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Chicago’s First Matcha-Focused Café Has Opened In Lincoln Park With A Dreamy Tropical Vibe

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Chicago’s First Matcha-Focused Café Has Opened In Lincoln Park With A Dreamy Tropical Vibe

The new tropical health bar features matcha lattes, matcha iced teas, toasts, smoothie bowls, and even matcha waffles.

There seems to be no stop to new and exciting establishments arriving in Chicago this year, particularly those on the healthy side. In addition to several new vegan additions Wicker Park, the country’s first plant-based empanada shop opened in Lincoln Park and now the affluent north side neighborhood is also home to Chicago’s first matcha-focused café.

Matchacita is an Instagram-worthy, superfood-sanctuary selling an array of specialty drinks, breakfast items, and pastries all revolving around matcha. Literally translating as “fine powdered tea”, matcha is a well-documented superfood first used in China that boasts several health benefits and has consequently seen a huge surge in popularity around the globe in recent years.

Coming from the same plant as green tea, matcha is extremely high in antioxidants but it has also been reputed to have stress-reducing effects, boost brain function, improve heart health, aid in weight loss, and prevent cancer.

Image of a Purple Haze Latte courtesy of Matchacita.
Founded and co-owned by Bianca Pearson, Matchacita is located at 705 W. Belden Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. In addition to some incredibly tasty-looking matcha lattes and matcha iced teas, toasts, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and even match waffles can be enjoyed at the new colorful establishment. Drinks can also be leveled up with added accessories by choosing to “make it nice” with fancy glitter, “make it lucky” with lucky charms, “make me mellow” with CBD, and “make me pretty” with collagen.
Image of iced Matchacita drinks courtesy of Matchacita.

According to Pearson, “Matchacita, a play on ‘mamacita,’ is a brand I’ve been envisioning for a while. I saw an opportunity to bring a fully matcha-fied menu to Chicago, where people could enjoy a delicious drink, grab a bite and snap a selfie in a one-of-a-kind café.”

Other drink options are equally as exciting. The Charcoal Matcha comes with activated charcoal and sprinkled with edible flower petals and a Lavender Iced Tea arrives swirled with lavender syrup while a mouth-watering Golden Latte is made with turmeric, ginger, honey, and a milk of your choice.

Open for pick up and delivery, Matchacita’s opening times are from 7 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am to 4 pm on weekends.

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