Invented in Taiwan back in the 80's, Bubble Tea has never been more popular worldwide. Also known as pearl milk tea or boba tea because of the chewy tapioca balls, or "bubbles"commonly added, most recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit or milk and sometimes blended with ice.
Where can you find some of the tastiest Bubble Tea in Montreal you ask? We got you covered.
If you like bubble tea, then Chatime is definitely the place to be. There's a reason Chatime has 1,000 outlets in 25 countries and is the only public-listed bubble tea company in Taiwan. With a large assortment of freshly-brewed, all-natural teas to choose from and the ability to fully customize the amount of ice and the amount of sugar added, Chatime earns its spot at the top of our list. Go for their signature Chatime "pearl" milk tea, and we guarantee you'll be back for the rest of their delicious flavours.
Nos Thes take their bubble tea pretty seriously. Fresh and authentic, Nos Thes expertly cook their tapioca balls in-store and offer a massive selection of loose-leaf teas that can be enjoyed cold, creamy or as a latte, and they also offer soy and almond milk. Try their taro bubble tea or allow the friendly and knowledgeable staff to suggest their favourite combinations!
No surprise to find many a bubble tea shop in Chinatown, but L2 Desserts Lounge distinguishes itself not only by their exceptional bubble teas, but also fast service and a really cool vibe. L2 Desserts Lounge is great place to get your bubble on while enjoying the jukebox, foosball table, and video games. Very cool.
As the name suggests, Pâtisserie Harmonie is primarily bakery that make delicious asian-style baked goods, but their selection of bubble teas are worth mentioning. A little more on the sweet side then other places mentioned on this list, the prices are very reasonable and make sure you try one of their egg tarts!
This always popular Quartier Latin eatery are well-known for their awesomely tasty and awesomely priced banh mi sandwiches, but their selection of bubble teas is definitely just as impressive. With your choice of milk or milk-free teas in a variety of flavours, check out them out next time you find yourself in the area.
You may be tempted to walk right by this place with the giant boba cup in front, but you'd miss out on the chic Chinese cafe laid out inside. The bubble teas at Bubble Tea Lounge are legit and the selection wide.
Magic Idea offers a lot of flavours not typically found elsewhere such as lavender. While lavender might not be everyone's cup of tea (see what I did there), not to worry because they have an extensive list of flavours to chose from, mango being a really good one, and some really tasty eats to go with.
Pâtisserie Cocobun is loved by many a student because of their convenient locations, decent prices and delectable offerings. Their cheese buns are out of this world and their Hong Kong-style milk tea just might make you want to visit Asia asap.
This one is a little further out of the city, but worth the trip. Very good selection of milk and milk-free teas and the setting is modern and inviting with free board game like Tic Tac Toe and Monopoly.
The café, located in the Centre-du-Québec, specializes in Japanese food and imported Asian products. It's a place where customers can go to play games on the Nintendo Switch, buy manga, eat onigiri and drink various teas, though bubble tea is the most popular.
The boba comes in four sizes: small, medium, large and mega with mega being the three-litre one that's bigger than your head.
To get a better idea of how big that is, think about it like this: When you're having a party and you buy a full-sized bottle of Coca-Cola at the grocery store, that's only two litres.
At Nakama-Thé, you can pick one flavour for the small size. Medium gets you up to two flavours that you can layer and large gets you three flavour options. You can choose up to six flavours for the mega size if you're buying it in-store.
Prices for bubble teas start at $4.25, but the mega size will set you back $30.
Flavours include taro, coconut, passion fruit, durian and caramel pudding.
If reading this convinces you to hit the road and pick up a mega bubble tea, then congratulations because you're a true boba fan. Now, let's see if you can finish the whole thing!
Price: From $4.25 - $30 per bubble tea, depending on the size
Cuisine: Japanese snacks & drinks
Address: 180 rue Brock, Drummondville, QC
Why You Need To Go: True boba fans can put their love to the test by taking a day trip to Drummondville and basking in the joy of three whole litres of bubble tea. The bigger the better!
To celebrate its new location in the Old Port of Montreal, One Babo is serving up $2 bubble teas all day Saturday starting at 12 p.m., as long as you follow its Instagram page. The first 50 people will actually get their boba totally free.
One Babo, formerly called One More Thé, has another location on Chemin Queen Mary in Côte-des-Neiges. This is its second time opening in the Old Port after the previous location had to close last year due to COVID-19.
"This year, we were lucky to be able to open once more in our favourite place in Montreal, but in a different spot," said Karen Chen, One Babo's external coordinator.
Chen described One Babo as an international expansion of a Taiwanese boba chain.
"We specialize in authentic Taiwanese boba drinks with an innovative twist, with unique flavours and toppings for everybody to enjoy," Chen said.
Here's what you can expect to find on the menu on July 3:
Classic One Babo Milk Tea
Jasmine Tea Jelly Lemonade
Black Iced Tea with Boba
Violet Crystal (Yakult®)
Grapefruit Green Tea
Pouchong Rice Honey Tea with Boba
The drinks will be served in "regular fat cups," according to Chen, and they will all include a topping!
$2 Bubble Tea at One Babo
When: Saturday, July 3, from noon to 9 p.m.
Address: One Babo (previously known as One More Thé), 3, rue de la Commune O., Old Port of Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Taiwanese bubble tea in fat cups for $2 or possibly even free — this is a boba lover's dream.
For starters, it tastes like bubble tea and is topped with actual black sugar boba bubbles. The owner, Daisy Yuan, used to have a bubble tea shop near Places-des-Arts called Coin Bleury. When it closed due to the pandemic, she said she turned her attention to baking.
"I love bubble tea and lighter cakes like chiffon. It's not easy to find this kind of style in Montreal so I might as well start baking," Yuan told MTL Blog.
This particular cake is made with Earl Grey chiffon, a layer of Assam milk tea panna cotta, Earl Grey crème chantilly and a dash of black sugar syrup, Yuan said.
Then there's the tsunami aspect. As you unwrap your cake, it overflows like a waterfall, allowing the creamy toppings to cover the entirety of the cake.
Lastly, Ri Yue offers 4-inch bento cakes made for one to two people, which makes sense considering "bento" is a Japanese lunch box. The bento aspect may just be the best part because it means you can eat a whole damn cake to yourself.
A bento boba tsunami cake costs $10.99. For a full list of Ri Yue's baked offerings, check out its website.
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