Whether milk tea is your must-have or you’re an oolong and fresh fruit slush fan, no matter what type of bubble tea flavours and add-ons are your favourites, there’s no end to the number of ways you can customize this delicious dessert drink. Originating in Taiwan, with countless tasty variations, bubble tea is a global to-go sensation. And thankfully, there are tons of businesses specializing in bubble tea all across Metro Vancouver.
If you’re on the hunt for the best and newest bubble tea hot spots in the city, slurp your way across Metro Vancouver using Dine the Line’s Bubble Line itinerary.
Try your favourite flavours and (hopefully) a few new ones in neighbourhoods across the city while riding the Expo Line Skytrain or RapidBus. From Surrey to Burnaby to New Westminster, here are our go to spots for boba.
For the fresh fruit tea fans, you won’t mind handing over the money to Money Tea. Take the Expo Line SkyTrain to Patterson Station and make your way on foot to Crystal Mall to order one of their refreshing specialties, like Lychee Green Tea with jelly boba, or Rose Strawberry Soda.
Crystal Mall is the largest Asian shopping centre in Burnaby with a focus on Chinese products in particular, so once you’ve got your drink in hand take some time to peruse the 200+ shops. You’ll be amazed at some of the rare finds within.
Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway
Serving classic brewed teas, fruit teas and milk teas, the menu item that sets Wushiland Boba apart is their sorbetto drinks–that’s right, you can order a scoop of sorbet on top of your tea. Located conveniently in Metropolis at Metrotown, you can hop off the Expo Line at Metrotown Station and walk.
At 400 shops plus a movie theatre, Metropolis at Metrotown is the largest shopping centre in Burnaby. Why not catch a movie and treat yourself to bubble after, or walk and shop with your drink.
Metropolis at Metrotown, 4800 Kingsway
Step off the SkyTrain at Royal Oak Station and treat yourself to a bubble tea and a waffle or specialty dessert at Ki Dessert Cafe. They carry classic milk tea flavours and a few out of this world combos of their own–like the galaxy tea, made with a lychee blueberry base and mango star jelly. Pair your bubble tea with a matcha-choco waffle or check out their savoury menu items like the okonomiyaki waffle (a traditional Japanese street food.)
6888 Royal Oak Ave
If you’re looking for something more substantial than tea to-go, pair your drink with a BLT or Belgian waffle at Tealips Cafe. A great little spot to meet a friend for lunch or dessert, their food menu features a selection of hearty traditional sandwiches, decadent waffles and Bingsoo (a Korean-style flavoured shaved ice dessert layered with fresh ingredients–if you haven’t tried it before, treat yourself!) Located just over ten minutes by foot from Edmonds Station.
7139 Arcola Way
A five minute walk from New Westminster Station to the waterside River Market area, you’ll find fresh poke bowls and bubble tea at Ninja Bubble Tea Express. A delicious and healthy option if you’re grabbing lunch or just tea on the go or want to walk near the river’s edge with your tea and peruse the many artisanal shops in River Market. From loose leaf tea and local wine to flowers and specialty chocolates, it’s the perfect place to go if you need to pick up a gift while you enjoy your day.
River Market, 810 Quayside Drive
Tiger Sugar’s signature black sugar mochi boba and seasonal strawberry mochi along with fresh cream and add-ons like dark chocolate chip make their bubble tea extra decadent. Located in New Westminster Station.
33 Eighth St
Transiting via the Expo Line and/or R1 RapidBus, you’ll find Chatime Surrey a ten minute walk away from King George Station Matcha Roasted Milk Tea, Golden Aged Black Milk Tea or a Candied Winter Melon Ice Tea.
10255 King George Blvd
XIng Fu Tang’s signature flavours include Brown Sugar Pearl Milk and Grapefruit Green Tea.
And as a nice sustainable touch, they proudly support local dairy producers. You can find it on foot walking about 7 minutes from King George Station.
10153 King George Blvd
Importing black, green and floral tea leaves directly from Taiwan, Presotea has a long list of traditional Taiwanese flavours and combos. For an extra refreshing drink, try the passion fruit tea with pearls and jelly.
Connect from the Expo Line at King George Station and hop off the R1 RapidBus at Guildford Exchange and Guildford Town Centre is a six minute walk.
Guildford Town Centre 10355 152 St
Ride the Expo Line to King George Station and take the R1 RapidBus to Guildford Exchange in Surrey to try Coco Fresh Tea and Juice in Guildford Centre. Taro slush with pearls and Brown Sugar Pearl Matcha Milk Tea are a couple of Coco’s house specialties. Guildford Town Centre is a six minute walk from Guildford Exchange.
Guildford Town Centre 10355 152 St
There are many ways to get to each of these spots in downtown Vancouver by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.