There’s no such thing as too much bubble tea, am I right? Haaniya Dawoodally and her friends would agree with me. This summer, the group of four went on a boba run to 15 places in a single day! Their goal started out with figuring out which location had the best milk tea, and by the end of it, they had compiled a list with their ratings. The friends gave each rating based on tea flavor, sweetness, the quality and taste of the tapioca, and ice/other. All of these locations are within Houston’s Chinatown- a wonderful cultural hub to visit for great food, culture, and dessert. If you’re a fan of boba and need an expert opinion or need a new place to try out, take a look at this list of recommendations from Haaniya and her friends.
Top picks: Tied for 1st
- Tea Top: Not a fan of ordering on the spot? Tea Top has a variety of flavored teas and they even let you sample!
- Gong Cha: an international tea chain, so you already know it’s quality! The tapioca here is not too hard or squishy, and the tea flavors are always spot on.
- Ding Tea: one of the newer bubble tea spots, and it has quite a lot of fans.
- 7 Leaves:
- “I personally enjoyed 7 Leaves. The environment and customer service is amazing. There are a variety of choices so there’s a drink for everyone. Their menu is different and unique, compared to other places. Their Assam milk tea is my all time favorite. Their house coffee is amazing as well and my friends love their Japanese matcha soy too. I love that it’s open late in case I’m craving tea at night. Definitely recommend 7 Leaves to anyone who’s deciding where to go in Chinatown!” -Haaniya Dawoodally
- It apparently also has the best tapioca! But the Oolong flavor is further down the list in terms of rating.
Everything Else: (that’s still pretty good!)
- Sharetea: another popular tea chain! If milk teas aren’t your thing, according to Haaniya and friends, the fruit teas from here are the way to go.
- Boba and Cream: if you’re wanting double the sweets, they’ve got ice cream too!
- Tea Bar and Organics: apart from tea, they have food too! If you’re looking for a study spot, this place is great.
- Long Coffee: a pretty unique boba spot- it’s got a drive through!
- T4- Tea For U: Apart from tea, this spot has Taiwanese street food as well! It’s got a cute ambiance and is a nice place to study or relax.
- Kungfu Tea: if you’re picky, Kungfu Tea has a myriad of options for you! According to Haaniya, the coffee flavored milk tea is really good, so if you can’t decide on a flavor, we’ve got one for you.
- ModernTea: the interior of this place is so cute, so if you’re all about the aesthetic and the Instagram feed, you can get some great pictures.
- TEAholic: lots of options and flavors, and if you’re hungry they have Vietnamese street food.
- Teawish: Teas are freshly made and the inside is very cute! The membership vs. non-member pricing for drinks is inconvenient though.
- Mr. Wish: there are so many flavors and they have a waffle dessert dish on their menu. The sitting area is pretty cute, and there are board games to play with your friends!
- My Teahouse: the cheapest boba tea out there, but the flavor game of teas here are a little weak.
Featured image: interior of Gong Cha. All photos courtesy of Haaniya Dawoodally.