LIST: The Best Milk Teas in the Metro and Where to Get Them
The milk tea craze has been one of the most talked about food trends in the Philippines for the past years.
Originating from Taiwan, milk tea—also known as Pearl tea, Boba tea, or Bubble tea—is a tea-based drink with milk served with toppings, such as white or black tapioca balls, grass jelly, agar jelly, and puddings.
It is so famous that it became the go-to drink for millennials, and a lot of milk tea places have emerged all over the country. It looks like this milk tea trend is not going to die soon, and for what it’s worth, we’ve listed down 10 of the most talked about milk teas available in the metro and where to get them:
Macao Imperial Tea
Macao Imperial Tea is not your ordinary milk tea shop. Hailing from the ‘Vegas of China’ – Macau, this brand was brought to the Philippines last June 2017, adding to the booming milk tea craze in the country. With over 350 branches around the world, they offer different blends of hot and cold beverages, such as tea, milk tea, coffee, and soda. They are known for their Cream Cheese and Chestnut Cream milk tea variants, where you can find their best-selling drinks—Cream Cheese Milk Tea (Php 135) and Chestnut Cream Milk Tea (Php 135).
Branches: Banawe, Quezon City; Ayala Malls Circuit, Makati City; BF Homes, Paranaque; Fisher Mall, Quezon City; SM Mall of Asia; Lucky Chinatown Mall; SM City Manila; SM City North EDSA
Facebook: Macao Imperial Tea Philippines
CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice
Its long queue line is enough proof that this milk tea shop is one of the bests. CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice was founded on 1997 in Taipei, Taiwan and became one of the leading brands in the milk tea industry with over 3,000 stores worldwide. They serve fresh beverages including tea, milk tea, juice, slush, coffee, and other beverage products.
You should try their classic milk tea favorites like the Panda Milk Tea (Regular Php 90, Large Php 100) with black and white tapioca pearls where it got its name, White Pearl Milk Tea (Regular Php 90, Large Php 100), Two Ladies Milk Tea (Regular Php 90, Large Php 100) with tapioca pearls and pudding toppings, and their Three Buddies Milk Tea (Regular Php 100, Large Php 110) topped with pearls, grass jelly, and pudding.
Branches: Eastwood Citywalk, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Venice Grand Canal Mall, Century City Mall, SM City Manila, SM Megamall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, UP Town Center, Uptown Place Mall, Trinoma, Festival Mall, Rockwell Center
Facebook: Coco Fresh Tea & Juice – Philippines
Yi Fang Tea
For a different and healthy variation of tea, why not try Taiwan’s most popular fruit tea, and be refreshed by the natural and fresh fruit flavors? Yi Fang Tea’s original menu of specialty drinks makes a unique distinction to other milk tea shops in the country, providing a wide choice of drinks like fruit teas, sugar cane drinks, tea latte, flavored teas, and brown sugar pearl tea.
Their Signature Fruit Tea (Regular Php 120, Large Php 140) comes in mountain tea, passionfruit, pineapple, and fresh sliced apples and oranges flavors, all garnished with real fruit chunks and slices. One of their recommended drinks is the Brown Sugar Pearl Tea Latte (Regular Php 120, Large Php 140), which is a perfect choice for milk tea lovers.
Brown Sugar Pearl Tea Latte (Regular Php 120, Large Php 140) & Signature Fruit Tea (Regular Php 120, Large Php 140)
Branches: Ayala Malls The 30th, BGC High Street, Trinoma, M. Paterno San Juan
Facebook: Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea – Philippines
Cha Tuk Chak: Thai Tea and Coffee Hub
Cha Tuk Chak is the home to Thailand’s authentic milk tea and pastry goodies. With eight signature tea-based drinks on the menu, this milk tea shop serves the best original Thai milk tea drinks if you have a serious craving for Thai flavors paired best with either strawberry, dolce, and yogurt pearls. A must-try is their world famous silky and creamy Cha Yen (Regular Php 110, Large Php 125) or Thai milk tea.
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TenRen’s Milk tea
Serving the finest and freshest tea from Taiwan, TenRen’s Tea is a brand that specializes in tea beverages for a healthy lifestyle for 65 years now. Their menu consists of original tea, fruit tea, milk tea, yogurt, tea latte, and slush, which all partner best with their freshly baked wheel cakes in both sweet (custard, chocolate, ube, custard and pearl, red bean) and savory (corned beef, chicken mayo, ham and cheese, tuna and corn) fillings.
A recommended drink from their menu is the 913 King’s Oolong Milk Tea (Medium Php 90, Large Php 100) made from oolong tea, a traditional semi-oxidized Chinese tea. Aside from tea and milk tea drinks, their shop also sells the best quality packed green tea and oolong tea for those who would want to prepare tea at home.
Established in 1997 in Taiwan, Gong Cha has become the number one tea franchise brand serving premium bubble tea and other tea products. Gong Cha’s name is a combination of two Chinese characters “gong,” meaning tribute, and “cha,” which translates to tea. With its unique blend of flavors, their house special menu’s Gong Cha Milk Wintermelon (Medium Php 95, Large Php 110) has captured the taste buds of tea lovers along with their Gong Cha Milk Chocolate (Medium Php 105, Large Php 125) variant and Milk Tea with Pearl Jelly (Medium Php 95, Large Php 110). They also offer hot drinks like coffee and brewed tea.
Branches: Glorietta 4, SM Aura Premier, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, SM Makati, Uptown Place Mall, Venice Grand Canal Mall, Power Plant Mall, Trinoma
Facebook: Gong Cha Philippines
Pearl Milk Tea (Small Php 95, Large Php 105)
Another well-loved milk tea brand in the country is none other than Chatime. Considered as the largest teahouse franchise in the world, Chatime has provided us with Taiwan’s best bubble tea experience one could have. Their best seller is the Pearl Milk Tea (Small Php 95, Large Php 105) with a variety of toppings such as tapioca pearls, grass jelly, pudding, rainbow jelly, and many more. You also have the option of how much sugar you want to put in your drink.
Branches: Century Mall, Salcedo Village, SM Aura Premier, SM Megamall, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, Landmark Makati, Uptown Place Mall
Facebook: Chatime Philippines
Cafe Amazon is Thailand’s most popular coffee shop brand founded by PTT Public Company Limited in 2002, as part of their non-oil business service for customers. This chain of Thai cafe offers a close to nature experience with its jungle concept that would make their customers feel relaxed while taking a break from long hours of driving or travel.
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Their menu consists of hot, iced, and frappe including coffee and tea-based drinks. They take pride in their authentic Thai milk tea (Hot Php 80, Iced Php 95) and their Amazon coffee (Hot Php 80, Iced Php 115, Frappe Php 130).
Branches: SM North EDSA, PTT Gas Station Project 7, PPT Dasmarinas
Facebook: Cafe Amazon Philippines
For a creamier take on milk tea, Dakasi is one of those shops that offer just the right amount of creaminess into their milk tea products. Dakasi was born in Taiwan and instantly became a crowd favorite when it came to the Philippines. All of their drinks are made from fresh ingredients that guarantee a unique blend of flavors.
They take pride in their best selling classics such as Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea (Regular Php 110, Large Php 120) topped with white and black tapioca pearls. Also worth a try is their Classic Milk Tea (regular Php 100, Large Php 120) from their specialty drinks menu. You may choose to have add-ons to your milk tea like pearls, oreo, red bean, grass jelly, pudding, and many more.
Branches: Market! Market!, Trinoma, Dela Rosa Car Park Makati, Festival Mall,
Facebook: Dakasi Philippines
Tiger Sugar Milk Tea
The latest addition to the growing milk tea craze in town is Tiger Sugar Milk Tea. As Hongkong and Singapore’s well-loved milk tea shop, they are known to offer the best brown milk tea sugar, which resembles tiger stripes from the color of the brown sugar syrup that blends with the creamy milk tea base, thus its store name. A must-try drink is their Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse (Php 120) made from black tea and milk blend served with warm chewy pearls and creamy mousse on top.
Branch: Bonifacio High Street
Facebook: Tiger Sugar Philippines
What’s your favorite milk tea shop in the Philippines? Let us know your thoughts on the comments section below!
Written by: Deneca Ordinanza