Mmmmmmm bubble tea – have you tried it? Originating from Taiwan, this tea-based drink is mixed with fruit or milk and features chewy tapioca balls. Although it can be found in many different restaurants throughout Mississauga, not all bubble teas are created equally! I’ve compiled a list of the best places to purchase bubble tea in the city.

The Alley (325 Central Parkway West)

Besides being pricier than most other locations offering bubble tea, what truly sets The Alley apart is beautiful presentation of its quality-made drinks. Featuring in-house created sugar cane syrup and tapioca balls, The Alley offers plenty of milk teas in addition to some fruit teas and smoothies. Truly authentic options including black sugar bubble tea are available and the restaurant’s app rewards faithful customers with loyalty points and a birthday drink.

Short Stop Bubble Tea (12A Dixie Road)

Whenever I’m in eastern Mississauga, Short Stop is the place I go for my bubble tea fix! Not only is their bubble tea authentic, but it’s also affordable. For only $5.00 including taxes, receive a generously-sized milk tea, fruit tea or slush drink customized to your taste buds. With subtle fruit flavourings and lacking an overload of sugar, the bubble tea from Short Stop is always a refreshing treat.

I Heart Boba (6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Suite 155)

Well-known for friendly service and extensive flavour and add-in options, I Heart Boba is discreetly located but is worth the search! Unlike some other bubble tea restaurants, I Heart Boba offers Thai milk tea – a delicious partnership of authentic Thai iced tea and boba. Although the unique, intimate location offers drinks in only one generous size, their prices are comparable to smaller-sized drinks at competitors’ locations. Daily specials and a loyalty program are available.

Green Grotto (3920 Grand Park Dr, Unit 8)

One of the newest bubble tea places to crop up in Mississauga is Green Grotto, an easy-to-miss location found in the Grand Park Plaza. Offering a beautiful atmosphere, friendly bar staff and an extensive Taiwanese hot meal menu, it’s no wonder that it has quickly gained popularity. Taste the difference traditional tea brewing methods has on the bubble tea flavour and get ready to settle into this comfortable location for a while!

Bubble Republic Tea House (4555 Hurontario Street, Unit C5)

With two locations to serve you better, Bubble Republic Tea House offers a lively, popular spot to enjoy the Taiwanese drink. Choose from a wide selection of authentic milk and fruit-based drinks as well as some innovative ones such as the oatmeal smash. Feeling hungry? Delicious hot food offerings are also available including fried chicken and rice dishes.

In Mississauga, there’s never far to go to experience some amazing bubble tea! And when you’re in the city, why not check out Platinum Suites? These furnished apartments in Mississauga offer a great solution for housing out-of-town guests or for providing a quick weekend getaway that’s close to all that Mississauga has to offer! Contact us today to learn more about our current special offers.

By Sarah McKenzie