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10. Chun Yang
When it comes to that classic brown sugar goodness in milk tea, Chun Yang is the spot to go to. Sweetness balance? Check. Chewy pearls? Check, check. The urge to come back and never leave? Definite check.
What we recommend: The Pudding Oolong (Fresh Milk Tea,) Passion Fruit Green Tea, their yummy Mountain Tea Cheese Macchiato, or a traditional Smoked Plum Drink with Lemon. – Don’t forget the extra toppings!
What to order: Pudding Oolong, Passion Fruit Green Tea, Mountain Tea Cheese Macchiato, Smoked Plum Drink with Lemon
Address: 7971 Alderbridge Way Ste 130 Richmond, BC V6X 2A4
If your heart says yes but your wallet screams no for boba, Peanuts is probably for you. Not only is it relatively more affordable, but it tastes just as delicious as most places you’ll find.
Their flavours of boba are addicting and we guarantee you’ll be back for more. We recommend starting with their Honey Pearl Milk Tea, a Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pearl, or any of their divine teas, the choice is yours.
Also don’t leave without grabbing a couple Wheel Cakes on your way out. They’re tiny at $0.85 apiece and filled with homemade fillings like cheese, taro, radish, black sesame and more, so make sure you try out as many as you can.
What to order: Honey Pearl Milk Tea, Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pearl, Wheel Cakes
Address: 8260 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A7 (Richmond Public Market Food Court)
8. The Bubble Tea Shop
When the only downside to a store is that there’s way too much on their menu, you know you’ve come to the right place. The Bubble Tea Shop offers over forty drink flavours and all sorts of boba toppings to go with it.
Their speciality however, are their bubble waffles that are an absolute must to accompany your boba refresher. They’re aesthetically played and made for your instagram feed, and luckily, they’re also overflowing with choices in the flavour department. So, it might take you some time to work your way through the menu. But hey, you know it will be worth it, right?
If you’re like us and grew up listening to Jay Chou (a mega popular Taiwanese singer), then you must have a soft spot for Machi Machi – which madean appearance in Jay Chou’s music video and being noted as the singer’s favourite boba brand.
If your wallet already hurts from other bubble tea spots, then this spot is NOT for you. It’s pricey, but the cute aesthetics may be the thing that will win you over. If money isn’t an problem for you, then go for the Black Tea with Cream Foam and Pearls or the one in the cute bottle with panna cotta.
What to order: Black Tea with Cream Foam and Pearls
Address: 1306-8368 Capstan Way Richmond, BC V6X 4B4
The Alley’s take on boba is unique and completely their own, creating an innovative version of Tapioca pearls called Deerioca which never fails to make any drink a gazillion times better. They’re also great about adjusting ingredients to suit your taste for sweetness, type of milk, and also additional toppings.
Try their version of pearls in their Deerioca Fever, or scavenge off to something different like their Crunchy Tiramisu milk tea or a Royal No.9. We wouldn’t say no to their delicious Kiwi Slush either.
What to order: Deerioca Fever, Crunchy Tiramisu milk tea, Royal No.9, Kiwi Slush
Address: 1316 – 8368 Capstan Way Richmond, BC V6X 4B4
Bubble Queen is a local favourite that’s been around for years and years (remember those good ol’ afterschool trips to Bubble Queen), accumulating a loyal fanbase. One thing that we swear by is their Mango drinks, and in this case, their Mango Bubble Tea with added cubes of mango on top.
There’s nothing not to like with Bubble Queen, from their fun and updated interior to their wild drink flavours from Kit-Kat to Maltesers and their infamous bubble waffles, it’s the boba joint in the city.
What to order: Mango Bubble Tea, bubble waffles
Address: 8888 Odlin Crescent Suite 1180 Richmond, BC V6X 3Z8
Are you one of those boba enthusiasts who think the best part of bubble tea is the little chewy pearls of goodness at the bottom of the cup? Who are we kidding, of course you are. Lucky for you and all tea lovers, Tea Monarch is popular for their chewy pearls, and worth a visit when you’re in Richmond.
Those pearls go perfectly with their customer-favourite Sri Lanka Milk Tea, and their super yummy Cream Cheese Float tea will convert you off regular floats forever.
What to order: Sri Lanka Milk Tea, Cream Cheese Float tea
Address: 6971 Elmbridge Way 175 Richmond, BC V7C 0A5
Wushiland is a cute little place tucked into Richmond and is quite under the radar since it is rather new in the Vancouver scene.
We recommend a classic Ovaltine Milk tea or really anything that features their powder milk base for that authentic Taiwanese taste. If you’re looking for something a little different, their Four Season Tea with Mango Sorbetto Ice-cream is unique, sweet, tangy and the perfect refresher for the day.
What to order: Ovaltine Milk tea, Four Season Tea with Mango Sorbetto Ice-cream
Address: 8338 Capstan Way #1228, Richmond, BC V6X 4B5
Originating from Taiwan, Jenjudan is a well-known chain that serves up some quality authentic bubble tea. For us, their pearls are some of the best – the right softness and chewiness that you’ll be content with.
They have a bunch of seasonal flavours and toppings, but their Thai tea brown sugar is the one that hits the spot. And it isn’t just us that thinks that.
And, while having several different locations across Richmond and Vancouver, it’s the perfect place to keep coming back to conquer their entire menu.
What to order: Thai tea brown sugar
Address: 125-5599 Cooney Road Richmond, BC V6X 0N8