Come rain or shine, the weather is always perfect for this Taiwanese tea speciality! We’ve teamed up with some friendly bubble tea experts – who treat themselves to a bubble tea nearly every day – to come up with our list of top bubble tea spots in Hong Kong. 

For the purposes of comparison, we’ve gone with our perennial fave flavour: robust, creamy milk tea with oh-so-chewy tapioca pearls, otherwise known as boba.


Hong Kong’s top bubble tea

HEYTEA

HEYTEA bubble tea
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HEYTEA came from humble beginnings in Guangzhou and now boasts stores all over China – and six in Hong Kong! The Chinese brand 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 cheeseless tea at HEYTEA, but we recommend giving it a go. After all, we bet the first cheesecake got some strange looks too.

HEYTEA, multiple locations across Hong Kong


Gong cha

Gong cha bubble tea
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For many people, Gong cha is where they tried their first-ever bubble tea, which is why many Hong Kongers favour it – 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). Be aware that sometimes Gong cha’s milk tea can be a bit watery, depending on the branch. But, hey, Gong cha is also likely one of the cheapest bubble tea shops in the 852.

Gong cha, multiple locations across Hong Kong


CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

CoCo bubble tea
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CoCo only has five 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. The fruity flavours and smoothies are also highly recommended.

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice, multiple locations across Hong Kong


TenRen’s Tea

TenRen's bubble tea
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TenRen’s is quite a boujie bubble tea shop, 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 we promise it will be worth it. The extra few dollars in price compared to the other spots is not an issue if you love the taste of top-notch tea and delectably chewy and sweet tapioca pearls.

TenRen’s Tea, multiple locations across Hong Kong


Sharetea

Sharetea bubble tea
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Sharetea became one of our favourites when we were 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 we fell in love with it. The boba is as you would expect, jelly-like and with the right bite. 

Sharetea, multiple locations across Hong Kong


Chatime

Chatime bubble tea
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Known for its locations across Australia and southern Asia, Chatime has Hong Kong shops in Central, Mong Kok (two), and Wan Chai. They offer tons and tons of flavours, including winter melon, brown rice milk tea, and hazelnut milk tea – plenty for experimenting! This is definitely the place to go if you’re getting bored of traditional bubble tea. We rate Chatime’s colourful packaging too.

Chatime, multiple locations across Hong Kong


Yuan Is Here

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

Yuan Is Here, 31 North Street, Kennedy Town, 3579 2460

Yuan Is Here, 28 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, 3705 9848


DAKASI

DAKASI bubble tea
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Did someone say Oreo chocolate milk tea? DAKASI’s traditional bubble milk tea is similar to most, albeit being a bit more creamy. 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. Now with just one sole Hong Kong shop in Yuen Long, DAKASI is known amongst locals for offering truly authentic Taiwanese bubble tea, and we agree. The shop’s delicious, funky flavours will keep you on your toes, and it’s definitely worth seeking out.

DAKASI, 7A Kik Yeung Road, Yuen Long, 2575 8033

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