If you need a break from the caffeine or you just need a beverage to complement your pho addiction, bubble tea will answer all your thirst-quenching prayers. We’ve compiled a list of ten of the best places to get your bubble tea fix in and around Brisbane.
You'll want to visit this brand new bubble tea house as much for its pastel pink interiors as you do for its bubble-filled sips. Already a Sydney and Melbourne fave, Gotcha farm their very own tea, and brew it fresh for each and every order. It's a dedication to quality you'll taste from your very first sip of Bamboo Charcoal Milk Tea. These guys have flavours you won't find anywhere else, as well as Japanese-style yoghurt filled with popping pearls to try.
Located inside Garden City’s very own mini Asia, 8 Street, is Gong Cha. This tea bar is renowned for tailoring your bubble tea to not only your flavour and bubble preference, but also sweetness, tea base and ice level. So if you’re the indecisive type, opt for one of their store favourites that are numbered on a board, or order a Lychee Green Tea with lychee gems and black pearls, little sugar, little ice.
Is this bubble tea, or is it just dessert? You’ll be left wanting more of HiHi’s Brown Sugar milk tea, with an addictive flavour that isn’t too sweet, but instead is just right. Bonus, for the bubble tea lovers with an unfortunate intolerance of dairy, HiHi does a light and frothy vegan nut cream to add to your green tea.
Ph By Pho Hung
If you’re wandering around the opposing end of Westfield Garden City and can’t be bothered to walk to 8 Street, stop in at Ph by Pho Hung for a bubble tea and an accompanying bowl of pho. The Coconut Milk Tea is a delicious choice, designed for that 3pm pick-me-up after a full day of shopping 'til you’re dropping.
Brisbane City and Mt Gravatt
If you can drink it, you can probably get it at CoCo. Tea choices include fresh tea, milk tea, fruit tea, yoghurt drinks, coffee and Slurpees. Seriously, you’ll be standing at the counter for an hour just trying to decide what to order. Our tip? Try the Taro Milk Tea with Sago or 2 Ladies.
Brisbane City, Chermside and Indooroopilly
Sweet tooth’s united, we’ve found the perfect bubble tea bar just for you. The Tea Bar will satisfy all your bubble-tea fancies; with a range of deliciously sweet milk, fruit and even icy bubbles—you’re spoilt for choice really. They also stock our personal favourite, popping pearls—give them a go, you’ll thank us later.
Of course, we’re back to Market Square—pretty much known as the HQ for Asian delicacies. Word has it that Sakuraya has the best Taro Milk Tea in all the land, and we totally agree. Fresh ingredients (taro) is used to concoct their popular beverage, and it is served in what we would consider bowls, instead of cups. We like bowls instead of cups.
For a quick bubble tea stop between lectures, maybe don’t stop at Cafe Artease—their chilled out cafe might make you want to take a seat and never leave, drinking one passionfruit green tea after another. Lucky they also do a mean green tea cake to keep you going all day.
Botanical Lab not only fronts as a shop for all things tea, boasting everything from bubble tea and iced tea to chai lattes and good old green tea, but it also mirrors as a florist, gift shop, workshop venue and so much more. Staying true to their name, this lab is not only famous for their unique flavours—blue mango milk tea to name one of them, but they are extremely well-known for regularly creating and updating their bubble tea flavours.
Meet the contemporary Chinese teahouse taking the tea game to a whole new level. Not only does LUCHA boast a fabulous range of bubble tea flavours, they also have a killer dedicated food menu to... more tea! Combining cuisine and (light) caffeine, LUCHA is taking Brisbane by storm with food items such as roast chicken dressed in green tea sauce and roasted pork belly served with jasmine tea sauce.
If you’re a uni student strapped for cash, Mr Tea will soon become your bubble tea local. With a buy one tea, get another free student deal and certain teas priced as low as $4.50, you can enjoy your tea without thinking about the lunch you just sacrificed. Oh, and it’s a dandy little place even in the winter months; try their oolong with osmanthus flower tea to warm your insides and awaken your cultural senses.
For anyone new to bubble teas, and for whom oolong and red bean sound a bit hard core, Moge Tee’s Oreo and creme brulee milk teas might just be the sips to tempt you in to trying this delicious drink. And for the die hards, there’s cheese foam (you’ll get there one day newbies).
It would only be appropriate to end this list on the motherland of bubble tea—Sunnybank. Decked out with booths, bar seating and even a courtyard out the back, Heeretea is decorated to ensure it meets all your Insta-worthy dreams. Not to mention, the tea selection is huge, with flavours like crème brulee and even cream cheese (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it).
Image credit: Gotcha