Cheers to new beginnings at Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

At last, we have come to the end of 2020 and we are all looking forward to new beginnings in the coming year.

Did you know that the sakura-cha (cherry blossom tea) symbolizes new beginnings? Because of this, it is a popular drink during weddings and other celebrations in Japan.

Sakura Hanami

Since cherry blossoms can only be harvested once a year, the Japanese began pickling them in salt and ume plum vinegar. This allowed them to enjoy the distinct sakura flavor throughout the year.

Sakura Hanami

At Maginhawa QC tea shop Sakura Hanami, tea lovers can bask in the presence of these cheery cherry blossoms.

Sakura Hanami

Here, they can also enjoy a Traditional Cherry Blossom Tea (Php195). With this clear and pink-hued drink with a floral aftertaste (made by steeping pickled cherry blossoms which seemingly blooms in hot water), sweetened with rich golden honey, tea-tahs like me and my foodie friends can sit together, reminisce about past great times and look forward to fun adventures ahead of us.

Sakura Hanami

Sakura Hanami

Sakura Hanami

For those who want to cool down with a tasty beverage, they can check out Sakura Hanami’s signature flavors in XL cups.

Sakura Hanami

Lava Pearl Latte (Php180). Sakura Hanami’s flagship drink featuring the smooth and silky combination milk, coffee and lava syrup infused with black sugar.

Sakura Hanami

Peach Paradise (Php195). Refreshing green tea with a sweet fruity taste and real peach slices, topped with chia seeds.

Sakura Hanami

Cookie Butter Milk Tea (Php250). For the dessert lovers out there, this concoction of flavorful tea, creamy milk and cookie butter may sate your sweet cravings.

Sakura Hanami

You can enjoy these extra-large drinks by yourself or better yet, share them with friends!

Sakura Hanami

If you want to take the Sakura Hanami experience home with you, get yourself a DIY cup or two such as a Choco Overload Milk Tea (Php79) or a Hokkaido Caramel Milk Tea (Php79). To craft your your refreshing cup of milk tea, just steep the black tea leaves in hot water for ten minutes, take out the leaves, pour in the flavorings, stir and you’re done!

Sakura Hanami

Sakura Hanami

Sakura Hanami

Sakura Hanami

Sakura Hanami brings that refreshing feeling of spring to lea lovers anytime of the year. We know that we can always surround ourselves with the cheeriness pf cherry blossoms anytime, helping us welcome our new beginnings.

Sakura Hanami

I had a lovely time with my fellow tea-tahs Jen of SandUnderMyFeet.com, Nix of IEatAndIWander.com, Anj of AnjColumna.com and Chryz of Chryzpontaneous. Thanks to Midz of GastronomidaPH.com for extending the invitation!

This Sakura Hanami branch is located at 168 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, open daily from 12 noon to 9.30pm. It recently re-opened for safe dining with protocols in place for the New Normal such as the mandatory use of face masks and face shields inside the premises, provision of hand sanitizers and contact tracing.

Other Sakura Hanami branches in the metro are located at:

  • 1021 P. Ocampo Corner Arellano Street, Malate, Manila
  • Second Floor, Fusebox Food Park, 1254 Asturias Street, Sampaloc, Manila

Sakura Hanami also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I was invited to sample Sakura Hanami’s offerings.  Beverage items mentioned here (except for the DIY milk tea cups) were served for us to taste the fare to facilitate our honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Sakura Hanami Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my reviews of other milk tea joints:

Author: Gel Jose

Manic Pixie Dream Girl Wannabe, Imagineer, Foodie, TV Addict and Lifelong Learner

8 thoughts on “Cheers to new beginnings at Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa”

  1. Wow!! May ganito pala sa may Manila. 😍 Gusto ko ma try yung Cherry Blossom Tea nila , para feeling refresh din 😍
    Ang ganda din ng ambiance dito sa Sakura Hanami , Talagang feel na feel mo ang Cherry Blossom. Perp bukod sa Cherry blossom Tea , gusto ko din ma try yung Cookie Butter Milk Tea. Mukang masarap talaga sya habang kasama mo friends mo , enjoy talaga ang Tea Time dito 😍

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  2. Wow ang ganda nman po jan . Yan din pangarap ko ung mkakita ng cherry blossoms .. at ngayon my tea na . Gusto ko siya matikman muka tlgang masarap nkakatakam . Perfect ito sa mga mahilig mg milktea tulad ko ❤️😍

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  3. I really love the ambiance of that place, ang ganda din mag picture picture because of the designs of the entire place. Ig-worthy! Sulit yung price niya dahil malaki naman na, hindi agad agad mauubos o kaya namn pwedeng i-share w/ friends. Hopefully matry ko ang milktea ng Sakura Hanami. 😍😍

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  4. i like your trivia about the sakura-cha (cherry blossom tea) 🙂 this is a nice place, i like the ambience and the concept of cherry blossoms. we used to have cherry blossom tree here in the backyard, sobrang ganda pag panahon na ng bulaklak niya. this place reminds of that. i love to try their teas, ganda pati ng packaging nila. i love that you always visit beautiful places like this with other tita of the east.

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  5. Wow! Life in full bloom! I think this is the cutest milk tea place in Metro Manila Mommy ano? 😍 Mukhang dadalhin tayo sa Japan ng lugar na ito. 😂❤️ please open a branch here in Batangas too! Would love to try your DIY teas 😍

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  6. Wow ang sarap siguro nitong cherry blossom tea.Matagal kona talaga gustong makakita ng puno nyan☺️.Ngayon may tea na pala,napaka espesyal pala nito dahil ginagamit rin syang drinks tuwing may kasal sa Japan wow!amazing ah..Gusto kodin matikman yang ibat ibang flavors ng milktea nila ang sasarap Ng mga flavors at super affordable Lang din.Ang ganda pa Ng place perfect mag selfie pang instagrammable.Nakaka relax pumunta dyan with friends.

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