Originating in Taiwan, but carrying its influence and tapioca pearls to Hong Kong, is everyone’s favorite for any time of the day – Bubble Tea! With new bubble tea shops popping up all the time and classic ones standing strong in our city – bubble tea, otherwise known as boba milk tea – has transformed and maintained its famed status with not just the classic flavors, but also with innovative concepts and unique twists to our favorites. Check out our Top 10 Bubble Tea Shops in HK to get your boba tea fix.
For a fresh aroma and taste, head to The Alley where sugar cane syrup and Deerioca (Tapioca) are made in-house from scratch. The house-made ingredients allow for the Alley’s milk teas to take on a more natural sweetness that doesn’t become overpowering, while the complicated procedure of creating their own tapioca brings about a unique aroma and texture. Choose from the Milk Tea series which includes classics like the Tapioca Milk Tea, Jasmine Green Milk Tea, amongst others, or the brown sugar Deerioca series, and a Crunchy Milk series.
The Alley, Shop F, G/f, Alpha House, 27-33 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.the-alley.hk, Open Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm
Clean and sustainable, Mother Pearl offers a plant-based and healthy alternative to the otherwise sugary bubble-tea drink. Formulating their drinks with nutritionists and experts in healthy eating, you’ll find a host of beneficial ingredients in their boba teas such as non-dairy milks like almond, oat cashew, and golden oat milks, along with natural sweeteners like blackstrap molasses, coconut nectar, monkfruit sugar, and bubbles infused with detoxifying charcoal, turmeric, and matcha. Nutritious, tasty, and equally beautiful, you’ll be spoiled for choice among favorites like Matcha-Cha, Very Choco Latte, Blossom Jasmine Mylk Tea, Po Mylk Tea, Secret Garden, and plenty more.
Health-conscious consumers will love the range of tea beverages made at Cupfy. Adding no extra sugar to their drinks along with taking on an environmentally friendly approach to minimize the usage of non-recyclable cups and straws culminates in a rewarding boba tea experience. Conscious in creating a healthier drink, find ingredients like natural rose tea jelly, grass jelly, oat milk, natural sucrose and more. Sacrificing on the extra sugar but certainly not on taste, find delicious flavors like the Honey Golden Taro Fresh Milk, Pineapple Golden Milk, or the Oreo and Salted Butter Milk Tea, amongst plenty of other scrumptious options.
Smaller-sized, .85 cm to be exact, brown sugar pearls cooked to perfection are the highlight here at Truedan, allowing you a sweet taste in every sip. Offering yet another healthier alternative to traditional bubble tea are Truedan’s beverages which make use of natural ingredients. Try their number one item, the Brown Sugar Pearl Fresh Milk, which features their brown sugar pearls and with fragrant fresh milk. Venture out and try more yummy drinks from the brown sugar series, milk tea series, fruit tea series, or the sweet n rich taro series.
Utilizing an ancient method of boiling pure brown sugar pearls over the stove for 2 hours is what brings about a most spectacular taste in Li Yuanyuan’s drinks. Bubble Lee, as they are also known as, hails from Taiwan and serves up a perfect proportion of soft pearls, natural sweetness from the black molasses, and top Meiji fresh milk. You’ll truly be left spoiled for choice with the selection of delicious drinks on the menu from the Sweet White Winter Melon series, the Brown Sugar Bubble series, the Warm Ginger series, along with limited edition boba teas.
Fans of E.T. will love E. Tea, a cute artsy bubble tea shop, that takes its inspiration from the famed character and who gets featured on its Instagram and packaging. For every flavor imaginable plus some cool crossovers, this is the place to head to if you’re a little more adventurous in trying innovative flavors. Along with plenty of classics like fresh fruit teas and brown sugar boba, there are also creamy cheese teas that are currently in trend. Try them with sea salt cheese or salted egg yolk cheese. E.Tea is calling you home!
E. Tea, Multiple locations throughout HK, www.instagram.com/e.tea.hk
Feeling indulgent? Tea Brush serves your favorite boba teas, as well as gelato shakes and cakes. For all things yummy, this is the place to go. A small shop in TST but with desserts and drinks that are bursting with flavors, get your hands on fan-favorites like the Mochi Sesame Oolong Milk Tea, the Brown Sugar Bubble Jasmine Tea, or the Salted Caramel Cheesed Tea. Add on cake slices for a discounted price when ordering your tea. Bring the kids when you feel celebrating or just yourself for a sweet pick-me-up.
Tea Brush, Shop L411, 4/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 7072 1138, www.order.eats365pos.com/hk/tc/teabrush
Vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant can still enjoy a cup of ‘mylk’ tea at Nut Tea, where plant-based alternatives help you satisfy all your milk tea cravings. Plant-based milks made daily ensure 100% freshness in each tasty drink. Although many of their drinks don’t have boba, you can add in your jelly as a topping to many of their drinks as well as select your sugar level from no sugar, light sugar, half sugar, and normal sugar. So whichever way you like your tea, you can have it as you get full control.
With countless stores across Asia and two in Hong Kong, the once-small tea shop Hey Tea gained fame from mixing cheese with tea and has since become a staple in the boba-tea scene. The creator of the original Cheezo Tea, which combines salt cheese imported from New Zealand with carefully selected fresh tea, brings innovation and real ingredients to always ensure fresh quality and delicious taste. Try fresh fruit teas, seasonal fruit teas, Cheese teas, or the Light Cheezo Tea.
This boba gem makes use of only natural ingredients and initially catered to children, ensuring a promise to deliver drinks using the most freshly selected teas and milks. Simple ingredients that are brewed to perfection, you’ll get to choose from a variety of teas with add-on optionss such as herbal jelly, taro, red beans, and tapioca. Try drinks from the fresh milk teas, the cheese milk topping series, the frappe series and more.
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