The milk tea madness is here to stay.
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!
Bon Appetea – multiple branches
A local food stall that’s grown into a nationwide franchise, Bon Appetea serves up must-try food and drinks at affordable prices. From their signature tea drinks to mouth-watering waffles, rice meals, and more, you’re sure to discover a new favorite at Bon Appetea!
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Cha Tuk Chak – multiple branches
Authentic and accessible Thai cuisine is headed your way courtesy of Cha Tuk Chak! Enjoy Cha Tuk Chak’s blend of fresh and bold signature drinks and sip into an exciting world of flavor.
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Serenitea – multiple 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.
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Moonleaf Tea Shop – multiple branches
One of the original milk tea chains in the country, Moonleaf Tea Shop is a go-to spot for all of the classic milk tea flavors that you love! Moonleaf offers some unconventional flavors as well, such as Peppermint Milk Tea, Peach Milk Tea, and Passionfruit Milk Tea. While some of their options are a bit out of the ordinary, their decadent drinks are still delightful.
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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.
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D’Cream Coffee and Tea – multiple branches
Enjoy drinks made with love and only the finest ingredients at D’Cream Coffee & Tea! From specialty drinks to classic blends, D’Cream Coffee & Tea is one of the freshest and most pleasing spots to satisfy your thirst.
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Sharetea – multiple branches
Hailing from Taiwan, Sharetea offers a wide variety of milk tea, natural fruit tea, and brewed tea drinks as well as some light snacks.
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Tea 101 – multiple branches
Give your tastebuds a crash course on incredible flavors and drinks at Tea 101! From classic milk tea to Yakult-infused concoctions and more, Tea 101 serves up a must-try lesson in taste and satisfaction.
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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!
Tiger Sugar – multiple branches
Originally from Taiwan, Tiger Sugar has become famous for their brown sugar 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!
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice – multiple 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.
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.
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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!
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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 a milk tea soft serve (complete with tapioca pearls) and a Milk Tea Milkshake, too!
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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.
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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. They serve decadent milk tea favorites such as their Winter Melon Milk Tea Con Panna topped with a generous serving of whipped cream. They even have Ice Cream Milk Tea, which is a tandem better than you’d have ever imagined.
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Gong Cha – multiple 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 house special, the Alisan Milk Tea, which is light-bodied and refreshing.
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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.
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 milk tea drinks are refreshing and go especially well with their spicy dishes.
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea – multiple branches
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea offers a wide array of freshly-made premium milk tea drinks. They specialize, however, in fruit teas as they use real fruit in their drinks. They also serve sugarcane drinks, tea, lattes, and other specialty and limited-edition drinks.
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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!
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.
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Tokyo Bubble Tea – multiple 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, this is the place for you.
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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 – multiple 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!
Chemistea Milk Tea – multiple branches
Chemistea is a Taiwanese tea place that serves milk tea, milo dinosaur, other drinks in cute laboratory beakers and flasks. People like this spot for their kooky concepts and IG-worthy concoctions.
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Xing Fu Tang – multiple branches
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!
Happy Lemon – multiple branches
Since 2006, Happy Lemon has become one of the first milk tea places to develop unique milk tea selections such as their famous “Rock Salted Cheese” series.
Dakasi – multiple branches
With locations all over the country, Dakasi has become a standout because of its Hokkaido Milk Pearl and Creme Series. Dakasi prides itself by using fresh ingredients and their our own recipes for cooking tea, pearls, and sugar, guaranteeing an original flavor unique to the rest.
I Love Milktea – multiple branches
Known for their wide array of affordable milk tea flavors, I Love Milktea milk tea drinks go for about ₱45 to ₱70 depending on the size of your drink, but nothing over ₱100. All of their milk tea drinks also include one free topping of your choice. Some of their unique selections include their Popping Yogurt Tea series and Malt series.
The Alley – multiple branches
Hailing from Taiwan, The Alley specializes in their “Deerioca”, the brand’s hand-made version of tapioca pearls. They take pride in the fact these bubbles are made from scratch and have become globally-renowned for their unique texture and pleasing aroma.
My Girl – multiple branches
My Girl is new to the burgeoning milk tea market, but that hasn’t stopped them from creating standouts. Their MyGirl Yogurt series is a serious must-try with flavors such as Cranberry & Blueberry Juice as one of their best-sellers. Don’t forget to try their Taro Milk, either!
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