The people of Los Angeles know that matcha is more than a trend. Maybe it’s because it has successfully pervaded everything from cafes to foods to grocery stores. Or maybe it’s the general love for Japanese culture and thriving Japanese American community and increasing Japanese influence in the food scene in this city. To many, matcha is an acquired to taste. But Angelenos have long acquired the taste and matcha specialty shops are no stranger to the city.
Midori Matcha is a modern matcha cafe in Little Tokyo. They specialize in organic matcha drinks (both classics and some more creative drinks like matcha mimosa) and Asian flavored desserts, especially soft serve ice cream (which they sometimes swirl with houjicha or sesame or ube). Not to mention they also carry matcha flavored patisserie from Pitchoun. It’s the perfect place to stop by for a midday treat and satisfy that matcha craving.
Go here for: matcha soft serve, and other matcha needs
Order this: matcha soft serve, houjicha soft serve
Amount of time to spend: more of a pick up and go place, or a quick snack stop
When to come: whenever the craving hits, on a hot day for ice cream
Parking: is available in the structure below, but they don’t validate. Your best bet would be to meet the minimum purchase at Marukai market, or to find metered parking (usually not too difficult on the streets away from Japanese Village Plaza like Los Angeles St or 3rd St)
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Last visited: December 2019
Last updated: October 2020