This list took WORK. I Googled, searched Yelp, asked Instagram, then personally checked out ALL of these places for you in search of the best matcha desserts Austin has to offer! So, if you’re feeling like something sweet with an excellent matcha flavor, here’s a pretty good list to get you started.
Note: I specifically looked for matcha desserts – ice cream, frozen treats, pastries, cakes… etc. I did not include any matcha lattes or matcha boba tea. Diving into matcha lattes could be a lifetime’s work on its own! And you guys already know my favorite boba tea is from ShareTea in North Austin.
In no particular order, let’s dive in:
Asahi Imports – Matcha Soft Serve
6105 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78757
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, you can get an incredible matcha soft serve from Asahi Imports for just a couple bucks. I was completely blown away by this little treat. The matcha flavoring is perfect and you can actually see the little bits of matcha powder in the soft serve. It also has that powdery mouth-feel that good matcha products have. You know what I’m talking about? Sure you do – you’re a matcha fan like me!
DipDipDip Ice Cream – Matcha Ice Cream
7301 Burnet Rd., Ste. 101, Austin, TX 78757
DipDipDip Ice Cream lives right next door to DipDipDip Tatsu-ya. They serve up super cute ice creams from their little window. The Matcha Cha-Cha has matcha green tea ice cream, sweet beans, azuki puree, and creme fraiche. For a matcha bonus, get it served up in a matcha dipped cone. Overall, I thought the matcha flavor was GREAT in the ice cream, less so in the cone. The dipped cone was really good, don’t get me wrong, but the flavor was just more vanilla than matcha, in my opinion. I also added some marshmallows to add to the cuteness.
Dolce Neve – Matcha Gelato
1713 South 1st street, Austin, TX 78704 // 1109 East 5th street, suite 170, Austin, TX 78702
Dolce Neve is serving up the highest quality gelato in Austin, if you ask me. It’s incredibly smooth and creamy, flavorful, and SO fresh. Their matcha gelato is so powdery and delicious. I almost solely order their matcha when I visit. Dolce Neve opened a new location on the east side. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend visiting. Because they make everything super fresh and according to what fruits are in season, they have a lot of rotating flavors. Check ahead of time to make sure they have matcha!
OMG Squee – Taiyaki Matcha Soft Serve
4607 Bolm Rd, Austin, TX 78702
If your matcha dessert needs to be Instagram-able, then the OMG Squee matcha taiyaki soft serve is what you need. Everything at OMG Squee is gluten-free, including their taiyaki (if that’s important to you). I thought the soft serve was a bit too icy, but the matcha flavor was really great. And you can’t deny, it looks SO cute in photos! As far as I know, this is the only place in Austin serving a dessert like this. Pro tip: top it with toasted marshmallow fluff and a macaron. Currently, OMG Squee is only open on weekends and matcha soft serve is on rotation. Please make sure they’re open and serving what you want before you visit!
Kome Sushi Kitchen – Coconut Matcha “Creme” Brûlée and Green Tea Parfait
5301 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751
The beloved sushi restaurant Kome offers two matcha-based desserts on their dinner menu. One is Kayo’s famous green tea parfait. It’s made with green tea gelatin, puffed rice, green tea ice cream, red bean paste, whipped cream, mochi, and pocky sticks. It was good with all the toppings, but I wished it had a stronger green tea flavor. If you like more of a subtle nod to green tea, then you’ll like this one a lot. Kome also serves a coconut matcha “creme” brûlée, made with dairy free green tea and coconut cream custard with caramelized sugar. This one was excellent! I loved the flavor and consistency. I’ll definitely be back to order it again!
Sugar Pine – Matcha Ice Cream
8578 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
Sugar Pine is a cute little neighborhood restaurant serving up some tasty Japanese cuisine. They have bento boxes, onigiri, beer, sake, and homemade ice cream. Matcha is one of their flavors and YUM is it good. It’s on the sweeter side and has a great matcha flavor. The ice cream is extremely smooth and creamy. I made a wonderful little lunch with some of their on-the-go onigiri and a scoop of matcha ice cream.
Yummi Joy – Matcha Soft Serve
409 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Yummi Joy is an awesome candy shop downtown. They serve 144 different kinds of mix and match candy, homemade fudge, chocolate truffles, espresso, novelty drinks, a TON of packaged candy, and of course, ice cream! Their ice cream comes from vegan ice cream shop Sweet Ritual. The vegan soft serve is a made with coconut milk and organic vanilla soy milk. It is a bit icy, but the matcha flavor is absolutely delicious. Very powdery with just enough sweetness. While Yummi Joy always has vanilla, matcha is a rotating flavor. Make sure to call ahead to see if they have it!
Snowy Village – Matcha Bingsu
6929 Airport Boulevard #135 Austin, TX 78752 // 1700 W Parmer Ln #244 Austin, TX 78727
Bingsu is such a fun little dessert. It’s a popular Korean shaved ice where the shaved ice bits are very fine and powdery – like snow! It’s light and fluffy and quickly dissolves in your mouth. Snowy Village has several bingsu toppings, including matcha! The shaved ice itself isn’t matcha flavored, but the top is powdered with it.
Bar Peached – Matcha Bingsu
1315 W 6th St Austin, TX 78703
Another place that serves matcha bingsu is Bar Peached (another restaurant by The Peached Tortilla). What makes this bingsu different from Snowy Village is that it’s topped with a scoop of peach ice cream. In the photo, it’s covered by whipped cream, but it’s there. I will say – Bar Peached bingsu had less matcha powder than Snow Village. But, if you’re in need of a matcha dessert with your happy hour drinks and tacos, this is a pretty good hit. Also, the vibe of the Bar Peached indoor and patio space is amazing. It’s a really cute, Instagram-able spot.
85°C – Matcha Baked Goods
11301 Lakeline Blvd, #140 Austin, TX 78717 // 6929 Airport Blvd, #197 Austin, TX 78752
This place was recommended to me many times when I was looking for matcha desserts, and I can see why! 85°C Bakery Cafe was founded with the philosophy
of 5-star quality baked goods at affordable prices. Today, 85°C has over 1,000 locations worldwide! I’ve visited both locations in Austin and had excellent experiences at each one. It’s set up so that you take a tray and some tongs with you while you walk through all the bakery displays, picking whichever desserts look interesting to you. I’m sure their items vary from day-to-day, but I snagged a matcha coco bun and a matcha red bean roll on my last visit.
Other great matcha baked goods can be found at:
Tous Les Jours
6808 N Lamar Blvd Suite B-115 Austin, TX 78752 // 11301 Lakeline Blvd Austin, TX 78717
99 Ranch Market
6929 Airport Blvd. Austin, TX 78752
Snomo – Matcha Snow Ice
11220 N. Lamar Blvd #B275 Austin, TX 78750 // 900 Ranch Road 620 S. #A109 Lakeway, TX 78734 // 11301 Lakeline Blvd Austin, TX 78717
I know this dessert looks simple but MY GOODNESS. The matcha snow ice from Snomo is seriously so delicious. It has a powerful matcha flavor which I loved. The Taiwanese snow ice dessert is like little thin sheets of ice cream folded on top of one another. Pictured below is just plan matcha with condensed milk drizzled on top, but you can top it with all kinds of things ranging from fresh fruit to tapioca boba. I ordered a small and could have easily shared it.
That’s it for now! Did I miss something? Please comment below. I definitely want to keep this list updated and growing.
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