Enjoy your matcha fix at these local spots
Just as coffee culture has taken off in Australia since the early 2000s, so too has matcha, only we’ve been a little slower to catch on.
Plenty of Newcastle cafes have taken note, adding matcha to their drinks lineup in recent years. If you’re hooked on matcha or you’re wanting to try this earthy yet sweet East Asian green tea, start working your way through this guide on where to get matcha in Newcastle.
23hundred Espresso Bar
Ideally-located a short walk from Newcastle Beach, the foreshore, and Hunter Street, 23hundred Espresso Bar is a go-to inner city coffee spot. Order yourself a matcha latte when the cravings kick in.
Where: 71 Scott St, Newcastle
Tucked into suburban Merewether, Akuna Cafe is all about dishing up nourishing food and drinks that’ll make you feel good. Grab a matcha latte, hot or iced, and pair it with one of the cafe’s filling breakfast options.
Where: 40 Patrick St, Merewether
Autumn Rooms is a Newcastle favourite for delicious and creative breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes. Now, the cafe is slinging out matcha lattes – your prayers have been answered!
Where: 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill | 42 Mitchell St, Stockton
Cafe Inu’s food has a distinct Japanese influence, so it makes sense that matcha makes an appearance on the menu. Served in a traditional tea bowl, Cafe Inu’s matcha is as good as they get.
Where: 43 Denison St, Carrington
Convoy Commune oozes relaxed, beachy vibes, and what better way to chill out than with a matcha latte? Order one from Convoy Commune hot or cold, on your choice of milk, and unwind.
Where: 88 Mitchell St, Merewether
Core Espresso has been a reliable Darby Street coffee spot for years, but did you know the cafe also does a matcha latte? Get your matcha fix while you kick back in the cosy courtyard.
Where: 162 Darby St, Newcastle
Dark Horse Wickham is a cute little cafe sharing a building with lifestyle store House of Lita in Wickham. Its twist on matcha, a hot or cold chai matcha, is perfect for chai lovers who are delving into the world of matcha.
Where: 26 Greenway St, Wickham
Distribution Coffee Cafe
While Distribution Coffee Cafe may focus on specialty coffee, this coffee spot also serves a matcha latte. Fuel up with a matcha (hot or iced) and a toastie to start your day.
Where: Unit 12/5-7 Channel Rd, Mayfield West
Fancy your matcha latte a touch sweeter? Order the maple matcha latte from ELMAs for a hint of added sweetness. Sip it out in the cafe’s kid and dog-friendly space.
Where: Unit 40/54 Clyde St, Hamilton North
Little Guys may be little, but what this Hunter Street coffee joint lacks in size, it makes up for in quality drinks and toasties. Little Guys offers a matcha latte for just $4 – time for a treat we say.
Where: 555 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Mama-P is known for its delicious, healthy, plant-based food, and its drinks menu is no different. Order a Magic Moon Matcha – made with premium organic matcha – to pair with your nourishing feed.
Where: 2/142 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown
Based in Newcastle and sourcing its matcha from the Shizuoka region of Japan, Matcha Hana is the brainchild of matcha lover Hannah. Check out Matcha Hana’s range of matcha online, including matcha bowls, tools, and spoons.
Local clinical nutritionist Soph not only helps people take charge of their health, but she even has her own brand of matcha. She imports grade A, premium ceremonial matcha straight from tea fields in Japan. You can purchase it online, or keep an eye out for Soph at local markets.
Sanctum has been a Darby Street staple for more than five years, and its menu is full of reliable cafe favourites. If you’re really craving matcha, order a jumbo-sized iced matcha for $8.50
Where: 8/113-125 Darby St, Cooks Hill
Sunnyboy Kiosk has become the hotspot along the Bather’s Way for a pre or post-walk coffee – why not make your next stop a matcha latte? Grab it hot with honey for $5.
Where: 15 Ocean St, Merewether
If you’re after a luxe matcha experience, Talulah in The Junction is the place to be. Featuring A-grade Japanese matcha, Talulah’s take is brewed on soy milk with pure maple.
Where: 52 Glebe Rd, The Junction
The Bondwood is a favourite among Adamstown locals and passersby looking for a coffee hit along Glebe Road. Have your matcha hot tonic served out of an original 1950s Roma caravan and enjoy your matcha on the grass or on the go.
Where: 504 Glebe Rd, Adamstown
The Healthy Cocktail’s take on matcha is loaded with healthy ingredients to complement the earthy, slightly sweet flavour of matcha – think maca, cinnamon, coconut nectar, Himalayan salt, and spearmint.
Where: 141 Darby St, Cooks Hill
There are few better locations to sip matcha than at The Kiosk Newcastle Beach. For $4.50 you can nab a matcha latte, or make it iced for $5 – ideal for when you need to beat the heat.
Where: 42 Shortland Esp, Newcastle East
Boasting a wholefood, plant-based menu, The Yoga Place Cafe is a hidden gem located in the beachside suburb of Blacksmiths. Have your matcha the traditional way on plant milk, or opt for it poured over ice when the weather starts heating up.
Where: 6 Mitti St, Blacksmiths
If you’d like a side of homewares shopping with your matcha, head to Villa Lane in Redhead. This relaxed coastal lifestyle boutique and cafe does a matcha latte, great for pairing with its grab and go-style food offering.
Where: Shop 2/105 Cowlishaw St, Redhead
Wild Vine Coffee does a killer toastie and quality coffee, but this cute caravan also serves up hot and cold matcha. Located in suburban Adamstown, it’s an ideal spot for locals looking for their matcha fix.
Where: 4/10 Williams St, Adamstown
With four locations around Newcastle, XS Espresso has got you covered across the city when the matcha cravings hit. Enjoy your matcha from XS Espresso either hot or iced.
Where: Bennett’s Green | Glendale | Jesmond | Kotara
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