The best places to get bubble tea in Montreal

Apr 26 2021, 1:38 pm

As the weather starts to heat up, you might want to add some refreshing drink options to your Montreal foodie radar.

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the early 1980s and has become quite popular across Montreal in recent years.

Most commonly, bubble tea is made with tea (duh) and is garnished with chewy tapioca balls (or bubbles/boba/pearls). The teas are topped off with a variety of different flavours and they admittedly look pretty nifty for the ‘gram as well.

As the temperatures start rise, here are a handful of bubble tea options to add to your refreshing drink repertoire.

Keep these spots in mind for when restaurants reopen but these teas are great options for take-out as well.

Chaï Tea Lounge

This calm and cozy spot in the McGill Ghetto makes a little bit of every tea-based drink but their Dirty Chaï bubble tea is a fan favourite.

Presotea

 

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Presotea isn’t exclusive to Montreal, the franchise is spread out across Canada with locations in BC, Ontario, and Alberta.

They use a high-temperature machine to extract the flavour of teas and turn it into a dual-coloured bubble tea, loaded with taste through a variety of different options.

Maison O Thé

Maison O Thé lets customers choose the sweetness level of teas as well as a variety of different toppings. Fan favourites include grass jelly, lychee jelly, and mango.

L2

 

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L2 was ahead of the bubble tea trend. They’ve been open in Chinatown since the early 2000s and have since expanded to other locations around the Montreal metro area. They offer caffeine-free options and you can build your own from scratch.

It’s tough to top.

Chatime

 

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Chatime has popped up all over Montreal. It’s a pretty successful chain and they serve up a pretty tasty bubble tea, right in the heart of downtown.

The Alley

 

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The Alley makes their own tea in-house and they use homemade sugar cane syrup, their own tapioca, and their drinks are served hot or cold.

If you’re in the mood for bubble tea that’s made completely from scratch, check out The Alley.

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