Cheers! Bubble and milk tea has taken the world by storm as one of the most loved drinks by millennials. What’s there not to love? Lovingly known as Boba, the variety of pearls and teas is extensive. From the classic milk tea, fruit tea, matcha to unique variations of tea with chewy tapioca pearls, there are easily over 30 flavours to choose from.

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Make a healthier bubble tea choice by selecting the lower sugar version and you can sip goodness with gladness. Most tea places actually let customers decide whether they want half, quarter or lesser sugar in their tea. Not just fresh ingredients, but preparation is key to making a good bubble tea.

Further, Boba brings people together for every occasion. From a pick-me-up brunch beverage to afternoon tea to after-dinner drinks, Boba is the way to go. This delicious guide has the details on where to go to enjoy the best bubble and milk in Metro Manila. Get ready to sip, slurp and shiver with excitement.


Favourite Milk Tea Spots to Try in Manila

1. CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

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With branches all over Metro Manila, it’s little wonder that CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice is so popular in the city. Originating from Taiwan, CoCo’s freshly-made tea and juices are made from the freshest ingredients for all-natural goodness. With over 3,000 stores worldwide, Coco is easily one of the largest global bubble and milk tea chains.

What makes CoCo so captivating? They have over 30 varieties to select from. The most popular ones include their Matcha Slush with Salty Cream which blends top quality matcha tea with milk and ice, topped with Coco’s signature Salty Cream. It’s a welcome thirst-quencher on a warm, sunny day that will make others go green with envy. Other favourites are Taro Milk Tea, Panda Milk Tea, 3 Buddies Milk Tea and White Pearl Milk Tea. Equally popular are their fruit teas like Lemon Dunk for that added zest of lemony freshness.

Bubble tea range - 3 cups on pink table
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New varieties in the store are their Classics – Salty Cream Chocolate, Salty Cream Winter Melon Tea, Salty Cream Milk Tea. Why salty? Any milk tea aficionado will tell you the perfect blend of salty-sweet teas is all the rage now. CoCo uses fresh milk and Himalayan salt whipped to a frothy finish to give their classics a mouth-watering must-try. Not to be missed are the toppings that make their drinks tastier.

  • Prices: From P80 for regular milk teas. From P90 for regular fruit teas and juice.
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoCoTeaPhilippines/

2. Dakasi

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Love a creamier bubble tea? Dakasi satisfies with milk teas made from fresh ingredients, zero artificial flavourings and little to no additives. Better yet, Dakasi takes pride in their own special recipe for preparing tea, pearls and sugar for a unique taste that’s not available elsewhere. Just as special is their wide menu that offers a blend of flavourful teas.

3 different kinds of Dakasi bubble tea on brown table
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Bubble tea lovers, queue here! Dakasi’s best-selling classics include the Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea topped with chewy-crunchy white or black tapioca pearls. Milk tea lovers can’t go wrong with the Classic Milk Tea. Simply select from a menu of add-ons such as jelly, oreo, red bean and more. Now there’s another reason to par-tea when you order bubble tea from Dakasi.

  • Prices: Regular from P100. Large from P120.
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DakasiPH/

3. Serenitea Milk Tea

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When you need moments of serenity in your life, have a cup of Serenitea Milk Tea. Infusing coffee ideas to premium teas, Serenitea is the first tea place to introduce tea brewing with an espresso machine. Making every cup unique, the espresso machine extracts each tea blend’s distinct flavour to perfection. It has become Serenitea’s signature style for preparing milk teas since they’ve started.

Regular & large sized cups of Serenitea
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Highlights on their menu include the Hong Kong Milk Tea, Thai Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk Tea. For a healthier, you, try the Brown Sugar Series where teas are naturally sweet without artificial sweeteners. Fruiteas are created using a special technique that infuses fruity flavours into freshly brewed green or black teas. Even their choice of black or white pearls is unique because a special recipe sauce is used to perfect them.

  • Prices: Regular brewed teas from P80, Fruiteas from P110 Classic milk teas from P115.
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iloveserenitea/

4. Infinitea

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Among the top and fastest growing milk tea shops in the Philippines is Infinitea. They have over 200 stores nationwide. So, it’s easy to satisfy your cravings for Infinitea. What makes them famous? Infinitea specialises in healthy milk teas. Drinks are made from 100% freshly brewed loose-leaf tea of the highest quality. Next, they are combined with different flavours and mixes for an infinitely exciting tea experience.

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Matcha lovers should try the Green Tea Frappe, with less sugar to enjoy the natural matcha flavours. Choc lovers should order the Double Dutch Frappe that’s simply oozing with chocolatey goodness. Healthy choices are also available with their Yogurt Series that consists of Mango Mamba, Strawberry Surprise prepared with 100% stevia for natural sweetness. Best sellers include the Salted Cream Wintermelon Milk Tea, Okinawa Milk Tea and Caramel Milk Tea, which are quite addictive once slurped.

  • Prices: Regular milk teas from P55. Regular frappes from P80.
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/infiniteamilktea/

5. Macao Imperial Tea

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Image credit: Macao Imperial Tea | Facebook

Step aside Taiwan and Thailand. Macao Imperial Tea is here to tempt tea drinkers with Macao milk teas. Originating from Macao, its imperial status is evident with over 350 branches worldwide. What makes their teas extraordinary? Every cup highlights a mix of rich Macanese culture and a personalized experience of freshly brewed tea.

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Popular milk tea variants include their Cream Cheese Milk Tea Series. Just like its name implies, the cream cheese adds a salty tang that’s not too overpowering, yet blends well with tea. Next is their Chestnut Cream Milk Tea with a lovely cream finish. Just as popular are their take-home tumblers with ‘happy bear’ ears that add fun to their fantastic drinks. Apart from special blend milk teas, their fruity sodas are crave-worthy as well. From the Over the Rainbow soda and Blue Curacao soda, patrons also get to choose their fave non-tea beverage.

  • Prices: Milk teas from P135. Sodas from P145.
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MacaoImperialTeaPH/

6. Tiger Sugar Milk Tea

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Roaring into Metro Manila is a new bubble tea sensation. Tiger Sugar Milk Tea is well known in Singapore and Hong Kong for their healthy bubble tea range and best brown milk tea sugar in their beverages. Why tiger? The brown sugar syrup in drinks that blends with the creamy milk base resembles tiger stripes in every cup. Have a Tiger doesn’t mean beer anymore when Tiger Sugar Boba is here.

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Highlights on their menu include the Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse. It’s a signature black tea with milk, served with chewy pearls and topped with a creamy mousse. Top tips to drink your Tiger: shake your cup well, for at least 15 shakes before inserting straw and drinking. This helps to blend the brown sugar completely in your Boba. Also popular on the menu are the Brown Tea Latte and Green Tea Latte.

  • Prices: Milk teas from P80 to P120.
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tigersugarphilippines/

7. Gong Cha

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Not every bubble tea house has a famous endorser. But Gong Cha does. Endorsed by the internationally famous Korean heart-throb, Park Seo Jun, Gong Cha is a major player in the bubble and milk tea craze. With about 1,500 stores worldwide, the taste of Gong Cha is now in Metro Manila. What makes them outstanding? Their selection of premium tea leaves and high-quality ingredients make flavourful teas. Just like coffee baristas, Gong Cha has tea-ristas who carefully infuse the tea at the correct temperatures and measured ratios.

Font facade of Gong Cha tea shop
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Apart from traditional flavours, their bubble tea menu keeps evolving to introduce new flavours with new ingredients in the mix. Bestsellers include Gong Cha Milk Wintermelon, Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly, Wintermelon Milk and Gong Cha Milk Chocolate. Best of all is the wide range of add-ons such as pudding, oreo crumbs, aloe, jellies and even cream cheese.

  • Prices: House specials from P95.  Milk teas from P85.
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gongcha.ph/

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*Featured image credit: Dakasi Philippines Facebook page. Disclaimer: All information is correct at time of publishing and subject to change without prior notice.