Bubble tea, pearl tea, milk tea, boba tea – whatever you call it, this popular drink is more than just a trend, and it’s here to stay.
Despite long lines and sometimes under chilly or sunny weather, bubble tea fans find their way to wait for their favourite cup.
Toronto has its own best bubble tea shops and not surprisingly, Mississauga follows too – it’s no stranger to bubble tea.
Through the years, small tea shops have grown with customers willing to wait, sometimes over an hour for special promotions, to get their large and 100% creamy sugar goodness.
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The Best Bubble Tea Shops in Mississauga
You may be familiar with Toronto’s endless selection of boba tea shops including Kung Fu Tea, Gong Cha, The Alley, CoCo, and more.
But what about Mississauga?
Confused about where to get your next cup in the Sauga area?
Fret not, as we’ll give you the best go-to bubble tea places for your next fix!
1. Kung Fu Tea
Have you ever seen someone happily sipping on a large creamy bubble cup as if there’s not enough milk tea in the world? This could be you, but there’s a high chance that it’s someone from our team.
Kung Fu Tea hails from Taiwan, but it quickly reaches popularity among tea lovers in the GTA. Now, it has 5 Mississauga branches with a recent outlet opened on Winston Churchill Blvd. & Aquitaine Ave.
With over 20 branches in the Toronto area, make sure to drop by for a cup! On the menu, you will find both caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks. But we suggest you try their best-seller Milk King with coffee jelly for a fun twist of the classic bubble tea and dessert in a boba form.
Read more: Here’s our personal and non-biased review of Kung Fu Tea’s bubble tea chain. We’ll tell you what’s good and what’s not to save you time and money.
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice has the crown for the most successful bubble tea shop. After all, they are available in most countries worldwide, and they have the longest line on whatever branch you visit.
The highlight of this shop is no other than the Pearl Milk Tea giving you a mix of white and black tapioca. The black pearls have the right amount of chewiness which is a delightful contrast to the white pearls and crisper tapioca.
Overall, their bubble teas have the perfect balance between tea, sugar, and milk. Even with their regular sugar level, you’ll enjoy a full-bodied flavour of their drink, especially since the milk balances everything to achieve a lusciously creamy tea.
3. Gong Cha
Gong Cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me? (lol) This song could be your cue to gather with friends for a cup. But kidding aside, the list of the best bubble tea in town will never be complete without Gong Cha. This famous boba shop reigns supreme in the bubble tea business world.
Gong Cha has a classic take on fruity and lighter teas. Not too creamy or sweet, this is your best bet for a quick quench of thirst should you ever feel tired shopping in Square One. Despite being in the boba game for a while, the classic milk tea shop still enjoys a long queue.
Read more: We have an in-depth review all about Gong Cha including what the city’s favourite drink is!
4. The Alley
The Alley is another staple in the boba tea scene. Bubble tea fans will never be mistaken once they come across the deer logo, which is as popular as their signature drink, the Deerioca Series.
With over 20 locations worldwide, they owe their success to their tapioca pearls which are made from scratch and are world-famous for having pleasing aromas and unique textures.
Don’t miss out on Deerioca Crème Brulee milk from their Brown Sugar Derioca Series because they are as delicious as it sounds. Their vintage-inspired decor is the perfect place for a date or simply hanging out with friends
Read more: The Alley review can be found here – we love this shop due to its interior decor and the fascinating names they assigned to each boba drink!
If one of the reasons why you go to coffee shops is their cozy capsule-like seats or comfy couches, then Chatime should be one of your go-to milk tea-place. It has multiple branches in the Sauga area, which means you will have your QQ Grapefruit drink in your hands any time you’re dying for a cup.
Chatime has an extensive selection of tea-based lattes, milk teas, iced tea, smoothies, and even slush. While their Taro Milk Tea would not be as memorable as other boba shops, it will satisfy your bubble tea cravings.
6. Bubble Republic Tea House
Address: 4555 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON L4Z 3M1 (+more locations)
Website: Not available
Bubble Republic Tea may not be as prominent as other bubble tea chains, this one is a busy brand. This spacious tea shop has comfy couches and free Wifi, making it a reliable hangout for catching up on work and chilling with friends.
Unlike other milk tea shops offering only drinks and egg waffles, this one allows you to pair your favourite cup with rice & noodles meals and even fried chicken wings. As for their milk tea varieties, their Oreo Chiller is well-loved by adults and kids. Their selection of add-ons is similar to other shops. They will never disappoint whether you love pearls, coffee jelly, grass jelly, and the like.
Address: 259 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1G8
Bobacha has artsy walls, which feel almost like an art gallery. Crowds flock to this shop to taste specialty drinks like their signature Bobacha Milk Tea, Green Apple Green Tea, and Mango Slush. For a boba tea dosage that won’t break your wallet, make this bubble tea shop your go-to.
The menu of Bobacha has simple categories – the classics, matcha, fruit tea, blended series, and specialty drinks. Indulgent and popular add-ons include lychee jelly, red beans, and classic black tapioca.
Are you a vegan or lactose intolerant? Worry not, as this boba shop offers milk alternatives such as Almond, Oat, and Soy.
8. I Heart Boba
I Heart Boba may not be the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea as a group, but you will be surprised at the number of people lining up here daily. This small boba shop prides itself on its unique take on modernized juices, slushies, smoothies, and coffee.
Are Brown Sugar drinks too creamy and sweet for your liking? I Heart Boba’s Brown Sugar boba is not too sweet, and the pearls are perfectly cooked with the right chewiness.
Trying to stick to your diet? Their fresh juice variety or their green tea are perfect choices for low-calorie drinks.
Chill down from the scorching Mississauga sun with a delightful slush or fruit tea. ThirstTea has an extensive selection of milk tea, but their focus is more on fruit teas. Once you’re hooked, prepare to come back for more to enjoy their boba varieties and decadent toppings.
Say yes to more cups of fruit treats to beat tardiness at work, school, or your day-to-day routine. If you are ever overwhelmed by their massive menu, order their signatures like Rose Milk Tea and Creamy Strawberry (a blend of fresh fruit with milk).
10. Hui Lau Shan
Hui Lau Shan doesn’t need an introduction. This Hong Kong-based OG store has been around for years but if you think nothing has changed, think again. To keep up with the times, this brand started as a herbal tea outlet before becoming famous as a chain of desserts.
This bubble tea shop is more so a dessert than a tea blend. It is best suited for those who simultaneously crave Hong Kong-style desserts and tea. For their mango-based offering, they import from the Philippines to serve the best to their customers.
So if you’re looking for a dedicated bubble tea shop serving a sweet rush with a splash of nostalgia, visit Hui Lau Shan.