STRAW-LESS milk tea cups!
At this point, we’ve accepted milk tea as our personal savior and basically an essential part of our daily routine. We have our milk tea brands and orders ready any time, and we regularly check to see any new milk tea stores or products coming our way.
We tried 5 milk tea recipes of our favorite flavors! Check it out here.
With great power (that is milk tea) comes great responsibility. All milk tea lovers are aware of the amount of plastic that goes into buying our favorite drinks, and we’ve been doing our part to minimize waste, most commonly having our own reusable milk tea straws. But two industrial designers from Taiwan have created an even more environmentally friendly product that will allow us to indulge without the guilt of pollution!
FLOAT cups are no-straw cups made for bubble tea, made with recycled glass featuring compartments for boba or pearls for a straw-less experience.
Taiwan’s tea culture is an evolving phenomenon that the we are invested in. All the milk tea branches from Taiwan like Tiger Sugar, Xing Fu Tang, and The Alley have been on our radar, and the bubble black tea movement is something that we’ve incorporated into our favorites.
Coming up with an innovative solution, industrial designers Mickey Wu and Fang Shih created the FLOAT cup, which features a glass-made compartment for your boba or pearls, eliminating the need of straws. As it pushes down the ice to the middle of the cup for a leveled-out temperature, the experience of sipping the milk tea that flows through the ice and ends with the boba tipping in your mouth, no plastic straws will be used in the making.
The rise of environmental awareness is here, and while we all undoubtedly love milk tea, the accumulation of all our guilty pleasures amount to a billion disposable plastic cups and straws every year. With FLOAT cups, we can change our drink container of choice in order to change the environmental outcome our drinking habits contribute to.
This FLOAT cup will be available this Winter 2019, so stay tuned!
Thirsty for your favorite milk tea?
The right one is worth the wait – just like with finding the perfect milk tea.
Milk tea, bubble tea, boba tea, pearl tea—whatever you call it, eyes and ears will follow. The Philippines is no stranger to milk tea. In recent years, these small 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, 100% sugar, and regular ice cup of creamy goodness.
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While you probably have your personal favorites already, the best milk tea may still be out there. We put together a list of Metro Manila’s favorite and most popular milk tea spots for you to get your next cup!
Serenitea – various branches
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 sweetness to sinkers.
Insider tip: Get TWO Emperor Milk Teas, Royal Milk Teas, and Grapefruit Fruiteas at Serenitea!
Tea 18 – Salcedo Village
Tea 18 proves that milk tea doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. With popular branches in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong, Tea 18 has successfully created a healthier milk tea line that uses less sugar but still boasts strong and sweet flavors.
Insider Tip: Tea 18 has FIVE Buy 1 Get 1 offers for you to choose from! Read more here.
G/F The Stratosphere, along San Agustin St, Salcedo Village, Makati
Infinitea – multiple branches
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 would be a crowd favorite!
Here's how to get 2 Infinitea Original Milk Teas for ₱75!
The Lost Bread – multiple branches
The Lost Bread is a homegrown dessert cafe specializing in French toasts and over-the-top milkshakes. While they’re not exactly a milk tea spot, The Lost Bread has been known to dip their toes in the bubble tea scene. They recently came out with milk tea soft serve ice cream (complete with tapioca pear toppings) and their latest creation, the Milk Tea Milkshake, won’t disappoint.
Milk Tea Milkshake Time: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 all 3 flavors: Brewed Black Thai Tea, Brown Sugar Okinawa Milk Tea, and Toffee Caramal Hokkaido Milk Tea! Read more here.
Coldlayers Cafe – multiple branches
Coldlayers is a newcomer to the milk tea scene but this casual dining cafe specializes in Taiwan Snow Ice & comfort food. They use all natural ingredients and you can bet that their Taiwan Milk Tea is the real deal.
Alice Tea Salon – Ortigas
From the name itself, Alice Tea Salon is an Alice in Wonderland-inspired cafe that specializes in authentic and fusion tea products. While they don’t actually have milk tea, they have a wide variety of tea drinks that you’ll surely love to try! Read more here.
Gong Cha – various branches
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!
Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Banana, Milk Ice Smoothie, and GC Milk Alisan Tea from Gong Cha! Read more here.
If you’ve ever searched for “milk tea near me” or had the sudden cravings out of nowhere, this list is right up your alley. They’ve got everything, from their own variation of pearl milk tea to Taiwan Milk Tea or Hokkaido Milk Tea.
Tsujiri – various branches
Tsujiri’s entrance to the Philippines changed the matcha scene forever and took the top spot in the green tea game. Tsujiri is a Japanese matcha brand from Uji Kyoto that specializes in authentic, premium green tea drinks and are the pioneer in matcha infused desserts – from ice cream to cakes and pastries.
Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Kuromitsu Jelly Latte at Tsujiri! Read more here.
Ersao – multiple branches
Ersao offers an authentic taste of Taiwan with it’s menu of mouthwatering dumplings, quick snacks, and noodles to crave for. Their specialty drinks are refreshing and go especially well with their spicy dishes.
Insider tip: Enjoy Buy One Get One Pearl Milk Tea and Buko Pandan Fruit Shake at Ersao!
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea – multiple branches
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea offers a wide array of freshly-made premium tea drinks. They specialise in fruit teas using real fruit. They also serve sugarcane drinks, tea, lattes, and other specialty and limited-edition drinks.
Insider tip: You can also enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Wintermelon Lemonade and Sugarcane Mountain Tea and more from Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea!
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!
Teaza – multiple branches
Teaza is a little tea cafe that has a lot to offer. Their variety of milk teas, tea lattes, fruit teas, hot teas, and rock salt & cheese drinks will surely have any tea craving satisfied.
Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Mix and Match Milk Tea at Teaza with Booky!
Icelavie – multiple branches
Icelavie is a popular Malaysian brand known for their huge drinks. And we mean, huge 1000ml buckets for their coffee, tea, and fruit selections. For those of you who get real thirsty, these big boys become automatic favorites.
Insider tip: You can buy any drink worth ₱80 and get another one for free when you Bring Your Own Cup from Icelavie!
Tigar Sugar – Fort Bonifacio
First opening their doors in Taiwan, Tiger Sugar has become famous for their brown suga boba milk, among all the other milk teas we’re all crazy for. Opening in Hong Kong and Singapore, we finally have the opportuni-tea to try out their Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse!
Wait for it! Tiger Sugar is also opening soon in Eastwood!
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice – various branches
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. CoCo has made a name for themselves as the country’s current favorite milk tea.
Tokyo Bubble Tea – various branches
Tokyo Bubble Tea is a local homegrown bubble tea concept that serve Japanese-Western dishes that are best paired with their wide selection of fun milk tea concoctions! They have a variety of flavors like Almond, Coffee, Jasmine, and Royal Milk Tea. For those who need their milk tea with a savory meal on the side (yes, the side), this is the place for you.
Tea is one of the oldest drinks out there and with benefits like antioxidants (green tea), improved cholesterol & gut health (black tea), and even boosting metabolism (oolong tea), it’s clear why people make it a daily habit or a caffeine replacement for coffee.
Chatime – various branches
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.
Milk tea, however delicious your glistening cup of pearl milk tea may be, should be taken in moderation. Even with your sugar level adjusted to 0%, it’s not something you want to drink on the daily. There are hidden sugars in those little tapioca pearls and high amounts of fat in the creamers that many tea shops use. As for the number of calories in your milk tea, ask the baristas and staff about your order. We’re just looking out for each other!
Macao Imperial Tea – multiple branches
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.
Insider tip: You can enjoy Buy One Get One Macao Mpresso Mix-and-Match and Premium Coffee Mix-and-Match at Macao Imperial Tea!
As a treat every now and again, though. We won’t argue against. Who can resist a good milk tea? If you feel guilty about the sugar, bring a friend with you to partake in the sweet sin. We have Buy 1 Get 1 Milk Tea and Milk Tea Milkshakes on the Booky app!
Chemistea Milk Tea – Project 8
Chemistea is a Taiwanese tea place that serves milk tea, milo dinosaur, other drinks in cute laboratory flasks. People like this spot for their kooky concepts and IG-worthy concoctions.
Caffe La Tea – various branches
Caffe La Tea is a coffee and milk tea place that serves a wide variety of drink concoctions, breakfast meals, and even desserts. For those who look for places to chill and sip on tea and pearls, this place should be on your list.
Xing Fu Tang – Coming Soon!
Xing Fu Tang is a relatively new milk tea chain from Taiwan that first opened in January 2018, but has reached Hong Kong, Canada, and now Manila because of its popular Brown Sugar Milk Tea, and their unique process of using brown sugar pearls that are stir-fried!
Keep your eyes out! They're planning to open in The Podium, Greenhills Promenade, and McKinley Hills sometime this year!
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