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The Best Bubble Tea in Toronto

The Best Bubble Tea in Toronto

The Best Bubble Tea in Toronto

When it comes to bubble tea, there’s definitely no shortage of it as this increasingly popular drink continues to make an appearance all across the city. With many boba chains hailing all the way from Taiwan -- which is where bubble tea was first invented in the 1980s -- it’s guaranteed that you’ll be able to find a place that you’ll like. Plus, if these tea-based beverages aren’t enough, they usually come with toppings, including the standard chewy tapioca.

Here are some of the best places for bubble tea in Toronto.

1

The Alley

The Alley

This popular deer-themed boba chain is all about aesthetic beverages that are sweetened with sugar cane syrup. Make sure you give their Deerioca series a try, which features their freshly handcrafted tapioca. 

2

TP Tea

TP Tea

With their first-ever Canadian store located in Richmond Hill, this beloved brand in Taiwan is owned by teahouse chain Chun Shui Tang, responsible for the invention of Taiwanese milk tea and tapioca.

3

Tika Tea House

Tika Tea House

This bubble tea cafe near Yonge and Bloor is cozier and more spacious than other places. They have unique creations, including the TIKA Unicorn, which is a red dragon fruit slush with an oolong tea base and milk foam on top.

4

Yang Teashop

Yang Teashop

This boba store allows you to make your own tea latte or steeped tea from a selection of 12 tea leaves like earl grey, oolong tea and more. Most cold beverages are available in three different sizes: small, regular or large.

5

YGO Lab

YGO Lab

Drinks at this science lab themed bubble tea store can be ordered through their self-ordering kiosk or in person. They have a variety of brown sugar drinks as well as signature fresh fruit teas to choose from.

6

TRU Tea

TRU Tea

Toppings go beyond your usual tapioca at this bubble tea shop with locations all across the city. There’s sweet purple rice, sweet barley and even their own Trupioca Jelly, which has a springy texture and is low in calories.

7

Hey Sugar

Hey Sugar

Contrary to its name, this chain from China is actually a health-focused bubble tea cafe with over 1000 locations worldwide. Tapioca pearls are noticeably different from other companies as they aren’t soaked in brown sugar.

8

Machi Machi

Machi Machi

Milk tea and lattes are served in the cutest bottles at this bubble tea store with locations across the city. They come with a layer of grass jelly, panna cotta or jello at the bottom, making the drink even more aesthetic than it already is.

9

OneZo Tapioca

OneZo Tapioca

The tapioca at any of this international brand’s numerous locations across the city is handmade in-house daily, which gives them that chewy texture. They come in six different flavours, each with their own colour, including orange mango tapioca and pink rose tapioca.

12

Its Tea

Its Tea

Any of the taro drinks at this spot in North York are sure to satisfy as they’re made with fresh taro. Other drinks from their taro series include a homemade taro paste cooked with milk instead of water to get that smooth texture.

13

Palgong Tea

Palgong Tea

Top your milk tea off with any of their different flavours of foam toppings such as cream cheese and matcha. They also have unusual drink flavours like their Strawberry Earl Grey Milk Tea or Maple Milk Tea.

14

Tiger Sugar

Tiger Sugar

Caramelized brown sugar gives these popular brown sugar milk teas their signature tiger stripes, as its name suggests. Drinks come with your typical boba or smaller sized pearls and are served either hot or cold.

16

Chatime

Chatime

With numerous locations across the GTA, this Taiwanese chain is taking bubble tea by storm. For those who aren’t too familiar with the brand, they also have a special Innovation Bar at Yorkdale Mall, which features exclusive beverages that you wouldn’t be able to find on their regular menu.

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When it comes to bubble tea, there’s definitely no shortage of it as this increasingly popular drink continues to make an appearance all across the city. With many boba chains hailing all the way from Taiwan -- which is where bubble tea was first invented in the 1980s -- it’s guaranteed that you’ll be able to find a place that you’ll like. Plus, if these tea-based beverages aren’t enough, they usually come with toppings, including the standard chewy tapioca.

Here are some of the best places for bubble tea in Toronto.

1

The Alley

The Alley

This popular deer-themed boba chain is all about aesthetic beverages that are sweetened with sugar cane syrup. Make sure you give their Deerioca series a try, which features their freshly handcrafted tapioca. 

2

TP Tea

TP Tea

With their first-ever Canadian store located in Richmond Hill, this beloved brand in Taiwan is owned by teahouse chain Chun Shui Tang, responsible for the invention of Taiwanese milk tea and tapioca.

3

Tika Tea House

Tika Tea House

This bubble tea cafe near Yonge and Bloor is cozier and more spacious than other places. They have unique creations, including the TIKA Unicorn, which is a red dragon fruit slush with an oolong tea base and milk foam on top.

4

Yang Teashop

Yang Teashop

This boba store allows you to make your own tea latte or steeped tea from a selection of 12 tea leaves like earl grey, oolong tea and more. Most cold beverages are available in three different sizes: small, regular or large.

5

YGO Lab

YGO Lab

Drinks at this science lab themed bubble tea store can be ordered through their self-ordering kiosk or in person. They have a variety of brown sugar drinks as well as signature fresh fruit teas to choose from.

6

TRU Tea

TRU Tea

Toppings go beyond your usual tapioca at this bubble tea shop with locations all across the city. There’s sweet purple rice, sweet barley and even their own Trupioca Jelly, which has a springy texture and is low in calories.

7

Hey Sugar

Hey Sugar

Contrary to its name, this chain from China is actually a health-focused bubble tea cafe with over 1000 locations worldwide. Tapioca pearls are noticeably different from other companies as they aren’t soaked in brown sugar.

8

Machi Machi

Machi Machi

Milk tea and lattes are served in the cutest bottles at this bubble tea store with locations across the city. They come with a layer of grass jelly, panna cotta or jello at the bottom, making the drink even more aesthetic than it already is.

9

OneZo Tapioca

OneZo Tapioca

The tapioca at any of this international brand’s numerous locations across the city is handmade in-house daily, which gives them that chewy texture. They come in six different flavours, each with their own colour, including orange mango tapioca and pink rose tapioca.

12

Its Tea

Its Tea

Any of the taro drinks at this spot in North York are sure to satisfy as they’re made with fresh taro. Other drinks from their taro series include a homemade taro paste cooked with milk instead of water to get that smooth texture.

13

Palgong Tea

Palgong Tea

Top your milk tea off with any of their different flavours of foam toppings such as cream cheese and matcha. They also have unusual drink flavours like their Strawberry Earl Grey Milk Tea or Maple Milk Tea.

14

Tiger Sugar

Tiger Sugar

Caramelized brown sugar gives these popular brown sugar milk teas their signature tiger stripes, as its name suggests. Drinks come with your typical boba or smaller sized pearls and are served either hot or cold.

16

Chatime

Chatime

With numerous locations across the GTA, this Taiwanese chain is taking bubble tea by storm. For those who aren’t too familiar with the brand, they also have a special Innovation Bar at Yorkdale Mall, which features exclusive beverages that you wouldn’t be able to find on their regular menu.