The Best Green Lattes, Thank You Very Matcha
Our passion for matcha lattes is nothing new (it’s why we partnered with Chalait to serve them in NYC’s goop mrkt), 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. 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, which isn’t found in any other green tea. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Locations in Brentwood, West Hollywood, and Silver Lake
If we were regulars before they added matcha to the menu, now we’ve practically moved in.
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.
8036 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood | 310.845.9392
No milk, no sugar, no cash.
224 W. 4th St., Greenwich Village | 212.929.0266
The original, and still our favorite.
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.
160 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill | 646.837.7750
Okay, so it’s not a latte, but the matcha cake at Rose Bakery in Dover St. Market is the stuff of decadent dreams.
59a Portobello Rd., Notting Hill |
Every kind of milk, from almond to coconut and beyond, is on tap.
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.
Alphabeta Building, -18, Triton Court, Finsbury Square, Spitalfields |
A fittingly healthy digestif.