I really love to try out Asian food and drinks. Matcha is one of my favourite Asian flavours. I have already tried many matcha foodspots in the Netherlands, like in my hometown Rotterdam. This year I visited Paris twice and both times I did a foodietour. During these tours I try out a lot of different things! It ranges from trying delicious patisserie like macarons and eclairs to Asian food like pho noodle soup, durian and matcha! Last time I wrote about the durian foodspots I visited in Paris. Now i want to share with you the matcha foodspots I have tried there.
In Paris there are a lot of foodspots that serve matcha products. I haven’t tried them all. Beneath you can about the ones I tried and what I think of them.
Sadaharu Aoki is the name of a Japanese pâtissier from Tokyo. In 1991 Aoki decided to go to France. There he worked for famous French restaurants in Paris and he also worked with the michelin star chef Frédy Girardet in Switzerland. Girardet is a Swiss chef who cooks in the French tradition. In 1998 Aoki decided to open his own patisserie shop in Paris. Now he has ten shops in total: five shops in Paris, four in Tokyo and one in Nagoya.
What is interesting about the pastries from Aoki is that he uses traditional Japanese ingredients like yuzu, matcha and red beans in typical French pastry. In his shops you can find eclairs, macarons, croissants, chocolate and cookies. Some shops have a cafe and you can also order coffee and tea there.
I visited two shops in Paris: boutique Vaugirard and boutique Port-Royal. The latter also has a cafe. I tried a matcha croissant. It wasn’t that good. The one we bought also looked very flat, so maybe it was a bit older. It was quite dry and the matcha flavour just didn’t fit the dry croissant texture.
I also tried out three different flavours of cakes. Ginza is a cake with almond biscuit, hibiscus cream and red fruit. This one was too sweet, but had a nice and soft texture. Matcha azuki is with chocolate biscuit with praline, hazelnut, matcha cream and red bean paste. This is a beautiful and balanced mixture of different flavours. I really love red bean and matcha together, the soft texture of the cake and the chocolate and nut flavours really finished it. The last one was the Marron fruits rouges with chestnut, hazelnut and red fruits. This is a seasonal cake for the autumn and winter period. There was also rum inside. This cake has a nice creamy flavour to it, the combination between the different nuts, cream and red fruits was really nice. Only the rum flavour was too strong and too overwhelming. I normally don’t drink alcohol and I expected it to be subtle, like in tiramisu.
Sadaharu Aoki has a lot of variation in sweet stuff and cakes. Some cakes are seasonal. It is worth to check it out. It’s nicer to go to the one with a cafe since you can also enjoy your cake on the spot.
Sadaharu Aoki boutique Port-Royal (with cafe)
56 boulevard de Port-Royal
I already named Sweet Dessert as the place for durian, but they have more Asian flavoured dishes, like with sesame and matcha. I tried two matcha desserts there. One is the egg waffle with matcha ice cream and a matcha mango cream with grapefruit pieces. The egg waffle was tasteless and soft and the matcha wasn’t as pure and creamy like I tasted before. I did like the matcha dessert in combination between grapefruit and mango. The last two flavours fits together.
44 avenue d’Ivry
We came across this place when we were just walking around. They also sell the same type of egg waffles like the one from Sweet Desserts, but when we were there it was sold out. We decided to take a mille crêpes with matcha and red beans and a dessert with mochi, matcha and red beans. The desserts were really nice! But I didn’t like the texture of a mille crêpes. It tasted like pieces of skin.
53 Rue des Petits Champs
Umami Matcha Café
When I heard there was a matcha cafe in Paris, I was very curious about it. During my visit in august it was closed, but in november it was open! It’s a nice and cosy shop and at the entrance you can see a lot of Japanese food items they sell. It ranges from soya sauce to tea and drinks. At the counter you see some cakes and bread they sell. They also had black sesame drinks! But they were sold out, or else I would have tried it.
We decided to take a matcha cheesecake, eclair with chocolate and hojicha, pure matcha tea and matcha military Latte with vanilla and coffee. The name military comes from the different layers you see in the latte.
I especially like the cheesecake very much, which is really creamy. The matcha flavour wasn’t so strong unfortunately. The hojicha flavour in the eclair made the cream a bit bitter, but the bottom of the chocolate had nice crunchy pieces in it. All the ingredients separately tasted better than eating it as a whole. And the military latte! It has a beautiful mixture of flavours with the subtle bitter flavour from the matcha and coffee and the soft vanilla flavour. Amazing to try out! The matcha tea tasted a bit too normal, so that wasn’t special to order next time.
Umami Matcha Café
22 rue Béranger
Aki Boulanger is a Japanese bakery and cafe located in the heart of Japan town. It was also closed during the summer, but I am glad I got to try it during the autumn. They have bread, cakes, coffee and tea and you can either order something to take away or eat it on the spot. The food is a bit more expensive if you eat it on the spot.
I took one melon pan with strawberry flavour for takeaway. We enjoyed a chou matcha and mille crêpes yuzu. The bread from the melon pan was really good and soft. I like the combination with strawberry. It was subtle and not too sweet. I really loved yuzu flavour and this one was also just as good, but also here I don’t like the mille crêpes texture. Last but not least, the chou matcha was heavenly! Soft and not too sweet, good balance of white chocolate with matcha. Aki Boulanger is worth a visit! There is soo much choice. There is always something for everyone.
16 Rue Sainte-Anne
Near Sweet Desserts you also have Taiyaki Paris and Yinki. I have only visited Yinki for the durian pancake and I was too late to try out Taiyaki Paris, since it was closed when we passed by. Taiyaki is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. You can normally buy them with red bean paste, custard, chocolate or cheese filling. At Taiyaki Paris they also sell it with ice cream, like with matcha flavour and you can also buy savoury ones. Looking at the reviews, it does look good. So I will put it on my foodielist for another time.
44 avenue d’Ivry
Situated in the beautiful Jardin de Palais Royal, this cafe is very small, the cakes were also a bit overprices. We decided not to eat or drink here. But I heard the coffee and other drinks are really good here. They also have different matcha drinks.
51 Galerie Montpensier
In Paris there are many Asian Supermarkets. In Japan Town you have K-mart, Ace mart and a few smaller ones. Here you can buy a lot of food and drinks from Korea and Japan. They also have some matcha products. I bought some cookies with matcha and chocolate flavour. I like them all, but the square-shaped cookie had a little bit of a strange aftertaste. The rest had a good mixture of matcha flavour, chocolate and cookie. These snacks were not very cheap. I think it is cheaper to buy them in Asia.
Other Asian supermarkets I have seen were in the China Town of Paris, like Big Store and Tang Frères. There are more supermarkets and cakeshops over there and you can find whatever (Asian flavour or product) you want!
6-8 Rue Sainte-Anne
63 Rue Sainte-Anne
81 avenue d’Ivry
48 Avenue d’Ivry
If going to Asia is a bit too far for you and you are craving for Asian food or something with matcha, Paris is a good place to go to.