these guys have been making matcha since before Vinny Chase ate here.

  • MatchaBox

    MatchaBox

    8036 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood | 310.845.9392

    No milk, no sugar, no cash.

  • Love Coffee Bar

    Love Coffee Bar

    1732 Ocean Park Blvd. | 310.392.3604

    They have a lightly-sweetened, iced almond milk and coconut matcha situation that is so good.

  • Shuhari Matcha Café

    Shuhari Matcha Café

    1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | 424.238.8324

    The matcha lattes here are some of the best in town, and there’s also matcha, ginger, and black sesame ice cream if you’ve already been caffeinated for the day.

  • The Butcher's Daughter

    The Butcher's Daughter

    1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | 310.981.3004

    Just down the street from Shuhari at The Butcher’s Daughter, you can get a Matcha Monster—matcha green tea powder, raw honey, and steamed almond milk (which is just as great as their coconut milk cardamom chai).

New York

  • abcV

    abcV

    38 East 19th St., Union Square | 212.475.5829

    A menu standout: the refreshing Matcha Colada with Hibiki matcha, house made coconut milk, freshly squeezed pineapple juice and Due North Rum (distilled from organic, unprocessed sugar grown in the Himalayas).

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  • Nourish Kitchen + Table

    Nourish Kitchen + Table

    95 Greenwich Ave., West Village | 212.242.6115

    At Nourish, they serve matcha two ways: one iced, straight up with no milk, or as a latte served with their homemade almond milk. They source their matcha from a small, family-owned company in Japan, meaning it’s the real deal.

  • Jack’s Stir Brew

    Jack’s Stir Brew

    222 Front St., South Street Seaport | 212.227.7631

    Jack’s version is generous when it comes to honey and creamy milk—which is sometimes just what the doctor ordered.

  • Chalait

    Chalait

    1216 Broadway, Nomad | 212.929. 0266

    The original, and still our favorite.

  • Cha Cha Matcha

    Cha Cha Matcha

    373 Broome St., Nolita | 646.895.9484

    This is truly a place for the matcha-obsessed: in addition to standard fare like a coconut matcha latte (made, of course, with Japanese ceremonial matcha), you can order their Tokyo Mule (apple cider vinegar, ginger beer, and matcha), plus matcha pastries, and matcha soft-serve.

  • MatchaBar

    MatchaBar

    256 W 15th St., Chelsea | 212.627.1058

    The OG Williamsburg location may have recently closed, but this Chelsea location offers the same seriously good matcha, sourced from an independent farm in Nishio. (There’s a MatchBar outpost in Silver Lake now, too).

London

  • Farm Girl Café

    Farm Girl Café

    59a Portobello Rd., Notting Hill | +44.20.7536.2108

    Every kind of milk, from almond to coconut and beyond, is on tap.

  • Modern Pantry

    Modern Pantry

    Locations in Shoreditch and Farringdon

    Anna Hansen’s restaurants boast one of the very best breakfasts in town with a luscious, creamy, honey-sweetened matcha latte to match.

  • Tombo

    Tombo

    Locations in South Kensington and Soho

    Essentially, if it’s not a poke bowl, its a matcha based sweet treat—soft serve and Sundaes included—or drink at this cutesy Japanese spot.

  • The Mae Deli

    The Mae Deli

    Locations in Mayfair and Marylebone

    Ella Woodward, the queen of clean eating’s growing chain of cafés serves up slighly sweet matcha lattes made with rice milk and a touch of honey.

  • Monocle Café

    Monocle Café

    18 Chiltern St., Marylebone | +44.20.7135.2040

    For a cafe (and a Paddington kiosk) that serves up the best in international snack fare, a solid matcha latte is a must. They do it well, plus they also do a chocolate version. #balance.

  • Good Life Eatery

    Good Life Eatery

    Locations in Chelsea and Belgravia

    The matcha almond mylk is always stocked in the fridge for easy grab-and-go, but you can also order a hot latté at the counter.

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