Is there anything better than a nice, big cup of Boba tea or Bubble tea to wash down a particularly stressful and chaotic day? It’s light, soothing and fragrant qualities mixed with some delicious toppings make Boba tea the perfect drink at all times of the day.
Check out below some of our recommendations for the best Boba tea places in San Antonio. But, for the uninitiated, before you look at that list, read on to find out what Boba tea exactly is and which are some of the best Boba tea flavors.
What is Boba/Bubble Tea?
Boba or Bubble tea has its origins in Taiwan and is traditionally served as a tea with chewy tapioca balls or Bobas from where the drink gets its name. It is usually black tea but is also sometimes served with milk or condensed milk and soy or almond milk. What’s best about it is that your Bubble tea comes packed in a cup with a thick straw so that the Boba pearls can pass through it directly into your mouth!
What are The Best Boba Tea Flavors?
While you can literally put Boba in any tea and that will taste amazing, there are just a few flavors which are more delicious than the others. Check out below some of the best Boba tea flavors that you can enjoy next time you step out to have tea:
Taro Milk Tea: If you are a true tea head, you have surely heard of this variety which is basically made using taro root powder mix. It has a rich vanilla-like taste that will make you come back for more.
Matcha Tea: Made with Matcha, honey, Boba pearls and sometimes even a splash of almond milk, this divine, earthy mix tastes super creamy and fulfilling. It is one of the most popular bubble tea flavors and is a favorite as much for its green hues as for its deep texture.
Brown Sugar Milk Tea: There are a lot of takers for this variety of bubble tea whose origins can be traced to Taiwan. Made from muscovado sugar, brown sugar syrup, tea leaves and Boba pearls, the end result looks rather like tiger stripes which is why this tea is also popularly known as Tiger Milk Tea.
Thai Milk Tea: This orange-brown looking tea is known for being made using condensed milk and the different spices that add a ton of flavor to the beverage. It has a very silky texture and is infused with flavors of star anise, cinnamon, tamarind and even vanilla.
Strawberry Milk Tea: Any pink drink is always going to be yummy and this variety of bubble tea is no different. A splash of fresh strawberries blended into a smoothie and poured over tapioca just gives that hint of acidity to your drink which makes drinking bubble tea an altogether fun experience!
Where can I get best Boba Tea in San Antonio?
A set menu offering tons of different flavors, this place has everything from Kiwi fruit tea with Aloe Vera to Thai Tea and Coffee milk tea. What sets this place apart is that it has a fixed menu offering delicious teas and some miniature Bobas to pair with it.
Where: 12730 W I-10, Ste 303, San Antonio, TX 78230
Artea Bubble Tea + Eats
A perfect street side store which offers dozens of varieties of bubble tea to choose from, Artea is a lovely mix of art and tea coming together to make creative beverages. Find your signature handcrafted Boba tea flavor here from a list that includes delicious drinks like the Sri Lankan black loose leaf tea with Boba or the Okinawa Kokuto Sugar Boba Latte!
Where: 6362 De Zavala Road, #108, San Antonio, TX 78249
Suck It: The Restaurant
This is one of the oldest Boba tea spots in San Antonio and here you can pair your drink with a nice plateful of pot stickers, some ramen and some pho. There are a number of flavors that you can choose from and sip on your tea while enjoying the fun ambience of this restaurant.
Where: 7220 Louis Pasteur Dr Ste 125, San Antonio, TX 78229
Boba Tea Garden
Boba tea is in the name of this Vietnamese restaurant that serves up some aromatic and creamy milk tea. There is a large selection of toppings you can choose from to add to your tea like tapioca and crystal Boba, coffee jelly and lychee pop. Plus there’s a ton of tea flavors on the menu too including slushies, milk teas and cream blends!
Where: 8333 Culebra Rd #204a, San Antonio, TX 78251
This is a wonderfully located Boba tea spot because you know well that there’s a ton of traffic on this route. So while you wait for the car in front of you to get a move on, sip on some Boba tea from Y-Bubble that serves hot and cold teas, smoothies and even sparkling drinks.
Where: 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy #501, San Antonio, TX 78258
A popular Boba tea shop in San Antonio, Tropic Cup’s honey Boba comes highly recommended paired with a delicious cup of Matcha tea. This place also serves che, a traditional Vietnamese dessert so if you are not in the mood for Boba, you can always choose from some of the other tasty sweets on the menu.
Where: 1160 N Loop 1604 W Ste 108, San Antonio, TX 78248
The name of the cafe promises Boba tea’s delicious goodness and it delivers in spades. There are a number of flavors of bubble tea, Italian sodas and smoothies to choose from and all of them are made from the freshest ingredients. The juice bar also has anime nights on the weekends and other fun activities which take drinking bubble tea to a whole new level.
Where: 4961 NW Loop 410 Ste 103 San Antonio, TX 78229
This tea room and cafe serves a number of tapioca teas, fresh smoothies and coffee and boasts of having as many as 150 drinks on its menu. The black sugar milk tea and the milk foam Thai tea come highly recommended and you can either choose to sit inside or take your drink and enjoy it in the bright sunshine outside the store.
Where: 11255 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230
This really creatively decorated store serves perhaps the best bubble tea in San Antonio and offers a number of flavors including the dirty brown sugar milk tea, Taro or the Matcha tea latte. Head to this cafe with a good book and sip on some tea as you read. The place has come up with some new tea toppings as well so don’t forget to check them out the next time you visit.
When: 6626 W Loop 1604 N Ste 301 San Antonio, TX 78250
An up and coming place for bubble tea or Boba tea in San Antonio, this space serves a healthy helping of tapioca or Boba in the teas you order. The fresh and aromatic cream or black teas are served hot or cold and the cups are always sealed with fun lids! It’s the perfect place to go to just quickly grab tea on a busy day.
Where: 5238 De Zavala Rd Ste 122 San Antonio, TX 78249
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