The Best Matcha and More – Los Angeles and San Diego

Alfred Tea Room

Alfred's Tea Room, Pink Decor, Brixton Hat, Superdown Jacket
Alfred's Tea Room, Pink Decor, Brixton Hat, Superdown Jacket
Alfred's Tea Room Entrance
Photo: Hollywood Reporter, Alfred's Tea Room Entrance
Alfred's Tea Room Entrance, Superdown Rose Gold Bomber Jacket
Alfred Tea Room Logo

Location: Melrose Place
705 N Alfred St, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Hours:
Mon-Sunday: 8am to 5pm

Seating: Indoor, Outdoor Patio

Parking: Street

Alfred Tea has another location in Brentwood and five locations in Japan. No cash – credit and Apple Pay only.

Alfred Tea Room is a pretty in pink chic experience with one of the best tea selections in LA. It has also started a new millennial trend as a modern urban tea house verses a traditional tearoom.

The prime location on North Alfred Street is a short walking distance from Alfred Coffee on scenic Melrose Place in West Hollywood. It’s quaint size offers counter service with stool seating against a long table on the wall inside and bistro type table seating outside.

Alfred Tea reigns supreme above most tea places in LA first because of their carefully curated tea selection and preparation techniques. Second for their pink signature ambiance. The matcha tea is made from ceremonial grade powder and is prepared to perfection. The tea assortment is deep ranging from kombucha, hot and iced tea, chai tea/lattes, and milk/boba teas. Various desserts are available to accompany your tea selection.

Alfred Tea Room, Pink Stairs, Melrose Place, Superdown Brianna Metallic Jacket, Topshop Purse, Michael Kors Pink Tennis Shoes
Alfred Tea Room, Pink Stairs, Melrose Place, Superdown Brianna Metallic Jacket, Bixton Rose Gold Kayla Cap, Topshop Purse, Michael Kors Pink Tennis Shoes
Alfred Tea Room, Pink Stairs, Melrose Place, Superdown Brianna Metallic Jacket, Bixton Rose Gold Kayla Cap, Topshop Purse, Michael Kors Pink Tennis Shoes

When you approach the pretty pastel pink tiled building there is a catchy saying on a mirrored street sign to greet you “I Love You So Matcha” along with the visual signature logo Alfred with antlers on the wall. Off to the side are pink tiled stairs.

Jacket: Superdown Brianna Metallic Jacket. I love this rose gold jacket that shimmers when the sun hits it because of the allover metallic threading. I appreciate the elasticized sleeve openings making the xxs size fit my short arm length.

Hat: Brixton Vegan Leather Fiddler Cap in Rose Gold. I have seen the fiddler cap in different colors at different stores and online sellers. I was at Shoreline Village at was delighted to find the rose gold color at the Village Hat Shop. You can find this hat in their store or order it online.

Purse: Topshop Casey Chain Crossbody Bag in Stone

Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors Liv Trainer Sneakers in Rose Gold. Similar: Macys and Michael Kors , Michael Kors

Sweater (Pictured Below): Forever 21 Ribbed Round Neck Sweater in Blush. It is now 23% off!

Alfred's Tea Room Pink Interior Seating
Photo: Hollywood Reporter, Alfred's Tea Room Pink Interior Seating
Alfred's Tea Room, Superdown Brianna metallic jacket and Brixton Rose Gold cap

Inside you will find a wall of various loose leaf teas for purchase to take home with you for home brewing, a matcha tea set complete with tea powder, bowl and whisk, as well as Alfred merchandise.  Urban Outfitters are selling a version of the Alfred Matcha Set on sale for $58. I love their rose gold straws that come in a carrying case that are perfect to drink your iced matcha latte.

The grab and go case is filled with healthy fresh gourmet boxed lunches supplied by Erewhon Market.

Alfred Tea Room Merchandise, Gift Sets, Matcha Set and Teas, Melrose Place
Alfred Tea Room Merchandise, Gift Sets, Matcha Set and Teas, Melrose Place
Alfred Tea Room, Rose Gold Straw, Matcha Iced Latte, Topshop Pink Purse, Forever 21 Ribbed Long Sleeve Pink Sweater, Michael Kors Pink Shoes
Alfred Tea Room, Green Matcha Iced Latte, Rose Gold Straw, Topshop Casey Chain Crossbody Bag in Stone Color, Michael Kors Rose Gold Liv Trainer Sneakers
Alfred Tea Room, Green Matcha Iced Latte, Rose Gold Straw, Topshop Casey Chain Crossbody Bag in Stone Color, Michael Kors Rose Gold Liv Trainer Sneakers
Holy Matcha San Diego Logo

Location: North Park
3118 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am- 6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-7pm

Seating: Indoor

Parking: Street

Holy Matcha North Park

Holy Matcha serves delicious ceremonial grade matcha tea, various tea drinks, pink lemonade and healthy food that is all gluten and dairy free. The common denominator is exceptionally delicious food and drink in a chic interior design.

The stylized motif includes palm leaves amidst a color palette of pink, blush and soothing green in a feminine ambiance.

The colors and beautiful decor is carried into the food presentation from the matcha latte designs or the edible flowers served on pink dishes and glasses.

The Menu

Drinks: You can get ceremonial matcha by itself, matcha lattes (the original hot or iced, matcha horchata, lavender matcha, strawberry matcha, strawberry matcha horchata, coconut matcha & cold brew matcha.) The adaptogenic drinks include the golden matcha with turmeric and the holy matcha (reishi +ashwagandha + he shou wu +tocos + matcha + organic bulgarian rose water.)

Bites: Toasts (Avocado, Tom-Avo, Almond Butter, Madeline w/ hummus), Matcha Chia Pudding, Donuts, Waffles, Soft Serve

Merch: Clothing, bags, pens and matcha gifts

Holy Matcha La Jolla, Alice & Olivia Pink Palm Tree Romper and Flower Waffle
Holy Matcha La Jolla, Alice & Olivia Pink Palm Tree Romper and Flower Waffle

My Favorites:

  • Donuts: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Organic and Baked Matcha Vanilla Donut
  • Avocado Toast: Rosemary bread + CA avocado + Holy seasoning
  • Matcha Latte: a latte with a sprinkled palm tree design
  • Half Waffle: Gluten free vanilla waffles with syrup on the side and flowers
  • Strawberry Lemonade (other lemonades include matcha, rose, heavenly and lavender)
Holy Matcha Vegan Gluten Free Donuts
Photo: Holy Matcha, Gluten Free Donuts
Holy Matcha Avocado Toast and Palm Tree Matcha
Holy Matcha Flower Waffle
Holy Matcha Flower Waffle
Holy Matcha in East Village
Photo: Holy Matcha in East Village (Amber Thrane/Dulcet Creative)
Holy Matcha East Village

The new location keeps the pink theme but in a more city sleek ambiance befitting the location with touches of brass and modern seating configurations. There is a beautiful faux pink rose wall which is a highlight in the interior design. Although the interior design is more modern the standard of quality and attention to presentation detail of all food and drink are identical to the flagship original location.

Menu: Some menu items are not always available  at this location like the waffles.

  • Soft Serve: Coconut Milk Based Matcha Flavored

Hours: Mon-Sun 9am to 5pm
Seating: Indoor
Parking: Street or parking garage

Holy Matcha East Village, Vegan Gluten Free Matcha Soft Serve
Holy Matcha East Village, Vegan Gluten Free Matcha Soft Serve
Holy Matcha Adidas Palm Track Jacket

Jacket: Adidas Originals Women’s Farm Superstar Track Jacket. This track jacket is made of shiny satin with clashing geometric and tropical leaf prints. The pink and green palm leaf reminds me of California. I bought this off Poshmark (reselling community) at a significantly reduced price. You can still get it on Amazon.

Dress: My dress is the Guess Leaf Skater Dress that I have had in my closet. Find a similar fit and flare palm leaf dress from Macy’s on sale!

Cha Cha Matcha Vegan Matcha Soft Serve, Topshop Pink zippered crop top
Cha Cha Matcha Vegan Matcha Soft Serve, Matcha Latte in Palm Tree Cup and Vegan Pink Donut
Cha Cha Matcha Vegan Matcha Soft Serve, Matcha Latte in Palm Tree Cup and Vegan Pink Donut
Cha Cha Matcha, Green Matcha Latte with Palm Tree Matcha Art, I love you so matcha pink napkin and pink vegan donut

Top: Topshop Cropped Polo Shirt with Zippered Detail in Light Pink.

Cha Cha Matcha Logo

Location: WeHo
510 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Location: Venice
1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd,
Venice, CA 90291

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-7pm
Sat & Sun: 8am-7pm

Parking: Street

I Love You So Matcha!

Cha Cha Matcha puts a fun twist on matcha pairing the colors pink and green for the decor and presentation. Cha Cha Matcha started as a natural alternative to the artisanal coffee culture and the world of energy drinks in New York 2016.

Drinks: “adventurous elixiers made with ceremonial grade matcha.” Get matcha with water, as a latte, with nitro or chai.  I like how they do a matcha design on the latte. They have seasonal offerings too!

Food: Non-gmo  & gluten free food options! Avocado toast, almond butter and jelly, vegan waffle, vegan chocochip cookie, vegan soft serve, vegan & gluten free donuts.

Merch: Clothing, ceremonial grade matcha, and now in can form (September 2019)

Enjoy packaged ice teas to enjoy when you want!  Matcha green tea, ginger tumeric matcha, half n half  matcha lemonade & activated charcoal matcha. Free Shipping!

Cha Cha Matcha, WeHo
Photo: Cha Cha Matcha, WeHo
Cha Cha Matcha Venice
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Photo: Moon Juice, Melrose Place Rose Gold Interior
Photo: Moon Juice, Melrose Place Rose Gold Interior
Moon Juice, Melrose Place, Forever 21 Ribbed Round Neck Blush Sweater, Brixton Rose Gold Fiddler Cap

Sweater: Forever 21 Ribbed Round Neck Sweater in Blush. It is now 23% off!

Moon Juice Logo

Location: WeHo
8463 Melrose Pl #3
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Other Locations:
Venice and Silver Lake

Hours:
Mon-Sun: 7am to 7pm

Parking: Street

Delivery: 
Postmates or Caviar

Rewards Program

Description: Contemporary spot serving cold-pressed juices & milks crafted from unique organic ingredients. Lattes, shakes, juices, apothecary and snacks

Matcha Drinks: 

  • Matcha Milkshake: matcha, coconut nectar, almond moon, beauty dust, vegan collagen protection
  • Cosmic Matcha: matcha, moon milk blend, lucuma, beauty dust, vegan collagen protection
  • Build make your own: choose matcha as a base then add boosters

Freshly cold-pressed juices bottled in glasses are served in their cold case ready for you to pick up and enjoy.

Moon Juice sells many beauty & skincare products, snacks, supplements & merch.

Moon Juice Cosmic Matcha

ADAPTOGENIC MATCHA LATTE

Buy Moon Juice’s matcha online through Sephora and Amazon. An energizing and beautifying Matcha latte. Tocos and Silver Ear Mushroom nourish skin, edible Hyaluronic Acid draws in moisture, and adaptogens like SchisandraAshwagandha, and Amla target the effects of stress.*

Matcha Recipe:
Matcha Beauty and Blue ProtectionMatcha Brain-tini 

Benefits of Matcha

Description: Matcha – ancient superfood with full nutritional benefits of the whole green tea leaf ground up into powder. Enjoy green tea antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber in a concentrated form. Experience sustained energy and increased focus. Matcha nourishes and balances the body providing a relaxed sustainable energy verses coffee’s caffeine that sometimes leaves you with nervous jitters with highs and lows.

Preparation: Matcha green tea is prepared as a powder and whisked into hot water. Ceremonial-grade matcha was traditionally intended for very special tea ceremonies in Japan. It is of high quality with a pure flavor to be enjoyed by itself.

Storing: Air tight, away from light in the refrigerator

Vero Teas Matcha Green Tea Powder – Organic Premium Decaf Ceremonial Grade
Vero Teas Matcha Green Tea Powder – Organic Premium Decaf Ceremonial Grade
Jade Leaf - Traditional Matcha Starter Set
Jade Leaf - Traditional Matcha Starter Set
Emmy's Organics Coconut Cookies, Radiant Matcha
Emmy's Organics Coconut Cookies, Radiant Matcha
BrioGeo Be Gentle Be Kind™ Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo
BrioGeo Be Gentle Be Kind™ Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo
IGK: Travel Size Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Matcha Dry Shampoo
IGK: Travel Size Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Matcha Dry Shampoo

Matcha is not only for green tea and drinks but can be used in beauty products and food recipes to enjoy the many helpful benefits. Below are some ideas on how to enjoy matcha at home.

  1.  Decaf Matcha: Vero Teas: Matcha Green Tea Powder – Organic Premium Decaf Ceremonial Grade
  2. Matcha Set with whisk: Jade Leaf Matcha: Traditional Matcha Starter Set
  3. Vegan and Gluten Free Cookies: Emmy’s Cookies: Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies, Radiant Matcha
  4. Shampoo:  BrioGeo: Be Gentle Be Kind™ Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo
  5. Dry Shampoo: IGK: Travel Size Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Matcha Dry Shampoo
Sweet Laurel Matcha Cake
Sweet Laurel Matcha Cake

Matcha Cake

Special Thanks to Sweet Laurel Bakery for Recipe

Enjoy this amazing & delicious matcha cake recipe to make at home  and share with friends. You can also enjoy a slice of cake at the cake shop in Pacific Palisades.

Ingredients for the Cake

  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder + 1⁄2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 6 organic pasture raised eggs

Ingredients for the Whip

  • 2 cans coconut cream or milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 1 tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • 1 tsp matcha powder + ¼ cup warm water

Directions to Prepare Cake

Place the matcha and the warm water in a bowl and whisk gently until green matcha tea is formed. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix the coconut flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

In a large bowl, place the eggs, melted coconut oil, lemon juice, maple syrup and tea mixture and whisk together. When mixture is thoroughly mixed, slowly add the dry ingredients and stir until batter forms.

Divide batter evenly between cake pans. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until tooth pic inserted comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely.

To build cake

Cut the cake rounds in half, so you have 6 complete rounds. They will be thin. Place one round on a cake plate, then scoop 1-2 tablespoons of coconut whipped cream on top of rounds and spread to the edges of the round. Repeat with remaining rounds.

Place finished cake in fridge and decorate with floral decor if desired. Cake will keep in fridge for up to 5 days, however oxidation will occur when cake is exposed to bright light for long periods of time. The cake is still edible and delicious, the green just won’t be as bright, and will turn a bit lighter.

Directions to Prepare the Whip

Place matcha powder in a bowl and whisk with warm water. Once mixed well, set aside. Note: You will be using this to color the coconut whipped cream, so keep in mind you can adjust the color later if you’d like to add more!

Using your cans of coconut milk that have been sitting overnight in the fridge, remove lid and scoop out the fat from the top of the coconut can. Gently fold in maple syrup and stir until cream is whipped. Add the matcha and stir. Coconut whipped cream will turn a lovely light green, and if you’d like it even more green, add more matcha!

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