The best places to get bubble tea in Vancouver

Sep 13 2018, 8:54 pm

For those of you who have no idea what bubble tea is, you sure are missing out.

The tea-based drink hailing from Taiwan comes in a wide variety of flavours and combinations using milk teas and fruit teas.

However, what makes bubble tea unique, is the addition of small, sweet, chewy pearls made out of tapioca which add a fun element and texture to the drink.

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It is no surprise that bubble tea is one of the most popular drinks to get around Vancouver, with the bubble tea market increasing exponentially over the past few years.

There are plenty of options when it comes to bubble tea, so we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of the best spots around town.

Taan Char

 

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Taan Char is known for their fruit teas, using fresh fruit as opposed to powders and syrups. If you’re open to trying something new, check out their cheese tea, aka fruit tea with a layer of salty cream cheese foam on top. It’s definitely something unique and interesting.

Address: 7908 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-8292

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Boba Boy

 

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Boba Boy actually has several stores across Vancouver and have stores in Toronto as well. We love all the different varieties of pearls you can select from. There’s also the option of paying $1 extra for your bubble tea to be served in a reusable plastic bottle, which features the adorable Boba Boy logo.

Address: 2184 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-8033

Address: 150-5172 Kingsway, Burnaby
Phone: 778-589-2729

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Boba Monster

 

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Boba Monster is available on Skip The Dishes, so you can have your bubble tea delivered straight to your doorstep if you don’t feel like heading to their Fraser Street outpost. You also have the option of selecting from their extensive menu or creating your own bubble tea.

Address: 5766 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-838-9043

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Dragon Ball Tea House

 

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One of the most well known and popular bubble tea spots in Vancouver, Dragon Ball Tea House is definitely one you need to try. You may have seen their cups popping up on your Instagram feed. With an extensive menu that includes Asian flavours such as matcha and red bean, you’ll be sure to find something you like.

Address: 1007 W King Edward Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-738-3198

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Passion Tea Room

 

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Passion Tea Room, like many other spots on this list, uses fresh tea and fresh fruits in their drinks, which really makes a difference. The store itself is located quite central and the setting is small and intimate, making it the perfect hang-out spot for friends who love bubble tea.

Address: 1020 Howe Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-6233

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Happy Lemon

 

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Happy Lemon has various locations across Vancouver, and have a wide variety of fresh teas. They also have a salted cheese tea series, which may intimidate you at first but is surprisingly delicious.

Address: 1188 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-1858

Address: 3520 Kingsway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-8058

Address: 6011 No 3 Road #105, Richmond
Phone: 604-285-2825

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The Bubble Tea Shop

 

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Sometimes the worst part of getting bubble tea is, well, deciding which flavour to get. There are so many options that it can be a struggle to pick just one. Luckily, at The Bubble Tea Shop you have the option of getting two flavours in one split cup – phew.

Address: 1680 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-8208

Address: 105 – 4651 No 3 Road, Richmond
Phone: 604-285-8833

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Rad Tea Room

 

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Rad Tea Room prides themselves on using all fresh ingredients and tea leaves – no powdered tea here. They also offer dairy-free alternatives, which is definitely something new. You may have seen Rad Tea Room bubble teas on your social media feed, as the packaging is very cute.

Address: 80-678 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver – Granville Station Dunsmuir Exit
Phone: 604-559-7238

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Blossom Teas

 

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This dessert spot in Burnaby is a great space to hang out with friends and it serves up not just bubble teas but Asian desserts such as shaved ice as well. They are open until late on weekends too, so you’ll always have a late night hangout spot to satisfy that sweet craving.

Address: 7198 Barnet Road #23, Burnaby
Phone: 604-294-4100

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Chatime

 

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One of the fastest growing bubble tea franchises globally, Cha Time has a number of locations in Vancouver. If you’re looking for an introduction into the world of bubble tea, Cha Time is where you need to go.

Address: 1274 Robson Street, Downtown, Vancouver

Address: 450-9100 Blundell Road, Richmond

Address: 1545 West Broadway, Vancouver

Address: 5216 Kingsway, Burnaby

Address: 10255 King George Boulevard, Surrey

Address: 6075 West Boulevard, Vancouver

Address: 2740 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Address: 6361 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Address: 2755 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam

Address: Metrotown – 2250 – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby

Address: Richmond Alexandra – 160-8351 Alexandra Road, Richmond

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