Sure, we've all seen bubble tea. Watched those who drink it intrigued as mysterious colourful balls drift up a straw and the sugary liquid they float in quickly disappears. There's no denying bubble tea's popularity in Melbourne, with stalls across town drawing in the crowds, but what actually IS bubble tea?
Bubble tea originates in Taiwan and comes in two main types – fruit flavoured teas and milk teas. Added to the tea base are tapioca pearls, which come in a variety of flavours and give the drink its most distinctive characteristic (the bubbly bits).
Providing sweet-toothed junkies with their next sugar fix, here's where to find bubble tea in Melbourne.
EasyWay Bubble Tea | MELBOURNE CBD, SOUTH WHARF, BOX HILL & NORTHLAND
With multiple locations across town, EasyWay has been a popular destination for bubble tea aficionados since launching in Australia back in 2001. With its headquarters based in Taiwan, they have all the traditional flavours alongside a seasonal menu. Options include teas, frappes, shakes and smoothies.
Bubble Cup | Multiple Locations
Another staple bubble tea site in Melbourne, Bubble Cup has been producing its signature slurping teas for over ten years. Each store prepares the fresh teas in front of you and asks that its customers tailor-make their own signature flavours. With the company's overarching mission 'to quench the thirst of millions and bring joy to the world', even the UN can endorse this product.
Dessert1st | Springvale
As you can probably guess, Dessert1st offers its customers a huge variety of Asian-inspired sweet treats. Bubble tea is one of their specialties. Using no artificial flavours, the teas are freshly made and topped with daily delivered seasonal fruit.
Gong Cha | MELBOURNE CBD & SPRINGVALE
Originating from Taiwan in 2006, Gong Cha has expanded globally including several outlets operating across Melbourne. Priding themselves on their ability to deliver refreshing and healthy options to bubble tea fans, they also offer smoothies, yogurt yaleto and signature milk foam options for the more adventurous.
The Toff In Town | Melbourne CBD
If a late night bubble cup is more enticing, The Toff In Town serves up bubble cup cocktails. Putting a twist on the traditional, it's a fun alternative to the classic cosmo or mojito on a night out. One of the most popular options on the menu is the Bubble Colada, which consists of white rum, coconut liqueur, coconut milk, pineapple juice, and pineapple jelly. Coco yumbo!
Where do you get your Bubble Tea, Listers?
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