Are you always on the hunt for some addictively sweet bubble tea? Well who isn’t?
That sweet cup of milk tea mixed with those soft chewy tapioca, irresistible!
What makes bubble tea so popular is that it comes in all types of flavours with different types of topping, that truly caters to everyone’s palette. There is something for everyone.
With the continued rising popularity of this Taiwanese drink, you can find new bubble tea shops rapidly popping up all around the city, making it so convenient for us bubble tea lovers; but that doesn’t mean that all these boba shops offer equally tasty bubble teas. For this reason, we compiled a list of the best bubble tea shops in Toronto to help you find the best boba when that craving hits.
1. CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
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With 4000 stores worldwide, this popular franchise has been providing bubble tea to people around the world since 1997, with over 50 locations in Ontario alone.
CoCo offers a nice selection of deliciously sweet beverage options here. From milk teas, fresh fruits and slush, to yakult, lattes and macchiato.
If you have trouble deciding on what to get, we recommend trying one of their top choices. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. Our favourites are the 3 Guys (milk tea with grass jelly, pudding, and pearls), Grass Jelly Roasted Milk tea, and the Mango Slush Yakult – So refreshing and sweet. It just hits the right spot for us!
2. Gong Cha
Gong Cha bubble tea drinks in Toronto uses premium tea leaves sourced from Asia to create their deliciously crafted bobas.
The meaning of the name alone should be enough to convince you to check this place out. With their name implying “Gong Cha” offering tea good enough for an emperor, you can be rest assured that their bubble tea would not disappoint.
They have a lot of really good tasty options, but they are popular for their Milk Foam series. It ranges from Milk Foam Earl Grey, Oolong, Black Tea, to Green Tea and Wintermelon.
One of our favourite beverages at Gong Cha is the Milk Foam Green Tea – it’s fragrant fresh green tea topped with the salty sweet milk foam. SO GOOD!
3. Kung Fu Tea
No doubt, at Kung Fu Tea you can find quality bubble teas that can rival its competitions.
There is a good selection of yummy bubble teas to choose from on their menu, which ranges from milk tea, latte, floats and cheese milk foam, to slush, fresh fruit tea and original tea.
They also use natural sweeteners like honey instead of sugar, which gives it a nice natural flavour. On the plus side, it’s healthier too! Honey never fails and we find that this simple yet powerful ingredient works really well with their drinks!
We also did a review on Kung Fu Tea in one of their Toronto locations, so head on over to see what’s mouthwatering good!
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If you’re a fan of bubble tea and gelato, then Kekou is the place to be. At Kekou, they specialize in making gelatos with an Asian twist, and crafted bubble teas. Plus, everything is made in house!
What makes this place special is that you can have bubble tea and gelato in the same cup! They have gelato floats where you can pair a scoop of gelato (your choice of flavor), with any bubble tea drink with tapioca and grass jelly. It is Bomb!
You can get your gelatos in flavours like almond tofu, black sesame, Thai ice tea, and many more tasty Asian inspired flavors.
If we triggered a craving for gelato in you, then head on over to best gelato in Toronto to find out where else you can get your hands on some yummy gelatos.
5. The Alley
The Alley is a great spot to hit up if you are looking for some refreshingly good bubble tea with a nice place to sit and chill.
If you are one who is into brown sugar bubble teas, then their highly popular Deerioca Fever is a must try for you. It’s nice and smooth, plus not overly sweet. The “Deerioca” is their version of the tapioca, and it has a great texture – so soft and chewy.
If you like to stay with the classic milk teas, then Royal No.9 Milk Tea is what we recommend. You would love it.
They have such a cosy ambience – with the dimmer lights, brick walls, dark leather chairs and natural wood tables; unlike a lot of other bubble tea shops where it’s mostly almost always super bright.
This is definitely a great comfortable spot to just relax and enjoy some bubble tea with some friends.
6. Real Fruit Bubble Tea
Are you someone who loves fresh fruit beverages, if so, you should check out Real Fruit Bubble Tea.
Just like the name states, Real Fruit specialises in drinks made with real fresh fruits. You can actually see the workers cutting and blending the fresh fruits in front of you.
You can find a variety of fruit smoothies, slushes, juices, sorbets, ice crushes, fresh green teas and milk teas on their menu.
We highly recommend their Mango Diamond Slush if you’re a lover of mangos. It is nice and cold, very good mango flavour, and tasty sweet mango chunks at the bottom. Perfect for those hot summer days!
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Chatime is another huge bubble tea chain from Taiwan, and what they have going for them is their consistency with the quality of their drinks. Every time we order bubble tea from them, it tastes as good as the last time.
Like CoCo, with so many locations, it won’t be hard to find one around you when you get that boba craving.
Their menu is extensive; you can find milk teas to fruit teas and smoothies, plus many more. There is something for everyone!
What we find ourselves going back for is their Roasted Milk Tea with Grass Jelly. The roasted Japanese tea base just works so well as a milk tea, and the grass jelly adds an extra layer texture that just completes the drink for us.
8. OneZo Tapioca
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Are you one that just loves eating the tapioca in your bubble tea? If yes, then OneZo should be on your radar.
OneZo is known for their tapioca, which they make from scratch with different flavours like onezo (a mixture of crystal, purple and mango), purple, crystal cactus, mango and sesame.
The texture is nice and soft but also chewy, with nice subtle sweetness; a great addition to any of the bubble tea options you opt for.
What we really liked is their Totaro Milk Tea – very nice taro sweetness from the mashed taro and tasty chewy tapioca.
9. Tiger Sugar
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Tiger Sugar is known for their black sugar milk bubble teas that resemble a tiger’s print, and is probably one of the best you can get. If you love brown sugar bubble teas, then you’ll love this.
You really can’t go wrong with any of their signature Black Sugar Boba Milk options.
We got the Black Sugar Boba Milk with pearl and cream mousse and it was so good – not overly sweet and so smooth.
When you decide to go to check them out, make sure to really give your drink a good shake to mix everything up nicely, as the black sugar is a little on the thicker side.
10. Tru Tea
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If you want to try something different then check out Tru Tea. They offer a variety of innovative bubble tea that would truly grab your attention.
Their crafted bubble tea not only tastes good but also looks amazing – Definitely Insta worthy.
Other than the normal tapioca boba, they also have some interesting toppings that you can add to your drinks like osmanthus flower jelly, sweet barley and sweet purple rice.
We suggest you try the Lychee Dragon Fruit Miracle – refreshing, sweet and so aesthetically beautiful with its vibrant colours and real fruit bits floating in it. This drink will brighten your day!
11. Tika Tea House
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If you’re in the Yonge and Bloor area, and are looking for a place to chill out and enjoy some bubble tea, Tika Tea House is the spot to be.
Tika is known for their fruit teas, and you must try their Signature Fruit Tea. With a bunch of chosen fruits beautifully floating in the cup of tea, it is as appealing to the eye as is to the palette.
The place is really nice with a modern-minimalistic design with great ambience – nicely lit, very clean, cosy and airy with those high ceilings, definitely a comfortable spot to relax with some friends and enjoy a delicious cup of bubble tea.
we normally go to chatime for tea… gf complains if we go elsewhere
It blows my mind when I hear people skip tapioca like are you out of your mind. You can’t have bubble tea without tapioca, you must order it or it’s not bubble tea.