Boba Cravings? Discover the Best Bubble Tea in Vancouver

11 Min Read
Feb 26, 2023

Are you a fan of bubble tea? If you're in Vancouver, you're in luck because this city has no shortage of bubble tea shops. From classic milk tea to unique fruit tea blends, Vancouver offers an impressive selection of boba spots to choose from. But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go.

That's why we've put together a comprehensive guide to the best bubble tea in Vancouver, featuring the top 10 spots that are worth trying. Whether you're a local or a visitor, our guide will help you find the best spot for your cravings. So, let's dive in and explore the must-try bubble tea spots in Vancouver!

OneZo Tapioca

OneZo Tapioca is the perfect place to indulge in delicious and refreshing drinks. Established in 2015, OneZo is an international brand that has taken the bubble tea world by storm. OneZo is known for being the world's first boba shop to produce fresh tapioca pearls in-house. Their tapioca pearls are so fresh and delicious that you won't find anything like them anywhere else.

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OneZo has revolutionized the tapioca industry with their innovative and continuously evolving flavors. They have a wide range of special flavors like Honey, Cactus, Jasmine, OneZo Tapioca, Mango, Totaro, and Black Sesame. You can even choose how much ice and sugar you want in your drink. Besides that, OneZo offers a yummy brown series known as Brown Dirty Milk, and you should definitely try their OneZo Grapefruit Green Tea and Jasmine Latte.

OneZo Tapioca has two convenient locations, one on Broadway (Vancouver) and the other on Kingsway (Burnaby). So, whether you're in the mood for a classic bubble tea or something more adventurous, OneZo Tapioca has got you covered. Don't forget to try their signature OneZo Tapioca and other unique flavors!

Baroness Bubble Tea

Baroness Bubble Tea has quickly become the go-to spot for bubble tea enthusiasts in Vancouver. Originating from Taipei, this brand prides itself on using high-quality ingredients sourced directly from Taiwan. They are particularly well-known for their brown sugar recipes, which are made with brown sugar syrup to give the pearls an extra boost of flavour.

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At their Vancouver boutique, which replaces the old InTea location on Broadway, you'll find some of the best pearls in the city. If you're a fan of nice and squishy pearls, then Baroness is definitely worth a visit.

One of their signature drinks is the Thai Style Brown Sugar with oat milk, which is simply incredible. We also highly recommend the Brown Sugar Milk Tea with oat milk. Both of these drinks will leave you feeling satisfied and craving more.

For those who are dairy-free, Baroness offers oat milk as an alternative, which tastes amazing. We tried their signature Brown Sugar Pearl + Oat Milk Tea with 30% sweetness and it was just perfect. However, many people opt for 0% sweetness as the brown sugar pearls are already quite sweet.

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Peanuts Bubble Tea

Located on the second level of Richmond Public Market, Peanuts Bubble Tea is a popular spot that always seems to have a long line during the weekends. But don't be discouraged, their quick service, affordable prices, and great quality make it worth the wait. Plus, they offer delicious wheel cakes that are not to be missed!

Even though there are many Boba locations in Downtown, Peanuts has endured and remains an iconic spot to this day. Many people feel a sense of nostalgia when visiting Peanuts, especially if they visited the Richmond Public Market when they were kids. They might remember getting a drink, eating in the food court, shopping for groceries with their parents, and playing in the arcade that's no longer there.

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Peanuts is known for their distinctive flavors, and we recommend trying their Ginger Tea, Passion Fuit, Sorbet Pearl, Piña Colada, and Green Apple. However, don't limit yourself to just these options! Peanuts offers a wide range of delicious drinks to choose from.

Additionally, this store is wheelchair accessible and family-friendly, with free public wifi and parking available. So the next time you're at the Public Market, be sure to stop by Peanuts for a refreshing and nostalgic experience.

Xing Fu Tang

Xing Fu Tang is a popular bubble tea chain with six locations in the Vancouver area, including two in Vancouver, one in Richmond, two in Burnaby, and one in Surrey. The brand originates from Taiwan and is known for its specialty in brown sugar teas and handmade boba pearls, which have the perfect chewiness with subtle brown sugar sweetness that adds flavor to your drink.

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For those looking for the perfect boba experience, Xing Fu Tang is a must-try. The boba pearls have a perfect texture, with the rich brown sugar flavor permeating through the entire pearl, making each bite a delight. Among their most popular drinks are the Brown Sugar Pearl Milk and Matcha Milk with Strawberry.

The interior of the shops is relatively small, with a maximum capacity of 20 people at once. There are only a few tables for seating, so it might not be the best place for larger groups. However, the cozy atmosphere, friendly service, and delicious drinks make it an ideal spot for a quick and refreshing break.

Mr. Mustache Bubble Tea

Mr. Mustache Bubble Tea has become a local favorite in Vancouver and Burnaby with two locations to choose from. Their menu offers a wide variety of milk tea and fresh milk tea options, all prepared with either powder or fresh milk.

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In addition to their tea offerings, Mr. Mustache also has a range of fruit flavors, including Peach Oolong, as well as unique options like Earl Grey and Pu-erh Tea. For those with a sweet tooth, their dessert options is sure to satisfy, with options like pistachio cakes, mini bubble cakes, caramel cups, mousse and tiramisu cakes. Be sure to keep an eye out for the mustache drawn on top of some of their desserts! One of their signature drinks is the tea macchiato with cream on top, which is a must-try for any boba lover.

If you're feeling adventurous, try the Rose Earl Grey Latte with rose petals that taste like candy. Mr. Mustache also adds real fruit bits to their fruit teas, making them a great option for those looking for something refreshing and fruity. Don't forget to save room for dessert!

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The Alley

The Alley is a trendy bubble tea shop that has taken Vancouver by storm with its unique and high-quality drinks. The brand originated in Taiwan and has since expanded globally, with several locations across Vancouver. The Alley specializes in traditional Taiwanese bubble tea made with the finest ingredients and interesting flavor combinations, creating a memorable experience for every customer.

One of the most popular drinks at The Alley is the Brown Sugar Deerioca Series, featuring homemade tapioca pearls and brown sugar syrup. Other signature drinks include the Royal No.9 Milk Tea, made with black tea and cream, and the Aurora Series, a butterfly pea flower tea that changes color as you sip it. With creative names like "Iron Goddess" it's easy to get excited about trying all of The Alley's drinks.

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In addition to their delicious drinks, The Alley also offers a range of snacks and desserts to complement your beverage. Their signature churros, egg waffles, and cakes are some of the popular options that customers love. The brand's logo and modern branding elements, as well as their user-friendly app that allows customers to earn points and win rewards, make The Alley a fun and exciting place to grab your tea and snacks.

Try their Brown Sugar Deerioca Series or experiment with unique drinks like the Lime Honey With Aloea and Snow Strawberry Lulu. With multiple locations throughout the city, finding a nearby spot to enjoy a tasty beverage and snack is a breeze.

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice is a premium bubble tea brand that was founded in Taiwan in 1997 by Chairman Tommy Hung. Since then, CoCo has expanded rapidly and now boasts over 4000 stores worldwide, with four locations between Richmond and Surrey.

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CoCo is known for its commitment to using high-quality ingredients, from the tea leaves to the fresh fruits used in their tea drinks. They offer a wide variety of drink options, including traditional milk tea, fruit tea, yakult, salty cream, macchiato, fresh tea, and more. CoCo is always experimenting with new flavours and seasonal specials, so there's always something new to try.

One of CoCo's most popular drinks is their Signature Milk Tea, which is made with fresh milk and premium tea leaves. If you're feeling adventurous, try the Salty Cream Milk Tea, which features a layer of salty cream on top of the milk tea. For something refreshing and fruity, go for the Passion Fruit Green Tea or the Mango Smoothie.

With its commitment to quality and innovation, it's no wonder that CoCo has become a beloved bubble tea brand around the world.

Ben Gong's Tea

Ben Gong's Tea is a popular bubble tea chain in Vancouver that has become a favorite destination for tea lovers in the city. With several locations throughout the city, including the English Bay location, Ben Gong's Tea is a convenient and accessible option for those in search of a refreshing and delicious drink.

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What sets Ben Gong's Tea apart is the wide range of unique options to choose from. Their menu features classic bubble tea flavors as well as more unusual options such as the Osmanthus Oolong Brown Sugar Pearl, which is one of the most-ordered items on the entire menu.

Customers can also choose from a variety of toppings, including fresh fruits, jelly, and pudding. Ben Gong's Tea is also known for their great size, making it a perfect option for sharing or enjoying on your own.

Another unique feature of Ben Gong's Tea is their tea cubes bubble tea. This innovative take on bubble tea features small cubes of tea, creating a unique texture and flavor that sets it apart from traditional bubble tea.

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Truedan Canada (Jenjudan)

Truedan Canada, also known as Jenjudan, is a bubble tea chain that has become a popular boba destination in Vancouver. Originally founded as a brown sugar tapioca pearl maker, Jenjudan is known for making some of the best pearls around. They first opened their Vancouver location in 2019, since then since expanded to five locations, cementing their status as a boba mainstay in the city.

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Jenjudan's menu is focused on their signature Brown Sugar Boba Milk, which is made using a traditional recipe that takes several hours to prepare. The pearls are then cooked in a blend of brown sugar and honey, giving them a unique texture and flavor. This signature topping can be paired with a variety of drinks on their menu, including milk teas, fruit teas, and slushies.

They also offer a range of other flavors such as Matcha Boba Milk and Strawberry Boba Milk for those who prefer different tastes.

Jenjudan's stores have a modern and trendy atmosphere, making them a popular spot for bubble tea enthusiasts looking for a stylish and cozy space to enjoy their drinks. The chain's success in Vancouver is a testament to the quality of their products and the dedication of their staff to providing a memorable experience for their customers.

Boba Monster

Boba Monster is a popular bubble tea spot located on Fraser Street in Vancouver. While the area has a lot of bubble tea shops in close proximity, This shop stands out thanks to their unique and delicious drinks. One of their most popular options is the Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea and the delicious Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Slush.

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Aside from their signature drink, they offer a variety of fun and seasonal flavours like pumpkin spice and iced kiwi passion. Their Mango Sago is also a must-try, perfect for a refreshing drink on a hot day or as an after-meal treat.

But what really sets Boba apart is their fun and cool hangout spot with games and darts available. The shop's huge mural inside also makes it an ideal spot for taking insta-worthy shots while having great bubble tea.

To Sum It All Up

Whether you're a fan of classic bubble tea or looking to try something new and exciting, bubble tea shops around Vancouver are sure to satisfy your cravings. With so many options to choose from, it's no wonder that it has become a beloved beverage in the city!

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