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The Best Bubble Tea in Toronto

The best bubble tea in Toronto far exceeds the plain BBT from the days when Tea Shop 168 reigned supreme. Basic taro slushes and green tea blends fail to meet today’s boba trends, where freshly-made tapioca, fresh fruit and brown syrups are just the bare minimum.

Here's the best bubble tea in Toronto.


The Alley Yonge & Wellesley
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The Alley Yonge & Wellesley

This deer-themed chain has taken Toronto by storm since first arriving from Taiwan in 2016. Known for their Deerioca, an extra bouncy signature tapioca made from scratch, The Alley now has eight locations across Toronto and even more in the GTA. 

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
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CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

With CoCo's scattered across the city (and the world), a trip to this BBT chain is typically a guarantee of quality, or at least consistent not-too-soft, not-too-firm tapioca. CoCo's first launched in Taipei in 1997 and has been able to keep up with the latest drink trends.


Boba Boy
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Boba Boy

East Chinatown was sorely lacking in bubble tea shops, so thankfully this brand with the big-haired logo pulled through. There are also four other locations to try Boba Boy’s iced black sugar tapioca milk teas and Oreo Coco Smoothies (in reusable bottles if you’re ordering on an app.)

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. According to Yi Fang, all the fruit is sustainably sourced.


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 a handful of stores around the city.


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 kind of fancy. Artisanal teas are the specialty of this busy shop by Yonge and Bloor, which an emphasis on premium, natural whole leaf teas and takeout bags made out of recyclable materials.

Hi Tea Toronto
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Hi Tea Toronto

Head to Scarboro Village Mall for this chain from Guangdong. Here it's all about drinks made with slices of watermelons and other fruits cut right before your eyes. You can get massive 1-litre teas for impressive cheap prices too. 


Bubble Lee Toronto
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Bubble Lee Toronto

Tapioca balls simmering raw brown sugar are the calling card of this bubble tea shop on Queen West. Everything tastes better with these perfectly chewy balls. Bubble Lee is also popular for its sweet gourd drinks and Kit Kat slush with whipped cream. 

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez of Bubble Lee


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