CafeReview

Holy Matcha San Diego: Is It Worth The Visit?

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You know those Instagrammable cafes that look like all the fun and rage, but when you get to the ordering process, the must-have Iced Caramel Latte and overpriced Avocado Toast actually sucks balls? Honestly, I’ve been through my fair shares of disappointed cafe runs and let me just say, I’ve gotten better at deciphering which cafes I’ll end up enjoying versus those that I know I would never go again.

With overhyped cafes, I tend to stray away from the hipster AF ones that you see all over social media that sell overpriced coffees that only offer syrups as sweeteners - just failed experience after failed experience, I just know that these are not my cup of tea (or coffee, in this case - bahaha).

But despite what I’m saying, you never truly know what a cafe will be like unless you try it for yourself. Despite every Yelp review ever written and despite what your mother says, your only best critic is yourself.

So, that brings us to today’s question of the day - is the Instagrammable Holy Matcha in San Diego worth the visit? Yes, yes, and YES! Now, it’s time to share with you guys WHY Holy Matcha has won my interest.


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Instagram goals in every corner.


Okay, let’s be honest here - who visits a cafe with their main intention of getting an Instagram-worthy shot before you leave? Luckily for you, this mindset is pretty much the norm these days. In the past, we often looked to Yelp for trustworthy restaurant reviews and aesthetic AF entrees. Nowadays, millennials have shifted their focus towards approving what the interior of a cafe looks like before even categorizing it in their “to-visit” list of Instagrammable cafes.

Oh boy, isn’t it funny how times have changed?

So for those of you who prioritize the appearance of a cafe’s interior before actually making a trip there (cough, I’m also guilty as charged, cough), you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Holy Matcha in San Diego has incorporated aesthetic spots into every corner of their cafe. From a cute neon light sign to pink couches adjoined to leafy wallpaper to Pigment-looking hipster AF chairs that you would only find in Barbie’s mansion, you’re pretty much set for Instagram content for the next few days if you dine here.

Also, if you really wanna cross the line of #shameless and #bossassbitch, you might as well bring 2-3 outfits with you and change in the bathroom. Don’t worry, we all do it these days - no one’s judging ;)

P.S. The bathroom is probably as aesthetic as the cafe itself.



The menu carries matcha-infused entrees that actually look as good as they taste.


Fun fact - did you know that I disliked matcha for years before I actually fell in love with it? Honestly, I think matcha is one of those acquired tastes that you have to get used to, similarly to how I feel about beer (LOL).

If you look at the menu, you will notice that almost every drink, dessert, or entree has matcha incorporated into it. Their menu consists of various tea selections, desserts, lemonades, toasts, and pastries. If you’re a first time visitor looking for some decent bites, I’d highly recommend their Matcha Horchata, Avocado Toast (it comes with flowers!), and Full Waffle Bouquet. In fact, I’ve personally tried all of these menu options and loved them for their aesthetic presentation and exquisite flavors!

Also, their Full Waffle Bouquet is made using vegan and gluten-free vanilla waffles and tastes ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Not only does this menu option serve as a great dessert to split with a friend or boothang, but it’s also not too sweet or heavy on the stomach!

In regards to price point, I will be honest that Holy Matcha San Diego is pricier than your average cafe, but you’re pretty much paying for the quality of the ingredients and dope presentation of your tablespread. Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed with your order!


So, I already know that I’ll be visiting Holy Matcha San Diego soon because my best friend keeps talking about dragging me here sooner or later to fulfill her must-shoot-at-this-Instagrammable-cafe desires, LOL! Thus, we will be making a whole day trip out of this and I’ll keep you guys updated on other San Diego hotspots that we’ll be visiting soon to the gram and blog ;)

Additionally, Holy Matcha recently opened a second location in North Park - you can see more photos and read about their grand opening here.


Have you heard of Holy Matcha San Diego before? Is this a location you would add to your “to-visit” list of Instagrammable cafes? Talk to me in the comments below - let’s chat!


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The Most Instagrammable Cafe in Taiwan: VVG Hideaway

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Because of the beautiful aesthetics of this one particular Taiwan cafe, I knew I wanted to give an entirely separate review to the lovely VVG Hideaway in Taipei City, Taiwan. In fact, I discovered this hidden gem (it’s literally hidden…we had to park near a random stranger’s house and took a 5-min walk down a random hill to get here) through a blog post written by Singapore blogger, Christabel Chua from @bellywellyjelly, when she visited Taiwan a while back. As soon as she posted photos from this Instagrammable cafe, I knew I had to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit this place for myself!

You know those Facebook videos you find on your newsfeed that have catchy titles such as “The Most Instagrammable Restaurants In Taiwan” or “15 Places You Need To Dine At In Taiwan”? Well, VVG Hideaway would honestly make the cut in any press-related restaurant videos filmed in Taiwan because it is literally #cafegoals when you analyze the exceptional quality and presentation of the entrees and drinks, the clean and minimal aesthetics of the cafe, the customer service, etc. Since I am not from Taiwan and will probably not visit this country often, I would honestly come here EVERY single time because I personally believe it is the ideal location to grab tea/coffee and desserts with friends or a loved one, to catch up on some quiet reading time, or to get that Instagram-worthy shot. If I had to put my finger on it, VVG Hideaway reminds me of one of those quaint, private “treehouses” that is tucked away from the hustle and bustle and noise of any neighboring city.

In today’s blog post, I’ve listed a numerous amount of reasons on why I loved my first-time experience at VVG Hideaway and why you should add this particular cafe to your Taiwan bucketlist as well


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1. This cafe has a very clean, cozy, minimal, & welcoming vibe - both indoors and outdoors.


As soon as I took one step into this lovely cafe, I felt like I was going to star in an Asian drama (LOL, I’ve been watching too many of these as of lately - thanks a lot, Netflix!). The first thing you see upon walking in is are two hostesses to your left waiting to greet you, and adjacent rooms that contain bookshelves, various decor, greenery, and more. In fact, the entire cafe is an open space, meaning there is a lot of walking room and rooms to browse through while you’re waiting for your seat.

With huge bay windows surrounding the entire cafe, it is amazing to see just how naturally lit this entire place is without a huge necessity for what’s normally deemed, “shitty restaurant lighting”. Essentially, you are spoiled with a beautiful view of the outdoors (BTW, the outside is just as pretty as the inside!) as you munch on the cutest menu options that VVG Hideaway has to offer. Plus, this natural light is perfect for bookworms like me - if I lived in Taiwan, this cafe would seriously be my number one work, reading, or study location of all times.

When a cafe provides an ample variety of food/drinks, perfect window lighting, a picturesque view, and plush sofas, you know that you’re about to feel pampered AF.

*Note: Please reserve a table for your party at least a few days to weeks in advance.

See VVG Hideaway’s Yelp page here.



2. A huge variety of menu options to choose from when it comes to ordering food, drinks, and/or dessert. Aesthetic and delicious!


I remember browsing the menu for a few minutes in deep thought before deciding what I really wanted to try! After careful consideration, I ended up ordering their Iced Coffee and Tiramisu Cake.

Honestly, my Iced Coffee was one of the best coffee drinks that I ever had. Not only did I find it super cool that my ice cubes were made entirely out of coffee, but it was also fun to pour the milk and creamer into the glass to see the entire mixture combine into one delicious beverage. It contained the perfect amount of coffee flavor; in other words, it was not too sweet or too bitter, but just right. If only we had this place in America!

As for my Tiramisu dessert, it tasted beyond delicious and I had no complaints at all. It was a combination of sweet, light, decadent, and fluffy. The best part? It didn’t contain too much alcohol (because we know some tiramisus can taste a bit too bitter!) and tasted just like a cake, so that made me a happy camper!

If I had to recall the other menu options to choose from, VVG Hideaway also served sandwiches, spaghetti, soups, salads, alcohol, and more. In terms of the price point, Wendy mentioned that the desserts and drinks ranged from around $6 - 9 USD each, while the entrees were a bit pricier. You can click the link here to view screenshots of the menu.

*Note: Each person in your party must spend at least $16 USD minimum to dine here.


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3. Solid customer service.


Although I cannot speak Chinese, I had no complaints about the customer service. From cordially greeting our party to leading us to our table to taking our order, everything went smoothly.

I do have to say that the menu items do take a bit of time to prepare, so just expect to wait 10 - 15 minutes before you get your order!


4. Photography-friendly policy.


Not only was I able to take a billion photos at this dream cafe without judgment or weird stares from others (sorry Wendy), but I saw other customers taking fun cafe photos here as well.

However, they do have a strict policy against videography so just FYI! I love how the staff was kind enough to tell us about their policy after they spotted us creating content and apologized for the inconvenience, even though they didn’t cause us any inconvenience at all. When it comes to customer service, I appreciate employees who know how to communicate their policies in a clear and concise way all the while remaining respectful and polite to their customers.


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So after reading my review and looking through these photos, are you convinced to add this place to your Taiwan bucketlist? What would you order if you were here?

Talk to me in the comments below - let’s chat!


Outfit Details:

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