Five Bubble Tea Cafes To Burst Your Boba!

Bubble tea is a tea-based drink that originated in Taiwan in the early 1980s – The classic bubble tea recipe is black tea brewed with milk and sugar, then poured over ice and starchy tapioca balls, that are so fun to chew on.

In the 1990s, Taiwanese immigrants brought bubble tea to North America, landing first in California, but the drink has also spread to other countries where there is a large East Asian diaspora population. Since then Bubble Tea or more popularly known as “boba” has taken the world by storm, including right here in Canada!

On April 26th we celebrate National Bubble Tea Day and what better day to dive into a fresh boba brew. Take a sip at any of these five cafes serving up a broad range of bubble teas for your sipping pleasure!

Chatime is shaking Tea Up, One Store at a Time! They offer innovative products that are customized and made fresh to order! Recent additions to their line up include the all-new Sakura Sips like Peach Green Tea and Lychee Juice. Of course, their signature milk tea selections are always on offer and available with both fresh and oat milk, served with your choice of tapioca pearls and/or coconut jelly!

Address: Multiple locations


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If it’s time for tea in Vancouver, you need to visit The Alley, a new hybrid destination where bubble tea and unique coffee blends meet! In addition to their grab-and-go cafe food including pastries, salads, fried snacks, they offer a variety of hand-crafted drinks and house blended specialty coffee, including – you guessed it – Bubble Tea. Some unique flavors include their Lime Honey with Aloe, Brown Sugar Ginger Roasted Milk Tea and Crunchy Tiramisu Milk Tea.

Address: Multiple locations


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The Brew & Bubble offers some sweeter specialties including Cinnamon Toast Milk Tea, Banana Split and even Lucky Charms – a whimsical twist on a classic vanilla bubble tea featuring delightful marshmallows from the iconic cereal, mixed with soft, chewy bobas. What’s more this café offers Bubble Tea Kits, perfect for date night! The kit includes everything you need to make two delicious chocolate and strawberry bubble teas, so you can spend quality time together while indulging in your favorite treat.

Address: 76 Townsend St. Unit 2, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Ami Tea first started as a small family-owned Taiwanese milk-tea and Vietnamese bánh mì vendor at the heart of Calgary’s vibrant Chinatown. They have now grown to have eight stores across three provinces. Using freshly brewed premium green-tea leaves and top of the line ingredients in their 100+ varieties, enough to appease every craving.

Address: Multiple Locations


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Whether you like your tea dirty or pure, OneZo is one of the top bubble and fruit tea in the Hamilton region with plenty of flavors to choose from. Their hand-made tapioca include unique flavors include Crystal, Mango, Brown Sugar, Taro, Purple, Cactus, Sesame, Lychee and Mochi.

Address: 1045 King St W, Hamilton, ON


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