What to drink when in Tsukiji Fish Market? Iced Matcha Latte, of course! 😛 It’s something that I wouldn’t really expect to find in a fish market, but it’s a welcome surprise nevertheless. And if you’re visiting Japan, you know that having an authentic matcha drink is one of the must-drink when in Tokyo, or else you’ve never really fully experienced Japan – and this store in Tsukiji Market just makes it convenient to have that matcha experience.
I found this quaint little store called Matcha Stand Maruni along the inner streets of Tsukiji Outer Fish Market. It’s almost impossible to miss this spot due to its very minimalist design – it’s just a single coffee bar area in a white-tone industrial room which is a stark contrast to the “old-Tokyo market” aesthetic of its neighbors.
I got really excited looking at their menu board because there’s just different kinds of matcha drinks (and ice cream) that you can choose from.
They have plenty of selections on offer from Iced Hojicha Latte to Soft Serve Milk Ice Cream to just plain green tea, but I was so torn between choosing Iced Matcha Latte or the Matcha Affogato. Since I just wanted to experience having authentic, freshly whisked matcha with milk, I just ordered the Iced Matcha Latte as it’s their most popular drink. I chose the less sugar option because I wanted a balance between the sweetness of the milk latte and the bitterness from the matcha.
I wanted some creaminess hence I got the Iced Matcha Latte, but if you want straight up Matcha Tea just to get a taste of matcha in its purest form, you can also get the straight up Hot or Iced Matcha without the milk and sugar, and this is what I plan to get on my next visit (probably the hot drink version).
After you order (cash is good but they recommend you pay with your card for faster transaction), right in the waiting area where the matcha bar is, is where the magic happens.
At the matcha bar is where the crew prepare your drink (or dessert) and you get to watch them whisk the freshly brewed matcha and slowly pour the green liquid onto your drink to cap off the quick show. The matcha preparation is actually an experience in its own and the final matcha drink product is the cherry on top – no wonder this small shop in Tsukiji is such a hit on social media.
Right after they poured the freshly whisked matcha on my latte drink the crew member put on a lid and gently handed me over my matcha drink – dozo!
This Iced Matcha Latte was everything I’d expected – it’s creamy and a little sweet and that bitterness from the matcha just cuts through the sweetness letting me know that it’s there. Since they use high quality matcha, the fresh, bitter taste of matcha was very prominent in the drink. All in all, it was a great, authentic matcha experience right in the heart of Tsukiji Market.
Inside Matcha Stand Maruni you can also buy all things matcha related – from bamboo whisks to spoons and matcha bowls and strainers to Matcha Powder, they’ve got it all in the store and they also offer tax-free to tourists meeting the minimum price (make sure to bring your passport).
If you’re from abroad and want to get your hands on authentic matcha stuff, Matcha Stand Maruni also has an online shop where they ship to most countries globally.
Matcha Stand Maruni is located at 4-14-18 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo. They’re open 8AM to 4PM Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays to Saturdays. They’re closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.