C California Style

North Park’s new HOLY MATCHA cafe.

Where We’re Drinking Matcha Right Now

by C California Style

Introducing San Diego’s new Instagram-worthy spot

“New York and L.A. have all these matcha cafes. I saw the void and opportunity and thought, why don’t we open one?” says San Diego-based entrepreneur Geraldine Ridaura, who channeled her passion for the ancient Japanese beverage into Holy Matcha, a playful cafe—and the first of its kind—in North Park. The pink-swathed room, designed by the S.F. firm Homework, features art deco-like banquettes inspired by India Mahdavi’s London restaurant Sketch, plus floral-patterned wallpaper. Ridaura has been having fun experimenting with the antioxidant tea and other treats on the plant-based menu, including rice flour vegan matcha doughnuts. 3118 University Ave., S.D.; holymatchasd.com.

Photography by STACY KECK.

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of C Magazine.