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The Best Bubble Tea in Toronto

The best bubble tea in Toronto is the stuff that boba dreams are made of. There are already hundreds of fruit and milk tea options in the city (and more arriving on the daily), but these tea shops stay on top of the latest trends, with great tapioca to match.

Here's the best bubble tea in Toronto.


The Alley
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The Alley

This deer-themed chain has taken Toronto by storm since first arriving from Taiwan in 2016. Known for ‘deerioca’ (their signature tapioca made from scratch), The Alley now has three locations in the city, including one at Yonge and Wellesley.

Chatime Innovation Bar
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Chatime Innovation Bar

Glittery drinks, dairy-free options, and matcha milk teas are all available at this special outpost of the Chatime chain. Head to this Yonge and Wellesley shop for a menu designed just for Toronto boba drinkers.


CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
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CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

With locations scattered across the city (and the world), a trip to Coco is typically a guarantee of quality, or at least consistent not-too-soft, not-too-firm tapioca. Spot this global chain from its cute, white blob-looking logo.

One Zo Tapioca
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One Zo Tapioca

Fresh tapioca made in-house daily makes this chain a favourite, with a chewier mouthfeel than other spots. They’ve got six different types of these chewy balls, including the stuff in their famous brown sugar Dirty Milk Tea. You can find it at a handful of stores around the city.


Labothery
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Labothery

Customizable bubble tea is what makes this cafe at Bay and Gerrard so popular, drawing lines every day back when it first opened in 2018. The shop lets you choose what goes in your drink, mad scientist-style, from the tea base down to the syrup.


Tika Tea House
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Tika Tea House

This place is fancy—I mean, they pour their milk out of taps, like draught beer. Artisanal teas are the specialty of this shop by Yonge and Bloor, with an emphasis on premium natural whole leaf teas, and takeout bags made out of recyclable materials.

Yang Teashop
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Yang Teashop

Brown sugar from Okinawa is used to make the tapioca at this cafe by By and Dundas. Choose from 12 different tea leaf types (you can sniff them in jars first), get them in the special tea steeper, and enjoy. They even have nitro black tea for a more caffeinated kick.


Answer Tea
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Answer Tea

Get your face (or whatever other image you want) imprinted on to your bubble tea's cheese mousse before drinking it down at this weird but adorable Chinatown shop. This Tiffany blue-covered store uses a special 3D printer to customize your drink for just an extra 50 cents.

Yi Fang
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Yi Fang

Fun fruit teas are the specialty of this recently arrived chain with cafes in Koreatown, Chinatown, and south of Yonge and Bloor. They’ve got great milk options too, but the standouts are definitely the drinks with real fruit bits inside.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez of Yang Teashop

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