10 Milk Tea Shops in Taiwan

 

Milk tea, “nai cha”, bubble tea, boba tea – whatever you call it, this seemingly innocuous blend of tea and milk (or fruit juice) topped with tapioca pearls (and many other topping options) has become a worldwide phenomenon. In recent years, the bubble tea industry is now generating billions of dollars annually selling creatively concocted tea-based beverages – and it is all thanks to a little Asian nation where it all started: Taiwan.

You may have tried the most popular milk tea shops of them all – brands which have established a strong milk tea-loving fanbase in countries around the world: Coco, Gong Cha, and Chatime have branches that are most ubiquitous. Other more traditional brands are gaining traction as well: Yi Fang, Tiger Sugar, Xing Fu Tang (which has opened shop in Canada).

In this article however, is a list of eleven relatively less commercialised Taiwan-based milk tea shops you might want to check out, each with their own special blend of tea or milk tea drinks.

Editor’s note: While this is not a comprehensive list, the writer has personally tried all of these shops except for Bobii Frutii and SOMA; all of these are definitely must-try tea places when you visit Taiwan.

1. Kebuke Tea Company 可不可熟成紅茶

Kebuke is a tea shop originated from Taichung, Taiwan, where most of their drinks are infused with black tea and topped with signature white pearls. Kebuke’s branding is oriental with a touch of quirk and playfulness, letting you be more open to try out a new drink or two.

Try: Wintermelon Black Tea with White Pearls, Black Tea with White Pearls

Location: Taipei Station Front Store (No. 34, Nanyang Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City)

List of branches | kebuke.com


2. TP Tea 茶湯會

In 2005, TP TEA was started to honor the tea-drinking practice of the Tang and Song Dynasty, bringing forth decades of history in blending tea to create quality drinks easily available to the modern public.

Try: Tieguanyin Tea Latte, Pearl Black Tea Latte with Red Bean

Location: Taipei Xinyi Store – No. 3, Songcin St., Xinyi Dist. Map

List of branches | tw.tp-tea.com


3. Wanpo Tea Shop 波島嶼紅茶

The founder of Wanpo Tea Shop grew up in a Taiwan military village, where he opened a humble tea shop to help his family earn a living. Today, the brand has expanded to three Asian countries and dozens of cities, serving a wide variety of regular and seasonal tea and fruit-based drinks.

Try: Brown Sugar Bubble with Milk, Wintermelon Lemon Tea

List of branches | wanpotea.com


4. Jen Ju Dan 珍煮丹

Established in 1999 at Taipei’s famous Shilin Night Market, Jenjudan has perfected its brown sugar pearls through over a year of research and development. Jenjudan is fast expanding to many cities, including Seoul, Tokyo, Manila, and Singapore.

Try: Brown Sugar Pearl with Milk, Brown Sugar Grass Jelly with Milk

List of branches | jenjudan.com


5. Bobii Frutii 珍珠水果特調

Founded by a young couple in 2016, Bobii Frutii seeks to promote healthier bubble tea drinks, making use of natural ingredients, including premium cane sugar which is made in-house. Bobii Frutii combines traditional Taiwanese tea culture with modern elements, serving not just your regular milk tea.

Try: Mermaid’s Tears (mango + lemon + milk + butterfly pea pearls), Extraordinary Bubble Milk Tea (black tea, fresh milk, brown sugar pearls), Uji Snow (matcha with milk and pearls)

Location: No.8, Ln. 13, Yongkang St., Da’an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan

List of branches | bobiifrutii.com

6. Rabbit Rabbit Tea 兔子兔子茶飲專賣店

A milk tea shop that calls itself Rabbit Rabbit must not be taking itself too seriously – and yet, this brand makes seriously great quality tea drinks. From simple black tea to those that have unique ingredients like buckwheat and tiramisu, there is a drink here that will best suit every type of tea drinker.

Try: Blue Lady Earl Tea Latte, Jinxuan Oolong Tea Latte

Location: Xinyi Weixiu Store: 2/F, No. 20 Songshou Road, Xicun District, Xinyi District, Taipei

List of branches | rabbit-rabbit-tea.com

7. Day Day Drink 日日裝茶

If you are looking for classic Taiwanese tea and pearl drinks, Day Day Drink is for you. They serve a wide array of fresh tea and fruit drinks with consistent quality and simple aesthetics.

Try: Brown Sugar Pearl with Fresh Milk, Matcha Milk Tea with Red Bean

day2drink.com.tw


8. SOMA: Tea and Mocktails 特調飲品

SOMA is an upscale tea brand that differentiates itself from other tea brands by adhering to the spirit of French cuisine with an R&D team dedicated to concocting the perfect drink. Their black tea base is made from tea leaves sourced from Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and India. They offer not only tea-based drinks, but colorful mocktails and fruit drinks as well. If you are in the hunt for unique drinks at premium prices, SOMA: Tea and Mocktails is worth a try.

Try: Kyoto Matcha Milk Tea, Natural Black Sesame Tea

Location: 106, Taipei City, Da’an District, Lane 187, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, 23號

soma-drinks.com


9. Hua Da 樺達奶茶

One of the oldest tea milk tea shops from Kaohsiung City in Southern Taiwan, Hua Da is a very simple, no-nonsense milk tea brand where you get a seamless blend of chilled tea and chilled milk – no ice needed – and you’re all set!

Try: Milk Green Tea, Oolong Milk Tea (tip: order your drink with half or quarter sugar)

Location: Eslite Bookshop, Taipei Main Station Second Floor


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10. Dream Color 夢之飲

Dream Color’s rainbow-colored drinks are guaranteed to taste just as good as they look. The secret to these multi-colored flavored drinks is butterfly pea flower tea – a type of tea that is steeped to create a deep blue tea that changes color based on the drink’s acidity.

Try: Butterfly Pea Milkshake (milk + butterfly pea flower tea), Pearl Green Tea Latte

Location: No. 2, Lane 50, Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan


🌱 A friendly green reminder 🌱

While we all love our tea and boba, we can still enjoy them while not producing waste in the end. To avoid single-use products, try to bring reusable straws in ordering drinks from outside. To go on a step further, why not try bringing a reusable tumbler to save on plastic cups as well? Once you try it once, it will be easier to make it a habit. In a world where resources are limited, let us all be conscious of what we consume.