TaiyaKiwi Shop

We started from a tiny Matcha Bar in Wellington


With our passion to expand the popularity of Japanese Matcha Tea in New Zealand, we started from a tiny Matcha Cafe in the heart of Wellington in 2017. As we thought Taiyaki (Japanese fish-shaped waffle) is the perfect match with Matcha, the cafe’s theme was “A little Taiyaki & Matcha Bar”, the 1st of such a shop in New Zealand. 

Our tiny cafe was’t super popular with long queues every day but luckily we had many loyal customers and social media followers. We were so happy to see how many Matcha and Taiyaki lovers were increasing in Wellington. However the corona-virus changed the world in 2020. It was a bit hard to keep the little cafe open after the lockdown with so many people are working from home and no travelers from overseas.

So we’ve decided not to extend our shop lease in August 2020. (Perhaps we may open a taiyaki and matcha shop again sometime in the future!) We then shifted our Matcha passion to online. As we love Matcha and we still have passion to introduce Matcha to more and more kiwis, we still maintain our online store and we hope many kiwis try our ceremonial grade Matcha from Uji Kyoto!

Some of you might think Matcha tastes bitter, however the highest grade ceremonial ones actually taste naturally sweet. So please try our TaiyaKiwi Matcha today!


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