30 Best Boba Tea Shops in the U.S., Ranked
Boba tea is one of those drinks that intrigues by concept alone. Having originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, it wasn’t long before the compelling concoction made its way stateside. The base of the drink can be green tea, black tea, milk tea, fruity tea, coffee, a slushie, you name it, and it’s accompanied by chewy, tapioca balls. A famously fat straw tops off the bevvy, allowing you to slurp up the pearls with each sip.
Whether you’re a boba connoisseur or looking to find the best spot near you, we have the best boba tea shops you can find in the U.S.
30. Sovereign: Poke, Boba, Asian Kitchen
Location: Plantation, Florida
Your flavor profile is Sovereign’s demand. Tea is made daily, using premium tea leaves. Choose from toppings, including passion fruit, mango, green apple, rose peach, lychee and dragon fruit.
Your first topping is free, with each additional being 50 cents. The best part is surely the ability to pick your sweetness: normal, 75 percent, 50 percent or 25 percent.
29. Ni Hao Tea
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Guests swoon over the brown sugar milk tea at Ni Hao Tea. The shop is known for its generous servings, customization (allowing you to choose ice level, sweetness, milk choice, etc.) and intriguing choices.
We recommend the cream cheese specialty, consisting of cream cheese, lactose-free whole milk, whipped cream and condensed milk, which pairs well with a topping of boba pearls.
28. Boba Mocha
Location: Duluth, Georgia
Boba Mocha invites guests to grab the best boba in town and stay for a while with its cozy environment and great selection of board games.
Customers note that the grande size is massive — ideal for satisfying your boba craving.
27. Coco Leaf on Newbury
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Situated on swanky Newbury Street, Coco Leaf offers a brilliant array of choices, with customers calling it the best boba tea they’ve ever had. Large portions and lactose-free options make the shop a hit.
Try something different, like the CHÈ THÁI, consisting of smashed avocado with boba and jelly.
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
This modern shop slings scrumptious treats, including ice cream with cereal mix-ins, candy and boba. The Treats staff is also known for providing heartwarming suggestions as you make your way through the dizzying array of choices.
Try the mango jam with a mango-popping boba topping.
25. Ding Tea
Location: Houston, Texas
Ding Tea is all about the cheese foam. Customers go crazy for the strawberry milk tea, peach milk tea and passion fruit milk tea topped with the famous foam. It’s basically like cheesecake in a cup.
Try the taro milk tea with cream cheese mixed with golden boba at 30 percent sugar.
24. Bubble N Tea
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
While the boba is on point at Bubble N Tea, it’s actually the container that makes this shop stand out.
The fat, wide cups are a favorite among boba lovers visiting here, as they allow you to truly access and enjoy the pearls in their entirety.
23. Young Tea
Location: Seattle, Washington
Known for prioritizing real ingredients, Young Tea provides quality drinks using natural ingredients. They even make their own homemade syrup without the use of artificial preservatives.
Choose from five different levels of sweetness, substitute milks, toppings and more.
22. Lili’s Bubble Tea
Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Within a bright blue shed, Lili’s Bubble Tea is named after owner Lili, who serves up high-quality boba tea with plentiful choices. Though the milk tea choices offer a fun variety, like avocado, coconut, honeydew and chocolate, the house milk tea is the fan favorite.
Toppings include enticing options like rainbow jelly and lychee jelly.
21. Tea Street
Location: Denver, Colorado
This industrial hangout in Denver is popular for its cool environment and delicious boba teas. Flavors, ice level and boba sweetness are on point at Tea Street.
They’re also known for producing seasonal flavors that highlight various fruits. Be sure to try the coconut milk tea with brown sugar boba.
20. Spot of Tea
Location: Washington, D.C.
Everything at Spot of Tea is made to order using their own unique tea blends and high-quality ingredients. You won’t find artificial fruit syrups and powders here.
Try the Thai Blossom and choose from light, regular or extra boba. The coconut chai is another mouthwatering hit.
19. Cafe Zio
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Coffee drinkers go crazy for Cafe Zio.
The dalgona latte bubble tea combines coffee and tapioca bubbles along with dehydrated dalgona coffee chunks for an irresistible, caffeinated cup of perfection.
18. Gathers Tea Bar
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Look for a large crowd hovered around an unassuming frontage in Little Italy, and you’ll have found Gathers Tea Bar. The shop prides itself on having expertly infused the perfect tea drinks, from tea selection to temperature to time, and even the quality of milk, sugar and water.
They also use crystal boba as their default boba, which makes for an extra chewy texture.
17. Vivi Bubble Tea
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vivi Bubble Tea breaks the boba tea mold with its innovative recipes, new to the boba world.
Get the flaming brown sugar milk tea, which torches down the sugar to resemble a crème bruleè.
16. Pearl’s Finest Teas
Location: Los Angeles, California
The boba is perfectly chewy and ideally sweet at Pearl’s Finest Teas. Expect an impressive selection of drink choices, numerous toppings to add on and milk substitutions galore.
We suggest going for an order of double pearls. You won’t regret it.
Location: Ely, Nevada
In the middle of nowhere in Nevada, Taproot is an adorable little shop that locals and passersby rave about.
The atmosphere inside offers a cozy vibe, while the drink offerings feature fun, nontraditional boba concoctions like blue Hawaiian and strawberry butterfly pea.
14. GuilTea Cravings
Location: San Diego, California
Craft tea options are the focus of this quaint cafe in Southern California, but it’s also a one-stop-shop for all things deliciousness, like boba, popcorn chicken, macarons and garlic.
Try the matcha coconut milk tea with white boba. After all, they don’t call this place GuilTea Cravings for nothing.
13. Buddy’s Lounge
Location: Portland, Oregon
This is not your typical boba shop. Buddy’s Lounge has an array of boozy boba drinks that will sneak up on you.
The spiked beverages include a rainbow greyhound with rainbow jelly, spicy tequila with rainbow jelly and classic whisky milk tea with boba.
12. Yaya Tea
Location: Brooklyn, New York
“We take bubble tea to another level,” claims Yaya Tea, which adds various jellies or popping boba into their drinks that burst in your mouth.
Tea is freshly brewed daily, using a purifier filtration system and premium tea leaves.
11. Brew Tea Bar
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
This boba shop prides itself on making tea and boba beverages with the utmost care, always handcrafted with heart. And the list of choices at Brew Tea Bar is enough to please anyone’s palate.
Some of the toppings include aloe vera, mango star jelly and coffee jelly. Meanwhile, enticing beverages include cheese lattes, sea salt lattes and milky slushies.
10. RedStraw Teabar
Location: Irvine, California
RedStraw Teabar stands out for its alternative to syrups. The boba shop uses freshly juiced ingredients, like cucumbers and strawberry slices, as a healthier alternative.
Some fun drink options include the “grasshopper,” made with green tea, natural jasmine flower and cucumber juice. Boba toppings to try are the agar, honey, lychee jelly and aloe vera.
9. Happy Lemon
Location: Flushing, New York
At Happy Lemon, you can expect delicious drinks made using premium tea leaves sourced from Asia and that are freshly brewed and hand mixed on site.
We suggest ordering the jasmine green tea with salted cheese.
8. Kung Fu Tea
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Whatever your boba-loving heart desires can be found at Kung Fu Tea, be it classic teas, milk teas, fruit teas, slushies, bubbles, milk caps, beans or jellies. Customize sweetness and ice level, too.
And be on the lookout for seasonal flavors and toppings — they’re either spicy, rich, refreshing, sweet, colorful or moody!
7. Teapioca Lounge
Location: Austin, Texas
Originating from Thailand, Teapioca Lounge offers mouthwatering desserts, beverages and teas. The “boba madness” choices include either a 22-ounce or 44-ounce cup!
The cream tea is a big hit, like the oolong cream “BlasTea” with boba.
6. Chun Yang Tea
Location: Flushing, New York
For the right combination of not too sweet, not too watered down and perfectly chewy, Chun Yang Tea has you covered. Many call this establishment the ideal authentic boba tea experience.
Try the oolong milk tea latte with pudding, boba and 50 percent sugar — you won’t be sorry.
5. Fat Straws
Location: Portland, Oregon
The menu options are endless here, so take your time finding what pleases your palate. Fat Straws is known for being mostly gluten-free, offering plentiful milk and dairy substitutes, and providing bubbles and jellies that are vegan-friendly.
Location: San Francisco, California
From the green ice milk tea with grass jelly to the sea salt cream oolong tea, you can’t go wrong with the options at Plentea.
Located in Chinatown, the boba shop even allows you to reuse their bottles and bring them back for a discount on your next drink!
3. Mi Tea
Location: New York, New York
You can thank the intriguing topping on Mi Tea’s tea drinks for popularizing this boba brand.
The high-quality Himalayan pink salted cheese tea drinks consist of a refreshing tea base and a rich, creamy cheese foam to top it off.
2. Cowcow’s Tea
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Come for the cute pink interior, stay for the sensational boba tea! Cowcow’s original milk tea is a hit, while the boba is known for its soft, chewy consistency that’s never mushy.
The purple rice is a nice alternative to traditional boba and has proved popular among customers.
Location: San Gabriel, California
Among the most well-known and established Boba Milk Tea chains from Taiwan, Wushiland never fails to impress.
The ice cream milk tea is a fan favorite. It’s massive, has the perfect boba-to-tea ratio and comes with two scoops of ice cream. Yum!