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Brown sugar boba tea at Ding Tea
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12 Excellent Houston-Area Boba Tea Shops

Where to find teas, slushies, milkshakes and more, all spiked with chewy tapioca pearls

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Brown sugar boba tea at Ding Tea
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Evidenced by the sheer number of shops selling the drink across the city, Houstonians love bubble tea. As such, fans of this classic Taiwanese drink also known as boba tea, which typically involves blending tea and milk together and serving it over ice with a big scoop of tapioca pearls, have plenty of options for a bubble tea fix across the city.

Whether in search of a classic milk tea or something a little more over-the-top, these 12 Houston boba tea shops will definitely satisfy. Go forth, and consider this map your bubble tea bucket list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Teapresso Bar

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Freshly brewed and organic teas await at this Hawaii export, which boasts that it never uses powdered mixes seen in many cheap boba shops. Here, a truly extensive list of drink options is on offer, ranging from matcha lattes to strawberry-passionfruit green tea. Keep it classic with a jasmine milk tea filled with chewy tapioca pearls, or consider a Thai tea frappe loaded with egg pudding.

The Teahouse Tapioca & Tea

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This chain operates multiple Houston outposts, making it one of the city’s most convenient (and reliably good) boba tea options. Literally hundreds of beverages are possible here, ranging from hazelnut cream tea to avocado smoothies and Vietnamese iced coffee. Load down your drink with “sinkers” like tiny tapioca, aloe vera jelly, or lychee jelly.

Nu Ice & Drinks

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Fluffy shaved ice is the namesake of this Westheimer Road sweet shop, but the boba tea here cannot be missed. The shop’s paradise tea, a mix of jasmine tea and fresh fruit, is a perennial favorite, as is the horchata milk tea. Add in chewy honey boba, coffee jelly, or lychee popping boba for the perfect tea that also serves as a light snack.

Tealicious Drinks

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Keep it classic at this boba tea chain with traditional flavors like honeydew, jasmine, coconut, or almond milk tea with a heaping scoop of boba. For folks who can’t decide, Tealicious also offers a split cup option, which allows boba enthusiasts to try two different flavors of tea at once for just 30 cents extra.

Ding Tea Houston

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Brown sugar boba tea is the biggest trend in drinks right now, and you’ll find Houston’s best at Ding Tea. Spiked with a rich brown sugar syrup and filled with tons of boba or coffee jelly, this is the drink that you’ve been seeing all over Instagram.

7 Leaves Cafe

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This shop obsessively preps raw ingredients like pandan and taro roots for its ridiculously fresh milk teas, and one sip proves that the effort is worth it. For a refreshing sip, try the jasmine tea topped with sea salt infused “sea cream,” or for those in need of something a bit sweeter, go for the taro-jasmine milk tea.

Kim's Tea House Bellaire

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Slushies, smoothies, coffee drinks, and more await at this boba tea favorite. Order a fizzy strawberry soda filled with tons of chewy jelly, or keep it classic with a tangy, refreshing dried plum green tea.

Tea Top

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Serious tea enthusiasts will find a lot to like at Tea Top, which boasts tons of different flavors and tea options ranging from classic oolong to Darjeeling, honey-lemon black tea, and yogurt-infused green tea. For a 100% caffeine free option, consider a mung bean slushie spiked with coconut jelly and tapioca pearls.

Sharetea

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This massive Taiwanese chain’s outpost in Dun Huang Plaza boasts some of Asiatown’s best bubble tea options. The classic milk tea is perfectly balanced and filled with tons of boba, while fresher options like peach-kiwi tea are great when it’s hot. For a seriously decadent drink, go for the strawberry ice blended — it’s spiked with tons of lychee jelly and a scoop of ice cream.

mango tea with boba Sharetea/Facebook

Kung Fu Tea

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This massive chain has tons of locations and an equally impressive menu, which means that it can a little bit difficult to pick the perfect boba tea. It’s really impossible to go wrong with a classic milk tea and tapioca situation here, but pay attention to the more out-there options — drinks like fruity rosehip lemonade and jujube tea topped with milk foam are equally compelling.

Zero Degrees

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Over-the-top drinks are the name of the game at this chain, known for its spicy watermelon smoothies, ube milkshakes garnished with rainbow candy and toasted marshmallow, and “tiger sugar” milk teas. Add a scoop of honey boba or coconut-lychee jelly for the perfect mix of chilly and chewy.

I Heart Boba

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Whether you’re in need of a caffeine fix or vitamin infusion, I Heart Boba has tons of options. Consider the almond cream milk tea, iced blueberry tea, or fresh honeydew juice, or keep it simple with a classic Vietnamese iced coffee spiked with boba.

Teapresso Bar

Freshly brewed and organic teas await at this Hawaii export, which boasts that it never uses powdered mixes seen in many cheap boba shops. Here, a truly extensive list of drink options is on offer, ranging from matcha lattes to strawberry-passionfruit green tea. Keep it classic with a jasmine milk tea filled with chewy tapioca pearls, or consider a Thai tea frappe loaded with egg pudding.

The Teahouse Tapioca & Tea

This chain operates multiple Houston outposts, making it one of the city’s most convenient (and reliably good) boba tea options. Literally hundreds of beverages are possible here, ranging from hazelnut cream tea to avocado smoothies and Vietnamese iced coffee. Load down your drink with “sinkers” like tiny tapioca, aloe vera jelly, or lychee jelly.

Nu Ice & Drinks

Fluffy shaved ice is the namesake of this Westheimer Road sweet shop, but the boba tea here cannot be missed. The shop’s paradise tea, a mix of jasmine tea and fresh fruit, is a perennial favorite, as is the horchata milk tea. Add in chewy honey boba, coffee jelly, or lychee popping boba for the perfect tea that also serves as a light snack.

Tealicious Drinks

Keep it classic at this boba tea chain with traditional flavors like honeydew, jasmine, coconut, or almond milk tea with a heaping scoop of boba. For folks who can’t decide, Tealicious also offers a split cup option, which allows boba enthusiasts to try two different flavors of tea at once for just 30 cents extra.

Ding Tea Houston

Brown sugar boba tea is the biggest trend in drinks right now, and you’ll find Houston’s best at Ding Tea. Spiked with a rich brown sugar syrup and filled with tons of boba or coffee jelly, this is the drink that you’ve been seeing all over Instagram.

7 Leaves Cafe

This shop obsessively preps raw ingredients like pandan and taro roots for its ridiculously fresh milk teas, and one sip proves that the effort is worth it. For a refreshing sip, try the jasmine tea topped with sea salt infused “sea cream,” or for those in need of something a bit sweeter, go for the taro-jasmine milk tea.

Kim's Tea House Bellaire

Slushies, smoothies, coffee drinks, and more await at this boba tea favorite. Order a fizzy strawberry soda filled with tons of chewy jelly, or keep it classic with a tangy, refreshing dried plum green tea.

Tea Top

Serious tea enthusiasts will find a lot to like at Tea Top, which boasts tons of different flavors and tea options ranging from classic oolong to Darjeeling, honey-lemon black tea, and yogurt-infused green tea. For a 100% caffeine free option, consider a mung bean slushie spiked with coconut jelly and tapioca pearls.

Sharetea

mango tea with boba Sharetea/Facebook

This massive Taiwanese chain’s outpost in Dun Huang Plaza boasts some of Asiatown’s best bubble tea options. The classic milk tea is perfectly balanced and filled with tons of boba, while fresher options like peach-kiwi tea are great when it’s hot. For a seriously decadent drink, go for the strawberry ice blended — it’s spiked with tons of lychee jelly and a scoop of ice cream.

mango tea with boba Sharetea/Facebook

Kung Fu Tea

This massive chain has tons of locations and an equally impressive menu, which means that it can a little bit difficult to pick the perfect boba tea. It’s really impossible to go wrong with a classic milk tea and tapioca situation here, but pay attention to the more out-there options — drinks like fruity rosehip lemonade and jujube tea topped with milk foam are equally compelling.

Zero Degrees

Over-the-top drinks are the name of the game at this chain, known for its spicy watermelon smoothies, ube milkshakes garnished with rainbow candy and toasted marshmallow, and “tiger sugar” milk teas. Add a scoop of honey boba or coconut-lychee jelly for the perfect mix of chilly and chewy.

I Heart Boba

Whether you’re in need of a caffeine fix or vitamin infusion, I Heart Boba has tons of options. Consider the almond cream milk tea, iced blueberry tea, or fresh honeydew juice, or keep it simple with a classic Vietnamese iced coffee spiked with boba.

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