Bubble tea has taken Surrey by storm and bubble tea shops are seemingly as ubiquitous as the ever-present coffee shops we know and love (maybe a little too much?) in Metro Vancouver. This deliciously sweet Taiwanese drink hits all the boxes: it’s sweet, it’s got tons of flavour, and it’s got chewy boba (tapioca balls) in it! Haven’t jumped on the boba bandwagon yet? Here are a few shops where you can learn all about, and fall in love with, bubble tea, just like we have!
BobaBoy (104-15127 Hwy 10) is unique in the bubble tea world, in that they make their tapioca balls fresh every day instore. Choose from a wide variety of flavours, including coconut, taro and matcha, to match their extensive menu of teas ranging from milk, fruit and black sugar!
Offering real fruit purees and teas that are freshly brewed regularly, Gong Cha (104 – 10294 City Parkway) is committed to ensuring optimal flavour and freshness. The space is bright and airy, and they also have bubble waffles to complement their tea. Check out their signature milk foam teas, which even come with directions for how to achieve the ultimate milk foam-stache!
Do you know what goes great with bubble tea? K-Pop. Live out your dream of being a Korean pop star without the hassle of touring the world and paparazzi. K-Pop Karaoke (14914 104 Avenue) is open late 7 days a week and offers private tables.. Take your 8 closest friends and channel your inner EXO, what more could you need from a night out?
Serving bubble tea at 6 locations, Pearl Fever (10330 152 Street and 140 – 7310 120 Street) is another homegrown franchise. Opening their first location in 2002, they’ve been dedicated to the craft of making consistently delicious bubble tea ever since. They try to cater to individual tastes by offering a wide variety of flavours and adjusting to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Chatime (10255 King George Blvd and 130-2950 King George Blvd) offers a wide variety of signature drinks, and the ability to fully customize your order. Choose from milk tea, fresh tea, fruit tea or oriental pop tea then add the pearls (or boba), mousse or honey. The taste combinations are endless, but if the choices are overwhelming, you can’t go wrong ordering their most popular drink, the Milk Tea Smoothie, with pearls, of course!