chatime innovation bar toronto

Chatime Innovation Bar

Chatime Innovation Bar does exclusive bubble teas, crafted just for Toronto boba drinkers. 

Though there's plenty of regular Chatime stores located across the city, this is only the second Toronto location of the experimental shop (the first is in Yorkdale) offering a curated menu for the local palate.

chatime innovation bar torontoToronto is also the first city to get an Innovation Bar, meaning you'll find a drastically different menu here than anywhere else worldwide.

chatime innovation bar torontoDesigned by Chatime's Toronto team, the selection here consists of dairy-free milk teas, teaspressos, and other beverages that feel a bit more elevated than your usual Chatime classics.

chatime innovation bar torontoThe counter is equipped with a Japanese-designed teaspresso machine that has tea brewing down to a science. Leaves encased in silk bags are prepared using a special tea blender to best optimize the flavour. 

chatime innovation bar torontoThey also offer a trio of bottled drinks—part of Chatime's Spellbound collection—which are as refreshing as they are pretty. 

chatime innovation bar torontoThe Purple Reign ($8) is a ridiculously mesmerizing drink; give it a shake to see lychee and grapefruit puree, butterfly pea tea, and edible glitter, all mix together in a swirly, shimmery show. 

chatime innovation bar torontoYou can get most of your drinks as a milk tea (which uses a lactose-free creamer), as a tea latte (which combines tea with any kind of milk you want), or as a teaspresso. 

chatime innovation bar torontoAside from favourites like the signature roasted milk tea ($4.80/regular), you'll also find a list of matcha drinks—Torontonians love matcha—like the handwhisked latte ($5.50), made with green tea powder from Matsu Matcha in Kyoto. 

chatime innovation bar torontoThe black onyx milk ($5.30) tea combines Chatime's signature black tea (a super fragrant tea with cassia and vanilla) with grass jelly, which costs an extra 50 cents.

chatime innovation bar torontoThe Royal Blue Tea Latte ($5.30) isn't actually blue, but it does use real dried blueberries and black tea for a delicious, natural fruity flavour. 

chatime innovation bar torontoThe blue sakura ($5.30) is one of the specialty options that uses a cherry blossom syrup and butterfly pea flower tea: the blue-toned, colour-changing ingredient of summer popularity.

chatime innovation bar torontoThai iced tea lovers will enjoy this milk tea version ($5.30) that doesn't skimp on tea strength: black tea imported from Thailand is brewed, iced, and sweetened with evaporated and condensed milk.

chatime innovation bar torontoThere's a few select premium toppings only available at Innovation Bar (75 cents exra), like matcha pudding made with Chatime egg pudding powder, soft golden pearls, honey jelly, and crystal boba. 

Considering Toronto is undoubtedly a worldwide capital for bubble tea, it's no surprise Chatime has chosen this city as its first foray into next level bubble tea.

chatime innovation bar toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez

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