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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.
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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!
L2 Desserts Lounge
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.
Bubble Thé Lounge
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.
Café Tea Tac Toe
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.