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Two match soft-serve ice cream waffle cones, one covered with a gold paper layer Photo: Matcha Cafe Maiko - Autry

12 Houston Desserts That Matcha Lovers Need to Try

As in matcha waffles, ice cream, lattes, donuts, shaved ice, and cream puffs

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Houston’s addiction to matcha green tea has grown in the past year, especially with the openings of dessert shops dedicated entirely to matcha. From matcha waffles, ice cream, lattes, donuts, shaved ice, and cream puffs, (and oh yeah, tea!), Houston’s got matcha cravings covered.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Matcha Cafe Maiko

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6650 Corporate Dr suite e-1
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 931-3030
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Looking for something a bit more flashy than the average soft serve? Top a green tea swirl with gold at Houston’s first soft serve shop dedicated to matcha. The creamy, perfectly strong matcha soft serve keeps ice cream lovers coming back for more, long after the obligatory gold-cone picture. Try the cafe’s Maiko Special cups next, filled with ingredients like mochi, red beans, and sponge cake.  

Two match soft-serve ice cream waffle cones, one covered with a gold paper layer Photo: Matcha Cafe Maiko - Autry

2. Aqua S

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9889 Bellaire Blvd D232
Houston, TX 77036
(281) 501-3220
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Aqua S is renowned for its Instagramable clouds of fairy floss (cotton candy that surrounds a cone), fanciful toppings, and rotating exotic flavors. Although most flavors change in the beginning and middle of the month, matcha is always on the menu. Go the purist route or swirl it with another flavor for a customized creation.

Photo: @aquas_us

3. Twisted Love

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9889 Bellaire Blvd E #205
Houston, TX 77036
(832) 740-4049
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At Twisted Love, combine cold and creamy matcha with Pocky, Fruity Pebbles, coconut, or other photo-worthy toppings. Green matcha and a pink slice of watermelon makes for a pretty combination; one that must be enjoyed quickly during the summer time.

Photo: Twisted Love - Autry

4. Meccha Matcha

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9889 Bellaire Blvd Suite D-220
Houston, TX 77036
(346) 227-8136
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It’s not avocado toast; it’s matcha toast. Dun Huang Plaza’s latest addition to Chinatown’s matcha craze tops toast with a scoop of matcha ice cream. Choose the strength of the matcha flavor: Level 1, 2, or the darkest green level 3. This shop’s other popular items such as floats, shaved ice, and soft serve all center on one thing: matcha.

Photo: Meccha Matcha - Autry

5. Blkdog Coffee

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9630 Clarewood Dr suite a13-b
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 239-0412
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Dusted lightly with powdered sugar and matcha powder, Blkdog’s mini beignets are served with a little bottle of honey meant for drizzling on beignets. It’s not a traditional New Orleans topping, but hey, neither is matcha, and they both work so well.

Photo: Blkdog Coffee - Autry

6. Six Ping Bakery

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9384 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 773-0658
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Six Ping’s tempting dessert selections include slices of matcha cake, a subtle green cake iced with vanilla and topped with fruit. Or try the “Europe Style Green Tea Cake” off the cake menu for a more delicate matcha flavor.

Photo: Six Ping - Autry

7. Viet Street Drinks & Snacks

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11209 Bellaire Blvd C11
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 741-4770

This Vietnamese drink and snack shop sits at the center of the bustling Hong Kong Mall. Order a refreshing iced matcha green tea, matcha green tea frappuccino, or a matcha green tea latte after a shopping adventure — or after a delicious crawfish feast at the nearby Crawfish Café.

Photo: Viet Street Drinks/Yelp

8. Beard Papa's

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23119 Colonial ParkwayA-13
Katy, TX 77449
(832) 913-1257
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Yes, Beard Papa’s is definitely worth the drive to Katy. Katy’s new Asiatown is booming with enticing dining options from all over Asia. Beard Papa’s makes cream puffs fresh behind the counter, and diners can customize the flavor of the glaze on top and the flavor of the cream, including options like green tea, chocolate, crème brulee, strawberry, and honey butter. To feed a matcha addiction, pair with a matcha latte or iced green tea.

Photo: Beard Papa’s - Autry

9. Bubble Egg

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9188 Bellaire Blvd #B
Houston, TX 77036
(281) 888-4135
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Bubble Egg’s Hong Kong-style waffles and ice cream are totally customizable. The waffle itself can be matcha flavored, which is then stuffed to the brim with toppings and a choice of ice cream (matcha ice cream is available, naturally).

Photo: Thy T/Yelp

10. Kamalan Bakery

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9889 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 449-8398
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Kamalan Bakery is a small shop on the front side of Dun Huang Plaza. Arrive between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on any day except Tuesdays to order ice cream-stuffed, fish-shaped waffles called taiyaki. This traditional Japanese dessert at Kamalan Bakery includes sweet red beans underneath the ice cream. Less traditional are the marshmallows, whipped cream, and Pocky on top. Get there early, because this place is popular and ingredients run out.

Photo: Kamalan Bakery/Yelp

11. Sul Bing Su

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23119 Colonial Pkwy
Park Row, TX 77450
(832) 930-7802

Sul Bing Su made its debut in Katy’s Asiatown last year, serving beautiful bowls of “bing su,” or Korean shaved ice, along with taiyaki. Sul Bing Su’s taiyaki is artfully filled with a swirl of soft serve and topped with a macaron or other sugary additions. Both the soft-serve and bing su bowls can be matcha flavored.

12. Morningstar

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4721 N Main St m
Houston, TX 77009
(832) 806-1115
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Ask anyone in the Heights area where to get a local matcha snack and they’ll most likely point you toward Morningstar. This coffee shop offers matcha-glazed donuts and a matcha latte for a complete matcha-inspired breakfast.

Photo: @morningstar

1. Matcha Cafe Maiko

6650 Corporate Dr suite e-1, Houston, TX 77036
Two match soft-serve ice cream waffle cones, one covered with a gold paper layer Photo: Matcha Cafe Maiko - Autry

Looking for something a bit more flashy than the average soft serve? Top a green tea swirl with gold at Houston’s first soft serve shop dedicated to matcha. The creamy, perfectly strong matcha soft serve keeps ice cream lovers coming back for more, long after the obligatory gold-cone picture. Try the cafe’s Maiko Special cups next, filled with ingredients like mochi, red beans, and sponge cake.  

6650 Corporate Dr suite e-1
Houston, TX 77036

2. Aqua S

9889 Bellaire Blvd D232, Houston, TX 77036
Photo: @aquas_us

Aqua S is renowned for its Instagramable clouds of fairy floss (cotton candy that surrounds a cone), fanciful toppings, and rotating exotic flavors. Although most flavors change in the beginning and middle of the month, matcha is always on the menu. Go the purist route or swirl it with another flavor for a customized creation.

9889 Bellaire Blvd D232
Houston, TX 77036

3. Twisted Love

9889 Bellaire Blvd E #205, Houston, TX 77036
Photo: Twisted Love - Autry

At Twisted Love, combine cold and creamy matcha with Pocky, Fruity Pebbles, coconut, or other photo-worthy toppings. Green matcha and a pink slice of watermelon makes for a pretty combination; one that must be enjoyed quickly during the summer time.

9889 Bellaire Blvd E #205
Houston, TX 77036

4. Meccha Matcha

9889 Bellaire Blvd Suite D-220, Houston, TX 77036
Photo: Meccha Matcha - Autry

It’s not avocado toast; it’s matcha toast. Dun Huang Plaza’s latest addition to Chinatown’s matcha craze tops toast with a scoop of matcha ice cream. Choose the strength of the matcha flavor: Level 1, 2, or the darkest green level 3. This shop’s other popular items such as floats, shaved ice, and soft serve all center on one thing: matcha.

9889 Bellaire Blvd Suite D-220
Houston, TX 77036

5. Blkdog Coffee

9630 Clarewood Dr suite a13-b, Houston, TX 77036
Photo: Blkdog Coffee - Autry

Dusted lightly with powdered sugar and matcha powder, Blkdog’s mini beignets are served with a little bottle of honey meant for drizzling on beignets. It’s not a traditional New Orleans topping, but hey, neither is matcha, and they both work so well.

9630 Clarewood Dr suite a13-b
Houston, TX 77036

6. Six Ping Bakery

9384 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036
Photo: Six Ping - Autry

Six Ping’s tempting dessert selections include slices of matcha cake, a subtle green cake iced with vanilla and topped with fruit. Or try the “Europe Style Green Tea Cake” off the cake menu for a more delicate matcha flavor.

9384 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036

7. Viet Street Drinks & Snacks

11209 Bellaire Blvd C11, Houston, TX 77072
Photo: Viet Street Drinks/Yelp

This Vietnamese drink and snack shop sits at the center of the bustling Hong Kong Mall. Order a refreshing iced matcha green tea, matcha green tea frappuccino, or a matcha green tea latte after a shopping adventure — or after a delicious crawfish feast at the nearby Crawfish Café.

11209 Bellaire Blvd C11
Houston, TX 77072

8. Beard Papa's

23119 Colonial ParkwayA-13, Katy, TX 77449
Photo: Beard Papa’s - Autry

Yes, Beard Papa’s is definitely worth the drive to Katy. Katy’s new Asiatown is booming with enticing dining options from all over Asia. Beard Papa’s makes cream puffs fresh behind the counter, and diners can customize the flavor of the glaze on top and the flavor of the cream, including options like green tea, chocolate, crème brulee, strawberry, and honey butter. To feed a matcha addiction, pair with a matcha latte or iced green tea.

23119 Colonial ParkwayA-13
Katy, TX 77449

9. Bubble Egg

9188 Bellaire Blvd #B, Houston, TX 77036
Photo: Thy T/Yelp

Bubble Egg’s Hong Kong-style waffles and ice cream are totally customizable. The waffle itself can be matcha flavored, which is then stuffed to the brim with toppings and a choice of ice cream (matcha ice cream is available, naturally).

9188 Bellaire Blvd #B
Houston, TX 77036

10. Kamalan Bakery

9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036
Photo: Kamalan Bakery/Yelp

Kamalan Bakery is a small shop on the front side of Dun Huang Plaza. Arrive between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on any day except Tuesdays to order ice cream-stuffed, fish-shaped waffles called taiyaki. This traditional Japanese dessert at Kamalan Bakery includes sweet red beans underneath the ice cream. Less traditional are the marshmallows, whipped cream, and Pocky on top. Get there early, because this place is popular and ingredients run out.

9889 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036

11. Sul Bing Su

23119 Colonial Pkwy, Park Row, TX 77450

Sul Bing Su made its debut in Katy’s Asiatown last year, serving beautiful bowls of “bing su,” or Korean shaved ice, along with taiyaki. Sul Bing Su’s taiyaki is artfully filled with a swirl of soft serve and topped with a macaron or other sugary additions. Both the soft-serve and bing su bowls can be matcha flavored.

23119 Colonial Pkwy
Park Row, TX 77450

12. Morningstar

4721 N Main St m, Houston, TX 77009
Photo: @morningstar

Ask anyone in the Heights area where to get a local matcha snack and they’ll most likely point you toward Morningstar. This coffee shop offers matcha-glazed donuts and a matcha latte for a complete matcha-inspired breakfast.

4721 N Main St m
Houston, TX 77009

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