I’m all sorts of pumped to tell you guys about Matcha Time Cafe today. I discovered this gem on yelp and couldn’t resist featuring it because I love highlighting local businesses on here! Located in Historic Ellicott City, MD, this Japanese cafe and gift shop was seriously the cutest ever, and there was a huge free lot out front so parking was easy peasy. That’s always a plus for me because I hate looking for parking – it’s seriously the biggest time suck.
My bf and I came here last week to try their desserts, and we were pleasantly surprised by everything. The interior was on point, the staff was super friendly, and the food was delicious! We got a matcha latte, green tea waffle ice cream (pictured above), and homemade mochi with red bean to share. Pro tip: make sure you check out their hanging menu w/ specials before placing your order. I totally missed it at first so I wanted to give you guys a heads up so you didn’t make the same mistake.
Our drink was made with almond milk – you can get it with soy if you prefer – and although tasty, it was a little too sweet for me. The green tea waffle ice cream was $5.99, and the presentation was super on point. It was cut into four pieces and coated in dark chocolate (!!!!) It was then drizzled with chocolate sauce and garnished with strawberries and whipped cream. The homemade mochi had a nice texture, but you have to get it with red bean because it makes all the difference in the world!
A shot of Japanese goodies + drinks.
Also available: a variety of award-winning teas, in-house made pastries, sushi, and ramen.
Cute origami decor!
Their gift shop featuring items from Japan along with adorable crafts made in the US by Japanese and American artisans.
Alright guys, that’s it for today! I’m planning on featuring more local joints in the near future so keep an eye out. I’m all about supporting small businesses so I’m extra excited for what’s to come. What do you guys think of Matcha Time Cafe? Are you a fan of asian pastries and desserts? Let me know by leaving a comment below, and click here to see more on food. Until next time, friends!