For Matcha Lovers: 5 must-try Kyoto matcha desserts

Kyoto has many shops which serve high-quality sweet matcha delicacies. They have a good selection of menu items including a classic matcha parfait. Let’s enjoy authentic matcha sweets special to Kyoto that has been developed with the culture of tea for centuries.

Tokusen Tsujiri Parfait JPY 1,296


Lots of ingredients using matcha! A classic parfait made by a long established green tea shop

Stone-ground matcha has a rich aroma. You can buy castella used in the parfait for a souvenir

The parfait is 25cm tall with 7 different types of ingredients all using matcha, including jelly, castella and ice cream. You will never get tired of its refined sweetness.

Saryou Tsujiri 茶寮都路里 本店 (Main branch)  Gion

A café run by the long-estabilshed Uji teashop, Gion Tsujiri.

Location 573-3, Gioncho-minami-gawa, Shijo Dori, Higashiyama-ku
How-to-go 3 min walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
opening-hours 10am–9pm last order (Sat, Sun and holidays till 8.30pm last order)
Closed Wed, 1st Thu
Parking None
Branch: Tsujiri branch (within JR Kyoto Isetan)
Parking Hoji-cha (roasted green tea) parfait ¥1037
  Genmai-cha (brown rice tea) castella parfait ¥1102

Matcha Warabimochi JPY 778


The chewy and smooth texture of hand-made dumplings

The original brand Chiyo no Shiro green tea is used. It has a distinctive bitterness with a clean finish.

Kyo Hayashi-ya (Sanjo branch) 京はやしや 三条店 Sanjyo Kiyamachi

Run by Hayashi-ya, an established tea distributor in Kanazawa, which owns tea fields in Uji. Sells food such as cha-soba (tea-flavoured noodles) and zosui (rice porridge).
Location 6F, Takase Building, 105, Nakajimacho, Kawaramachi-higashiiru, Sanjo Dori, Nakagyo-ku
How-to-go 3 min walk from Keihan Sanjo Station
opening-hours 11.30 am – 9 pm last order
Closed Wed, 1st Thu
Parking None
Parking Matcha parfait ¥875
  Tokusei anmitsu ¥929

Nama-cha Jelly (matcha) JPY 841

Nama-cha Jelly (matcha)

Wobly jelly. Slightly sweet with a strong green tea flavour

Savour its strong aroma and bitterness only made possible by green tea of high quality

Its distinctive sticky and smooth texture will be addictive once you taste it. You can order hoji-cha (roasted green tea) which will go well with it. Savour the jelly together with ice cream and sweet red-bean paste.

Nakamura Toukichi (Kyoto station branch) 中村藤吉 京都駅店 Kyoto station

A branch of a long-established Uji-based tea distributor.
Location 3F, SUVACO JR Kyoto Isetan, Higashishiokojicho, Shiokojicho=sagaru, Karasuma dori, Shimogyo-ku
How-to-go Right by Kyoto station
opening-hours 11 am – 9.15 pm last order
Closed Irregular days
Parking 1250 spaces (Kyoto station building parking lot)
Main Branch: Nakamura Toukichi Main branch

Matcha Rolled Cake (with a drink) JPY 1,200

Matcha Rolled Cake (with a drink)

Impressed by the exquisite and mellow taste of carefully stone-milled matcha powder

Marukyu-Koyamaen’s matcha is mild with less bitterness and best suited for sweets

This is the finest creation of a tea professional and a patissier. It is a delectable combination of rich moist matcha-mixed cake with striking tea-flavored cream.

Uji Marukyu-Koyamaen (Nishinotin Tea House Motoan)
丸久小山園 西洞院店茶房(元庵)Karasuma Oike

A tea shop run by tea distributor, Marukyu-Koyamaen. Quality tea in sweets as well, for a refined taste.
Location Oike-sagaru, Nishinotoin dori, Nakagyo-ku
How-to-go 6 min walk from Karasuma Oike Subway Station
opening-hours 10.30 am – 5pm last order (Shop 9.30 am – 6 pm)
Closed Wed (open on holidays)
Parking None

Matcha anmitsu JPY 1,000

Matcha anmitsu

Enjoy 3 types of of ingredients using matcha luxurious anmitsu with full of green tea

All the green tea ingredients are homemade. It has a rich flavour and pleasant matcha taste.

It has matcha ice cream, matcha jelly and matcha warabi-mochi in it. Chewy rice-flour dumplings and homemade brown sugar syrup add a kick.

Chakoubou Nagatake 茶香房 長竹 Ponto cho

There is a good selection of menu items, from Taiwanese teas to Japanese teas to sweets
Location 189 Zaimoku cho, Sanjo-sagaru, Ponto-cho dori, Nakagyo-ku
How-to-go 4 min walk from Keihan Sanjo Station
opening-hours 1 pm – 10 pm
Closed Wed, irregular days once a month
Parking None

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