We’ve teamed up with some bubble tea experts – who treat themselves to a bubble tea almost every day – to come up with our list of top bubble tea spots. For the purposes of comparison, we’ve gone with our perennial fave flavour: milk tea with oh-so-chewy tapioca pearls.


HEYTEA

HEYTEA
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HEYTEA came from humble beginnings in Guangzhou and now boasts stores all over China – and three in Hong Kong! HEYTEA is known for something very special – its signature cheese tea. In recent years the admittedly strange-sounding cheese tea has grown in popularity and we can see why. HEYTEA’s cheese topping is made with cream cheese and condensed milk, which adds an extra layer of indulgence in the form of this sweet and tangy foam. If you’re sceptical, you can still have cheese-less tea at HEYTEA but we recommend giving it a go. After all, we bet the first cheesecake got some strange looks too.

Various locations around Hong Kong


Gong cha

Gong cha
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For many people, Gong cha is where they tried their first-ever bubble tea, which is the case for someone like my sister, who says, “It’s one of my faves because it’s the OG.” Gong cha is probably the most widely accessible bubble tea shop in Hong Kong, located conveniently across all districts (and even around the world). Personally, I think that Gong cha has lost its touch and can be a bit watery. But, hey, Gong cha is also likely the cheapest bubble tea shop in the 852, priced from $18, so I’m happy.

Various locations around Hong Kong


CoCo

CoCo
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CoCo has only six locations dotted around Hong Kong, so you must seek it out. Once you do, however, you have to try their milk tea. Known for its fresh taste and creamy texture, it’s perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day. Fruity flavours are also available, as well as smoothies. Priced from $18–22.

Various locations around Hong Kong


TenRen’s Tea

TenRen's Tea
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TenRen’s is the boujiest bubble tea shop in Hong Kong, with outlets across the city, but the quality and taste of the tea speak for themselves. They offer both hot and cold drinks made with green, black and oolong teas. There’s even ice cream! With queues out the door at peak hours, you may be waiting in line for awhile, but I promise it will be worth it. The extra $2 in price compared to the other spots is not an issue if you love the taste of top-notch tea and sweet tapioca pearls.

Various locations around Hong Kong


Sharetea

Sharetea
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Sharetea became one of my favourites when I was first introduced to its red bean milk tea, but that’s a story for another day. Some of our bubble tea connoisseurs describe Sharetea as too herbal tasting for them, but that’s another reason why I fell in love with it. The bubbles are as you would expect, jelly-like and with the right bite. Sharetea’s bubble milk tea is priced at $18, similar to its competitors

Various locations around Hong Kong


Chatime

Chatime
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Known mostly for its locations across Australia and southern Asia, Chatime has shops in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong Airport and Hung Hom. They offer tons and tons of flavours including winter melon, brown rice milk tea and hazelnut milk tea – plenty to experiment with! This is definitely the place to go if you’re getting bored of traditional bubble tea, but their bubble milk tea is pretty average, so we wouldn’t recommend going here for it. Be sure to check out their location at Hong Kong Airport for your last bubble tea fix before you fly out!

Various locations around Hong Kong


Yuan Is Here

Yuan Is Here
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Yuan is here and is dancing on our taste buds! This restaurant is perfect for anyone who loves everything Taiwanese. Their bubble tea is probably the most authentic in Hong Kong. It can be a bit sweet, but that’s how the Taiwanese like it! The menu also offers all kinds of yummy snacks and bigger plates. The bubbles in Yuan’s milk tea have the perfect al dente bite and the tea itself is super creamy. Definitely stop by for our favourite combo: braised pork rice and bubble milk tea.

73 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun


DAKASI

DAKASI
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Did someone say Oreo chocolate milk tea?! Their traditional bubble milk tea is similar to most, albeit being a bit more creamy, so we would rate it averagely. However, Dakasi is your best bet if you’re looking for crazy and bold flavours as it features Oreo, coconut and even kumquat on the menu. Located in Mong Kok and Yuen Long, Dakasi is known amongst locals for offering truly authentic Taiwanese teas, and we agree! Its delicious, funky flavours will keep you on your toes.

Mongkok: 55 Dundas Street

Yuen Long: 7A Kik Yeung Road

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