I'm starting a new blog series called Best Boba! In this series, I will be inviting foodies and bubble tea lovers from different cities around the world to give us their list of favourite boba spots in their city.
132 Dundas St W, Toronto
Chatime is my tried and true. They’re efficient, fast and their drinks and toppings taste consistently good. My favourite drink to order is the Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea.
2. The Alley
20 Bur Oak Ave. Markham
I love The Alley because of their unique drink options. They often take a little longer to make, but you won’t find them anywhere else. My go to is the White Peach Oolong w/ tapioca. The Deerioca w/ soy milk and the Morning Dawn are also great choices.
3. OneZo Tapioca
399 Spadina Ave, Toronto
OneZo is well known for their handmade tapioca. You’ll find flavours like sesame, cactus, mango and more. If your timing is right, you could watch them make the tapioca while you’re there. I love the OneZo Grapefruit Green Tea with crystal tapioca.
4. Happy Lemon
3260 Midland Ave, Scarborough
Happy Lemon’s specialty is citrus fruits. Their Freshly Squeezed Lemon Black Tea instantly brings me back to my childhood of drinking lemon teas at HK cafes. I never thought I’d want it as a boba drink, but I was hooked.
5. Ten Ren’s Tea
111 Times Ave, Richmond Hill
Ten Ren’s has been around for decades. They not only sell high quality tea leaves, but use these same leaves in their boba drinks. It’s also the spot I love going to most for a hot bubble tea in the winter time. The Signature 913 King’s Milk Tea with grass jelly is great hot or cold.
315 Spadina Ave, Toronto
A recent newcomer to Toronto, I love the taste of the tea at YiFang. They advertise the use of premium Taiwanese tea and organic sugar. My drink of choice would be the YiFang Fruit tea or the Mudflip (a brown sugar pearl latte)
7. Kung Fu Tea
264 Spadina Ave, Toronto
Kung Fu Tea (not to be confused with KF Tea that is coming soon to Toronto) is my jam! I love that they use honey as a sweetener instead of sugar. My go to is the 38 Milk King, which is a milk tea with THREE toppings: tapioca, grass jelly and agar jelly.
8. Feng Cha
3278 Midland Ave, Scarborough
Feng Cha is an Instagrammer’s dream. Not only is their decor beautiful, their drinks are too (and they’re delicious!) I’m a huge fan of their Grapefruit Jasmine Green Tea with tapioca. On top of the drinks, they have baked goods and mango desserts as well.
6464 Yonge St, North York
I find Chaplus on a bit of the expensive side, but I really love that they use real fruits in their drinks. The Grapefruit Green Tea has so much pulp that I feel like I’m drinking an actual cup of juice. Chaplus also serves a variety of flavoured egg waffles that are absolutely delicious.
10. Share Tea
89 Queens Quay W, Toronto
Your experience at Share Tea can vary because each one is owned by a different owner. Unlike some of the other franchises, their menu can vary from store to store. Many of their drinks are available hot or cold, like the Almond Milk Tea w/ tapioca.
About the Author
Hi! My name is Veronica and I’m the founder of Boba Love. I grew up drinking boba (we call it bubble tea or bbt here) when I was quite young and it has been incredible to see the community grow in Toronto over the last decade. My favourite go-to is always a classic milk tea with tapioca. I think it’s the best way to compare boba shops across the board with a similar standard. That being said, I also really love grapefruit tea :) Here are my favourite boba shops in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area!