Where To Get The Best Bubble Tea In Metro Vancouver (According To Local Foodies)

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Bubble tea has been brewing a storm all around Metro Vancouver. Whether you are a seasoned bubble tea drinker or just simply trying to figure out where to even begin, the question of where to get the best bubble tea in the region still remains.

So, of course, we had to ask local bubble tea experts and they spilled the tea.

Exposure Drink + Social House

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What they had to say about it: Brown sugar is one of the latest bubble tea trends to hit Vancouver and Exposure definitely serves one of the best. Their Devil’s Milk Tea features tapioca that are cooked in brown sugar until they’re perfectly soft and chewy with rich caramel flavour. The pearls are then topped with high-quality milk from Avalon Dairy.

Where to get it:  At 2 locations in Richmond and Vancouver:

  • Richmond: 130 4600 No.3 Rd
  • Vancouver: 706 Commercial Drive (currently undergoing renovation)

Onezo Tapioca

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@onezotapioca is currently having a refer a friend promo. If you refer a friend, they get 50% off and you get a free regular size drink. Two brown sugar drinks only came to $3! The two drinks we got were brown sugar black latte and the brown sugar oolong latte. The oolong one was a stronger tea flavour and the black latte has a milkier tea flavour. Definitely have to check out this, it's ending January 31st. . . . . We grabbed this at OneZo (Kingsway – Burnaby) . . . . Thank you @jacinto.twins for coming with me and with the photo! #boba #vanfoodie #foodcoma #instafood #foodlife #foodie #foodstagram #vancouver #f52grams #vancitybuzz #mixvancouver #brownsugar #instafoodie #bobameup #604food #dishedvan #foodporn #604foodie #food #curiocityvan #vancity #britishcolumbia #dailyhivevan #gastropostvan #igvancouver #nomsmag #boba_addicts #crunchvancouver #onezotapioca #bubbletea

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What they had to say about it: My favourite drink from them is the brown sugar oolong tea. It has a strong toasty tea taste mixed in with a subtle brown sugar milk taste. What makes this place so special is that their pearls are made fresh in-store daily.

Where to get it: 4929 Kingsway in Burnaby

Taan Char

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It's been gloomy for so long in Vancouver that I've almost forgotten what the sun looks like ⛅ Throwback to those sunny days long ago, when I could roam around freely without lugging my umbrella around everywhere 😌 📸: Mango Green Tea w/Cheese Cream and Pearls @taanchar I have yet to find better fruit tea in Vancouver than that at Taan Char. They use actual fruit in their tea, and you can totally taste the difference that fresh makes! 😋 Although I've only tried this flavour so far, I've heard loads of good things about their other flavours as well, so I can't wait for another sunny day to come back here 😄 #mango #greentea #tea #fruittea #bubbletea #bbt #boba #pearls #drinks #dishedvan #curiocityvan #foodcouver #eatcouver #yvreats #eatingfortheinsta #vancityeats #vancouvereats #vancouverfoodie #yvrfoodie #vancouverfood #foodphotography #foodography #foodblogger #foodstagram #cameraeatsfirst #getinmybelly #instadrink #yummy #igvancouver #vancouverblogger

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What they had to say about it: If you’re craving fruit tea, then you have to check this place out. This independent bubble tea shop is known for their fresh fruit teas and adorable cups, which are not too sweet and full of fresh fruit flavour. My personal favourite is the Mango Green Tea with cheese cream and pearls. With its strong green tea taste, refreshing mango pieces, the light and sweet drink contrasts perfectly with the rich, salty cheese cream.

Where to get it: At 2 locations in Vancouver and Burnaby:

  • Vancouver: 7908 Granville St
  • Burnaby: 1696-4500 Kingsway

T’s Home

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A new drink to cure the burnt out feeling from the weekend. Let a fresh week begin! – 📷: More More Tea @tshome_soda At T's Home, the fresh fruit soda teas have always been a signature for this cute little drink shop in Burnaby. However, they have recently launched a new drink in the summer that has become quite popular lately. The More More Tea features fresh milk, brown sugar pearls, and topped with caramel burnt cream 😱! It was kind of like having milk tea with a creme brulee layer on top. Quite interesting and easily well liked, especially with the chewy and flavourful brown sugar pearls on the bottom. This drink is offered in three sizes (small, medium, large), and is available from 2:30 pm to closing time every day except Tuesdays. Pictured is the small size. – Pro Tip: If you're wishing to try this drink, T's Home is having a "Halloween Special Event" 🎃 on October 28, 29 and 31 👉 BOGO with the mention of the secret promo code. Swipe to find out what the secret code is. – ⬇ Alert a friend below about this special event! – . . .

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What they had to say about it: This spot is well known for their signature fresh fruit soda teas, but did you know they also offer a selection of bubble/milk teas? One of their newer creations I’ve tried was the More More Tea. It features fresh milk and brown sugar pearls, finished off with a layer of caramel burnt cream on top. The creme brulee-like layer added a creamy kick to the drink, enhancing its taste and richness. The brown-sugar flavoured pearls were soft and chewy. Amidst the plethora of bubble tea shops that I visited of late for the brown sugar drinks, the More More Tea was one of the more memorable and well-liked ones. The More More Tea is available daily (except Tuesdays), from 2:30 pm to closing time.    

Where to get it: 5318 Grimmer St in Burnaby

Mr. Chu Tea & Coffee

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What they had to say about it: Mr. Chu is by far our favourite bubble tea place in Metro Vancouver and is completely worth the drive from Vancouver. Their brown sugar pearl latte is our favourite one to date, with of its delectable creamy flavour. Their pearls are just perfect in texture and the drink is priced very reasonably.

Where to get it: 15216 Pacific Ave in White Rock

Sweet Memory

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Do they look like ice cubes on the top😆 They are @sweet_memory_dessert signature Jasmine Jelly👍🏻 DOUBLE Jasmine Jelly milk tea😍 – PS: Remember to add pearls✨They are so chewy😋 after taking photos…we found out pearls are missing🤣😅 – It’s always fun and happy to meet new foodie friend, chat about food+ travel!! @_indecisivefoodie Good Luck and have an awesome trip in Asia!! Looking forward to see your stories and posts🤗 – #sweetmemory #sweetmemoryrichmond #richmondmoments #richmondeats #yelpvancouver #nomsmag #604eats #yvreats #curiocityvan #cameraeatsfirst #getinmybelly #caeats #boba #milktea #crunchvancouver #bobalove #jasminejelly #jasmine #dhvanfood #yvrfoodies #vancouverfoodie #vancityeats #nomnomyvr #美味しい #インスタ映え #バブルティー #相機食先 #먹스타그램 #맛스타그램 #버블티

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What they had to say about it: If you like jasmine tea and jasmine jelly as much as I do… you need to visit here. Their signature jasmine jelly drink is my absolute favourite. Their pearls are also super chewy so remember to add that!

Where to get it: 8080 Leslie Rd #130 in Richmond

Comebuy Bubble Tea

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What they had to say about it: Comebuy specializes in all sorts of drinks, including bubble tea. With a large variety of options that are also budget-friendly, you should give it a try! Their passion fruit blast with basil seeds is my favourite when I need a light refresher that is not too sweet.

Where to get it: At 2 locations in Vancouver and Burnaby:

  • Vancouver: 5335 West Blvd
  • Burnaby: 1610 – 4500 Kingsway

Bobii Frutii  

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|| DO YOU EVEN BOBA?🥤Have you tried the new bubble tea place opened in the Richmond yet? Bobii Fruitii opened approximately two months ago in the same complex as Boiling Point around Leslie/Alexandra & Number 3 (where 食街 the food street is). — Originating from Taiwan, @bobiifrutii.ca differentiates themselves from other bubble tea chains by claiming to use the most premium ingredients. Their drinks range from $6-9, slightly higher than your average bubble tea. — Although it’s on the pricier side, I’d have to say you really get what you pay for. Their pearls are definitely the best I’ve had in Vancouver. I feel like when it comes to bubble tea, “good” is really subjective to your preferences. For me personally, I love fresh chewy pearls. These pearls were the perfect balance between firm, fresh, and chewy. — After speaking with the employees, I also learned that they use fresh milk tea in their drinks as opposed to milk powder. Their cups are a little smaller than your usual bbt. I’d say it’s around the size of a Starbucks grande cup? My verdict for this place? Beautiful presentation and thoughtful execution 🍵 #BlackholetummyAdventures — 🍴: Pandora Treasures (left) & Uji Snow (right) 📍: Bobbi Frutii – Richmond (157-4800 No 3 Road)

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What they had to say about it:  If you’re all about chewy pearls, you’ll LOVE Bobii Fruitii’s creative creations. The chain originating from Taiwan promises to use top quality ingredients; the thoughtful execution is reflected through the drinks’ beautiful presentation and impeccable flavours. Definitely try the Uji Snow!

Where to get it: 157-4800 No 3 Rd in Richmond


Which ones have you tried and which ones will you be trying? Let us know in the comments below!

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