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Where to Find Matcha in D.C.

The green tea powder is a base for teas, lattes, and sweets

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You’d be hard pressed to find a coffee shop in the District that doesn’t serve matcha — but the Japanese green tea powder isn’t just whisked into water. In D.C. a handful of shops also serve it frozen, baked, and even bruleed.

Many people choose matcha over coffee because the caffeine has a longer and steadier delivery than the quick buzz and crash of espresso. It’s packed full of antioxidants, and it’s bright green, Insta-worthy appearance doesn’t hurt, either. Here are nine places to get your matcha on.

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The Royal

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A Latin restaurant serving arepas and empanadas probably isn’t where most would think to go for a cup of matcha, but this all-day cafe in LeDroit Park has a matcha latte on the menu that pairs nicely with a serving of goat cheese ice cream.

Blue Duck Tavern

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The acclaimed restaurant in the Park Hyatt has a rotating menu of about 30 teas at a time, and matcha is always on the list. Here it’s served hot or cold.

Protein Bar

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The Protein Bar’s Avo-Matcha smoothie packs a matcha punch. It comes with avocado, matcha, raw organic honey, almond milk, and vanilla protein. It's sustaining enough to drink as a meal, but also works as an energy booster.

Bôn Matcha

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The matcha soft serve here makes waiting in line outside worth it. Bon Matcha also has a rotating seasonal flavor you can get swirled with the matcha flavor. Their matcha drinks are top notch, too.

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The Wydown (Multiple locations)

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This super chic coffee bar does a matcha latte that arrives hot or on ice. Order at the H Street location and grab one of the comfy chairs in the Apollo’s lounge. It’s the perfect vibe for a date night or a slow Sunday morning.

Maketto

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Japanese green tea makes a frequent appearance in the pastry case, often in the form of a matcha tea blondie. It’s totally acceptable as a breakfast or a dessert. There’s classic matcha tea, too.

Teaism (Multiple locations)

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A staple in D.C. since 1996, Teaism has four D.C. locations (including Union Market) and one incredible glass of sweet iced matcha. It even sells the special mix of matcha and cane sugar, allowing you to whip it up at home. At Union market, Teaism offeres ceremonial grade matcha alongside traditional wagashi confections from Nagoya, Japan- based sweets maker Matsukawaya. The location in Penn Quarter serves a matcha mojito and a matcha lager.

Teaism offers sweet iced matcha, left, on-site or as a powdered mix.
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The Sweet Lobby

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The Sweet Lobby is the spot for Matcha confections. Tea-infused macarons and shortbreads have a permanent spot on their menu, and there’s also an occasional matcha cupcake.

Beard Papa's

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This chain in Falls Church has the matcha dessert motherlode: matcha cream puffs and eclairs, matcha fondants, and matcha mochi ice cream.

The Royal

A Latin restaurant serving arepas and empanadas probably isn’t where most would think to go for a cup of matcha, but this all-day cafe in LeDroit Park has a matcha latte on the menu that pairs nicely with a serving of goat cheese ice cream.

Blue Duck Tavern

The acclaimed restaurant in the Park Hyatt has a rotating menu of about 30 teas at a time, and matcha is always on the list. Here it’s served hot or cold.

Protein Bar

The Protein Bar’s Avo-Matcha smoothie packs a matcha punch. It comes with avocado, matcha, raw organic honey, almond milk, and vanilla protein. It's sustaining enough to drink as a meal, but also works as an energy booster.

Bôn Matcha

The matcha soft serve here makes waiting in line outside worth it. Bon Matcha also has a rotating seasonal flavor you can get swirled with the matcha flavor. Their matcha drinks are top notch, too.

Hanna Nakano/For Eater D.C.

The Wydown (Multiple locations)

This super chic coffee bar does a matcha latte that arrives hot or on ice. Order at the H Street location and grab one of the comfy chairs in the Apollo’s lounge. It’s the perfect vibe for a date night or a slow Sunday morning.

Maketto

Japanese green tea makes a frequent appearance in the pastry case, often in the form of a matcha tea blondie. It’s totally acceptable as a breakfast or a dessert. There’s classic matcha tea, too.

Teaism (Multiple locations)

A staple in D.C. since 1996, Teaism has four D.C. locations (including Union Market) and one incredible glass of sweet iced matcha. It even sells the special mix of matcha and cane sugar, allowing you to whip it up at home. At Union market, Teaism offeres ceremonial grade matcha alongside traditional wagashi confections from Nagoya, Japan- based sweets maker Matsukawaya. The location in Penn Quarter serves a matcha mojito and a matcha lager.

Teaism offers sweet iced matcha, left, on-site or as a powdered mix.
Courtesy of Teaism

The Sweet Lobby

The Sweet Lobby is the spot for Matcha confections. Tea-infused macarons and shortbreads have a permanent spot on their menu, and there’s also an occasional matcha cupcake.

Beard Papa's

This chain in Falls Church has the matcha dessert motherlode: matcha cream puffs and eclairs, matcha fondants, and matcha mochi ice cream.

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