4 Iced Matcha Lattes Angelenos Have To Try
Being a Torontonian with a love for matcha, I was drawn to the allure of LA’s matcha cafes. Doing a quick Google search, it was obvious that both the variety and quality of drinks were way better than here. As an excuse to hop on a flight to LA, we went in search for the best iced matcha lattes!
These are the 4 places we recommend for iced matcha lattes:
1. Midori Matcha Café
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #101-C, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Situated in Little Tokyo beside the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial, this location is prime and the first of three cafes on our list, in the area.
Firstly, Midori Matcha Cafe’s iced matcha latte had a solid flavour profile that you would expect for an iced matcha latte. It did not come too sweet and had a good ratio of ice to drink. The sleeve around the plastic cup was a nice touch!
3534 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
With several locations on both sides of the coasts, MatchaBar is a well known brand. It was further out from the other ones in our list, being in the Silverlake area.
Their iced matcha latte was one of our personal favourites. It went down “smoothly”, had the option to have it sweetened, and you were able to choose the milk base. We could tell they were using higher quality matcha by the taste and more vibrant green colour.
3. Tea Master Matcha Café and Green Tea Shop
450 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
On the outskirts of Little Tokyo, “Tea Master Matcha Café and Green Tea Shop” has both the longest name we’ve seen and the most unique setup. Inside you’ll find a couple small chairs with overhanging umbrellas.
Furthermore, their latte was great value given the size and I was personally unable to finish it in one sitting. It came with A LOT of creme and was quite sweet. However, it was enjoyable on the hot summer day we were there!
4. Cafe Dulce
134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Lastly, this is yet another cafe in the heart of Little Tokyo (Japanese Village Plaza). In addition, this was the only location on our list which did not exclusively sell matcha related products.
Yet, Cafe Dulce still serves a refreshing latte which was very potent with matcha. It was well mixed, you can really taste the matcha, and was a good size.
What makes a good iced matcha latte?
A lot of people have asked us this. Ultimately, it will depend on your taste preferences but we’ve narrowed it down to a couple of key differences:
- Sweetened (what they use: sugar, honey, etc…) or Unsweetened
- Potency of the matcha (concentration, grade)
- Value (size:cost)
All of the drinks here fall within the $4.50 – $6.50 range.
You can’t go wrong with any of these choices. Spending a day in Little Tokyo would let you hit all of them and many of the great restaurants in the area (shout out to Sushi Gen).
P.S Stay tuned for our our in depth review on each cafe!