Bubble tea is a popular drink that originated from Taiwan. There are so many flavours in each of the choices: green & black teas, milk teas, fresh fruit, and slush. Popular toppings include tapioca pearls, coconut jelly and grass jelly. It’s a cold drink but you can get hot bubble tea as well. It’s typically $3-5. Toppings are an additional 50 cents.
1. Pearl Fever – UBC Vancouver
My friends and I go here because it’s the best bubble tea place at UBC, our university campus. It’s also the most expensive (no surprise). The tapioca pearls are good but I don’t like the grass jelly. It’s a shame because my favourite topping is grass jelly. My favourite flavour from here is jasmine milk tea.
4/5 – Would go here more if it was cheaper
2. Ph Tea – UBC Vancouver
This place is located at the Nest which is closer to class. The price is cheaper than Pearl Fever but the taste is mediocre. The pearls are not the best. My favourite flavour is the mango slush and I recommend it.
2/5 – Only like one flavour (see above)
3. Little Tea House – used to be in UBC, Vancouver but not anymore
I miss this place. I have good memories of it and the taste was good. The price was average. This is also located at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby. I don’t like the one in Metrotown because when I ordered a mango slush, there were mango chunks and was taken out of the blender too quickly. It could have been just that worker, I’m not sure. I would rather go to Big Orange in Metrotown and order a honeydew slush there.
EDIT: You can read an update about Little Tea House here.
4. Chatime – Vancouver & Surrey locations
Chatime is one of my favourite bubble tea places. It is one of the more expensive places, but I think they have the best grass jelly because they are not shaped as cubes. You can slurp them (lol). I always get the roasted milk tea. Roasted milk tea is not as sweet as original milk tea which is perfect for me because I don’t like sweets very much. I frequently hear songs by Jay Chou in the store. I love that because Jay Chou is one of my favourite singers. However, the Chatime in Broadway felt very stuffy and I felt like I needed fresh air.
4.5/5 – Maybe 5 if it wasn’t stuffy. Could be just the Broadway location.
5. Bubble 88 – Surrey
Bubble 88 only accepts cash. It is a Taiwanese restaurant, not just bubble tea restaurant. The food is inexpensive and you can get a meal (including bubble tea) for around $13. It’s one of my favourite restaurants and they play music by my favourite singers, like Jay Chou and JJ Lin. The bubble tea tastes okay, but it’s not outstanding. I go here for the food.
6. Bubble World – Burnaby
This is the oreo taro slush bubble tea. I haven’t seen this flavour in other locations. It tasted great. Popcorn chicken is always a good food choice at Taiwanese restaurants. They played Bii’s song when I went there!
4.5/5 – I’ve only been here once, so I can’t give it a definite score.
7. Gong Cha – Vancouver
Gong Cha is popular but the prices are expensive. The taste is good, but not “amazing.” There is a lot of hype but my friends and I agreed that it was worth going once. We aren’t sure if we would go again. I like that they give decorations for our straws. That was the highlight of our trip there.
8. Ki Tea House Café – Burnaby
This place made me feel very comfortable because they have One Piece and other anime figurines. They also have manga that we can read inside. I freaked out when I went in and saw all the anime stuff. It’s a small place but gives off a cozy feeling. I ordered a simple, cheap drink but I haven’t tried other flavours yet.
5/5 – Only been here once though
9. Bubble King Tea House – Vancouver
This was located at a food court. It wasn’t anything too special but the prices were fair. The taste was good, average.
10. Boiling Point – Burnaby
Boiling Point is a hot pot restaurant. It’s one of my favourite restaurants! In the morning/early afternoon they give you a free cold tea drink. This tea in the picture was free and it tasted good. I’ve ordered bubble tea before (not pictured) and it was good. There is no option to split the bill so I have to bring cash and repay my friend. It’s so weird and I don’t like it. The prices are different at night (more expensive) and that is weird to me as well.
5/5 – Overall score for the restaurant. I like to go in the mornings only for a free cold drink and cheaper price.
11. Jazen Tea – Vancouver
This is the only place I know that offers bubble tea in this size. I love it because it’s so big! The pearls were mediocre but the drink was good (I got jasmine). It was well priced for its size and pearls were included in the price! I would definitely visit this place again. It’s too bad I live far from this restaurant. It’s inside a pho restaurant but my friends and I only got the bubble tea. The customer service was great and I liked the worker there a lot.
4.5/5 – Would be 5 but the pearls are lacking in taste
I’ve definitely been to way more bubble tea locations (it’s my favourite drink!). However, I don’t have photos for every location and the blog post would be so long! I do have more photos so I may do a Part 2 in the future. Hopefully this post was informative! 🙂