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  • Writer's pictureSiri Kay Jostad

Holy Matcha...What does that mean?

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

This wonderful place is more like Holy Watch (a) Out, it is so cute.  Totally an Instagram-worthy interior design…someone knew what they were doing.  The whole place is pink and green:  pink walls, green plants, pink velvet banquette seating, green tropical print wallpaper, white marble counters and cafe tables everything accented with gold here and there.  Holy Matcha’s got it going on.

That deliberateness to make one’s self photo-ready is exactly part of the recipe for success here.  Every single element is literally SO beautiful you can’t help but pull out your iPhone and snap shot after shot.  Holy Matcha is spot on trend..  They know what we like and they give it to us.  Anti-oxidant-rich matcha currently being tres chic, in this case it’s matcha green tea everything.

They are not sitting still and resting on their matcha laurels either.  Yes they introduced a gluten-free, dairy-free matcha soft-serve, but staying trendy means also introducing a Thanksgiving version that is Pumpkin Spice Charcoal Soft Serve!  Seriously?  yes.  You’ve surely seen charcoal showing up all over the place lately.  And you MUST try it.  Holy Matcha hits it out of the ballpark on absolutely everything.

Besides an interesting variety of matcha drinks like lattes and lemonades, you can also get the de rigger avocado toast served on Sadie Rose bread sprinkled with chili flakes.  I personally think it's spectacular tasting--and I eat avocado toast variations pretty much everyplace served.

I do have to admit (embarrassingly) that after the first time I laid my mouth on one of their donuts (yes…they have grabbed on to the tail of unusually-flavored-donut-mania), I actually went out of my way to go back for the next two consecutive days JUST to buy one (ok maybe two) more donuts. 

These vegan…gluten-free…baked and…organic donuts are lovingly crafted by Coronado’s Gluten Free Pantry (  TO DIE FOR…I’m not kidding you.

Holy Matcha regularly carries the moist and cake-y versions of chocolate donuts with matcha frosting, vanilla with matcha frosting and vanilla with strawberry frosting. Down University Avenue at Communal Coffee they also serve Coronado Baking donuts…my favorite there is chocolate with lavender frosting.

The Deets:

Holy Matcha, 3118 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104  Mon-Fri 9am - 6p, Sat/Sun 9am - 7pm.

Since writing this, Holy Match has opened another location deep downtown San Diego near Petco Park. There is literally no free parking, so I guess it's more for people who live downtown or are going to a baseball game.

It's equally cute and the same deliciousness but smaller than the North Park location.

We did a photo shoot here once for a book club book. This may give you an idea of the size.

The Deets:

Holy Matcha, 201 Park Blvd #105, San Diego, CA 92101  Mon-Fri 9am - 5p, Sat/Sun 9am - 1pm.

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