For those who are missing out and have no idea what we’re talking about, we’re here to tell you that bubble tea has taken the dessert drink world by storm! This trend started in Asia and has long been embraced in different parts of the globe- including our great city.
Basically, bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-drink invented in the city of Taichung. These recipes usually contain a tea base (either green, black or jasmine tea) and shaken with fruit or milk. Finally, chewy tapioca balls, dessert egg pudding or even fruit-flavored jelly are added along with it to complete this scrumptious beverage.
But if you aren’t a bubble tea fan yet, no worries! We’re sure that after you tried these five places on IM Boston’s list, you’ll be boba-ddicted!
8 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
If you’re a student in Boston, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been to Tea-Do at least once (assuming you don’t already spend every day there). Bomb bubble tea coupled with a fun game of Jenga or Uno makes for a great time every time.
**Brownie points for great hours: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (1:00 a.m. Fri/Sat)
Fan favorites: Thai Iced Tea, Tropical Twister, Zens Awakening
2. Kung Fu Tea
334 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
1916B Beacon St, Boston, MA 02135
66 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111
Number two on our list is another go-to for every bubble-tea-loving Bostonian (or anyone really—Kung Fu Tea is a nationwide chain).
**Hours vary with location
Fan favorites: Kung Fu milk tea, strawberry smoothie
3. New Dong Khanh Restaurant (DK)
81 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
If you’re not here for its reputable Viet cuisine, DK is also another great boba spot; priced accordingly and made well, there are plenty of solid options on this menu.
**Hours: 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (everyday!)
Fan faves: avocado smoothie, taro smoothie (with boba)
4. FunTea Café
1472 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122
(temp. closed—set to reopen June 14th, 2017)
If you’re not in the chinatown/downtown area, Dorchester is also a good bubble tea hub. While you can go to practically any pho restaurant in the area and order boba, you can (and should) also hit up Funtea café—once it reopens, of course.
Fan faves: red milk tea, red velvet smoothie
5. Reign Drink Lab
1370 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02122
(temporarily closed for repairs, but still deserving of a spot on our list)
Be sure to stop by Reign Drink Lab when it reopens—its chic-y aesthetic and overall cozy vibes are not to be missed by any Bostonian. Take a look at their menu, which offers a variety of cool options you’ll definitely want to try.
Fan faves: The Royal, Dark & Stormy (Vietnamese coffee), matcha latte