Mango smoothie bubble tea with fruit and tapioca pearls in the garden

It's Tea Time with a Twist: Bubble Tea in the D


If you’re like me, you might have heard about bubble tea, or boba, but don’t know know what it is. Well, I’m here to help with that and give you a few suggestions for where you can give the popular Taiwanese beverage a try in the metro Detroit area.

First things first: bubble tea is a bit of a misnomer as it is made in a variety of ways, none of which include carbonation. It gets its name from the fact that, a lot of the time, the drink is shaken up, which produces bubbles.

Some variations of bubble tea are made with traditional green or black tea, others are made as smoothies or slushies. One thing that is present in all bubble tea are the tapioca pearls, which are small, soft, edible pearl-like objects. However, these tapioca pearls are sometimes swapped out for meat from a coconut or gummies filled with fruit juice, all of which have similar textures.

Below are some great bubble tea shops in the metro Detroit area. Let us know what you think!

Bambu

Founded in 2008 by four Vietnamese sisters in San Jose, California, Bambu serves up fresh Asian-inspired Chè (Vietnamese word for traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding), milk boba teas (bubble teas), Vietnamese coffees and espressos and more. Since its inception, Bambu has expanded to almost 50 stores in nine states, including a location in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Detroit Bubble Tea Company

Owned and operated by married couple Arun Prasad and Alycia Courneya, Detroit Bubble Tea Company is located in Ferndale, Michigan. With over 30 flavors and a multitude of customization options, make your bubble tea the way you want it or change it up every time you go! With this many options, you can have a different bubble tea for every day of the week!

Did I mention that Detroit Bubble Tea delivers and has complimentary wifi, so you can Instagram your new, favorite drink?

Blossom Cafe & Bakery

As the name suggests, Blossom Cafe & Bakery serves more than just bubble tea. The Rochester Hills-based cafe also serves coffee drinks, espresso and fresh pastries, such as French macarons, cupcakes and more. That said, their bubble tea is not something to pass up. With plenty of green tea, black tea and smoothie flavors, there’s bound to be a bubble tea for you.

What other cool bubble tea shops in the metro Detroit area do you like to go to?