Milk tea, bubble tea, boba tea, pearl tea—whatever you call it, eyes and ears will follow. In recent years, tea shops have gained cult-like followings with customers willing to wait, sometimes hours at a time, in order to get their hands on a large cup of creamy goodness.
But which tea house is the best of the best? We leave that decision up to you. Rate these crowd favorites so we can settle, once and for all, which spots are of the highest quali-tea.
Did you hear? International milk tea brands Tiger Sugar, Xing Fu Tang, and The Alley are finding their way to our shores. Brace yourselves for long lines!
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice has been around for a while but only recently did they see a surge in customers lining up, sometimes for hours, just to get their hands on the famed Panda Milk Tea. In just a short time, CoCo has made a name for themselves as one of the country’s favorite milk teas.
Gong Cha serves milk tea, fruit juices, ice smoothies, brewed tea, chocolate beverages, and coffee. There are over 170 outlets worldwide spreading from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China, Malaysia and the Philippines. Try their Alisan Milk Tea, you wont regret it!
Chatime is one of the more well-known and successful milk tea brands in the country. Their wide selection of milk teas are made with green, black, oolong, and roasted brewed teas. You can find Chatime branches all over the world and that means getting your milk tea fix will never be a problem.
Today, the options for milk tea are endless. Customization knows no limits when it comes to cup size, sugar level, toppings, or the amount of ice in your cup. And that doesn’t even cover the number of different kinds of tea bases you can choose from!
Serenitea is a homegrown brand that offers almost every kind of pearl milk tea and tea latte out there. It’s a crowd favorite among students due to the fact that there are branches near major schools. People also love the level of customization that Serenitea offers, from sinkers to sugar levels!
Happy Lemon is a Hong Kong milk tea brand mainly serving fun and fresh tea beverages, as well as coffee and juices. They arrived in November of 2010, starting as a humble tea shop; today, they have 21 branches nationwide. The brand now offers Hong Kong Style bubble waffles!
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G/F Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan
Macao Imperial Tea
Hailing from the ‘Vegas of China’, Macao Imperial is one of the fastest growing cafe chains with an extensive menu, offering coffee, milk tea, tea, cream cheese-based drinks, and more. They’re known for their cream cheese and chestnut cream topped milk tea drinks. Read our full feature here.
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea offers a wide array of freshly-made premium tea drinks. They specialize in fruit teas using real fruit but recently went viral for the Brown Sugar Tea Latte. The pearls are cooked in sugar, giving them a deep, sweet, and slightly toasted flavor. They also serve sugarcane drinks, tea, lattes, and other specialty and limited-edition drinks.
Infinitea serves a wide variety of tasty and refreshing drinks for all you tea fanatics out there. They offer coffees, frappes, fruit teas and more, but they are most known for their authentic pearl milk tea. They have dozens of accessible branches all over Metro Manila so it’s easy to see why this one remains a crowd favorite!
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